Monday, January 15, 2018

AE86 Tech #86-36: The Dingle Ball

What the heck is a dingle ball.  If you don’t see it, it’s the little nub protruding out at the 2:00 position of the thermostat.  Most thermostats I came across always had this built in.  Especially if you buy factory issue stuff.  .  But if you’re cheap and get some aftermarket mediocre piece, here’ s what you get.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

DREAM BUILD M5 V8 BMW 2002 - Short Film

At least it's not another LS build.

Bought to upgrade


One thing about stuff you get from Harbor Freight, is that it always needs  a little bit more work right out of the box.  This gem i’ve had for a number of years.  always had, but always had it attached to a digital meter. 

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Rotary Hoe twin 13B engine tractor puller

Rotaries aren't know for it's stump pulling torque.  But it doesn't stop them rotary loving austrailians from using them.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

J-NATION 奥伊吹モーターパーク ④

Not sure what kind of show this is, but I like it.

Monday, December 18, 2017

Think twice before tossing.

20171216_143721It was a bit sticky and wasn’t making great contact so the side mirrors were moving intermittently.  Some folks would just throw it away.  Since it looks to be in pretty good shape, it’s best to try to renew it with a good cleaning.  It turned out pretty good.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

"DEATHSTAR" 1977 Custom Dodge Van

Forget the stretch limo.  One must arrive to the Star Wars movie premiere in this stretched van.

Monday, December 11, 2017

Lack of maintenance or defect

20171202_125927Broken distributor rotors is not something I ever see.  So when it occurred to the gray door stop, it came as a bit of a surprise.  I don’t know if it was a defective part or maybe it’s my lack of attention.  I’m usually pretty good about maintaining all the vehicles.  But having to take care of 2 4AGEs I may have changed one, but not the other.  Luckily the breakdown was less than a mile from home.  It was just a long walk.

Sunday, December 10, 2017

AE86 Tech #86-36: Find balance


Now that it’s up and running it’s time to get things balanced.  Just like carburetors, throttle bodies will also require the same attention to detail.  This also requires the same tool that carburetors use: synchronizer.   

But I'm sure most already know where the adjustments are located, let’s just take another review.


The throttle body butterfly adjustment screws.  There’s 8 screws that adjust the throttle butterflies.  Don’t necessarily have to use all of them.  For my setup I just had to tinker with about 3 screws.  Use this to set the initial idle speed and to balance out large differences in airflow.  It doesn’t have to be perfect but just close enough to use the next adjustment.


The throttle body screw, this is similar to your factory throttle body idle adjustment screw.  There’s only four you’ll need to adjust. Just like the butterfly adjusters above, you may not have to adjust all.  Use this to fine tune and this should get your balance spot on.  If you can’t get the flow to match up with the screw, go back to previous.


Once set, you shouldn’t have to adjust them again.  Unless you remove one or more throttle bodies, then you’ll need to check the balance.  If you’re lucky, you won’t have to adjust.  So it’s best to remove throttle bodies connected to the manifold as a whole assembly.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

8 Most Insane Hot wheels Tracks Ever Made

Christmas is right around the corner.