February 27th, 2007

#288: Jalopy Adventure part WTF

The front tie rod end was $12 at AutoZone. Wow. The last time I needed a tie-rod end it was something like $65, installed.

Anyway the tie rod end came apart while I was trying to remove it. Looks like I caught it in time, because if I'd kept driving with that thing, sooner or later it would have busted apart while I was driving. They should be strong enough to hold together during assembly/disassembly.

I don't know when it was last greased, but the stuff inside couldn't really be called "grease" any more. In fact, even if I had greased that thing, I don't think I could have forced that stuff out; it had hardened to the consistency of clay. The new end came pre-greased and I pumped in some more just to be safe.

And I think I'll replace the other side tomorrow morning, before I take it to get aligned.

The rear struts were not a problem. Having complete assemblies really helped make the job faster. If I'd had to change springs or something it would have taken a lot longer. As it was, it was still a couple hours out in the cold, with my glasses fogging up....

Now the rear end juts 'way up into the air, like some kind of hot rod. The springs will take some time to settle, of course.

The only problem I found--other than the broken springs--was that the strut tower on the right side has begun to rust out. There's still plenty of good metal there, but I think I'll be learning to weld this summer, so I'll weld in some new metal then--probably just a patch since it's a jalopy.

The fun never ends.

#289: Al Gore sez, "Do as I say, not as I do."

According to theChattanoogan.com, Al Gore's mansion is itself a fairly inconvenient truth for the former Vice-President-turned-eco-nazi.

Apparently global warming hype won an Oscar this year--others say so, and I wouldn't think of doubting them; anyway I wasn't about to pollute my frontal lobes with all that Oscar BS, because I need my brain.

Of course I've made plenty of my own comments about the inconvenient truths of global warming. I'm one of those nasty "global warming deniers" that the warmistas want to lump in with "Holocaust deniers". (And, of course, Al Gore wants to put me in jail for that.)

Here's the good stuff, the salient quote; emphasis mine:
The average household in America consumes 10,656 kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year, according to the Department of Energy. In 2006, Gore devoured nearly 221,000 kWh — more than 20 times the national average.

Last August alone, Gore burned through 22,619 kWh — guzzling more than twice the electricity in one month than an average American family uses in an entire year. As a result of his energy consumption, Gore’s average monthly electric bill topped $1,359.

Since the release of An Inconvenient Truth, Gore’s energy consumption has increased from an average of 16,200 kWh per month in 2005, to 18,400 kWh per month in 2006.

Al Gore is a fucking hypocrite.