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SMOODY
12-28-2005, 02:40 PM
Now that Christmas is over, did Santa bring you the new coilover suspension kit you asked for?

I guess I will start this off.

Between the presents from my wife, my parents, her parents, and the kids, I got several goodies.

Bentley Manuals for both cars.
"Going Faster" by Carl Lopez (The book version of the Skip Barber racing school)
iPod and IceLink for my car.
And cash to use towards upgrades. (The UUC Sway Barbarians will be on order soon. :biggrin: )

Dirichlet
12-28-2005, 03:18 PM
yup yup
got a $100 gift certificate to Bavarian Auto
:D

SMOODY
12-28-2005, 03:35 PM
yup yup
got a $100 gift certificate to Bavarian Auto
:D
What do you plan to get?

SharkD
12-28-2005, 07:12 PM
P/N: 07-11-9-912-567 (M8x1.5 90mm) bolt for M30 alternator mount - so that I can drive the 6er back to DC without fear of shedding the alternator belt.

And some socks... ;)

SMOODY
12-29-2005, 01:17 PM
P/N: 07-11-9-912-567 (M8x1.5 90mm) bolt for M30 alternator mount - so that I can drive the 6er back to DC without fear of shedding the alternator belt.
What happened? Did the 6er get stranded somewhere?

dougmoney
12-29-2005, 06:35 PM
$100 to BavAuto, bought just paraphernalia, other than a replacement jackpad for my car, 5.95 or whatever. Got the Mobile Tradition poster set, a mouse pad, and a t-shirt, and still have a bunch of money left. I need to give them a call and see if they can get my windshield squirter valve in, its not in their catalog. I got the aforementioned "Going Faster" book from my mom, prior to Christmas. I got, from my uncle, an ex Formula Atlantic / Formula Ford driver, Carroll Smith's Drive To Win. I got some ramps from a random Volkswagen guy I met, which are probably the most useful of them all.

mlytle
12-29-2005, 08:39 PM
i got socks and a bell m4pro helmet, but my car got a bimmerworld ceramic 6 puck race clutch, front control arms, brake rotors, hawk ht10's, and a motorola racing radio setup....now i have a lot of work to do.
:)

mlytle
12-29-2005, 08:44 PM
$100 to BavAuto, bought just paraphernalia, other than a replacement jackpad for my car, 5.95 or whatever. Got the Mobile Tradition poster set, a mouse pad, and a t-shirt, and still have a bunch of money left. I need to give them a call and see if they can get my windshield squirter valve in, its not in their catalog. I got the aforementioned "Going Faster" book from my mom, prior to Christmas. I got, from my uncle, an ex Formula Atlantic / Formula Ford driver, Carroll Smith's Drive To Win. I got some ramps from a random Volkswagen guy I met, which are probably the most useful of them all.

that "going faster" book is a great one. i have lost count of how many times i have read my copy.

the "drive to win" book is a good one too! my copy is seriously worn. the other books in the "xx to win" series are also highly recommended.

dougmoney
12-30-2005, 08:40 AM
Thanks, I may head to Borders later today, any other specific ones you would recommend?

AlfaEric
12-30-2005, 09:37 AM
My car got a new parking spot. :icon_rock

---Eric

OwnedbyDuncan
12-30-2005, 09:48 AM
Thanks, I may head to Borders later today, any other specific ones you would recommend?

Tune, to Win, Prepare to Win and Screw to Win otherwise known as Screws, Fasteners etc. Met Carroll Smith many years ago up at Summit Point. Regretted not getting him to autograph his books.

BTW I got a new family member for Christmas. She was an early Christmas present. Kate is now 15 weeks old and just about housebroken. Wish the weather would cooperate so I can put her on sheep without a leash.

Take a look at her pixs. Now I need a new ride. Used 3 series station wagon(non AWD), new Honda Element, new Xterra or new Pathy are my choices. X3 and X5 just dont have the room for 2 collies and neither has any real offroad capability. X3 and X5 are a waste of sheet metal and if I am spending that much money for a SAV I get a real SUV not a poseur. If Land Rover had the new Defender out that would be the collies first choice.

Dave Apker

Dave Apker

SharkD
12-30-2005, 11:25 AM
What happened? Did the 6er get stranded somewhere?
Nah, it's fine -- although it may need a new giubo by the sound of it -- the lower alternator bolt had been crushed and the alternator was wiggling a bit much for my taste, causing a nasty droning that lasted from South Hill, VA all the way to Durham.

It looks like the bolt wasn't properly torqued... J&F was the last shop to touch the alternator. Hmmmm....

SMOODY
12-30-2005, 11:27 AM
that "going faster" book is a great one. i have lost count of how many times i have read my copy.

the "drive to win" book is a good one too! my copy is seriously worn. the other books in the "xx to win" series are also highly recommended.

I have only read the introduction so far. I am glad to hear that it is worth the read. I will have to look at the other ones after I finish this one.


My car got a new parking spot. :icon_rock

---Eric

Eric - Did you move?


Now I need a new ride. Used 3 series station wagon(non AWD), new Honda Element, new Xterra or new Pathy are my choices. X3 and X5 just dont have the room for 2 collies and neither has any real offroad capability. X3 and X5 are a waste of sheet metal and if I am spending that much money for a SAV I get a real SUV not a poseur. If Land Rover had the new Defender out that would be the collies first choice.

Dave Apker

Dave Apker
Any thought given to a 5 series wagon? My wife and I love ours. Very comfortable, lots of room for kids and their junk, and yet it can run rings around an SUV and cruise at triple digit speeds without much effort.

AlfaEric
12-30-2005, 11:51 AM
Eric - Did you move?

I just signed the papers. I'll be moving in a couple weeks. :biggrin:

---Eric

David Hicks
12-30-2005, 12:33 PM
Santa brought me a 3-drawer craftsman toolbox. It's verra nice. Dad gave me a ABC fire extinguisher. I guess the Halon units were a tad expensive. :)

David Hicks
12-30-2005, 12:34 PM
I just signed the papers. I'll be moving in a couple weeks. :biggrin:

---Eric
If you need any help moving, don't hesitate to call a moving company. ;)

AlfaEric
12-30-2005, 12:46 PM
If you need any help moving, don't hesitate to call a moving company. ;)
I'm going to figure out how to move the furniture next month. I've already moved a couple trips full of boxes and my truck holds much more than I expected. :) Of course I also have a lot more stuff than I thought I did. :redface:

I've been thinking that with the cost of gas, renting a truck, feeding friends/family soda/beer/pizza, etc... it might be cheaper to hire movers. :tongue:

---Eric

SMOODY
12-30-2005, 03:48 PM
Eric - Did you buy a house? Townhouse? Condo? Cardboard box? :)

AlfaEric
12-30-2005, 04:19 PM
Eric - Did you buy a house? Townhouse? Condo? Cardboard box? :)
House. About 10 miles north of my current place.

---Eric

SharkD
12-31-2005, 12:42 PM
Looks like I spoke too soon... If only Santa had brought me a new water pump, 'cuz now I need a new cooling fan, radiator and water pump. :(

Bad Santa!
http://img209.imageshack.us/img209/6599/santa4um.jpg

OwnedbyDuncan
12-31-2005, 04:23 PM
I'm going to figure out how to move the furniture next month. I've already moved a couple trips full of boxes and my truck holds much more than I expected. :) Of course I also have a lot more stuff than I thought I did. :redface:

I've been thinking that with the cost of gas, renting a truck, feeding friends/family soda/beer/pizza, etc... it might be cheaper to hire movers. :tongue:

---Eric

If you haven't opened the box since the last time you moved it you probably dont need it so either throw it out or donate it. If you are going to rent a truck usually U haul is the cheapest. If you are going to get new furniture for the new place have a garage/yard sale and get rid of the old stuff. Why pay to move it?
And my last bit of advice is get chicken from KFC to just to piss off the terrorists at PETA instead of pizza. The Colonel rules! And no beer until after the move is complete and the truck returned.

Dave Apker

Itsa328
01-01-2006, 10:52 PM
I got a new floor jack and a cordless impact set, and a new mirror for the MG. Better than socks and underwear...

SMOODY
01-02-2006, 08:11 AM
Looks like I spoke too soon... If only Santa had brought me a new water pump, 'cuz now I need a new cooling fan, radiator and water pump. :(
All three failed at once? Or are you just having overheating issues and you are opting to replace everything?

Cooling system issues seem to be going around. My wife complained the other day that the 5er was stumbling when the engine was cold. I checked the ECU codes with the Peake tool and it had logged an issue with the thermostat. I did a visual inspection and discovered a leak around temp sensor. According to the Bentley book, the recommended cure is to replace the whole thermostat housing including the thermostat and the sensor. I now have a project that I had not planned on. Oh well. :frown:

SharkD
01-02-2006, 09:44 AM
Flopping alternator tore up the water pump bearing, which wobbled at 4300+ RPM, which smashed the fan against the valve cover/distributor cover, sending pieces of the fan into the radiator.

The only thing to really be thankful of is the fact that it happened while test driving it in Durham, not halfway back to D.C. in Squirrel Level, VA. :\

SMOODY
01-02-2006, 12:14 PM
Flopping alternator tore up the water pump bearing, which wobbled at 4300+ RPM, which smashed the fan against the valve cover/distributor cover, sending pieces of the fan into the radiator.
Ouch :eek:

That sucks big time. I guess this proves the saying, "Never underestimate the value of a good screw" or a bolt in this case. Well, I guess we know what you are doing this weekend.

SharkD
01-02-2006, 10:15 PM
Well, I guess we know what you are doing this weekend.I wish that were the case... I have to be at work tomorrow morning & the radiator damage occurred too late on friday to get parts shipped... so the 6er got trucked to 1st Class Auto service in Raleigh... hopefully they'll have it fixed & find no other issues by the time my girlfriend, Katie, drives me back down on Thursday evening.

AlfaEric
01-03-2006, 09:48 AM
And my last bit of advice is get chicken from KFC to just to piss off the terrorists at PETA instead of pizza. The Colonel rules! And no beer until after the move is complete and the truck returned.

Dave Apker
I could serve veal. That really seems to piss people off. :biggrin:

---Eric

OwnedbyDuncan
01-03-2006, 01:50 PM
No not a little baby steer kept in very small pens so that they cant move and fed milk only. Almost as bad as lamb. Not! Soon it will be lambing season at my herding instructor. Yeah the little lambs are cute but all I can think of is lamb chops on the grill. Organic grass fed lamb. And the chops come with their own handles.

Dave Apker

GStiles
01-04-2006, 02:30 PM
Thanks to my "suggestion" to Santa, I got the following:
http://www.northerntool.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDisplay?storeId=6970&productId=200304147&R=200304147

Discovered I lacked metric open end wrenches while replacing my sway bar links.

Also got a Powerball and Mothers metal polish for my new wheels (to be mounted on the car this spring).