Dirty, dirty engine

Spent some time Saturday cleaning the engine. It’s still not done! I’ve never seen anything so dirty in my life. It is making progress though. I think I’m going to have to take the lower intake to get it bead blasted somewhere. It’s corroded white and yellow all over. I think there were mice or birds living under the upper intake. There’s all kinds of bird seed and the yellow corrosion might not be…well….corrosion. ( I keep considering working on something else just so I’m not stuck cleaning. I think I’ll just try to keep powering through it though. After the engine is clean and painted I don’t really have anything else that’s dirty aside from the transmission which isn’t that bad. And the wiring, but that is definately waiting until I’m ready to start cutting it down.

I’m considering fabricating something like the battery tray that Breeze just announced. It would mean I could use a regular battery. Maintenance on the Dynabat has me a little concerned. Not that it should ever need it but you never know. Better to be low cost and standard.

Outta work

I’ve been busier in the last couple of weeks than I was then last couple of months. Unfortunately nearly none of it was car related. Looking for a job is hard work! We did go to Carlisle last Saturday. It was raining on the way up and then cold and overcast the rest of the day. For anyone that’s been to Carlisle they know, this is the way it is every year. Still, we had a pretty good time and got to see a lot of cars. Nothing real earth shattering this year. I was a little disappointed that K1 didn’t show up. I was really hoping to see a finished Attack. I did get to see the pics of the FFR Supercar. WOW! It’s definately looking good. I have a feeling this kit might really shake things up in the kit world. The kit world seems to be stuck in this Cobra/Hummer/S7 mode these days. It’s nice to see fresh things come along. I think that’s why I’m so excited about kits like the Attack and the Mullen. With the price point the Smith’s are going for, the kit should have a big impact.

One of these days I’ll get back to MY kit. I thought I might have time to do it during my time off. The truth is the exact opposite!

Sitting at home in my skivvies all day

I’ve been laid off! Seems like a good time to start this Blog proper. That’s right folks, I’m outta work. Been that way since last monday. We had about an hour notice. The last week has been an interesting one. All sorts of things run through your head. The first couple of days I thought I’d be able to line something up pretty quick. By the end of the week I was wondering. Over the weekend I started considering that it’s quite possible I won’t have a full time job for a while. The thought of that is at the same time scary, and not. I know that if it comes to it I’ll pick up some part time work and at least pay the bills.

Last week was actually very busy. Lots of ideas to track down for employment. There really are a ton of places to search for jobs. Unfortunately I think most of them are a waste of time. I suppose its possible I’ll turn something up from one of them but it seems remote. I did go to a tech breakfast on friday and “Pressed the flesh”. Nothing solid out of it but it was nice to actually talk to people about what I’m doing. I feel more confident about those opportunities simply because of the word of mouth factor. I considered not going because it cost money. Glad I went though. This week is shaping up to be fairly busy also. I’ve been finding job fairs to attend and there seems to be plenty of them. Bad news is that’s gas, but what choice do I have?

I think the most difficult moment so far was walking through the grocery store for the first time since monday. We did some real grocery shopping yesterday. Trying to stock up for the jobless winter I guess. It was difficult not to grab that bag of Cool Ranch Dorito’s or the good Edy’s Reese’s ice cream. We made concessions and in the end it’s probably better for us anyway. It’s just difficult to turn away from the box of Ho-Ho’s.


I added a Guest book feature to the site.  I’m very curious to know who checks the site out.  Please add an entry for me.  It’s very easy and only takes a moment to do it.  And if you actually check out the journal please say so.  Thanks!


April was a slow month…Had to catch up on some stuff around the house now that Jacob is starting to walk.  Plus, the decision to not push it for Spring Fling has taken some of the urgency off.  The CACC held it’s first Road Rallye last weekend.  It went great and we had a blast doing it!  We are now looking towards hosting one in the fall in our neck of the woods.

Now that it’s not as urgent to get the kit done (aside from the burning desire to be able to drive it) I’ve decided to add some things that I’ve wanted to do.  I’ll just spread the cost of time so it will be easier to handle.  In the end I think I’ll be happier with it.  So, the only other adjustment to the website right now is additions to the wish list.  Hopefully in the next couple of weeks I’ll be able to get back to building!