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  2. Brandy_Brown

    Maple Festival 2019

    Good you added the restaurant on there, just have to remember we have to make reservations this year
  3. Yesterday
  4. GreenCactus

    R56 Wheel Locks

    I still have these... price dropped to $20!
  5. GreenCactus

    Cargo/Pet Liner

    I'm bumping this because I still have it and still haven't used it. Price dropped to $50!!
  6. wyretrip

    Maple Festival 2019

    Bumping this bad boy up as we are getting closer!
  7. Last week
  8. Gearhead60

    Post Holiday Party

    Thanks to @CarlB and Faith! As always a great set of hosts! Pam and Mark
  9. wyretrip

    Post Holiday Party

    Agreed! Thank you @CarlB and Faith! It was great to see everyone!
  10. TGGRRR (Ali)

    Post Holiday Party

    Thanks for hosting @CarlB and Faith!!! Wonderful time as usual
  11. CarlB

    Post Holiday Party

    I am sorry to post this but Faith is very allergic. We love dogs but because of Faith's allergies we can't have any dogs in our house.
  12. 1975_mini

    Oh Shift!!! Watson is going Manual.

    It has been a bit since my last update, I have been keeping busy with the boring stuff like cleaning and prepping parts and waiting on ordered parts to arrive. So first came A LOT of elbow grease to get 40 plus years of road grime, grease, and rust off the upper and lower control arms as they will be reused in the manual subframe. So after several hours of degreaser, wire brushes, and a few other tricks we got back to bare metal. Here is an untouched upper control arm next to a cleaned one. Untitled One down only three more pieces to go, but a few more hours and we got there Untitled Now that all the parts are clean it was time to mask off surfaces and get a coat of gloss black chassis paint on them, pretty happy with the way they came out. Untitled I hit the clutch/brake pedal box with a new coat of paint, and decided I was tired of braking things down and was ready to put something back. The space is a bit tight, but with a little spatial reasoning I was able to work the pedals around the steering column and into place. That’s right, Watson is officially living the three pedal life. Untitled I also ran into my first unexpected problem in the project. I needed to separate the trumpets from the rubber cones. The trumpet has a lip that sits inside the rubber cone, this creates a lot of surface area for the two to rust weld together over the years. Think or the hub centric wheels you have battle with getting off and that was only a few years. So then you have a cone on one side and a half sphere on the other, not my top two picks for shapes to get a grip on. This was not the unexpected problem, I knew this was coming. The surprise came as I was looking at one of the trumpets and saw a hair line crack, I gave it a frim wack with the rubber mallet and SURPRISE it broke right off. Untitled I had been debating upgrading to adjustable hi/low trumpets, but had decided to hold off. Watson’s had a different plan so upgrade it is. So I still had to get the one broken trumpet and the one still good trumpet out of the cones. So it was time to come up with a Rube Goldberg machine. I decide that a combination of a large bearing separator, three clawed puller, crowbar, rubber mallet, and some PB blast should get the job done. So here was the plan use the bearing separator to create a gap, this worked well tightening the separator created about a 1/8” gap. I loosened the separator and use the new gap to get PB blast into the collar. I let is do its magic for about an hour, then tightened the separator in past the edge of the trumpet so I could use it to pull. I attached the puller to the edges of the separator and began to add pressure. You could hear it making all those fun creaking noises, and I would give it a few taps with the mallet. A few turns on the puller, and back an fourth. Sorry no photos of the process as I was more focused on not snapping the trumpet and sending metal flying in all directions. Finally they let go and there was no bodily harm. Here are the tools used and the final result. Untitled Untitled So at this point I was at the mercy of the shipping guy waiting on parts (this was a whole another debacle) so I spend my snow day straightening the garage and tidying up some little things while running to the garage door every time a heard a truck hoping it would be the delivery guy. No Luck Untitled Final this Thursday the parts box arrived with Hi/low trumpets, new tie rods (the old one made Elton John look straight), and a bunch of new bushings and seals for the suspension components. Hey @Gearhead60 check out those engine mounts with built in nutserts!! Untitled So the goal over the long weekend is to get the subframe back together and into Watson. We are moving in the right direction now.
  13. BendersMINI

    Post Holiday Party

    meatballs it shall be Just me coming, I think.
  14. 1975_mini

    What did you do to your Mini today?

    Look forward to seeing them
  15. NYRican MC40

    Post Holiday Party

    @BendersMINI bring the meatballs, I will bring potato salad. and the girls will be me. no reinaldo or jessie
  16. GreenCactus

    Post Holiday Party

    I’m keeping an eye on the weather today. If it’s bad tonight, I’m not going to make it.
  17. BendersMINI

    Post Holiday Party

    Similar thought to Rey... meatballs in sauce with some buns... or maybe I'll bring some sort of chicken/rice stew.
  18. TGGRRR (Ali)

    Post Holiday Party

    Thanks for hosting again Carl!!! hopefully the weather isn't too terrible
  19. CarlB

    Post Holiday Party

    If it is raining I am not going to direct traffic as I have in the past. I have a long skinny driveway. Beyond the house there is parking. Park in front of the garage and in the area to the left of the garage. Leave one place to the left of the garage so people can turn around. If both of these places fill up park down the sides of the drive way, but leave room for people to get past.
  20. wyretrip

    The Winter Vintner Run 2019

    Update: Switching our last stop to Belly Love Brewing due to a closed event taking place at Adroit Theory.
  21. TGGRRR (Ali)

    Post Holiday Party

    I'm making a paleo pear upside down cake!!! It's yummy
  22. CarlB

    Post Holiday Party

    We are kid friendly and have a pack and play and are looking forward to seeing your family Edge.
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  24. AzFlower

    Post Holiday Party

    I have a work shift that ends at 4:30 in Lorton. I can head there right after to help with set-up and can stay for cleanup as well. Sadly I will have to grab something store bought this time, unless i can get something made ahead of time. I will update my post when I get everything figured out. Looking forward to seeing you all!
  25. Edge

    Post Holiday Party

    Susan, Noelle and I will be there! We probably can't stay to the end though... Noelle is likely to peter out well before everyone else, although she has been known to be a night owl sometimes (takes after her old man). We'll bring a dessert. (oh, and unfortunately we probably won't be in my MINI... )
  26. NYRican MC40

    Post Holiday Party

    Will bring Some protein, probably pulled pork or meatballs and dinner rolls.
  27. JAB 67

    Post Holiday Party

    Haven't decided yet what we will bring. Probably a Costco party platter. Shrimp perhaps? Open to suggestions.
  28. NCC Autocross has announced our 2019 Schedule! For the 2019 season we are returning to Seven (7) scheduled points events (with trophies awarded for participants based on their best five (5) results). We will also be holding a Novice School and a Test and Tune to kick off the season. As with 2018, BMWCCA no longer requires that all NCC Autocross participants to be registered BMWCCA members. Online registration for Points Events is $35.00 for members and $45.00 for non-members AM or PM. Walk-up registration is $40.00 for members and remains $45 for non-members.(PM Session Only! No Cash Accepted!!) NOTE: Our events sell out quickly so walk up registration may not be guaranteed. Please register online ASAP for best options. All Day Session (Online Registration Only!): Members: $55.00. Non-Members: $65.00. 2019 Season Subscription For 2019 we are offering Season Subscriptions for members only at the following pricing: Full Season ALL DAY at $240.00, Full Season HALF DAY at $150.00. The Season Subscriber Rate will get you entry into all Seven (7) Points events (not the School or the Test and Tune), and equates to a nearly 40% savings over purchasing each event indivudally. If you plan to drive with us for more than four (4) points events, then you will save money with a Season Subscription. If you are interested in a season subscription for the 2019 Season, please email us at info@nccautocross.com. About Our Program Our program is beginner friendly, offering in-car instruction, guided course walks, and a dedicated group of organizers who are happy to answer any questions you might have or show you the ropes. We offer Novice classing so you can compete against other beginners. Also, there are free loaner helmets available for use, so if you don't have your own helmet there is no need to go out and buy or rent one just to get a few fun runs in! All makes of cars are welcome at NCC Autocross events (no SUV’s or trucks please). We use a simple classing structure for non-BMW competitors. We also offer MINI only classing. For BMW drivers the NCC Autocross program uses a BMW-centric customized classing structure which pits your BMW or MINI against similar performance models in 3 levels of trim: Showroom, Tuner, and Modified. You can check out the full details at our website nccautocross.com. Our events promote a great social gathering of all ages and all cars. So whether you're a longtime BMW CCA veteran or never been to an autocross before, come check it all out online at our website: nccautocross.com Please contact us with any questions you might have at info@nccautocross.com. For non-members who would like to become BMWCCA members, to help offset the cost of membership new BMWCCA memberships are entitled to one free NCC Autocross points event! BMWCCA membership is $48 which is a great deal. BMWCCA members enjoy a multitude of benefits such as discounts on hotel rates and towing services. Plus if you’re a BMW or MINI owner you get the extra benefit of dealer discounts at most MINI/BMW dealers and several local shops in the area. See the links below for details: http://www.bmwcca.org http://forum.nccbmwcca.org/content.php?129 Signing up is easy! Simply go to “Become a Member, Autocross for Free!!!” and follow the posted steps. Make sure you complete step 3 after you complete your membership so that we can note your free event.
  29. JAB 67

    17" OE S-lite Wheels

    Winter tires? Why? It never snows anymore. LOL.
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