30 May 2011

I’m still around; just taking a step back from pushing so hard, and have actually been spending more time with the wife. Have done a few new things, like going to a minerals exhibition where we saw some incredible rocks that came out of the earth. Then there’s a growing interest/distraction in backpacking – and I thought that there were a million choices in car stuff… Then there was the first gun show we ever went to, where my wife said it was like going back in time, walking through the open marketplace in Vietnam where you could buy virtually any pistol, rifle, machine gun or grenade-launcher you wanted. In backyard news, there’s another hummingbird nest not 50 ft from the first 🙂

And then there’s the car. The next panel – the last of the pain-in-the-ass panels – is finished other than fasteners, the one surrounding the shifter. I was going to leave the shifter open to show it off, but if and when the car gets rained on, water will run into the shifter and into the center tunnel and cause mischief (rust.) There’ll either be a leather shifter boot over the whole cutout as-shown, or as my buddy, Ron, suggested, a plexiglas box show-casing the mechanism, plus a small shifter boot. Regardless, having a 2″-wide center “tunnel” goes a long way to freeing up legroom.

Speaking of such, Ron stopped by in his authentic 1961 right-hand drive Lotus Seven. He twisted my arm (I hate driving other people’s stuff) until I gave in, and man is it elemental. It was amazing how tight the steering is; sneeze and the car will be in the next lane Right Now. It was hard to believe it only has a 1.3 liter engine, as 1000 lbs does wonders for performance; mine’s going to be something of a tank in comparison. I can’t imagine driving his car at the autocross, as the performance it so far up the scale it’ll really lay out the driver’s ability – or lack thereof. Driving on the right-hand side takes some getting used to but I guess I should just be happy I didn’t also have to drive on the left side of the road, too!

Gave up on getting carried away with the foot well paneling. It’ll just be made removable one way or another so that the shocks can be accessed.