Testing out the new Buffer
Folks got me an electric buffer for my birthday. It’s random-orbiting so it won’t leave swirl marks (that’s the idea at least). Let’s see how well it works!
Looks like it works pretty well!
Backdate – 5/19/2009
UPDATE: It really loves to find hiding collected water, which gets the pad damp, which makes it pretty useless until it dries off. Drying it isn’t too bad but it gets real tiring after a while. With a cloth you can just switch to a different section of cloth and keep going. The buffer is also pretty time-consuming. You can lean on it very hard which means it takes a while to get the dried wax off. After a while I’ve started to prefer the good ol’ fashioned way…
So in the fall of ’08, during the period between graduating from Cornell and moving to San Francisco to study at AAU, I paid a visit to my good friend from Cornell who lives upstate (NY). I got to take a ride in some of his toys and do a little rust work on a known problem-area of my miata: fender drainage.
The last time I was in Mexico City, I purchased a couple souvenirs related to El Santo, a famous Luchador there. One of them was a little figurine called “El Hijo del Santo,” or “The son of the Saint.” The problem is the little guy has a fat head and falls over really easily, so I thought I’d make a stand to secure him to. I modeled it after a wrestling ring so he’d feel right at home!
I then uploaded the model to Shapeways, this super company that will 3D print your CAD models in a variety of materials, and even sell them to other people through their website for you!
Now that I had a system down and everything, I thought it’d be a good time to do the rest of the rear bushings! Also, I’m a glutton for punishment :/
Inboard bushings are done, time for the two outboard bushings, which are conveniently mounted using a single, foot-long, bear of a bolt.
To summarize, that sucked. But at least with new bolts and bushings in the rear, and new camber bolts all around (this project was immediately followed by a professional alignment), the car is in better shape for the years to come!