Warning: I know you all will hate me once I start posting pictures of the poor state my ride is in; I apologize in advance. I am not proud of how I let my ride deteriorate, and I know that I'm probably not worthy to be considered a MM'er any more,
but I also know that it takes time to get back into the ideal, and I'm ready to do what I need to do to get it done.
I've wanted to toy around with the car a lot, nearly the whole 8+ years (as of starting this thread) I've owned her; I've hinted at stuff I want to do in a recent poll about the new convertible top's color. It is only recently that I've been able to do something about it [with a decent-paying job and all; and yes, I know, I should have done the basic maintenance stuffs before... but that's the past, and I'd rather learn from it and move on], so I'm starting this build/rebuild thread to chronicle the rebirth of my new edge from current to factory and to legen... wait for it...
Yeaup, you're going to be waiting for a while. I've decided that I'm going to focus first on the outside (convertible top, damaged panels from a long-ago incident, and a few other parts that need replacing/upgrades (mirrors, lights)). The only exception is that I'll be doing the immediate interior (carpet, seats) not too much after when the convertible top installation is completed.
I'm not sure of frequency of updates, but I'm sure I'll log a ton of information here, in the form of links, thoughts, discussions, bitchings, et cetera ad nauseam. If you think I make a bad choice about something, feel free to throw your two cents into the ring. But I expect a good reasoning/reckoning as to why a choice I made was dumb [of course, most of the initial choices I make are going to be dumb, and definitely point those out!].. showing me the err of my ways allows me to tweak my thought processes and improve myself - a two for one deal, since I'll be improving my car as well.
In terms of an overall goal - I'm pretty much dead-set on a sleeper. After that, I don't know, including HP/TQ numbers, ride height, blah blah blah. I figure I'll know what I can do in terms of work by bringing her back to specifications, and getting a couple of tools in the process, and then I can go from there.
How will I track progress? Well, here's the first post... so that's a start. But a better way might be having a little log of all the posts for the future.. right here in the first one. That way, should anyone who doesn't follow, can see what I've discussed with people about and done to my ride, and possibly find an answer or two to their questions. This will be the purpose of the second post in this thread by me will contain some type of listing (format to be determined, but will put up a skeleton post for now) of all the things I've thought/thinking of doing, am planning on doing, am currently doing, and have finished doing. [That's a lot of doing! giggity
I will warn you: I'm a photography whore, but I'm no where near close to what a real expert would be. Expect pictures, expect video, and maybe one or two of me [I hate being in the pictures, but I sure as hell don't mind takin' 'em. I don't have all the fun gear either, just a simple P&S DC, a smart[er]phone, and a tripod. Might see some posts related to using a webcam I recently acquired (a Logitech C920) as a dashcam, but I'm not so sure about that.
At some point in the near future, I'll start digging around my virtual library and find some pictures of events in the life of my car as her second owner. ['owner' seems too... disconnected... I think I like 'partner' instead - has to be, for the amount of torment she's received and she just won't die - gotta love her
]. You'll see one of the earlier pictures I took (b/w/sepia or whatever, from my first digital camera), you'll see the funny bird-shit covered front, you'll see the pictures of a few days after the day that the car went permanently rear-windowless [until the very near future with the new top..], and more recently, she had a chance to sit in the snow and look purteh.
I'm sorry, but by default, no TL;DR's should be expected [I may elect, and so may you, to use them for a particular post or series of posts, but I don't anticipate many.]
So, what kind of things can you expect me to be doing to my car? I'm not sure, and since I can't predict the future to more than a few days, I don't know. My goals may shift from a sleeper to who knows what. Overall, I know I definitely want to put both my car and technology passions together, into some kind of rolling museum about me [or whatever, don't hate that description... haha]. There's going to be an accessible/interface-able computer (probably running a linux variant) in the beast, to help tame the brawn, and when necessary, unleash it. I plan on digging out wires, making nice and clean connector/ions for making parts maintenance/replacement that much easier, all sorts of fun electrical goodness should find it's way in here. Don't be too surprised to find some source code posts, ^_^.
Updates may be within hours to months. Don't count on anything steady, but feel free to contribute, ask questions of my methodologies, memory dumps/thoughts, whatever fancies your interest, even if a tad bit off-topic. I don't mind.
Heck, like suggestions, comments, questions, subscribers... [uh, crap, this ain't YouTube..], even a troll or two are welcome.
Well, it's a lengthy/wordy start.. maybe I should take some pictures. They're worth a few, right?
Thanks for reading,
PS: I've subscribed to this thread.. with instant email notification. So, hopefully any questions will be answered as soon as I can provide them.