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Old 05-17-2016, 03:34 PM
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Assuming it is just his driver side, and I don't have any good ones for him, he can get the lower and upper control arms much cheaper then that.
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Old 05-17-2016, 03:37 PM
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He needs a spindle, and it'll have to be an ABS spindle because MSM. So that eBay setup would work.
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You're probably right, it's just the first ebay listing I found.

Here's a wheel...

ALY64878U78 Wheel Aluminum Fits 2005 2005 Mazda Miata | eBay
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Old 05-17-2016, 03:48 PM
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Unfortunately doesn't look a whole ton better than the one on his car.

Why's it have a chunk missing?
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Dunno, the listing says remanufactured and the photo is for reference only.

Probably cost around $100-150 for one of those local repair shops to fix what he's got.
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Originally Posted by turbofan View Post
I'm sorry dude, but what the actual **** are you doing driving around on tires like that?
That's after the fact I drove it to get off the road & sidewalk. It had tread before.
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dude it's on the wear bars all the way across the tread. This is the reason you hydroplaned and lost control of the car.
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Yeah, I don't think the curb caused this:



Your tires are bad, and you should feel bad.
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Old 05-17-2016, 05:10 PM
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Originally Posted by turbofan View Post
dude it's on the wear bars all the way across the tread. This is the reason you hydroplaned and lost control of the car.
Good eye, haven't noticed it until you pointed it out.

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Yeah, I don't think the curb caused this:

Your tires are bad, and you should feel bad.
I do, trust me

It's been at BEGi all this time and tires were eventually on the to do list.

Hope all goes well with the repairs.
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https://www.miataturbo.net/miata-par...en-diff-88898/

This is sitting in my back yard with steel wheels and **** tires. Only thing wrong is broken bolt from the brace needs to be drilled out.

You can have it free if you can convince someone to pick it up for you. I am going out of the country for a month, but my Grandson will be at the house.

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Feeling really unmotivated. the cashflow is here and time to work on the car, but actually getting parts shipped here is a real pain. Looks like the easiest way would be to stockpile parts somewhere, get them on a pallet and air freight a **** ton at once... like almost everything in one shopping spree
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Something clever-

Starting in 1940, an increasing number of British & Canadian Airmen found themselves as the involuntary guests of the Third Reich, and the Crown was casting about for ways and means to facilitate their escape.

Now obviously, one of the most helpful aids to that end is a useful and accurate map, one showing not only where stuff was, but also showing the locations of 'safe houses' where a POW on-the-lam could go for food and shelter.

Paper maps had some real drawbacks -- they make a lot of noise when you open and fold them, they wear out rapidly, and if they get wet, they turn into mush.

Someone in MI-5 (similar to America's OSS ) got the idea of printing escape maps on silk. It's durable, can be scrunched-up into tiny wads, and unfolded as many times as needed, and makes no noise whatsoever.

At that time, there was only one manufacturer in Great Britain that had perfected the technology of printing on silk, and that was John Waddington Ltd. When approached by the government, the firm was only too happy to do its bit for the war effort.

By pure coincidence, Waddington was also the U.K. Licensee for the popular American board game Monopoly. As it happened, 'games and pastimes' was a category of item qualified for insertion into 'CARE Packages', dispatched by the International Red Cross to prisoners of war.

Under the strictest of secrecy, in a securely guarded and inaccessible old workshop on the grounds of Waddington's, a group of sworn-to-secrecy employees began mass-producing escape maps, keyed to each region of Germany, Italy, France or wherever Allied POW camps were located. When processed, these maps could be folded into such tiny dots that they would actually fit inside a Monopoly playing piece.

As long as they were at it, the clever workmen at Waddington's also managed
to add:
1. A playing token, containing a small magnetic compass.
2. A two-part metal file that could easily be screwed together.
3. Useful amounts of genuine high-denomination German, Italian, and French currency, hidden within the piles of Monopoly money!

British and American air crews were advised, before taking off on their first mission, how to identify a 'rigged' Monopoly set - by means of a tiny red dot, one cleverly rigged to look like an ordinary printing glitch, located in the corner of the Free Parking square.

Of the estimated 35,000 Allied POWS who successfully escaped, an estimated one-third were aided in their flight by the rigged Monopoly sets. Everyone who did so was sworn to secrecy indefinitely, since the British Government might want to use this highly successful ruse in still another, future war.

The story wasn't declassified until 2007, when the surviving craftsmen from Waddington's, as well as the firm itself, were finally honored in a public ceremony.
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'Clever use of game mechanics' on so many levels
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Hmm. I submitted an application/resume yesterday just for kicks. Recruiter called me this morning and scheduled an hour long phone interview for Thursday. Wasn't really planning on things moving along this quickly, but it might be an opportunity I can't pass up. We'll see how it goes.
75 minutes on the phone for the interview today. Think it went pretty well. We shall see.
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RE: SR-71 Blackbird

My grandfather, Ed, was an electrical engineer in the navy in the late 50's and early 60's. He was speaking with a weapons engineer about a launching system, and the engineer told him they needed to be able to launch the weapon at speeds above mach 3. Ed was puzzled at this request, since that speed was far above the capability of any bird in the air at that time. The engineer said "Let me show you something" and took him to a hangar, where he saw the SR-71 for the first. time. This bird was very much classified at that time, and Ed wasn't given any other information about the bird, not even what it was called. Years later when the SR-71 was declassified he identified it as the plane he saw in the hangar that day.

Love that story. What an impressive aircraft. One pilot told my grandfather that in a single flight he saw the sun rise and set 7 times. I believe the declassified capabilities of this bird are quite conservative.
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For anyone who is in the Midwest, they have an SR71 at the Kalamazoo Air zoo. It's pretty impressive. I'd say it's even cooler in person.
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Originally Posted by Chiburbian View Post
For anyone who is in the Midwest, they have an SR71 at the Kalamazoo Air zoo. It's pretty impressive. I'd say it's even cooler in person.
No ****? You mean to tell me i don't need to drive 16 hours to Pensacola to keep seeing the same one?
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I was just there the other day.
Overall, the place isn't that impressive; at least compared to the exhibits in Dayton, Ohio or maybe Pensacola, Florida.​
The blackbird though... It makes an impression.
The only remaining piece of the Juneau is neat too, though for entirely different reasons, of course.
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Wright -Patterson AFB museum at Dayton is

I didn't know there was a big museum at Pensacola. That's only 7 or 8 hours from here.
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I used to travel to Dayton once in a while, there all day for about an hour of working. I spent all my extra time at the Air Force museum, and it's really special. I especially remember the prototype stealth fighter - the weapons bays were open and had been signed in Sharpie by a bunch of the people who worked on development. Another thing was how small the B-17 was inside. Easy to forget that it was a weapon with just enough room for people.
Once I also got on the USS Providence sub for a tour. You need to be pretty cool to be on that crew. Being short and skinny would help, too.
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