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#2282: Well, that worked.

It did! It really did!

After finishing the last post, I put my bed back together. Then I slept in it. It made a couple of creaks when I first got in, but after that it was quiet, and it feels solid as the Rock of Gibraltar. (It probably isn't.)

I think the really helpful bit came from marking on the replacement board where there were holes for nails or screws in the side rail, and putting the nails and screws back in where those holes weren't. I drilled pilot holes for the screws and ran 'em in with the power screwdriver, and tapped the nails in, before reassembling the bed.

I actually sat in the rocking chair and listened to some music for a while before crawling into bed sometime around 5-ish. Then I fell asleep, and slept until midnight.

I don't remember when I fixed it last. I had thought "2004" but I'm not sure that's correct. Hopefully, whenever it was, this repair will last longer than a handful of years, because I'm not so sure I can manage to do this kind of repair again without totally rebuilding the thing.

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One of the phrases I like--inexplicably--from Japanese is, Hai, soko made. It basically means "Okay, that's enough!"

...I'm not entirely sure that it's not actually "Hai, asoko made" and the "a" is just getting swallowed or truncated. I've not seen it written; I've only heard it spoken. "Asoko" means "over there", implying a bit of distance. "Made" means "already" IIRC, so "over there" would make sense: "you're already over there" would then be the literal translation since a lot of the time the pronoun is implied by context.

The phrase is typically used to interrupt someone, so some people tend to translate it to "That's enough out of you."

I noticed it in Telepathy Girl Ran; whenever Ran would start getting all wound up talking to the guy she liked, Midori would step in with that phrase and cut short the mushy stuff. Heh.

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This past weekend there two events I knew of that I didn't attend. One I didn't care about; the other I would have gone to but for one little problem.

The one I didn't care about: the second annual Crete "Park-a-palooza". *rolleyes*

The other: FieroRama.

The "little problem" being that my Fiero is not plated or insured. *sigh* Sunday was a pretty nice day, not too warm; it would have been a nice day to be at a car show, even though I never win anything and don't do a lot of socializing.

Usually when I go to a car show to participate, it's just beastly hot and severe clear with little wind, and I end up sweltering all damn day. Even ones later in the year, like FieroRama. Jesus.

When I'm not participating? There was a car show in 2002 I went to, in Cedar Rapids. I hadn't felt like participating, so I just went and hung out with the guys in my Fiero club (all of whom said I should have brought my Fiero; oh well) and alternated looking at show cars and shooting the breeze with watching the Corvette guys having their track day.

(This was at Hawkeye Downs, the racetrack near CR.)

That day it was gorgeous: sunny, cool, nice breeze. *sigh*

The '85 is supposed to be my show car, but it's a driver as well. I don't get having a car you can never drive. Winning trophies at shows is okay, but what's the point of having a car you can never drive because you'll have to spend eighteen hours cleaning it with cotton swabs and a magnifying glass so you can show it again? WTF. The president of the Fiero club I was in when I lived in CR missed first place in some big show because of a couple of water spots on the underside of his trunk lid. Jesus Christ.

So when I go to a Fiero show, it's entered in the "stock notchback" class. (As opposed to the "stock fastback" or the equivalent "modified" classes.) Being a silver '85 bumper pad car with a V6 and an auto transmission, it's among the least desirable Fieros out there. I'm usually up against bright red '88 Formulas. Guess which ones win?

I won 3rd place once...because there were only three cars entered in my class. *sigh* ("One bucket of warm spit, coming right up!") My car is in great shape and looks fantastic, but it doesn't win the popularity contests. And it's not "authentic" enough to win in judged events as I've got non-OEM replacement parts in various places (like the shock absorbers).

But that's okay: I like driving my car and I like defending the honor of the bumper pad cars. The more people convert their cars to Aero fascia, the fewer bumper pads are left.

One of the consistent winners in the "modified" class is this woman who I know only as "Tina". She drives a highly-modified silver '86 bumper pad car; it's got a big V8 and lambo doors and a shitton of other modifications. She says she'll never go "aero". So I'm not alone.

Yes I could have gone and looked at the cars and talked to people; but I haven't been to one since 2005 and I don't know if anyone would even recognize me any more. Oh well.

People look at me funny when I compare car shows to SF/fantasy/anime/gaming cons. But though the car shows usually only have formal events on one day, there are informal events surrounding them which take the whole weekend, and the whole thing has the air of a nerd con.

FieroRama, for example: it's held in the W suburbs of Chicago, so it's within a pleasant cruising distance of V8 Archie's; so Archie will usually have an open house that weekend. There's also usually a cruise night of one kind or another on the Saturday before where the Fiero guys with drivers accumulate. Get a room at the hotel everyone's staying at, and you'll find con-like activities, or at least impromptu parties here and there. People will sit in the parking lot next to their open trailers with friends and talk about stuff and show their cars to whoever wants to look. Sometimes there's a dinner gathering held somewhere nearby.

The really big Fiero show is the Dells Run: every year they have a big show in the Wisconsin Dells and it's an all-weekend Fiero convention. I've never been to one; someday I hope to go.

* * *

Speaking of cars: I was thinking about the "zombie apocalypse" and I realized that it probably wouldn't cost me too much to have, on hand, the parts needed to convert the Jeep to run without its computer, Just In Case.

The I6 in the Jeep is old, design-wise. If someone EMP bursts Chicago, though, it's a boat anchor, because the computer controlling it would likely be fried. But its age means it can be retrofitted to use less-vulnerable technology. So let's say the EMP has happened and you want to resurrect your Jeep with the I6 and EFI. Here's what you do:

Needed: points-type distributor, a carb that will mount to the EFI manifold (or a carb and suitable adaptor, or even just a carb and manifold), an ignition system, and some kind of fuel pump (or pressure regulator; see below).

1) replace cam position sensor with distributor. This is pretty easy; you just need to disconnect a plug and remove one bolt. Get the engine at TDC on #1 first, then pull the CPS and install the dist.

2) Mount and wire ignition coil. Remove the coil bar and hook wires between dist. and plugs.

3) Remove throttle body from intake manifold, plug all the holes for the EFI bullshit, and install the carb. (Or else yank the entire intake process and replace it with a carbed one.)

Supplying the engine with fuel is the easiest part of this, really. In fact, I bet the stock fuel pump would still work; it's just a motor and it's inside a ferrous metal container (the gas tank). You'd then only need a fuel pressure regulator to drop the fuel pressure into the single digits, because a carb only needs a few PSI.

The rest is just tuning the engine: adjusting the timing, getting the carb set, and so on. It won't make as much power as it did with the EFI, nor will it do so as cleanly, but it will run well enough that you probably won't notice the difference. And it'll get you places.

Actually--I don't even know about the "less power" thing. Modern EFI is pretty good at making power, but a lot of high-performance guys still prefer carbs. I don't know if that's because carbs require less technology to tune, or if they're better at making horsepower when you don't have to worry about emissions.

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Hai, soko made.
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