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04 October 2010 @ 08:15 am
Operation Glove Compartment Swap  
Was a success! The previous owner of the MX-5 had left a bottle of touch-up paint in the glove compartment. Of course, it rolled around inside the glove compartment until it spilled, sat in a puddle, and froze solid into the glove compartment. There was no way that bottle was becoming detached from the plastic of the glove compartment.

But wait! Didn't I just buy a parts car the other day? I did! And it had a glove compartment, too!

These are probably the easiest instructions I have ever seen in a shop manual. Go Mazda.

The old glove compartment, disassembled in my kitchen.

This was a pain in the ass to get this point. It's all well and good to say "Bend the stoppers inward to remove", but it was hard, thick plastic. Maybe if I was a 200lb male I could have bent that hard ass plastic in enough to get it out (without breaking the stoppers!), but there was no way I was going to be able to do it under my own strength.

Luckily, I have a set of these cheap nylon pry bars, and was able to use the pry bar to force it out. Yeesh. Those $6 little yellow things are probably the best investment I have made in my garage. I use them constantly. I really should pick up another set, so I can have two of the offset v-notch pry bars.

Old glove compartment is completely out! Almost done! I went and disassembled it, putting the interior part of the tan glove compartment onto the fascia from the black one.

And done! Popped back in no problem, with a little help from the pry bars. With anything that involves tabs, it's much easier to put it on than it is to take it off. This was no exception -- just took a tiny bit of pry-bar action, and it was back in. Looking good!

And now, your reward...

Hey, it's the girls! The GTI (Greta) is totally a tomboy. The Miata is clearly the femme, but I have yet to come up with a name for her. Need more driving time to be sure!
Torvald Fnordawiczphoenixredux on October 4th, 2010 03:16 pm (UTC)
Nicely done. :)

Hey, I should put that Auto-X on the calendar. Should we do the Saturday session?
Soylent Meansoylentmean on October 4th, 2010 03:25 pm (UTC)
I know that Mari has a YFU corn maze event going on this Sunday at 3pm, but Saturday is definitely free. I could do Sunday as well, but I wouldn't be able to race my GTI, if that was the road we took.

Honestly, though, I really want to have race ride-alongs in your RX-7 before you sell it. So, if you wanted to do this Saturday in your RX-7, I think that'd be the sweetest option.
Torvald Fnordawiczphoenixredux on October 4th, 2010 03:48 pm (UTC)
Yeah, let's take the RX7. It can get to be a pretty long day out there at Canterbury, so we should probably pack a cooler with lunch and beverages, in addition to the standard compliment of tools and a couple lawn chairs.

Grenacia bought wrist bands for the Zombie Pub Crawl on Saturday night, so I think I'm probably going to sleep like a baby zombie for most of Sunday. :)

I don't see a start time listed on the MAC website. What time are we supposed to get out there? I'm sure it's early. Are you planning to co-drive with me? I think they have magnetic numbers we can borrow. I know they have helmets.

You should register a number for next season and get a set of magnetic numbers made up. It can be good to register two sets of numbers - I think it's only $1 to do so - and make them anagrams, like 117/711, so you can just swap when running different drivers or classes.
Soylent Meansoylentmean on October 4th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
Sounds like a plan. Why don't you go ahead and register here, for MOWOG 7:

It's $40 for the entry fee. Since we're using your RX-7, how about I cover $20, gas (there, back, and event) and snacks? They say to show up with at least a half tank, but the RX-7 isn't exactly a "sipper" at the best of times.

I'll ride along, but I probably won't co-drive: I don't want to completely gank your transmission. Give me a half year of driving a stick and novice school, and then maybe I can co-drive. ;)

I believe the cars start rolling at 9:45am, but the complete schedule is here:

As for numbers, I'm not certain they have ones we can borrow. I think they recommend simply using painting tape on your car, unless you have magnetic ones.
Torvald Fnordawiczphoenixredux on October 4th, 2010 06:44 pm (UTC)
I'd rather not use painter's tape on my car, but I do have some. Maybe I can come up with something magnetic in the meantime if they get back to me promptly with my number. And I just sent in the registration, too. :)
Soylent Meansoylentmean on October 4th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
Wooo, we're on! I'm pumped! Any food allergies that I should have to worry about, for lunch?

It's my understanding that many, many autocrossers use the blue 3M painter's tape for numbers, because it doesn't leave any residue or harm the paint. I think people driving cars to shows use it as well, to protect against chips and what not.

You could always do a test in an inconspicuous area before hand, if you're worried.
Torvald Fnordawiczphoenixredux on October 4th, 2010 07:21 pm (UTC)
I'm sure it will be fine. I should register a number for next year. Want to split a magnet sheet?

Oh, and no, I don't have any food allergies. So glad I don't. I <3 food.

Edited at 2010-10-04 07:22 pm (UTC)
Soylent Meansoylentmean on October 4th, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
I could be up for that. How big do the numbers have to be, and do they have to be on both sides?

I was going to use 2022 (my derby number), but it does tend to be pretty inefficient when it comes to magnet purchases. If the numbers have to be a certain height, then they'll probably have to be bought singley, and it wouldn't matter.
Torvald Fnordawiczphoenixredux on October 4th, 2010 07:30 pm (UTC)
You need numbers on both sides, along with the class. The class can be in a smaller size relative to the numbers. Each car has a unique number, so they want that to be highly visible. Numbers should be high-contrast. I think we should do black, as that will be contrasty with both red and white. Specs for the numbers should be in the SCCA rules somewhere.
Soylent Meansoylentmean on October 4th, 2010 07:43 pm (UTC)
Black would be fine. It's equally contrasty with white, on red. I'm sure we'll get a feel for what size numbers to use, after Saturday.

So, does this mean you're keeping your RX-7 for another year, then?

Also, be sure to remind me to bring my portable compressor with me. You'll want some extra air in your tires for racing. I'm sure they'll have compressors there, but it'll be more convenient if we can just use the power from your cigarette lighter to do it.
Torvald Fnordawiczphoenixredux on October 4th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
That's a good idea. I've been running straight nitrogen in my tires, but that probably doesn't matter as our atmosphere is mostly nitrogen anyhow.

Anything like that, that you think we'll need, we should definitely bring along with us. There's really nothing out at Canterbury. It's a good quarter-mile to the stands, and I'm not even sure we can get in there to use the bathrooms. It's just a big ol' chunk of asphalt and not much else (not even shade).

Which reminds me... something like this is what I was trying to describe to you, for a portable and temporary carport. Of course, it would be better to just build out of wood and fiberglass off the north side of your garage... Something to think about.
stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking nerf-herder433 on October 4th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
Duh! Put 20 on one door and 22 on the other!
Soylent Meansoylentmean on October 4th, 2010 04:02 pm (UTC)
If we're hauling tools and chairs and what not, it's probably not going to fit in your RX-7, so we may have to take multiple cars? I'd hate to not drive my MX-5 down, but there's no shame in the GTI, I suppose. Or I could drive your Highlander.
Torvald Fnordawiczphoenixredux on October 4th, 2010 04:05 pm (UTC)
No worries. My rx7 is surprisingly capacious. We can totally get my tool box, a cooler and a couple chairs in the back, no problem. I've fit more than that in there before.
Soylent Meansoylentmean on October 4th, 2010 04:07 pm (UTC)
Damn! That sounds like a two-corpse trunk to me! Not bad for a zippy sports car.
Torvald Fnordawiczphoenixredux on October 4th, 2010 04:13 pm (UTC)
In high school, I once fit seven people into my FB Rx7. I think that was a record. Good thing they were all friendly. :)
Torvald Fnordawiczphoenixredux on October 5th, 2010 02:50 am (UTC)
Hey, Phil (ex-FIL) just got back to me about the car numbers. I would have just called him - I didn't know he was still in charge of car number assignments. We can use his magnetic #7 on Saturday. :)
saphirepassionsaphirepassion on October 5th, 2010 11:49 pm (UTC)
Hey phoenix have a great time at the motorcross track. Bye the way how safe is motorcross ? Be safe!
cynthia_frenchcynthia_french on October 10th, 2010 11:42 pm (UTC)
i continue to be impressed
and think that it's completely cool that you're doing all this car stuff.

and the new car is super fun looking!