New Exhaust — Nose to Tail (BMW 2002)

Apr 30, 2012

     New headers, resonator, and muffler get the car back in running order and sounding great.

Front Struts and Springs — Teardown and Buildup! (BMW 2002)

Jan 22, 2012

     Oh how the time flies!  After a year-and-a-half hiatus, a lengthy post in which I re-visit the front suspension.  I rehabbed it with sport springs from Ireland Engineering, Bilstein Sport shocks, and various other goodies to bring it in line with the rear suspension.

front struts and springs

Rear Suspension Rebuild (BMW 2002)

Aug 8, 2010

     The 2002's rear suspension has been torn down and I've cleaned and painted most of the parts.  Now it's time to put 'em all back together and bolt 'em back to the car.

rear suspension rebuild

Rear Suspension Teardown (BMW 2002)

Feb 28, 2010

     Dismantling the BMW 2002's rear suspension.

rear suspension teardown

Dropping the Rear Subframe (BMW 2002)

Jan 24, 2010

     Removing the rear suspension subframe to clean and rebuild it.

dropping rear suspension

An Oil Catch Can for the Valve Cover's Breather Hose (BMW 2002)

Jun 6, 2009

     I don't want oil spitting all over the engine bay, so I fabbed a catch can for the valve cover's breather hose.

valve cover catch can

Burning the Brake Lights (BMW 2002)

May 10, 2009

     Since Webby's drivable, I'd like to get things like the headlights and brake lights and signals working so I drive it safely and maybe even register in someday.  So, time to tackle electrical gremlins.  There's no sense in pulling and replacing all the wiring if the fuses are no good.  I found some replacement fuses from the previous owner, so let's plug 'em in and see what happens.

bmw 2002 brake lights

Brake Job on the WRX (Rear)

Mar 29, 2009

     Yesterday, I covered how to swap out worn brake pads for new ones on a 2005 Subaru Impreza WRX.  As promised, here's a walk-through of the rear brakes.  It's not really different from the front, so we'll run through it quickly.

2005 wrx rear brakes

Brake Job on the WRX (Front)

Mar 28, 2009

     Normally, I only talk about one car here, but the fact of the matter is that I drive something completely different on a day-to-day basis.  It's time to swap out the snow tires on my 2005 WRX for it's usual all-seasons, and the mechanic noted on its last service that the brake pads are getting thin.  I also plan to track the car soon, so let's trade out the old, stock brake pads for some new ones while the wheels are off.

2005 wrx front brakes

A Jam Jar Jet Engine, Revisited

Mar 26, 2009

     Let's fire this baby up again.

An Old Car Gets "New" Seats (BMW 2002)

Mar 15, 2009

     Getting rid of those crappy, worn-out, original seats and putting in some swank FloFits.

old and new seats

I Done Gradjeeated

Feb 18, 2009

     It's all finally, mercifully over.


Sealing the Cooling System (BMW 2002)

Nov 28, 2008

     Webby has leaked coolant every since I put coolant into it.  Every leak I plugged seemed to create another someplace else, some worse than others.  But now, I'm happy to say that the engine finally holds its water.

coolant system

The Maiden Drive (BMW 2002)

Aug 24, 2008

     Well, after two-and-a-half years taking up space in two different garages, I decided enough was enough and fired up the car yesterday.  I was able to get the engine running well enough that I went one further and slapped some rubber on it and dropped it off the jack stands.

maiden drive

Overhaul of the Shift Lever Support Bracket (BMW 2002)

Aug 10, 2008

     The gear shifter has been really sloppy since day one, way too bad to drive without repair.  I crawl under the car to find and fix the problem.

shifter rebuild

Fixing a Crooked Motor (BMW 2002)

Jul 13, 2008

     I replaced the two motor mounts and the transmission mount, straightening the engine and strongly attaching it to the car.  Seemed like a good idea.

crooked motor

Brake Job (BMW 2002)

Jun 8, 2008

     The brakes are done, with lots of new parts all around.  The car should be able to stop.  If it ever moves.

new brakes

Front Swaybar Replacement (BMW 2002)

May 26, 2008

     Replacing the stock swaybar — with its flimsiness and worn out bushings — with a new one that's thicker and stiffer.  I've been told that those qualities matter.

front swaybar

Yes, Yes, Yes, and Yes!

May 24, 2008

     My car has mudflaps.  All four corners.  Kick ass.


Bacchus Looks Kindly on Me

May 24, 2008

     After more than a year of back-and-forth, one of my fractals gets turned into a wine label.

torres arcanum wine label

Little Dragon: Twice

Apr 29, 2008

     No one seems to make music videos like this any more.  MTV has been a lost cause for more than a decade, so thank you, YouTube, for giving them a place to be seen.

Front Suspension Rebuild (BMW 2002)

Apr 17, 2008

     After months and months, I finally found the time to piece the 2002's front end back together.  Just a little more work and hopefully it'll be back down off of the jack stands.

Gas Tank Replacement/Refurb (BMW 2002)

Mar 23, 2008

     I had to replace Webby's gas tank because of serious fuel problems.

nasty fuel sender


Mar 1, 2008

     After years of wanting and procrastinating, I finally broke down and bought a road bike!  I'm very excited, but it looks like the bike will be collecting dust for the time being.  I didn't expect to be riding it right away, but did it really have to snow like THIS the day after I buy it?  Will the winter ever end?

     It's my own fault, I suppose.  I bought the bike in the winter to avoid the bike shop's busy season and to get a deal.  My cunning plan worked, but now I can only stare at my beautiful purchase while I wait for the roads to thaw.

road bike in the snow

Two of a Kind

Jan 14, 2008

     Dollar rent-a-car was kind enough to provide me with two keys to the Chrysler Sebring that was chosen as my "economy car" rental.  However, while Dollar trusted me (the only person signed up to drive the car) with two keys, they did not trust me with a key chain that could be opened.  Don't want me stealing their key chain or anything.  Clearly, they didn't comprehend the consequences of their mistrust.  So, I spent five days carrying around two monstrous keys that barely, awkwardly fit in my pocket.  Almost as bad as driving a Sebring.

rental car keys

Good Help is Hard to Find

Jan 08, 2008

     Why do so many mechanics treat you like you're an idiot when they can't even do good work themselves?

lug nuts

The Biomechanics of Looking Hot

Jan 06, 2008

     While my research focuses on the biomechanics of an organism that doesn't have bones or a "traditional" musculoskeletal system like that of humans, most of my graduate classwork (and some small projects) focused on bony systems.  Here's an interesting poster that describes some of the problems faced by women who wear high heels often.

biomechanics of high heels

Well excuuuse me, Princess!

Jan 04, 2008

     The next time some lip-glossy airhead decides to cut you off in line at Starbucks — that her "half-fat-no-whip-what-the-fuck-ever-achino" is more important than your bitter and overpriced "grande drip" — you know exactly what to say:

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