2 June 2013: Yes we Did!

Today, we finished the painting portion of the engine compartment appearance upgrade project, and we can put it in the dictionary next to the term:


Master painter and I-CAR maven Ed Mayer came over, shall we say, primed to go!

(Ed had painted the motor):

motor/trans on subframe
motor/trans on subframe

We pushed the car into the spray booth.

Windy, and hope the neighbors don't figure this out...
Windy, and hope the neighbors don’t figure this out…

Mixing paint.

mixed up primer
mixed up primer

Applying primer.

first coat
first coat

Safety first.


Second coat.


Applying the yellow.


Unmask and unveil.


Done at last!


Back inside the garage.


We celebrated with a pair of grogs.

Hard work?  Yes, but then anything really worth having is.

Next?  Reassemble!

What did I do?  Besides make the coffee, fetch the tools, and pour the beer, I was in charge of organization and documentation.

I left the skill work to Ed and Brad, did most of the heavy lifting on the prep, and I am always ready to fetch what is needed.

After the (painting) party was over…


April 8-16: more distractions than progress!

We are having a major renovation in our bathroom, which has the garage cluttered with bits that have little to do with motor cars.

On Thursday the 11th, Sharon and I headed 500km west to Chicago, where our primary focus was to attend the Stephanie Miller Show.

(see http://www.sexyliberal.com/)

Ms. Stephanie Miller and I, Chicago Theater, 13 April 2013.
Ms. Stephanie Miller and I, Chicago Theater, 13 April 2013.

We stayed in the Loop, ate very, very, well, and enjoyed – see http://www.lifeofcharles.com for more.

Back home, I decided to have Mini‘s exhaust done with a powder coating for both appearance and thermal protection, so on Tuesday, I prepared same:

Mini exhaust - before!
Mini exhaust – before!

Sept-Dec 2011

stayed off the road

replaced water pump, but problem may be timing chain.

set for winter: new trans; new timing gear/chain;  new struts; new dampers; new spring cones

for chainfall
tiggy and mini dec 20,2011
conrad, tiggy, and mini 20 dec 11
Conrad's side 20 dec 2011