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Category: Projects

Teardrop Interior in progress!

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What I would LIKE to do is have two medium sized panels on either side of the ceiling fan appear as if they are “floating” a couple inches from the ceiling, and then wrap a strip of LED lighting sandwiched between.  If it works out, it’s going to look REAL nice.

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Hardest part of DIY







The hardest part of building things and drinking at the same time is gluing my hands together.  Creative license…

So, rather than step through all this crap, I’ve decided to just post a large collection of pictures for you to look at.  Comment, ask questions.  I’d be happy to answer.  I’m into the whole project at about $1800 right now.  The inside still needs to be finished, but I had to waterproof it before bad weather set in.  More pictures to come!  You can see from some of the pictures that I went back and forth on how it should look (like the diamond plate).

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My baby!  I must still find a name it.  And finish the hatch.  Including figuring out a way to latch it.




Buried Treasure!


I purchased a trailer literally FULL of someone else’s garbage.  It had every kind of fun imaginable!  Fences, light bulbs, mirrors, lumber, hornets.  Hornets?   Yeah.   5 nests.  Bunch of jerks.



Hornets and garbage removed, it was time to tear down and rebuild this trailer into something functional and build-worthy for future endeavors.   I was able to sell $80 worth of someone else’s trash into my own green treasure.  Better still, I have about $150 worth of usable lumbar salvaged (including 2×2’s, 2×4’s, and sheets of plywood) to go toward construction! SCORE!




Annndddd GONE!  Sanded the entire trailer down to the iron (as best as I had patience to do).  Removed the axles to flip them to the other side of the springs to increase clearance (maybe?).


Rust Finish

I found a polish/primer that will bind with the remaining rust, spray on clear, and turn black over night to leave behind a smooth primer.  I am considering coating the whole thing with bed-liner for further protection from the elements.  This thing is 39 years old!!!!

Stay tuned…

It starts with a tear…

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And some hornets.  Several.  3/4 corners of the inside have nests!  This project is going to be a massive undertaking and departure from my typical projects, which in the past have ranged from DIY mouse traps to wine-bottle lanterns.  No, friends… This is a whole new monster with a new set of challenges and tools required!


For a running total of the cost, keep your eyes on the bottom right hand corner of the homepage, and stay tuned as I update progress!

In the near future…

A couple of years ago I totaled my 97 cadillac deville on the back end of a surburban sliding down a hill.  I bought a second ruined car, parted it out, and used parts/money from that to franken-car my deville back together.  The post showing a couple random pictures of taking the engine out is my all time highest viewed blog entry.  You can find it here:

Fast forward several years.  Things I’ve learned to do on my car (in no order):

  • General maintenance/service:
    • Replace the brakes.
    • fuel filter
    • spark plugs, wires
    • air filter
    • oil change
    • anti-freeze change
    • rotate tires
    • serpentine belt replacement
  • Take apart and clean out the EGR valve
  • Replace fuel pressure regulator
  • Service brakes/rotors
  • remove fuel injectors/fuel rail
  • recharge A/C
  • remove/install coolant tank
  • remove/install AC Compressor
  • clean mass airflow sensor. 
  • remove/install water pump
  • remove/install radiator
  • remove/install alternator (ugh)
  • remove/install wind-shield wiper assembly
  • remove/install belt tensioner for serpentine belt
  • remove install belt tensioner & pulley system for water pump (other side of engine!)
  • remove/install manifold intake, service gaskets.
  • remove/install starter (under the manifold)
  • remove/install Blower Motor
  • replace serpentine belt with shorter belt to run car without broken AC compressor
I become more deadly with a ratchet and screwdriver every time something breaks on my car.  I still have a couple projects to do: 
  • remove/install rear suspension, replace with passive system
  • remove/install front bushings
  • there is a problem with the oxygen sensors to fix related to codes PCM p0171, p0151, p0154, p0174. 
  • HEADGASKET!!!!!!!! DAMN IT!    Looks like I’ll be removing the engine again.  Maybe.  So far, it runs without overheating. 
Undiagnosed as of yet: 
  • Rough/long start when engine is cold. When taken up to running temp, and then allowed to sit for 40 minutes to an hour and a half with the engine off after being at running themperature, the car doesn’t turn back on!!!!!!!!!! WTF?
So, if you’re int he Cody, WY area, and feel like helping me pull a cadillac engine, let me know.  Alternatively, if you want to buy an engine, let me know.