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General Tech / Re: Power steering pump disconnected
« on: September 14, 2019, 03:03:52 PM »
Just loop the lines and it'll be fine.

Drivetrain / Re: What do you like for 60 mph cruising RPMs
« on: September 12, 2019, 05:58:39 PM »
I like 1900-2300 at 70 MPH.

2300 isnít bad at all.  3000 is high.

Drivetrain / Re: Auto transmission question.
« on: September 12, 2019, 05:57:57 PM »
Looks like viton.   I think that seals inside the converter.

Build Threads / Re: Joel's garage build / organization
« on: September 12, 2019, 10:08:00 AM »
Quote from: frijolee
Re the plasma table.  Anyone seen a table that could take either a plasma cutter or router?  Seems like that would up the versatility greatly.  Hell, it would be trick if I could mound a circ saw to it and rip seams.  That might limit my desire for a proper table saw.

Check this out:   

The Lounge / Re: Martial Arts, fitness, etc...
« on: September 12, 2019, 09:49:58 AM »
I have some ideas in my head to do a little krav maga and BJJ or muay thai once I get my first degree black belt in TKD, just to round things out a little.  :)

Traditional sparring is probably best described as Olympic style Taekwando.   Kicks/punches to chest, kicks to head, nothing to legs, no punches to head, points based on type of strike (punch or kick to body is 1 point, kick to head is 2 points, jumping for either type of kick is +1 point to base score).

Combat sparring is with a padded stick, and only stick strikes count (think a little like kendo).    This is me combat sparring (if this link works I have the black stick/black gloves):   

As far as learning from it, I learned a ton:

1.  I spend a lot of time studying my opponent at first, which meant I started every round down 2-3 points as a rule, then came back to win.   I need to study faster and score points more effectively while doing so.   My instructors complement me a lot on fighting smart, I just need more practice with it all I think.
2.  I need to get in, strike, and get clear.   I took a lot of hits because I didn't get myself clear after striking.
3.  In traditional sparring I ran out of energy in the last round.   I just need to improve my fitness more and that won't happen.   Running out of gas made #2 (failing to get clear) about 5x worse and I left myself open after my opponent blocked me, instead of either striking again or getting clear.   I was starting to come back in that round, but ran out of time (back to #1).
4.  In all types of sparring I need to use my height to my advantage better.   I'm 6'2 and have long legs and I can kick above my head, so I need to learn my range better to keep out of range of shorter opponents when possible.
5.  My footwork is good, but my upper body is slow on dodging strikes.   I tend to block instead of dodge, which is tiring me out.   I also tend to use footwork to dodge, which also tires me out.   My upper body is too tight on form as well as sparring, so that's a big thing I'm trying to work on, just being more loose/fluid in my movements.   

Build Threads / Re: Joel's garage build / organization
« on: September 11, 2019, 09:20:40 AM »
I think that's a solid plan.    FWIW I really like my transparent divider curtain between my garage sides and it makes a HUGE difference in metal dust migration between sides.

The Lounge / Re: Martial Arts, fitness, etc...
« on: September 10, 2019, 11:56:42 AM »
Yeah, I ran track in high school and I think I may start doing my hell workouts from there.    300 meter repeats.   Basically run 300 meters as fast as you can (aim for <45 seconds) then take a 60 second break to walk back to starting line and repeat.    Go until you throw up.  LOL

My hyper-competitive attitude is taking hold pretty hard now.   I figure I won 2/3 things I entered, I should have won all 3.   I also know that I barely won all of the ones I did win (1 point/round difference).    I want to win by 3 points and win everything I enter next time.   I don't know that I -can- do that, but I can definitely prepare to the best of my ability to do so.    I mean, I'm fighting other old dudes like me in my belt rank, and I was very competitive at my current ability/fitness, so if I improve both of those by say, 30%, I should be better positioned, assuming those guys don't do the same thing (or other, more skilled people don't show up from other areas).

All that said, I -like- the close competition, but it gives me a target to beat, if that makes sense.

The Lounge / Re: Martial Arts, fitness, etc...
« on: September 10, 2019, 07:40:14 AM »
Thanks guys!

I'll be 37 in a few weeks.    I feel better than I did at 25.

I'm working on upper body a little more now as well.   Just crunches/push ups.   Once I get solid at that, I'll probably grab some free weights.

Does anyone do any HIIT training that works well for you?   I'm looking hard at that for improving my endurance during sparring matches.


Building motor mounts:

Passenger side in progress:

Driver side all braced up:

And the motor in the car on the mounts!   I am putting some small slotting in the car to help with perfecting the alignment (I'm fighting millimeters for clearances) but this is very nearly the final spot.    Next is finishing mods to the tranny crossmember, then I should be able to put the wastegates on and start building downpipes/charge pipes.

The Lounge / Re: Martial Arts, fitness, etc...
« on: September 09, 2019, 07:45:29 PM »
Couple medals from the tournament:

And my favorite shot my wife took.   This is actually on the way back down from a jump outer crescent kick (think Chuck Norris' kicks, but this wasn't a fully spin).    I just like how high up I am.   I didn't land the kick on my opponent though, guess I'm not quick Chuck Norris yet.

I'm pretty proud of where I've come considering that a little more than 2 years ago I was 250+ lbs. and couldn't jog 1/4 mile.    Been <190 lbs for almost 8 months (which is my target weight).    If anyone wants to do this, my advice is just get out there and do it!

Build Threads / Re: Joel's 1972 Land Cruiser Project
« on: September 09, 2019, 07:40:04 PM »
Headers look really good Joel.    I wouldn't fret that much on the mid length headers, this thing should have a ton of power regardless.     Good to see it really coming along now.

The Lounge / Re: Advice for selling a 7
« on: September 09, 2019, 12:03:43 AM »
The best advice for selling something that valuable is simply to think.   If you donít like how something sounds, walk away.   If you are uncomfortable, walk away.   Most times deals go bad, there were lots of warning signs, that were ignored because of the desire to complete the deal.

Donít let anyone drive it by themself, without you present and smack Ďem in the head if they get silly with it.  98% of folks are good people, just watch for that 2%.

Oh and definitely look into escrow, it can be a good option for long distance deals.

The Lounge / Re: Martial Arts, fitness, etc...
« on: September 07, 2019, 06:16:13 PM »
So an update on this topic;   I entered my first tournament today.    I'm a bit hyper-competitive, so I wasn't sure how it'd go.    I'm only a green belt, so still pretty low in the ranks, and my son was interested in doing one, so I entered as a bit of a litmus to see how they went, and if he'd like it.

It was well organized and a pretty fun experience.   It's the first time I've been able to compete with other people my age/rank (most of the people in my studio that are adults are black belts, and most of the green belts are younger).   Anyway, I completed in form, traditional sparring and combat sparring.    Managed to come in first in form, first in combat, and second in traditional sparring.   I ran out of gas in traditional sparring and just got too slow.   Need to work on my cardio endurance!

Anyway, it was a lot of fun!    Still enjoying TKD about a year in, and getting in better shape every day.

Congrats!    Thatís the best part of the build, driving it!

Need better audio, and probably a little better editing software, but here's our first intro video.   It's just discussing the project, no actual build work yet, but it's a start:

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