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« Reply #105 on: June 23, 2014, 10:18:30 PM »

I'm doing the musician thing full time now. I'm playing some jazz in colorado for a band that hired me. It's a really fulfilling experience for me and is getting me union pay so I'm living quite comfortably, enjoying the 10,000ft altitude and summer days that don't go above 75 degrees.
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« Reply #106 on: June 24, 2014, 11:31:41 PM »

That's really cool, I wish I could say I'm doing a job I love but sadly no... But my life is still 100 times better then it once was and for once in my life I'm truly happy.

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« Reply #107 on: August 03, 2014, 02:10:10 AM »

Well it's not what I did today. It happened a couple months ago but still hurts. Several torn muscles in my shoulder and 4 cortisone shots later. 8 weeks of therapy from hell.... Still can't go back to work yet.... And besides I won't even have the same job anymore. I'll be stuck working with customers and detailing cars.... **** people and their shiny ass brand new pieces of s**t. I'll probably end up being there like one or two weeks before I get laid off again. I was tech helper/lubetech/shop *female dog* but that's down the tubes. This is why I hate working for profiteering pricks that hate people who get injured on the job. Ohh so fun dealing with the harassment and *female dog* fit storms I get for fucking up my shoulder on accident.... I'm probably going to end up going back to what I know secondary. That being corrections. Working in a jail.... That sucks to but lots more money. I'll be making 15/hr if I go back which would be nice but long hours..... Yep. My life consists of sitting at my computer for 10-12 hours per day watching porn and netflix. Sometimes I get some diablo 3 time in there. I have officially given up on ever making a decent chunk of change doing what I love to do which is working on cars. Yeah. Ever heard of a tech helper/lubetech/shop *female dog* getting paid minimum wage when I end up doing half of everyones work? Yeah. That would be me. And I can't really afford to get hired as I told my last 3 bosses they could go suck a big fat donkey dick. Workers comp doesn't pay s**t yo! 190 a week is not really anything to live on... Good thing I moved back in with my grandmother and shes on vacation! I have all but become tired of this jumping through hoops bullshit. 
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« Reply #108 on: August 03, 2014, 02:21:20 AM »

Also I now own a subaru WRX. Picked it up for 2000 wholesale as a trade in from a dealer and it had a blown headgasket. I put a new transmission in it and exhaust and fixed the headgaskets. It's got a mildly bigger turbo and a set of equal length turbo headers. New Sti intake and Big ass intercooler. New brakes on all 4 corners and new coilovers on all 4 corners. Short throw shifter and a piggyback pcm for tuning. I'm running STI injectors with the bigger turbo and some meaty 235 goodyear RSAs on all 4 corners. I'm currently talking to someone who wants to give me 9000 for it and I might just take it. Because I only have 4000 total into it total with cost of car. Got to love knowing people in the tuner scene that know people that have parts laying around! I think I'm just going to sell it because insurance is expensive!
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« Reply #109 on: August 03, 2014, 09:20:39 AM »

Damn man =( sounds like some hard times right now (I'm Sorry) I know there's nothing I can do to help but I wish I could. hopefully you can have the 15/hr job plus be able to fix cars on the side.

I'm working at a store and close to quitting, they keep lowering hours and now I'm down to 20 hours a week. It's a big hit in the face when I work my ass off all week and I get a check for $120, On top of medical bills stacking up and it's only going to get worse with me needing so much more things done, Like electrolysis that's 90$ a hour and it takes the average face/neck 30 hours.

Lets not even talk about the other crap I really need that can cost up to $30,000   Cry
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« Reply #110 on: August 08, 2014, 03:00:25 AM »

Yeah ouch. Also sold the WRX. 9500 lol. I'm happy for now. I've got a few bucks to put towards bills. And today I randomly got a letter from workers comp instead of a check saying along the lines of you're done with treatment so you're fucked. So that tweaked me good as I'm looking at another 6 weeks of therapy. I'm gonna have fun chewing ass tomorrow on the phone. If they refuse to send me comp checks I'm just gonna lawyer up. I'm not even gonna play games with these people as I've already been dealing with games for 3 months and I'm tired of them randomly sending me checks or some excuse if they don't. The best one so far. "well we were told you were released back to work last week." that was a month ago. Fucking private companies. I swear. 
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« Reply #111 on: September 11, 2014, 03:01:01 PM »

And as of yesterday my truck is now a 5 cylinder! Put a hole straight through the side of the block. Fucking oil spewed everywhere. Connecting rod failure on cylinder 3. No big deal though. Besides the fact that I don't have a job but I got another block I'm picking up today and should have it all swapped over by monday. Wish I had a camera to show you the carnage. I'm crossing my fingers hoping I can use the crank and pistons from the old block. But it's not seized so thats a good sign. Funny thing was I actually drove it home. Granted only 5 blocks but still. I haven't pulled the engine as of yet so I don't know for sure what internally I can salvage. If I have to I can go pick up a set of pistons pretty cheap. I did manage to get my hands on a set of rods for cheap that a buddy had. My main worry is the crank. I'm also hoping I don't have to machine the block but it is a fresh pull out of an S10 with 90000 miles. Just minus internals. But I'm not complaining. Free block!
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So I tore down the block last night and I can reuse the crank but the pistons not so much.... One has cracks in it and 2 others have torn up skirts. I checked the bore size against the piston size and it's way out of tolerance. It's supposed to be within like .0025 inches but it's like .0095. Hence why the skirts on 2 pistons are scored pretty nasty. The bore difference throughout the engine is all over the place. I'm wondering who the hell rebuilt this engine cause it sure as **** was a hack job. I am just kind of confused as to why I didn't hear any piston slap or anything of that nature. But good news is I get paid tomorrow from a job I did last week so I'll have 500 dollars to get a new set of pistons. Upon measuring the new block I'm gonna have to hone it and get oversize pistons but no biggie. Gonna order a set of 350 hyper-eutectic pistons that are .0010 over stock bore since that's what I'm gonna run for the new bore size. New block is pretty clean and all that. I'm gonna bump up compression a little I think and do a mild build. Hopefully I'll have the bastard back on the road next week. Was hoping for a simple swap of parts and stuff and just throw it together and throw it in the truck but I guess not. Thankfully I got my old plymouth running and driving decent so I can use that for now.
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« Reply #112 on: September 15, 2014, 12:10:16 PM »

Wow zzk. Not everyone is open minded. Also update on my engine situation. Took the block to the machine shop and got everything checked for cracks and rebored to .0020 over because 2 of the bores weren't centered properly. Got my crank magnafluxed and Checked and it's good. I also sent my crank off for shotpeening and nitride treatment because I'm insane. Not gonna use the connecting rods I got from my buddy. I got a set of forged ones on the way as well as a set of forged pistons. I got a hell of a deal on em so I'm happy. I have officially lost my mind because I'm piecing together a nitrous setup to. I'm also borrowing some chip burning equipment for my pcm so I can custom tune it. Got an off the shelf grind cam for it to. All new bearing throughout and I hand ported my heads and having new bigger valves put in. Also ported the intake manifold. Yep. I've lost it. See this is what happens when my bank lets me take out a loan. Plus I got another job. What a fucking week huh! Got a job and spent 2000 dollars I don't have! That's alright though. I've got some s**t sitting around I'm gonna sell cause I have no use for it anymore. I can't wait for my new little engine to be done. I've gotta get a sticker now that says bottle fed and put it on my bumper! lol.

Epdate: So just got my connecting rods and pistons and waiting on my camshaft and crank. The crank is supposed to be done friday and be back by Wednesday next week. I borrowed a crankshaft from someone to test and make sure my rotating assembly is gonna be good so I don't have to modify the block because these new rods are a little big. My heads are back to from the machine shop and they are the cleanest I've ever seen them. Lmao. Got most of my hardware together and crossing my fingers I'll have it together tonight so I can check tolerances and make sure my new rods aren't contacting the block anywhere other wise I'm gonna have to break out the dremel and put notches in the block. Which I'm hoping I don't. Other that that it's looking pretty good right now. Just waiting for my crankshaft to get back from treatment and my cam to come in which should be here monday. Using the old cam for now to test fitment and all that. Making sure my valves aren't gonna kiss the pistons. But I'll have to recheck that when I get the new cam in next week. I've got some new 1.6:1 rockers for it and some nasty valve springs rated to about 7500 rpm which I'm only going to run 5500 tops but just for piece of mind. Cross my fingers I'll have it running and in my truck next week. And then maybe in a couple weeks after everything is broken in I'll throw a bottle on it.

Update #2: So I got the engine together with the borrowed crank and everything and fitted new cam bearings and all new bearings. Tested the clearances on the new rods and had to put 2 notches in the block but nothing I couldn't handle with a dremel and some sandpaper. Threw the heads on with some pos headgaskets and the oil pan threw some oil in it and fired it up outside the truck and man does it sound beautiful. I've had it open header before but it sounds a lot different now. Probably because of the bumped compression ratio and ported heads with new intake and exhaust valves that are a little bit bigger. My cam also came in today and my crank shipped out this morning. I'm fucking excited. I pulled the oil pan back off and the heads and getting the new set of headgaskets tomorrow hopefully. I also threw some ARP headstuds on it. I'm crossing my fingers everything is back in the truck next week. I also got my chip tuning stuff today for my pcm.

Update #3: Got my crank in today and checked all the tolerances and it checks out and got my cam and everything so I'll be throwing it together manana.

Update #4: I'm beating my head against the wall.... I've got everything together and all tolerances check out and everything is in the truck. Fuel, spark and air. Fucking thing won't start.... It won't even run on starting fluid. Did compression test on all 6 cylinders to make sure I didn't **** up somewhere but getting what I am expecting for pressure. Made sure there is plenty of vacuum on the intake side so it doesn't have an intake leak. I don't get it. When I had the other crank and cam in it fired right up. Timing is right. Maybe distributor is being stupid.... i'll figure it out later. I'm just happy it's all together and in the truck.
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« Reply #113 on: September 25, 2014, 11:22:41 PM »

wow I would break down in tears if i did all that work and it did not start...  Angry
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« Reply #114 on: September 26, 2014, 03:06:39 AM »

It's all good. I burned up my distributor pickup and after a 20 dollar part and 15 minute part swap it's running. Now to spend the next week tuning it. But on a darker note I have a funeral to go to in the morning. My friend who I consider a brother. Well His son passed and s**t's all fucked up. So yeah. I got a lot of s**t to do.
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« Reply #115 on: September 26, 2014, 05:34:27 PM »

 Cry oh wow, I'm sorry. 
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« Reply #116 on: September 26, 2014, 09:32:50 PM »

It's honestly nothing new for me. It's just fucked up cause his son was only 2 and it just sucks. I got my truck running pretty good now. Still won't idle worth a **** but that's why I'm burning another chip right now.

Update: So I borrowed a Nitrous bottle setup from someone. Made a custom spray plate with a 150 shot. All I have to say is I no longer have much tread on my rear tires. 1rst, 2nd and 3rd it was just a big fucking cloud of white smoke behind me. that was from a rolling start. my 0-60 before on motor was 11 seconds. On motor it's now 8. With nitrous... I don't know. Can't get it to stop burning the fucking tires. I could jet it down but yeah. I don't have another set of jets. Didn't take long for me to get a bottle on it lol. And also loan paid off. Yeah. Working on diesel trucks does that when you get paid good from oil riggers.

Update: So looking for a job is going no where. I've got 5 places that say they'll hire me if they get an opening. But yeah. Truck has been tuned to about best as I can get it. It now gets 15mpg in town and 23~26 highway instead of 12/18. Gotta love lean burn. Also setup my EGR and a couple little modifications to keep cylinder temps down. Added a secondary transmission cooler that takes up basically my whole front grill area in front of the A/C condenser. Dropped trans temps by 30ish degrees when towing a trailer. So yeah. I'm happy with this build I threw together. Runs nice and runs cool. engine temp only gets to around 190 with a 180 thermostat under stupid heavy load. This thing blew past my expectations. My next thing is I need a new set of tires. Lmao.
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« Reply #117 on: April 23, 2015, 08:16:52 AM »

Well.. This site is pretty dead.... Truck still runs great. Got a new job. Autoparts sucks but side jobs are nice. Get quite a few of them. Stopped smoking. Built a new computer. Haven't got my nitrous refilled. I keep forgetting to go by the welding shop. I bought another car that I don't know what to do with. It was just to good a deal and I had cash in hand.... 97 camry with 130000 miles on it. Everything works. Even the tapedeck..... Hopefully I can sell it here soon. Diesels are so much fun btw. I help a buddy swap a cummins into his old dodge. Man that thing hauls ass now with the ppump turned up and wastegate bypassed. In the market for a new full time job because side jobs is not the best way to make money even if it's in cash. Bought an xbox one finally. It's just sitting in the closet gathering dust though.... Haven't even played it yet. Also dodge magnum sxt 2005 with pulsing lights..... I gave up on it because I do not have the proper equipment to reflash a body control module. Also let me tell you. Bronchitis with an upper respiratory infection absolutely sucks. Had that for about a month before I started coughing blood and went to the doctor. I need money though....
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« Reply #118 on: May 07, 2015, 11:29:02 AM »

I've done nothing.... LOL I am legally changing my name on Jan 22  but that's about it.  Tongue
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« Reply #119 on: May 10, 2015, 02:31:35 AM »

I now have a turbo I picked up for cheap and it seems to be decent and it's not a china one! 200 bucks on a pretty good turbo. It's sitting on my chop bench along with my lot of 3 holley carbs i got as a bundle for 50 bucks. My plymouth now has a 360 intake with a thermoquad. Let me tell you what, 4 barrel carbs are so much more peppy than 2 barrals. Sold that camry for 1700. a nice 1100 dollar profit. I decided I would actually buy the tuning gear for my truck so that's on the way. Also just made 170 today doing brake job and water pump and ball joint replacement. I love making 170 in 4 hours.
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