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  1. It’s all sprayed insta-grass laid out in perfect rows. Most areas are still fairly brown around town. The problem with this stuff is it hides a lot of construction debris, asphalt bits, and even rebar. That was all high bank not too long ago. So I had to be very clear with my son, no rolling down the hill!
  2. This thread made me nostalgic so I took my son out there today. Green grass as far as the eye can see. T2 on the oval is now a fun hill to climb. He loved it. While it made me a bit sad we did get to drive the country roads behind the track in our old 911 with the windows down which is always a treat.
  3. I drive by there every week or so. Tunnel is gone and hill is coming down. They're leveling everything in preparation for what will soon be the front of the development, with commercial and possibly even an elementary school. Hard to watch but such is life. The challenge for us locals is that about 6 months after TWS died, the TAMU Riverside Campus also closed to autocross. It's all reserved for TXDOT type research now. So we've got nothing car-related within 2 hours (Harris Hill and MSRH are the closest). 3090 is still nearby and a good sunny-day drive, so at least we have that. Sure wish Bluebonnet had worked out.
  4. Yes, OnRamp does both and can be found at www.onramptx.org
  5. Since we're all car enthusiasts here, I thought you might want to hear a relevant data point on this national #blackouttuesday. Since we started our OnRamp charity 2 ½ years ago, we've given away reliable vehicles to 37 families in Brazos County brought to us by our two school districts, large charitable orgs like H4H and FoodBank, and various religious orgs. Of those 37 families, 20 have been African American. That's 54% in a county of just 11% African American. Conclusion: transportation insecurity, which has a bigger impact on generational poverty than even education, disproportionately affects the black community by a dramatic amount. All that to say, if you have the ability, please look for ways to use this hobby to help families in need of reliable transportation, especially from minority communities. Note, this is not a plug for our charity - we're only in the Brazos Valley. But there's a LOT of people in desperate need of help throughout Texas. If you can, find a way to be part of the solution. And if you need advice, all we've learned and developed through OnRamp is yours for free. Our prayer is to help people launch OnRamps throughout the United States.
  6. Sadly no fun car projects at the moment. Between ongoing work and now being a homeschool parent, I'm definitely not getting much time for boredom! In fact, my car has now been repurposed as a filming studio b/c I couldn't find sufficient quiet in my home for recording. Turns out the inside cabin of a car or minivan with the camera suctioned to the windshield makes for a very quiet, comfy spot for filming 😂
  7. While this whole virus situation definitely sucks, one advantage is having huge High School band parking lots empty on drizzly days. Perfect for practicing on-the-limit throttle modulation and discovering the balance of one’s car. Making lemonade outta lemons. Hopefully this is legal!!
  8. Based on his current fleet, this one might be a better fit for Brad.
  9. Rev

    Goals 2020

    Three of those are admirable goals.
  10. It's the annual Day of Giving and most of you probably already have charities near-and-dear to you to support. But for any who don't, if you'd like to help an automotive charity run by a fellow TJ-er, we'd love to have you on our team at OnRamp. My wife and I founded this 501c3 2 years ago to give reliable vehicles to struggling families in the Brazos Valley who'd otherwise have to turn to predatory lenders. We just gave away car #30 a couple weeks ago and have another 7 families on the list. We also support all the cars we give away with a full year of free maintenance to help these families stay on their feet. And, no, I'm not allowed to do any of that maintenance myself anymore - insurance requires it all to go through ASE-certified shops, which makes great sense but does increase our financial needs. If you'd like to help us out, just visit: https://www.onramptx.org/give On a completely unrelated note, I finally got the 911 out to an LSRPCA autocross. VERY fun car to drive... but not fast compared to the Miata's I used to take out there. Really enjoyable to practice left-foot-braking to aid turn-in. And they've got a great setup at the police academy!
  11. Wow... Hard to believe that guy is the same species as the rest of us.
  12. I don't often post stuff here related to the automotive charity I run, but thought this was an important piece of news for you all to be aware of. From Reuters News last week: "For America’s working poor, an often essential ingredient for getting and keeping a job – having a car – has rarely been more costly, and millions of people are finding it impossible to keep up with payments despite prolonged economic growth and low unemployment." We're seeing dramatic increases in the price of reliable used cars. According to Reuters, the price of a 10-year-old vehicle is up 75% since 2010. Think about that for a moment: 75% at a time when wages haven't increased much at all for low-income workers. That means at-risk families are doomed to fall further into poverty without help. I met last night with an at-risk mom of 7 kids in College Station who is working a full time job, but can't afford a vehicle on top of rent and food. She doesn't have good credit, so no legit dealerships could help her. The only used car shark that would deal with her wanted $10,000 for a car with almost 300k miles on it! $10k!! He demanded $1000 down and $750 every other week!! She wisely walked away, but as a result, has to take Uber everyday for work. That's cutting $150 from her paycheck every week. She has no options in our town. So I tell you all this just so you're aware of what's going on in the lives of at-risk families, especially in Texas where public transit is rarely available. If you have a desire to help, find a charity in your community that helps meet transportation-related needs for at-risk families. If you want to help in the Brazos Valley, shoot me a message. https://www.reuters.com/article/us-autos-usa-used-analysis/rising-old-used-car-prices-help-push-poor-americans-over-the-edge-idUSKBN1WQ1AP?utm_source=reddit.com
  13. Rev


    Just bought a set of 5000SLX Quickjacks from Home Depot - a bit over $1000 before tax and free delivery to home. They're awesome! Made changing transaxle fluid on my 911 tonight a breeze. Should have bought a set of these a while ago! Yes, those are extra stands under the rear uprights. I wanted a little extra security since this was my first time using them. Set up is easy.
  14. Man, I don't know what you do for a living, but you are one lucky dude! I am jealous.
  15. My torque wrenches are not fancy enough to have factory calibration as an option. One is a kobalt from Lowe’s, the other is a harbor freight special. I’ve heard you can get a snapon guy to do it if you find them at a local auto repair shop. But that would’ve probably cost as much as the torque wrench itself did.
  16. Robert, I think part of the reason mine were this far off was that when I first purchased them, I did not yet know the "rules" for how to properly use torque wrenches. I used them to loosen bolts that were beyond their range. I also occasionally forgot to zero them for a day or two after use. Those two mistakes can have detrimental impact on a click-style torque wrench's accuracy. Rule of thumb is still to calibrate every year if you use it often. Based on my frequency of use, every few years is appropriate I think.
  17. I finally got around to calibrating my torque wrenches today after four years of use. I'm ashamed to admit that they were way off! One was reading 20% high, the other 25% (meaning when I dial in 50 ftlbs, it's clicking at 40). Not good. Fortunately, adjusting them was easy. Don't be dumb like me... calibrate frequently, or have it done by a professional. Now time to recheck all my lug nuts!
  18. Beautiful Cayman! It's hard to go wrong with that choice. Yes, there will be many 911 guys who crap on Caymans even though, by all objective data, the Cayman is every bit as competent a driver's car... if not better. But we are a remarkably petty and prideful species, are we not? So I have found it best in life to discover what you love to drive and enjoy it to the hilt. My Miatas were "hairdresser's cars." My e46 330i was "not an M3." My S2000 was a "torque-less ricer." Know what? Strung-out on the deserted country road behind my house, they were all utterly perfect in their own way, and brought me great joy. So as a 911 guy, let me welcome you to the Porsche family! It's a fun place to be if you learn to tune out the petty people and fellowship instead with those of us who love to celebrate fun cars no matter brand or price-point. If we ever get to "fellowship" on track, I promise that your Cayman will leave my 35-year-old g-body in the dust!
  19. TWS Turn 7, my favorite corner I've ever driven, as of July 27, 2019. All that's left is rubble. The back straight is gone, replaced by a residential road running parallel twenty or thirty yards to the east of where the straight ran. The old track picks up again on the ascent to turn 8. From there to turn 1 seems generally intact. I took the best looking rubble from T7 I could find as a memento in my garage. Unfortunately, this is as close as the new car will ever get to driving TWS. Would of been nice to get one more shot at it.
  20. AC Project Results Day 1: after installing Zims add-on condenser, Griffiths evaporator, a rebuilt compressor, and 6 new barrier hoses in my ‘85 Carrera, the car passed its vacuum test (amazed I got all those connections right!), was charged with r134, and is now running comfortably cold in full sun, 92deg, 59% humidity, 103deg “feels like” temp. Can’t believe I’m cold in July in TX in an old 911! Is it American sedan level cold? No. It’s not a meat locker. But it is cold enough that I’d have to turn the fan down on a longer drive.
  21. UPDATES: AC install, fun surprises, and concourse win Time for an update now that I'm two months into ownership. Upon receiving the vehicle I changed the oil and filter - went with a high-zinc dinosaur oil. Replaced the damaged rear tires. Flushed the brakes. Fixed a couple electrical issues. And drove it as much as possible. In the process, I got a few fun surprises. Turns out the car is cat-less and has a Dansk pre-muffler and sport muffler. No wonder it sounds so good! As I live in a non-emissions county, this poses no problems for me. I had a friend detail and seal it a couple weeks ago. Results in pics below. The past week, the car has been up on stands (I use a bunch of them for added safety) as I've been building a new AC into her. Not easy work on a rear-engine car! There's over 40' of hoses to replace (6 total hoses). I was able to flush and reuse the two stock condensers, but did have to find a front condenser blower assembly off eBay as that was missing. Evaporator was toast so I picked up an upgraded one from Griffiths with serpentine style plumbing which improves r134 performance significantly. I also added a 3rd condenser from Zims Autotek that goes in the rear fender and is fan driven. Condenser capacity is the primary shortcoming for these old 911's when switching to r134. This should fix that issue, especially since it's also serpentine style optimized for r134. A new compressor was also required, unfortunately. And, of course, a new drier. Working on the evaporator in the smuggler's box was the hardest part. Cut up my hands a bunch in that tiny, tiny space. The install is all done and it will get vacuum tested and charged on Monday. I'll let you know how it goes. One last fun bit, I entered the Lone Star Region PCA concourse event in the Woodlands last week and won my class. The rare color helped, I think. As did the fresh detail. Sadly, winning a concourse event isn't even a 1/10th as fun as spending time on track (still sad every time I drive past what's left of TWS). But at least it's something.
  22. They wouldn’t be comfortable for a long trip back there, but they actually LOVED a quick blast around town with windows and sunroof open. For reference, they’re 9 (twins) and my daughter (tallest) is 4’10”.
  23. List of major work done by previous owners The car came with extensive records back to new. It's been well maintained over the years. Here's a list of recent major maintenance: Transmission totally rebuilt 40k miles ago - new synchros, dog teeth, clutch, flywheel resurfaced Engine: New engine and trans mounts, new axles, Wevo shift coupler, new shifter linkages, Steve Wong performance chip installed, New engine position and reference sensors, CHT sensor, fresh valve adjustment and turbo valve covers, new valve gaskets, new wires, injectors Suspension/wheels/tires/brakes: New rotors, pads, brake hoses, new Bilstein front and rear shocks, new front ball joints, spring plate bushings, front and rear wheel bearings, front and rear Elephant swing arm and front A frame bushings, turbo tie rods, 22 MM sway bars front (slightly stiffer), lowered slightly, new tires, alignment Exterior: H4 headlights and relays, re-gasketed seals on both front and rear windows, engine compartment lid, front spoiler, lower rocker panels repainted Interior: 993 front seats, recovered dash, headliner replaced, sunroof rebuilt
  24. After a lifetime of wishing and a year of researching and scouring the forums, I'm grateful to introduce my new ride: an ‘85 911 Carrera Coupe in Prussian blue with 119k miles purchased from a retired Porsche mechanic. This was the car I fell in love with 30 years ago when I first became aware of sports cars. Grateful for the opportunity to own it. Many projects and country drives ahead! First up... AC! Also needs new rear tires, some bulbs replaced, paint detail, seat electric switch fixed, brake fluid flush... lots of fun stuff!
  25. All loaded up in New York. Four days to Texas. Patience, my son, patience.
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