The Sharka Blog

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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TEIN shock rebuild

Something that’s been in the back of my mind for a while, long before my 97’s wreck, is having my TEIN shocks rebuilt. The shocks have something like 60,000 miles on them. I’m the 2nd owner. The first owner was my buddy Tom, who used them on his 99 for about a year. They were […]

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The Last Ride of the 97

I’ve been so hard at work stripping the 97 that I’ve not updated my blog with pix of it. I’m quite done now. It is very stripped. Not much left. This weekend, I bought a nice big shelf to store parts and make room to actually WALK in my garage. I came back to find […]

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Ubuntu Intrepid: Upgrade your Flickr Uploadr (postr) to 0.12.3.1

Just a quick entry for this. It’s hardly worth the effort, but I spent a good 10 minutes searching teh googles for the answer to this one. The official postr site has everything BUT the .deb file. So here we go. -Go to the jaunty postr page: https://launchpad.net/ubuntu/jaunty/sparc/postr/0.12.3-1ubuntu1 -Grab the .deb file near the top […]

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Dead Car Update

Empty

I’ve not written an update about the dead 97 for a while. As I sit here in front of the laptop, every joint in my body aches. I glare in the direction of the garage. I dream of the time when I’ll be done (soon) and able to park my new 95 in there. Soon. […]

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