The Sharka Blog

Forza Sharka!

Sharka lives in an Xbox 360.

Sharka as seen in the Xbox 360 game, Forza 3.

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Tool Review – Coolant Pressure Tester

Mityvac MV4560 Coolant Test Kit

While I continue to wait for all the parts I need to complete some upgrades while I have Sharka’s head off, I thought I’d do a quick review of the tool that made it all possible. This is the Mityvac MV4560 “Cooling System Pressure Test Kit.” And it’s a beauty.

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Vegas Night Polaroids

Paris and the Bellagio fountain show as seen from my window.

I lugged my huge tripod and two cameras all over the Las Vegas Strip at night. My reward was six beautiful squares of chemicals, plastic, and memories.

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Insert “Head” Joke Here

Sharka's reworked head

My head is back from machining and in my lightbox. Nothing revolutionary or earth-shattering was done to the head, but I do expect a little more flow out of it. Take a look.

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Clean Your Pistons Like a Boss

Filthy. We can't have that...

My pistons were slightly dirty. Out came the Mopar Combustion Chamber Cleaner!

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Head Gasket Time (and every other gasket)

A big box of parts from Mazdacomp.

Sharka needs a head gasket. A normal person wouldn’t be happy about this. Me? I’m ecstatic!

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My Tow Hook Worked!

Sharka is not posing in front of the Taco Bell by choice.

So there I was, sitting at a traffic light on the quiet side of an intersection. I’d just had dinner with my buddy Stoly (not at Taco Bell, at a much nicer nearby tavern) and was ready to go home and kick back. And…. THUD.

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Works Bell Rapfix QRSII Quick Release

Works Bell QRS - sorry for the lack of toy helpers.

In hopes of adding a little security to my Roadster, I’ve added a Works Bell quick release. And I took a whole ton of photos of it!

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Firefox 4 in Ubuntu via PPA

Firefox 4 on Ubuntu

I’ve not done a Linux post in a while. I thought that Firefox 4 deserved it.

Modern Ubuntu releases have made this whole process incredibly easy.

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Tool Review: Spill-Free Funnel

The Napa Spill-free Funnel. The radiator burping master.

Got bubbles in your coolant system? You need this. This awesomely-huge funnel is designed to help you burp your radiator without fluid overflowing everywhere.

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