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  • #2002
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    It’s radar detection and laser shifting, front and rear. Of course, I never exceed the posted speed limits, I’m just sensitive to such signals. I believe they cause brain cancer. I live under a cell tower and power lines to keep those signals away! I always wear a tinfoil hat to keep out ufo communication. I walk under an umbrella and wear a mask to keep out chemtrails too. Can’t be too careful!

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    What system is this? I too am sensitive to these types of signals.

    #2016
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    The radar and laser system is an Escort SRX. Older system, but still plenty effective.
    The fire bottle arrived today. Now I have brain lock about where to mount it. My alternatives:
    1. In front to the passenger seat. Low, but kinda in the way.
    2. On the shelf behind the passenger. Higher, but more out of the way. Easier to route tubing.
    3. Between the seats toward the rear. Low, but precludes any use for junk storage.
    4. In the trunk. Out of the way, but tubing routing will give me brain lock again.
    Input is appreciated.
    Removing the window motors and mechanisms saved me about 7lbs per side. I have a machinist making a roller for the pull-up straps for them. Pics when I get them from him.

    #2021
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    Tree car update:
    It took me two days to run the fire system tubing. I’m way too anal and indecisive about where to run the lines. Damn. I’m mounting the tank on the shelf behind the passenger seat.
    I took the car to a guy named Rick Bray for some aluminum work in the interior. Door panels, tunnel, maybe some other stuff. I’m relying on the artist to help me decide what, where, and how much. God, I hope it doesn’t break the bank.
    The window mechanisms work pretty good, but need a little more development. We’ll see. Good enough for who they’re for.
    It’ll be a few weeks til the inside is done, I’m sure. Artists don’t understand “time”.
    So, now’s a good time to freshen the 358…..or buy another car….

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    #2028
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    Re-acquired a roll bar for the car. Too many questions “You’re gonna put a roll bar in it arencha?” so I guess I will. I bought it back from a guy I sold it to a few years ago. Cheap storage! Since the car’s a ts, it’ll benefit from some additional stiffness. And, if I ever sell the 358, I’ll still have something for the track. I can’t understand why some are reluctant to track their cars.

    #2176
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    Well, the car’s back from the tinbender and nearly back together. Theur name…Fabrications Unlimited….they put their logo on the panels….”FU”. I like it. Passed its “brake and light” inspection. I put the fogs in the holes for that, as they’re dot approved, and work just by plugging them in. Gotta take em out now for the brake ducts. Acquired some big ol Brembo brakes for the pig.

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    #2179
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    Needed to replace the rusted door vestibules. Found some carbon ones for a bargain, and I can certainly justify them on a weight basis, so they’re not just cosmetic. Put in the lexan windshield. Lookin good, gonna be skinny! Passed smog! Final inspection is DMV verification, then I’m back on the road! It’d go a lot faster if I didn’t have other projects…and creditors who expect me to pay them. Whodathunkit?

    #2180
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    Got the verification today! Only 2 hours at DMV. I consider that success. Finally, a year and a half after the 12/17/13 disaster, it’s legal again, soon the see the canyons it’s missed so much.
    But, the project continues, as I took a few shortcuts on the finished project just to get the plates.

    #2188
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    Got rid of those nasty, heavy old fog lights and installed some brake ducts and motorcycle blinkers. The blinkers aren’t a shape I’m happy with, but not likely to be replaced til I’m closer to done with the car…I guess I have no future as a designer. In my dreams, I go fast enough for long enough to heat the brakes, which, by the way, courtesy of a 355 I refurbished, are now big ol’ Brembos. The clearcoat on the calipers is coming off, so they look kinda crusty. Will I repaint the calipers? Life is short. How much more time do I have for cosmetics? I’ll do it when the snow comes.

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