Fezzik is MOD-bound

Tomorrow is Friday the 13th.

I’m driving Fezzik 1,000+ miles to Mitsubishi Owner Day and back.

The plan is to leave work and roll straight to Mitsubishi HQ in Cypress, California. I’ll be caravanning with Josh and his brother Jay. Between Fezzik and Goldilocker, we’ll be pushing nearly half a million miles on our odometers.

Not the least bit worried. #FEZZIKLIVES

/ image: Rocinante en route to MOD back in 2014

Less than 3 weeks to MOD

I better get after it!

Been so busy working on #nlgs18 stuff behind the scenes, I’ve missed three days here. And I just realized MOD is basically the week after next.

Added impetus, Allstate has “temporarily closed” my claim against their insured due to my delays in getting them a salvage title for the vehicle which is only deemed a total loss because they determined it wasn’t worth repairing (despite only needing a couple hundred dollars in parts).

In any case, I need to get after things with Fezzik. Conveniently, some of these will score me #nlgs18 points (not that I consider myself eligible for prizes).

Thinking, this weekend I’ll…

  • Drain & refill cooling system with another round of distilled water and CLR.
  • Unbend rear exhaust section, remove & replace with stock parts on-hand.
  • Check battery electrolyte levels.

And then, 4th of July I’ll…

  • Drain & refill cooling system with proper coolant mix, water wetter.
  • 4-corners brake job: pads, rotors, speed bleeders if I can get them in time.
  • Install horn button.
  • Replace driver’s seat belt.

Would be nice to install manual front hubs when I do the brakes, but I’m not particularly excited about buying an unknown, Brazilian brand off Ebay. Oh well. Fall, then.

#nlgs18: Recharge, ramp up, repeat.

I had an idea, then, no.

What if I got up at 5 on Saturday and installed V’s new stereo, then skipped the pool party in order to get a solid four to six hours in on #nlgs18?

Well, Shannon had bought a LOT of food, and Chef and Angie were going, and damn. It’s been a while since I’ve been in a legit swimming pool. Phoenix summers are brutal without one.

I got the stereo installed. Went the twisty-tape route because it doesn’t really matter at this level. And it was nice to be out front, working on a car project while the neighborhood was quiet.

Rod, the local tomcat, reappeared for the first time in a couple weeks. Followed by his daughter. Followed by four of her daughters, each no more than six inches long.

The install was a complete success. The Juke has never sounded so good. The factory deck made little use of the $500 in Kenwood and JL components I’d installed last year for V. This thing shakes all the mirrors.

And then we went to Shannon’s for the pool party. We spent the day.

It was nice to fall into bed around 9PM and know I’d be getting at least seven hours of sleep.

Recharged. Ramp up. Repeat.