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November 26th, 2003 Leave a comment Go to comments

I finished the clutch install last night with help from Seth. I picked up the replacement crossmember from a guy on www.honda-tech.com . I had to meet him in West Stockbridge, which meant leaving right from work and travelling the length of Massachussetts just about twice over (including the return trip). I got the crossmember that I fux0r’d, and it still had the steering rack, swaybar, and control arms on it. see also: spare parts. he only wanted 50 bucks for the whole assembly. WTF? that’s like 200 bucks worth if I was buying from a junkyard.

Anyways, we finally got the car back together and whatnot at around 4:00 AM this morning. We fired it up and took a quick test drive. clutch was stiff and didn’t want to return, steering rack was stiff, and throttle was funky. basically, she was stiff and groggy from sleeping for a week. after adjusting the throttle and driving my commute, she feels just like she used to only with a slicker clutch.

you know what’s messed up? I took my engine out of my car, separated the tranny, put it back together, dropped the engine back in… and the car STILL WORKED. Ain’t that some shit? I’ve never done anything this involved before. see also: trial by fire. in the process of this whole deal I’ve unbolted EVERY piece of hardware in teh front clip. both crossmembers, the swaybar, steering rack, engine, and completely dissasembled the hubs. no amount of maintainence or repair work is going to frighten me on this car now. I really feel like I own it.

very proud of myself right now.


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  1. November 26th, 2003 at 08:22 | #1

    Hail to the King, baby.

    The s is for “doesn’t suck at all”

    At all.

    Props, man, props.

    • November 26th, 2003 at 08:52 | #2

      thanks, man. I appreciate it. I’m sooooo glad to have this done. I’m shocked it even started, much less drove alright 😀

      and I said CONSUMMATE V’s!!! CONSUMMATE!


      • November 26th, 2003 at 09:05 | #3

        Just check it maybe for the next few drives; make sure nothing’s loose or weird.

      • November 26th, 2003 at 09:06 | #4

        Btw, this is a similar feeling that I get after just logicking out some computer code.

        Only probably x100 for you.

        • November 26th, 2003 at 09:16 | #5

          I know what you mean. I would get so pumped up on myself when I’d spend like hte whole day on some huge network madness at Diagenics when I was Admin’ing. it was such an amazing feeling to “overcome” this OS I’d never dealt with before using just my brains and what I know about computers. I imagine it’s the same sort of thing with code. I’ve never done any programming. the closest I’ve gotten is HTML and VBB script (very simplified HTML). and maybe editing the registry or old DOS configuration files.

          but there is a certain satisfaction that comes with wiping your blood off of metal when a huge automotive job is done. If you’re not bleeding, you didn’t work hard enough .


          • November 26th, 2003 at 09:25 | #6

            I don’t KNOW how to create code from scratch but just figuring out how to edit and plug java or javascript or PERL or something into existing code or new HTML code I made is great.

  2. November 26th, 2003 at 10:36 | #7

    C’mon other people! Bow down before the one you (should) serve!!!!

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