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Yeah, space is a killer. I've done my fair share of fixes in borrowed garages, driveways, and quiet back roads, but it is so nice to have a place where you can put a car up for an extended period of time. On the other hand, it removes the pressure to finish things in a timely fashion and you end up with projects that sit for a year...
I wish this was an 'extra' car--right now I have three broken cars and one working truck, and I'd rather not be driving it every day. Hopefully this one will be our daily before summer.
(Our last daily is waiting on me to decide what I'm going to do with it...)
In my defense, one was supposed to become a parts car...that one also has a supercharger.
I've been thinking about grafting a double A-arm suspension onto an MR2 for a while, but I'd be doing that just "because I can" because there's no way in hell it'd be economical or rational to do that.
I looked for other cars with similarly shaped pipes, and I didn't seem to find any--there are no pick-n-pulls out this way, and the proprietors of the various junkyards are no-nonsense characters that don't take kindly to requests to "just find something kinda like this".
I thought about a couple ways of doing this but decided that if I was going to bother to re-make the intake pipe I might as well make it good. Otherwise I'd have just scrounged the classifieds on various MR2 forums until I got a used replacement in reasonable shape.
I agree on the toaster...but then again, I don't have a book deal as a result of doing something that seemingly pointless! If I were to go about making something complex from scratch, I'd rather read this instead.
The work is definitely its own reward, although you won't find me complaining about getting to drive it!
I didn't know much about working on cars beyond how to change oil and rotate tires before I bought this one. I printed off a shop manual for it that explains more or less how to do about any procedure; for everything else, there's friends and enthusiast forums. Friends are especially good to have because they can be persuaded with food to lend tools and help out on bigger projects.
I'm still alive. One step closer to getting my MR2 running again. My wife's getting screwed over at her job and it's the same shit that I've seen over and over again at this university since 2010: the people who care have no power to make things better, and the people who have the power are only out for themselves or are sucking up to the people above them in the hierarchy.
We're also getting chickens here in the next couple of weeks, so we'll be building a coop here soon.
I am not much of a "clean" workspaces person. They look really nice but all of mine inevitably collect a nice layer of cruft. This is more or less representative of what mine looks like mid-project; I tidy up a little at the end of the night so that I can find things again the next time I'm down here.
Still, too many things and not enough places for all of them. I need to get some more shelves, and take the time to fill up my drawers that I bought a while back.
For research, imagine a nice armchair surrounded by stacks of books.