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  1. No not a Chevrolet Over the last year or so i have been learning to play the bass guitar after a lifelong love for the instrument and how it has shaped my entire taste in music, paired with nearly a lifetime of thinking it was worthless to try to learn an instrument as an adult, while im still not very good, i can play music and i love it. When ever i think back to songs i love, no matter if there rock songs, hip hop beats, jazz or even early electronica, you can usually find a prominent bass line. If you dug further you might notice something curious, more often than not, the artist behind many of those songs are playing a Music Man Stingray. They remain to this day one of the most sought after bass guitars and while being particularly distinctive in their sound somehow fit right into many different styles of music. Aside from the excellent sound, i also really like the shape and style of the Stingray, its iconic for good reason. Tim Commerford - Rage Against the Machine Kim Deal - Pixies Dave Farrell - Linkin Park Trent Reznor - Nine Inch Nails Cliff Williams - AC/DC And from wiki You get the idea, its an instrument that has lent its iconic sound to most great corners of music. I want one, i want one bad. I told myself that when i got better i would let myself have a nice instrument instead of the 2nd hand facebook bass i currently have, however the world took a swan dive in that time and i dont have much expendable income and the problem is proper Stingrays are pretty fucking expensive and im not a successful musician. They do offer entry level stingrays, but they just arnt the same. I am however sick enough in the head to assume that i can build anything, so why not, how hard can it be to build a high end instrument? I have begun with choosing one of the earliest Stingrays, the 'pre Earnie Ball' ~76 model as a base mostly because i prefer its rounded edges, but im also a sucker for vintage. now while this will be a shameless replica, i will be picking and choosing a few details from the 70s - 80s range and perhaps adding in some personal touches. This is my model as it stands now after a couple of lunch breaks, the image has been moved to the side so you can see how it was used to trace the iconic silhouette. There still alot of work to do on the model and you may notice one difference being the lack of a bolted on neck and the pickgaurd being recessed. more on that later. With the help of many others, im very much looking forward to this one.
  2. I'm not as versed on this as others though @yoeddynz would be the most recent to fall victim that I can recall. I'm pretty sure that it won't have done anything if it never warmed up and built pressure. You certainly don't need to waste the coolant, just remove it for the first wee while and then you can put it back in once everything is nice and seated
  3. also +1 for Lewis
  4. Nismo doesnt come here anymore but the man who rebuilt your engine is also one who shows up sometimes. Ill mention it to the man but hes very welcoming and has a Capri in the shed also. Also, i came here to actually say to dump that antifreeze asap, run the engine on straight water for the first runs otherwise you might get head gasket issues as the antifreeze is slippery and can work its way past fresh gaskets.
  5. my first car was an N/A sw20. i nearly hit a lamp post and a gardener when i tried to slide it around a corner, i did hit a curb and i did snap a wheel in half. The gardener laughed at me. MR2s Teenagers are deathtraps.
  6. I rarely use fusion now but I learnt all the ins and outs of CAD on it and it remains one of the best newbie friendly options. one of the biggest mindset hurdles was changing the creative process to 'growing' the part, where as I had been used to starting with a chunk of larger physical material and removing bits until I had the part I wanted which doesn't work so great in CAD.
  7. i use Creo daily now, to be honest i quite like it but there are alot of grumbles in the office about it. im about 90% sure most of the stress actually comes from windchill, i was quite happy scooting along on creo untill i had to get onto a project that used windchill for management. holy fuck its horrible. using creo for me became quite a bit easier once someone mentioned to be that its roots are from a time before 'windows' was a thing, mean just because youre looking at something doesnt mean its active. this is an extremley foreign concept to more new/young engineers who are also unaware of how windows even operates beyond the search bar. for me, it was a simple mindset shift which made alot of things make sense. Creo has also made my Fusion experience quite a bit worse, nothing feels right with regards to the model tree because it used a history based approach which is fucking excellent for learning but makes zero sense when trying to do serious things. one thing that absolutely blew my mind and accelerated workflow immeasurably (but its not really a secret, im just not actually an engineer) is that you can do maths, even complex maths in dimensions window where you may be punching in a number, in fusion too. instead of having to crack out a calculator to find out what dimension the circle you want to place one third of the way offset on the 174.5mm square and breaking out the calculator you can just select the dimension and type "174.5/3" or i think fusion wants an = sign so "=174.5/3" you can also do more complex math such as "(174.5/3)+10" for 10mm offset from a third of the way across the width. Like i say, every engineer will have been taught this week one at the engineering learning place. but if your couch taught like myself it was awesome and truly sped up the way i work.
  8. A donor is looking like the likely candidate. I actually scored my breitling from the Japan auctions. At 1/5th its value I was very pleased... ... To have spent 3 straight months of evenings searching, totaling a value in time far exceeding any brand new breitling.
  9. looks like 5-10s lost per day. factory spec is +45/-34 so hes over the moon. but its pretty typical for companies to skimp on the regulation effort and kick movements out the door with a wide spec. i reckon i could get it better but he's happy so im happy. my old soviet watch looses nothing over the 2-3 day periods i wear it before i inevitably forget to wind it or swap to another watch. Currently struggling to find a winding stem and crown for my 60s seiko 5 that doest balloon out in price due to shipping being 5 fold of the item. the total cost to ship in the parts would exclipse the value of the watch so its a rock and a hard place. same as this one, though even that one looks like it has the wrong crown haha. ps let me know if youd rather a generic watchmaking thread vs me crashing yours
  10. and after an afternoon of scrubbing the cladding clean, it looks nearly new! what fantastic luck.
  11. Id love a basic staking set too, mostly for adjusting the fitting holes on hands. im not good enough to be repairing individual components! I cracked open a workmates Seiko 5 in the smoko room yesterday to adjust the regulation Much amusement to other workmates walking in for their lunch. It was gaining 60s a day and reports are that it lost nothing overnight so he's pleased thought my phone based timegrapher app was reporting awful results in the face up position vs bang on face down, albeit with a 4ms beat error so it may be due a proper service. real life results trump a free app though its surprising how many people are entirely unaware of mechanical watches.
  12. that looks great. only thing i would do is splash a little blue on the front fender somewhere, currently it looks a little bit like a replacement universal part on an otherwise very thought out machine.
  13. mate. its several missmatched offcuts of random timber. it could be attached to the pedal with what ever holds back clint when sees things like this and it still wouldnt be okay
  14. what makes a 1999 safer than a 1998 Nothing, thats what. what makes a 1998 safer than a 1997 Nothing, thats what. what makes a 1997 safer than a 1996 Nothing, thats what. what makes a 1996 safer than a 1995 Nothing, thats what. what makes a 1995 safer than a 1994 ~~~~~~~~~~ What makes a 1886 safter than an 1885 no one had invented a car in 1885, thats what. Its not a stupid rule when you consider the basic logic that a line must be draw at some point, and at the time of inception 2000 was a round number that was ~15 years old, so fairly modern (brand new my most of our standards) a rolling point for the 1 year wofs would be dumb because the initial assumption was that the newer 2000+ cars were safer overall and while newer new cars may be even more safe, the original 2000+ cars are just as safe as they originally were. 3 year wofs for new cars on the other hand is a fucking disaster and i have no idea what the upside was. There could be a case for bumping cars to a 6 month inspection due to expected wear/tear/dodgy repairs but perhaps 40 years to align with classic rego and unlikely to affect the everyman, kinda echos Harrys comment above.
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