Tuesday, February 27, 2007


The buy an old pickup truck diet (tm)

This diet is effective due to the multiple ways it forces you to eat less. You may not be feel the effects of every facet of this diet but, rest assured, it will get you.

Step 1) Buy an old pickup truck
Step 2) Say you are going to drive it like it is
Step 3) Ignore Step 2
Step 4) Fix problem "i" -- spend money
Step 5) Realize Step 4 did not help
Step 6) Work on problem more -- spend money
Step 7) Recognize new problem made apparent by fixing old problem
Step 8) "i++" Go back to Step 4, if starved to death, goto Step 9
Step 9) Exit diet

This diet is most effective if you 1) know how to do most of the work yourself, and 2) are totally broke. If you know how to do the work yourself you will try to save money by doing the work, and may even succeed, but will have no time to eat. You will also spend all of your limited funds on parts. But, as noted earlier, this diet is also effect for multiple reasons. If you do not know how to do the work yourself, then you will have to pay someone to do the work for you. This will not only cost you money for parts, but also for labor. You will still have time to eat, but even less money for eating.

This diet is brought to you by Ph.D. Students and Associates (c).

Friday, February 16, 2007


Ode to a Silver Honda Civic

Get out of my way you asshole.
I hate you
Why are you in the left hand lane?
I hate you
Why do you go 10 mph under the speed limit?
I hate you
You own a silver Honda Civic, did you think to buy that on your very own?
I hate you
Do silver Honda Civics not have turn signals?
I hate you
Why do you slow down to go up hill?
I hate you
Why did you pull out in front of me and drive slow? My car idles faster than this.
I hate you
Go, go, go, go, go, go, go
Go to hell.

Monday, February 12, 2007


Spring Time

Yeah, I know there's still a bit to go before we actually hit spring. But I really love spring time. And we're getting close. Know how I know?

I love it.

Work on the pickup truck is fast and furious. I've attached another picture below.

The new carburetor came in week before last and went on fairly easily. It was also fairly well tuned out of the box. The spark plugs were shot. After changing the plugs it pulled almost 20" of vacuum. I didn't even bother to adjust the idle mixture with almost 20" of vacuum. I did adjust the timing a bit.

The truck also got a new exhaust system. The system that was on it was totally rusted and falling off. It had several patches in it, and the patches were no longer holding. I ran down to the Summit Racing retail store (I can hardly believe I live 30 miles away from a Summit Racing retail store) and bought a set of Dynomax Super Turbo mufflers. I got a couple of prices on doing the installation from a couple of shops around my house. They installed it today. I was really surprised at how long it took them to do it. I also used the exhaust tips for the Superbee on the truck (the guy I bought the truck from had already purchased these). I wasn't going to use them on the Bee for multiple reasons and they now look really good on the old truck. It is really quiet now. But I do have a leak at the driver side exhaust manifold. I'm going to have to fix that shortly, that should help make it even quieter.

Yay spring!

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