Monthly Archives: August 2013

By @ 08/29/13 in Automotive, Corolla

So it’s the day before I graduate from Cornell. While I was driving down to meet up with my family for dinner (they were staying out-of-town because everything in Ithaca had been booked long ago), having already missed the right exit, I made a slightly desperate attempt to exit the highway before it dumped me onto an interstate. I wasn’t going that fast or anything, but I had to cross the painted, hashed, part right before the exit sign, where the exit lane breaks off from the highway. Well as it turns out, since cars don’t drive on that particular part of the road, there was sand and junk built up there, which caused me to lose control and hit the guardrail. I really didn’t hit it very hard but because the car had a unibody, bending any part of it makes for a VERY expensive repair. I must have just barely bent it because the car was still running and everything. I honestly didn’t think they were going to declare it “totaled.” So I totaled my car literally the day before my graduation. Aside from being tragic and all, this had the added problem of leaving me without a car to take all my stuff back to LI!!

I really loved that car. I was able to salvage the subs, amp, and capacitor before they crushed it :'(

RIP ol’ friend – 5/28/2013



By @ 08/29/13 in Automotive, Corolla

So at one point I looked into replacing the grey, patterned fabric sections of my car seats with a red fabric as an extensions of the red/black motif I had goin’ on. Putting aside the fact that the fabric I bought probably wouldn’t hold up as well over time, it turns out that the sewing involved would have been horrendously difficult (see above images). So that never happened.



By @ 08/29/13 in Automotive, Corolla

I was going down a curvy, snow-packed road and lost it. Spun a bit and ended up against a sign or something. Had to replace the fender and fog light. The front bumper needed some touch-up as well. Stupid snow!



By @ 08/29/13 in Automotive, Corolla

Measured and bought some neons from a local car audio shop. I wired them to light under the “door” setting of the dome light. You could still turn on or off the dome light separately because let’s face it, as sweet as they look, sometimes you need some more light in there!

The trunk light is wired off the existing trunk light, which I disconnected. Aside from the lights under the front seats getting kicked on occasion by passengers, it was a pretty slick setup!

~2004



By @ 08/29/13 in Automotive, Corolla

Here’s the completed audio system! Everything is Sony Xplod (pronounced “explode”) except for the capacitor. I made the box for the subs myself, custom fit for my trunk and I even found some matching fabric for a super clean look!

~2004