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« Reply #7560 on: April 22, 2019, 08:24:30 PM »
Hummingbird feeders with sugar water work really well, there was one year I honestly lost track of the hummingbirds there were so many.  Had to be at least 20-30 between three feeders taking turns going between them and the trees nearby.  I like the squeaky sounds they make. :lol:

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« Reply #7561 on: April 22, 2019, 09:13:35 PM »
Along with car engine swaps, here is my mower engine swap. Going from B&S Vanguard to Honda GX630.  New engine supposed to arrive Wednesday.  Got the old out and the area cleaned up. Looks like it may be head gaskets as both heads seem to show oil leaking from them... When I have time I may tear it down. Compression is seems good with one 135 and one 145PSI. I really needed to do a leak down test but I don't have a tester for that.



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« Reply #7562 on: April 22, 2019, 09:24:19 PM »
I am thinking either 275/40/17 or 255/45/17. I have 2" Hotchkis lowering springs in the front and PTFB GT rear springs on the slowest setting of the shackle.

I have 285/40/17 rear and 255/45/17 front, I think they are to short / don’t fill the wheel opening and would go 255/50/17 all round instead. When I replace (or maybe before and get rid of what I have)the 255/50’s will go on the front for sure and if Nitto makes them like they plan to, it will be 275/50/17 on the rear. I want the wheel well full and the ground clearance for headers. My car is lowered at least 1 and 1/2” in front from stock.
That must've been the size I did manage to come across that was 27" in diameter for a 17, 255/50-17.  I think that'd be ideal for second gens or any other car of the time with the same diameter going from 14-15 to 17, since you wouldn't have to re-calibrate the speedometer and it'd keep the wheel wells filled and everything looking proportionate.  The few second gens I've seen, lowered or not, with the 3rd/4th gen diameter of 25.66" haven't looked right to me.  You'd have to slam the rocker panels into the ground to eliminate the gap and even then...

Again, this just what it's rolling around on temporarily.  These are 24-24.5" in diameter. I too want to fill the wheel wells but I don't want to deal with any rubbing I plan to drive the heck out of it. I think the 27" tall tire will b too much. What do you think see it on 24s?

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« Reply #7563 on: April 23, 2019, 12:08:59 AM »
http://transamcountry.com/community/index.php?topic=23970.0  Has various setups shown, can get a better idea of what you like best but the first two sets of images show the differences in a 25.66" and 27" tire on 17's on a lowered second gen.  Personally I'd go with 27" tall and set the height to accommodate it if necessary, but I'm also to the point where I'm past lowering street cars a considerable amount.  An 1" or so of gap between the top of the tire and the bottom of the wheel arch is as low as I want to go on any car these days.  I also hate rake, but that's another story for another day.

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« Reply #7564 on: April 23, 2019, 04:56:07 AM »
Ya, I went through that thread start to finish.  The problem I see is every car is different, even with the same springs. I know it gets you close though. Mine seems lower that most that I see. It could be an allusion with the small 24" on there now.
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« Reply #7565 on: April 23, 2019, 07:00:36 AM »
My mom has that same mower! That thing cuts grass like crazy. She only has a 1/4 acre lot and it takes me all of about 15 minutes to do the job. Pop always liked his big grass cutting tractors and had big Cub Cadet he traded on that grasshopper right before he died.
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« Reply #7566 on: April 23, 2019, 07:26:32 AM »
Funny,  I used to mow with my 1947 Farmall but it moved so slow it took forever to mow 3-4 acres and it's not very agile. With this thing I can mow it all in about 2hrs and it can kind of trim. I wanted the front deck so I could stick it under the trees without getting a leaf sandwich or racing stripes on my face. Only problem is it is one LONG mower. Takes up a ton of space.

Oh, it's a tank too. The deck is 1/4" plate steel.  I take in the woods and mow everything down, including small trees.  (I beat the tar out of this thing).
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« Reply #7567 on: April 23, 2019, 08:40:24 AM »
Hummingbird feeders with sugar water work really well, there was one year I honestly lost track of the hummingbirds there were so many.  Had to be at least 20-30 between three feeders taking turns going between them and the trees nearby.  I like the squeaky sounds they make. :lol:

My wife is hoping we get a lot more.  She won't use the premixed powder.  She makes her own with just the sugar and water.  They are fun to watch.  We had one greedy one last year that liked to try and hoard all three feeders we have out and chase the other ones away.   She has gotten some really good pictures.  Will have to see if I can load em up from the camera.
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« Reply #7568 on: April 23, 2019, 04:05:39 PM »
Hummingbird feeders with sugar water work really well, there was one year I honestly lost track of the hummingbirds there were so many.  Had to be at least 20-30 between three feeders taking turns going between them and the trees nearby.  I like the squeaky sounds they make. :lol:

My wife is hoping we get a lot more.  She won't use the premixed powder.  She makes her own with just the sugar and water.  They are fun to watch.  We had one greedy one last year that liked to try and hoard all three feeders we have out and chase the other ones away.   She has gotten some really good pictures.  Will have to see if I can load em up from the camera.
We do the same, use organic cane sugar mixed with water instead of the premixed.  We've had some like that, want all the feeders to themselves and try to chase others off.  I'm like, yo little bird there's plenty for all of you.

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« Reply #7569 on: April 23, 2019, 07:53:48 PM »
Hey, if anyone knows anyone looking for a 6-speed F-body you should send them my way before I list it on Car Gurus.  As soon as it gets fixed it's going up for sale since I'd like to get it sold and try to find a NB2 Miata while everyone is selling them, as for whatever reason once it's Fall people stop listing them since they think they'll get more money for it in the Spring or Summer. :roll:  Maybe, but I don't care what season it is I'll pay what it's worth and drive it year round.  Or you somehow know someone with a blue, teal, or black NB2 Miata that wants a F-body, could work that out too.  It's my goal to have a Miata again by the end of Summer, since I prefer top down driving in the Fall and Winter anyway.  My delicate pale skin and severe aversion to heat don't agree with having the top down in Summer anyway. :lol:

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« Reply #7570 on: April 23, 2019, 09:05:09 PM »
Not your typical crate engine.



Not much to show but in it went right in.






Everything put back in place. Only thing I had to modify was the safety shield over the front PTO shaft. Everything else bolted up. I did need to move a pulley back which took some persuasion.




It started right up and it's about half as loud as the B&S. It was 11pm so I couldn't test it out though.  I'm excited to see what the power difference feels like. Ya, I know, I'm a dork...
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« Reply #7571 on: April 23, 2019, 09:37:30 PM »
Looks more like a box engine to me. :lol:  At least it went in easy enough, and I don't think it's weird wanting to test out an engine you just put in even if it's a mower.

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« Reply #7572 on: April 23, 2019, 09:41:52 PM »
It was on a tiny crate in the box, Box.  :-P
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« Reply #7573 on: April 24, 2019, 06:34:49 AM »
That looks pretty nice. Where did you get it from? I have a plate tamper, and an air compressor that were damaged in the fire. They were mostly salvageable but they both have engine damage. I saved them thinking I would just swap out their motors, just havent gotten around to it yet, heck it hasn't even been two years!
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« Reply #7574 on: April 24, 2019, 07:35:46 AM »
Very nice motor!  Now you are gonna have to schnazz up the rest of the mower to match that bright and shiny motor lol.
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« Reply #7575 on: April 24, 2019, 07:37:47 AM »
http://Repowerspecialists.com

I paid more than you would normally for a Honda GX630 through them as they make special adapters for my mower as it uses two PTOs one front and one rear. They also guarantee it to fit without you having to buy any additional parts. Came with muffler and all electronics.  I paid $2350 for the "kit". But to replace my mower with a new one is 12-15K. So... We'll see if I made a good choice or not. First mowing willbe today.
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« Reply #7576 on: April 24, 2019, 07:40:58 AM »
Very nice motor!  Now you are gonna have to schnazz up the rest of the mower to match that bright and shiny motor lol.

I'm more about functionality than looks but I did clean the area where the engine goes...

Anyone know of a cleaner that will remove grass guts? It is all over the mower and I have tried power washing and simple green but it doesn't even touch it...
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« Reply #7577 on: April 24, 2019, 01:09:43 PM »
Something with enzymes should break down the cellulose, get some cows or goats to lick your mower?  The only enzyme cleaners I know of are for laundry like Zout, but I have no idea if it'd be safe for paint, plastic, or rubber.

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« Reply #7578 on: April 25, 2019, 01:10:46 PM »
So trying to go ahead and plan out what I want to do with the Miata once one is obtained. Suspension is a wild goose chase, I'd like to lower it some to get rid of the horrendous "of the time" wheel gap and some of the rake but I don't want to worsen the ride quality at the expense of doing such. Seems like the forums are no help aside from the $2K Xida or Fox being best, well **** I'd hope so. At least I've figured out wheels though since that's more universal, thinking one of the Konig 15x7.5 will be the way to go for the best overall option in price, weight, strength, traction, and tire availability. With the 15x7.5 wide it'll still be an inch wider and 4 pounds lighter than the NB2 16x6.5, but being 7.5" wide all the 195, 205, and 225 series tires can be used and there's no issues with fitment or clearing suspension. Whereas just going to 8" wide rules out 195 and a lot of options, then 9" wide you're stuck with 225 which are all track and extreme summer tires plus you need aftermarket suspension to clear. Just wish could better figure out suspension as I liked how the NB2 rode and handled stock well enough, just that horrendous gap...

Also, already have someone interested in the Firebird off another forum I'm a part of.  Even though I'm looking towards getting another Miata I don't want to sell it, but I rather it go to someone that can drive it all the time and enjoy it.  Plus then I can get something I can drive all the time and enjoy too.

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« Reply #7579 on: April 27, 2019, 10:27:57 AM »
Today, I realized that I get really excited for people as their builds progress, as the cars come together, every step along the way. It puts pig smiles on my face and I noticed the I reply a lot with "I'm so excited for you" or "that looks awesome"...truth is, I really mean it...FINBIRD got his car on the road...it looks great, FormTA has the nose put back together and hanging on the car and I sat there starring at it myself and was slightly giddy. The same holds true for each and every build I watch come along. I get super geeked out.

I'm sure I'm not alone and one day, that will be me stepping back, looking "The Project" saying to myself...darn, does that ever look AWWSOME!!!


Keep up the great work everyone and the post!!!!

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« Reply #7580 on: April 27, 2019, 02:44:30 PM »
Haha, I'm the same way.  In fact I think at times I'll get more excited than the one doing the stuff to their car. :lol:  Which I guess is understandable, we're just there for the end result whereas they had to bust their chops to make that result happen.  Also since I'm in no condition or have the disposition to restore a car, to me the best projects are the ones that need nothing and it's all modifying to taste.  That said I'm excited to be getting another Miata, though also depressed for having to get rid of the Firebird to make it happen.  I already have lots of things planned out for it which I'll share here as they're done, I know at least scarebird will want to see anyway. :P

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« Reply #7581 on: April 27, 2019, 09:06:56 PM »
Thanks Nexus! Putting the nose on my car for the last time really got me excited.  Reyguy helped me out with my ECM and I moved, drove my car from one garage to another today. I too enjoy everyone's projects. They help motivate me.

I still have to figure something out to level the hood out. The left front wants to sit up sometimes.  It seems to change every time I open the hood. But it is still progress.  I finished painting my rear bumper for my truck so I was able to put the T/A back in the shop.











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« Reply #7582 on: April 27, 2019, 10:03:51 PM »
Aren't second gens notorious for having the hood hinges fail from them being sprung which bends the hinges?

OH and my brother FINALLY started to work on the Firebird, I noticed as I walked down to see how the sub-woofer install on the BMW was going.

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« Reply #7583 on: April 28, 2019, 05:31:27 AM »
Today I registered the Trans Am in South Dakota one step closer to removing the California from my life.



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« Reply #7584 on: April 28, 2019, 05:36:39 AM »
I second that!   :-P

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« Reply #7585 on: April 28, 2019, 08:17:58 AM »
Nexus, I too like following the resto threads and seeing the progression on other's cars. Its kinda like watching the car shows on tv without the drama!
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« Reply #7586 on: April 28, 2019, 01:17:41 PM »
Hey, that's an idea.  Build thread with some reality TV drama sprinkled in, will get so many views. :lol:

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« Reply #7587 on: April 28, 2019, 01:24:30 PM »
I'm out...I get enough drama in my life...seems to follow me around for some reason...lol
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« Reply #7588 on: April 28, 2019, 05:04:08 PM »
I thought about suggesting that Box, LOL.
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« Reply #7589 on: April 28, 2019, 05:25:53 PM »
Actually it already exists, it's called YouTube car builds.

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« Reply #7590 on: April 28, 2019, 06:37:34 PM »
Today I registered the Trans Am in South Dakota one step closer to removing the California from my life.



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« Reply #7591 on: April 29, 2019, 02:23:55 AM »
I like the idea of a reality show that is actually reality. The idea of a show featuring  non professionals doing restoration work would be cool. The truth is , reality shows become non reality as soon as they start filming.
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« Reply #7592 on: April 29, 2019, 06:36:01 AM »
That's why I used to enjoy This Old House. They would take an entire season and devote to one project. All of the guys were professional and seemed to know what they were doing. There was ZERO drama involve. I would like to see a car show with this format. I know with todays generation of instant gratification though, it would be impossible.
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« Reply #7593 on: April 29, 2019, 01:44:19 PM »
Wheeler Dealers was that show, and of course when USA "professionals" got involved, Edd quit.  I also don't understand why American TV has to suck so bad.

But I do have Jay Lenos' garage to fall back on.  No wrench throwing.  He doesn't really go into depth on projects but they sure are interesting.  If I had unlimited money.
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« Reply #7594 on: April 29, 2019, 02:06:38 PM »
That's why I used to enjoy This Old House. They would take an entire season and devote to one project. All of the guys were professional and seemed to know what they were doing. There was ZERO drama involve. I would like to see a car show with this format. I know with todays generation of instant gratification though, it would be impossible.

Not anymore, it used to be much better and they went into the entire process of a renovation, now it's more of a product selection.




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« Reply #7595 on: April 29, 2019, 02:26:45 PM »
That's why I used to enjoy This Old House. They would take an entire season and devote to one project. All of the guys were professional and seemed to know what they were doing. There was ZERO drama involve. I would like to see a car show with this format. I know with human nature of instant gratification though, it would be impossible.
Fixed that for you. :P  I have far more patience than my father, he's the epitome of instant gratification regardless of cost or how irresponsible.

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« Reply #7596 on: April 29, 2019, 09:57:43 PM »
Brother had the mufflers on the BMW removed for some straight pipe and put on new tips he had originally planned to put on the Audi. For just removing the mufflers it's a lot louder, seems to sound good for the most part though with a twinge of rasp. Will have to go for a ride later this week to see how it is in the car. Apparently the factory mufflers are very heavy, even though they're straight through even oddly enough. Haven't gone down and looked at them, but I suspect they're louver cored and very packed though I know they're huge. Should help offset the subwoofer he had to put in, since the factory under seat subs weren't enough of course.

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« Reply #7597 on: April 30, 2019, 10:32:00 PM »
...finished up the exhaust on a 68 FB ragtop.  This was originally a 350 2V car, still has the 350 but now has an AFB clone (horrible gas mileage).  We installed the kit David bought from Ames; fit is excellent - not a single tweak was needed.
 We did however have to send it out for the pass. side manifold studs to be repaired as they both snapped off.  The manifold to head bolts would not budge, at least to 60 pounds even with heat.



The exhaust sounded good, and then David noticed that the pass. side rear wheel was sliding in and out about a 100 thou.

 Uh oh..

Pulling the axle shaft revealed the sealed bearing spinning on the shaft, shaft is toast.  Axle housing bore is soft, will try to use center punch to do an inverted knurling to give more of an interference fit.  David will order new Dutchman axles in the morning.

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Re: Today I...
« Reply #7598 on: April 30, 2019, 11:00:29 PM »
AFB clone, must be an Edelbrock then.  Nice looking car though.  I've always wondered why they didn't do convertibles for second gens, as they were the only generation to not have one.  I could understand not having them towards the middle and later since all convertibles died off there for awhile, but why none in the first few years is beyond me.

1996 Pontiac Firebird Formula hardtop 6-speed

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Re: Today I...
« Reply #7599 on: May 01, 2019, 04:47:14 AM »
It's 0640 and I'm sitting at the Toronto Pearson Airport enroute to Okinawa Japan, for my second time. We make a quick stop in Chicago and then on to Tokyo and finally Okinawa. Should get to Naha City by Thursday Night around 2200 hrs.
On the agenda is to enjoy the tourism spots like the Aquarium, train at my Sensei's dojo, oh and get married on the 10th to an awesome Okinawan girl that I met there 5 years ago. Meeting her parents in person for the first time and thought I would bring my family to meet them as well.

anyways...I wanted to touch base as I'm not sure when I'll get back on here.
Charlie

79 Esprit but like many, it will be a T/A clone
(18 years and counting but still have her)

Re: Today I...
« Reply #7599 on: May 01, 2019, 04:47:14 AM »
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