Targa Miata
February 10, 2007 - When you're in a major project like this, do yourself a favour.
Put little parts in bags and label them. Even if you know the car extremely well - I'd like to think I fall into that category - it makes life much easier.
entry 44 - tags: tips
February 25, 2007 - Mystery box.
I've commented before on the importance of labeling everything as you work on a car.
Edit: Aha! It's the cruise control brain!
entry 85 - tags: wiring, tips
March 23, 2007 - One tip for doing work like this.
Having a vacuum cleaner in easy reach keeps everything cleaner. Maybe not any tidier, but at least when you've been cutting fibreglass with a angle grinder, drilling holes though floorboards or breaking turn indicator bulbs on the floor (whoops) it's a quick and easy cleanup. The end result is that I don't have to put my greasy clothes on to work on the car!
entry 102 - tags: tips
April 19, 2007 - A little gotcha built into the Miata engine.
This is the oil feed for the head. If you put the head gasket on upside down, everything works just fine - other than the fact that you cover up the oil feed. Then you starve your head of oil and it's time to take it all apart again. I've talked to two people recently who have done this. It's an easy mistake to make with expensive consequences - a bad combination.
entry 140 - tags: engine, tips
April 19, 2007 - If you really want to make an engine look beautiful, you need a bead blasting cabinet.
These are well-experienced parts, but a minute in the blaster and they look as good as new. It's great for cleaning old gasket goo off as well.
entry 141 - tags: engine, tips
June 13, 2007 - Time out for a bit of organization!
I was running low on certain common fasteners, so I dumped out one more box of random parts and sorted them into their appropriate places. This makes life much easier.
entry 207 - tags: tips
August 1, 2007 - How do you spend four or five hours masking a car without crippling your back?
Well, if you shop at the Snap-On truck, you have a cool little rolling stool that moves up and down and has a padded bench. If you shop at Home Depot, you have a little gardening seat with big wheels. Sure, it's not as cool as the Snap-On version, but it was $10 and it has a cupholder. Beat that!
entry 260 - tags: paint, Martini, tips