So, like I said in my previous post, I’m not screwing around this time. I’m getting right down to work, so I pulled the NB in today to get started on pulling the motor. This thing is M I N T Y, I totally lucked out on such a clean, well maintained car. Here’s our starting point, one blown up NB. Poor 1.8.
Looks pretty damn good right? Check out the inside of this air box:
It looks brand fucking new! Maybe they replaced it recently trying to diagnose the problem, but if so they suck, because this shouldn’t be too terribly difficult to diagnose:
That’s cylinder number three, and I’m guessing that’s some part of a valve, but whatever the fuck it is, it’s not supposed to be chillin on top of the piston. Anyway. The car is super clean, and I’m actually being super careful taking it apart, preserving all the clips and shit. I’m trying to keep it nice bros. I did crack the radiator, but it was the 20 year old original, and judging by the pint or two of coolant in it and the coolant in cylinder number 3, it got HOT, so I’m not going to lose my sleep over it. As soon as I get done posting this I’m going to try and find me a good aluminum radiator, because this won’t be going back in.
It took a comically long time for me to find all of the bolts on this splash shield, primarily because none of my hoopties have ever had this by the time I got them 😂
And this is where I stopped today, it was getting late and I had actual work stuff to do. Exhaust side is totally taken apart. The manifold is unbolted, just have to disconnect at the cat and pull it off. The wiring harness is pulled back out of the way, the cooling system is drained and removed. I basically need to pull the fuel lines, the bellhousing bolts, and the motor mount and I should be able to drop it right out.
Not two bad for two hours with a heat index of 105 while also dealing with normal work stuff. I feel like I burned a million calories, maybe “Car Repair Yoga” should be my new workout routine. Here’s a picture I took for Daisy to demonstrate just how hot it was outside.
Anyway, Tuesday I should be able to push it over to the lift and do the last few things and snatch the engine out of it. My maintenance stuff for the new motor is coming from RockAuto.com on Monday, my clutch happy meal is coming from Flyin Miata on Wednesday. My new motor will be in from a junkyard on Tuesday. Starting to come together pretty quick, I’m gonna stay on top of it and get this car built. I’ll update next week with an empty engine bay.
Now to decide on a turbo kit. I'm leaning toward the FM stage 1 but at the same time, the MKTurbo kit seems like a really strong value considering it includes a Megasquirt EFI. Have a little bit of time to decide while I put a motor in and sell my NC...anyone wanna buy a PRHT Miata?
My MR2 Spyder has been languishing because, frankly, I have too many cars. I’ve decided to downsize everything though in order to actually focus on a couple of cars and do cool stuff, as opposed to just doing little shit to a billion cars.
It makes little sense for me to have both the 08 Miata PRHT and the 02 Spyder, since they’re pretty damn similar cars at the end of the day and I only have so much time, money, and parking space. So I’m going to fix up the MR2 and then do a MR2 vs NC comparison over on my YouTube channel, then sell one of them.
My MR2 needs brakes as I’ve let it sit so damn long the brakes rusted, so I just went ahead and ordered these.
I’ll have some pics and videos up as soon as I get them in.
So I recently bought a house in Bartlett and I'm just now starting to familiarize myself with the restaurants near my new house (located near Bartlett Blvd and Ivanhoe). We were in the mood for Chinese so I checked around for Chinese restaurants near me and came up with Chang's House at Stage and Bartlett Blvd. It has some pretty damn good reviews so I figured I would give it a chance.
I called in my order (Szechuan chicken, moo goo gai pan, and some egg rolls) and they told me it would be ready in 15 minutes.
I searched for it and found the address on Waze, and headed the 4 minutes from home to go pick it up.
Chang's House is located in a strip mall on the back side of that shopping center at Stage and Bartlett Blvd, kinda behind Wendy's.
They were bagging up the food as I was walking in the door. Service was super fast and friendly. I grabbed my food and headed back to the house.
OMG guys this place really is as good as the reviews would indicate. Everything tasted super fresh and portions are more than generous. The rice container was so full it couldn't even be closed.
That container looks kinda small but it was PACKED full, the spice level was a little on the low side for me but I understand that they're going for broad appeal and I'm sure they would be happy to turn the heat level up a little bit if I ask next time. The egg rolls are HUGE like one of them is a pretty decent meal if I'm being honest. I didn't expect them to be that big and ordered a couple of extra in case Ava wanted one. We have a TON of leftovers.
So I totally lucked out on Chinese, the very first place I went to ended up being amazing. Now to find a good Thai place in Bartlett...
So the other day Project Fi had the Pixel 3 for half off. I could no longer resist my urge to own all the phones, and I ordered a white 64GB in the small size. My personal phone is an iPhone XS, also the non-giant model. I plan to use the Pixel for my work phone and the iPhone for personal stuff in order to keep my data a little bit segregated and prevent my personal camera roll from filling up with pictures of cars I'm buying and selling.
Here's a quick and dirty comparison based on a couple days of use.
Physically the two phones are pretty similar, almost identical in overall size, the iPhone sports a slightly larger screen with significantly smaller bezels. The Pixel is noticeably lighter. On the software side, Android and iOS are on their way to convergence IMO. Not literally of course, but Android keeps getting more and more like iOS and iOS keeps getting more and more features that used to be Android exclusives. I have no problem using either operating system and the Pixel's new gesture based nav is super easy to get used to, coming from a gesture based iPhone, though I do keep opening the app drawer when I'm trying to go to the home screen.
Overall, I'm impressed with the Pixel and if I weren't already so locked into the Apple Ecosystem with my iMac and iPad Pro, it would be kinda tempting to switch, seeing how I could have bought both me and Daisy new Pixels for less than the price of one iPhone. Android still has it's jank though, I can't get Assistant to work when connected to an Android Auto headunit, and scrolling on websites is sometimes kinda laggy where it's perfectly smooth on an iPhone.
For less than 1/2 the cost of the iPhone, I could probably overlook that though.
The cameras are both good. I can take ten pictures with both and be about 50/50 on which picture I prefer the most. Here are some examples:
See what I mean? I'm not a huge pixel peeper, so to me it really depends on the shot as to what picture I end up liking better, I would say for certain they're both very good. There is one thing where the Pixel totally blows the iPhone out of the water, and that's it's Night Sight feature. You can take a photo in near zero light and still get something that's at least usable. The images are noisy, but still, what you would otherwise get, you wouldn't be able to see anything at all. Here's a regular photo from the iPhone and an identical photo taken at the same time with the Pixel 3 using Night Sight.
Like I said, it's pretty noise, but shit you can actually see things. The way the iPhone photo looks is the way the garage looked to my eyes, you basically couldn't see anything. That Night Sight stuff is magic.