I’m going to try to do an update without getting into a huge diatribe about what’s happening in my life. That’s what planetkris is for anyway.
Now back to the show! Compression test is done. I have 180psi in all four cylinders. The rear suspension is done. The tip that Chris wrote me worked. After having the boys over at Town Fair Tire take a crack at them with the torch, James returned with them last Sunday. Gobs of anti-seize later, they are back in. Christine and I worked all last weekend getting the bushings in. To my astonishment – I realized that I don’t have a rear sway bar.
I’m serious – I thought all cars had them. I thought the Neon had one. I’ve been under the car how many times?? Only now do I realize this?! So, I added that to the list of things that I have to get at the junkyard this Saturday. I even have a nice new set of bushings for them!
Home Depot is my kind of race store. I think if they tried a little harder, they could dominate the street touring market with a selection of hardware re-branded for car enthusiasts. Gutter guard? No, no – “Bumper Screening.” PVC Pipe? Ah, yes – “Intake modification.” Are you going to buy a $3 hose clamp at AutoZone, or get 3 for a dollar at The Home Depot? No brainer. They just need to start carrying METRIC hardware. I know some do, but not all. Embrace the metric system people! Fractions were never fun in third grade and I still don’t know (nor care) if 3/8″ is bigger or smaller then 1/2″. 8 is more then 2 goddamnit!
*cough. Ahem. From the aluminum angle stock I purchased at the HD, I fabricated some bad ass mud flap mounts. Stainless hardware is the way to go here. Now she’s ready for some truck sized flaps. This weekend I have some more finish work to do. Bleed brakes, flush coolant again, paint front bumper, finish wiring, etc.
Almost forgot! I bought some bling. Every car should have clear headlights. I hate the frosted, gel, headlights on the Neon. I found that a lot of other people do too! So I picked up a set of these from neoncars.com for a lot less then some other dealers had them for. Go Froogle!