tr.v. simÂ·pliÂ·fied, simÂ·pliÂ·fyÂ·ing, simÂ·pliÂ·fies
To make simple or simpler, as:
a. To reduce in complexity or extent.
b. To reduce to fundamental parts.
c. To make easier to understand.
Something has been bugging me for a month. I got it in my mind to simplify. To make Sharka a bit less. To go back a little bit.
See, I made the mistake of filling my gauge-designing PC’s screensaver with old photos. There’s lots of family pix, lots of toy pix, and TONS of Sharka pix. And as I cut out gauges, I see the pix go past. I watch the Sharka of a year or two ago appear and disappear. I got nostalgic.
It was time to call in the big guns.
Nothing like working in the garage with old friends, even if they are a bit on the short side. Soundwave has been my favorite bot since childhood. Soundwave and Optimus Prime. I guess I like a bot with a face mask. But I digress.
Really, I just needed some small lasers.
I mean, how else was I to remove the vinyl? And take pix? Perhaps a pile of vinyl next to a fender? Bah! This is much more fun.
A note on the adhesive remover – it rocks. I bought the bottle to remove the side molding on my Mazda 3. It made quick work of that and left me with half a bottle. Very little was required to remove the vinyl residue. This is a great tool that anyone who does vinyl work should have.
A long time ago, someone asked me what the inside of the door looked like with my side stripes. I meant to take pix and just never got a chance. Well, this is it. Or rather, WAS it. The vinyl wraps around the back of the door, and on the fender it looks like this. Just a quick slice with an X-acto and the vinyl separates on the cut line.
But the simplification wasn’t finished there. Nope.
The TDR air splitter has felt a bit out of place to me lately. It was fun. It was very robust! (I can’t believe some of the hits it took with no damage.) And I always wanted to try a splitter with the support braces. But it just seemed a bit… much.
Out it goes. Sharka will wear a bare airdam for now. Just the factory plastic and some stripes.
Yes. That’s what I was craving. Something more like the Sharka of 2011. A bit less, but a bit more.
Many thanks to Soundwave and his boys for the assistance.
What do you think? Less = more?