The Sharka Blog

Prime 52 – week 1

The Hunted

The Hunted I decided to restart Plastic52 on flickr. That’s where you take a picture of the same toy every week for a whole year. I finished my first year of Optimus Prime pix a while ago and tried to do a 2nd year with the Decepticon Revoltechs. I couldn’t consistently come up with ideas […]

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Cool kids wear stripes

I’ve been waiting for just the perfect weekend to put on Sharka 2’s new stripes. It’s been either too cold or too windy for over a month now. The sun finally came out and the wind slowed to a breeze and I went to work. This is the 4th time I’ve done a full …

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2009 New Mexico International Auto Show

The big, Motor Trend sponsored auto show came though town recently. My camera and a few buddies from work went with me for the opening on Friday afternoon. Though MANY manufacturers were missing, it was a good time. The event was lightly attended, yet the cars I wanted to shoot were very popular. I didn’t […]

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Lotus Elise Seats

(added for future visitors. DAMN I wish I could have seen these other posts when I originally made this one!) The Elise Seat Posts: Elise Seat Post 1 – The seats hanging around my living room. Elise Seat Post 2 – The seats installed in Sharka! Elise Seat Post 3 – Extra info, front …

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Suspension Install! Sorta

Yes, I say “sorta.” Because I didn’t take many photos. Because I punched myself in the face with a crowbar. . . . . . So there I was, all done with the front suspension and the front chin spoiler install, when it was time to turn my attention to the rear. I had my […]

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TEIN rebuild part 3

Happy TEIN Box

Here we are! The final part of the TEIN rebuild tale. Part 1 and part 2 can be seen on their respective links. The UPS tracking showed that I’d come home to find my TEINs waiting for me tonight. It was not wrong. There was a happy box on my doorstep with a familiar logo. […]

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Mazda3 oil change torque specs

When I change Beep’s oil again, I’m sure I’m gonna want these. Drain plug torque: 22-30 ft/lbs filter housing torque: 22 ft/lbs 6mm filter drain: 7.6 ft/lbs Each one of these seems to be on a separate page, hidden on the intarwebs. NO LONGER! Now they’re all in one place. For me.

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TEIN rebuild part 2

Remember part 1 of the rebuild? Click that link if you don’t. I received notification from TEIN today that my shock rebuild is finished! The total was $524 before shipping. That’s a good $15 cheaper than their low estimate and shipping with paypal was $1 more than their high estimate. I’m happy with that. And […]

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Rollbar and frame rails

Shark Fin

It was a big weekend of car work. A long weekend. Loonnnnnnng….. Half of Saturday and all of Sunday. And it was good. And I didn’t lose any fingers or toes. I started with the rollbar. This marks the 3rd rollbar I’ve installed in a Miata. I always wondered if it was possible to install […]

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Ka-cliiii…..wurr…..gnk. NO!!!!

Scotch n

The scene: 2 Fools Pub a few days ago. A bar, a glass of scotch (belonging to my darling wife). The players: me, my LED clip lights, and my beloved Polaroid SX-70, 1973-vintage. The shot: the cliche scotch glass on the bar with lots-o-bokeh shot. Ready? Set? Action! Ka-cliii….wrr…gnnk. huh? ARRRGGH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! See, a Polaroid is […]

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