Tuesday, February 26, 2002

2/26/02 : Attilla the Hun

So let's see what we've accomplished.

Two days ago, Captain Bondo and I were sent to Alex's house to dismantle a Pacesetter exhaust that had been sitting on a now defunct '95 Ford Escort GT. This went fairly well with no incidents to speak of. However...

...this resulted in Alex's beloved - airbag stolen, doors kicked in, mirrors ripped off, dead for a year - car being completely and utterly pilliaged by Haoming and I the very next day. So now in our arsenal are:

(1) Pacesetter Exhaust
(1) Electric fan
(1) Radiator
(1) Airbox/Intake assembly
(4) Fuel injectors
(1) Intake manifold
(2) Mirrors
(1) Rear Wing
(1) ECU (we think...)
(1) Instrument cluster and surrounding moulding
(12,553) Random nuts and bolts - approximately.
(1) 16v DOHC head + camshafts

...oh yes, we also managed to pillage the two (2) windshield squirter thingbobs.

Captain bondo has been faithful to his bondo-ing. Bondo being quite the miraculous material I must say. As long as you dont mind the smell =P Broke three drill bits and managed to punch about four extra holes into back of the car.

Which brings us to today.

Finally able to locate a sheet plastics supplier in Southfield that did not charge us a 50 dollar minimum order fee. Found us a 1/8" thick 54" x 45.5" sheet of clear acrylic for $35.60. Replaced our dead drill bits with a hearty sheet-metal-drilling-cobalt-tipped-careful-not-to-drill-through-your-hand drill bit from Sears. Finally finished patching up all the holes in the rear. Removed the hatch latch U-thing (which is really shaped more like an O, but square) so we can actually open the hatch (and gain 25 bucks in doing so). Finished riveting on our amazing Home Depot sponsored Garden Trim Front Airdam - good for at least 2 pounds of downforce at 180 miles per hour. Pounded out the dents in the front right fender, and of course, replaced our wonderfully ghetto exposed battery ground cable with a real one.

Insurance still isnt any better.

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