Sunday, July 12, 2015

2015 Bayside to Bald Hills Fun Run/Walk/Cycle and Family Fun Day

The Bayside to Bald Hills Fun Run/Walk/Cycle and Family Fun Day hosted by the Green Apple Wellness Centre at Bald Hills had finally arrived...  Meaning an early start for Damian and Booger Mobile!!


Pretty green lights...


And out of the shed...


Even looks good in the half darkness!!


Damian wearing his safety socks as always!!


Arriving early to get prime position at the finish line!!  (The road is closed to traffic.)


The front doors of the Green Apple Wellness Centre...  great place to go and get fit - give it a try!!


The participation medals...


And the first riders arrive, having completed their 15km bike ride!!


The 501st Legion - great supporters of Camp Quality - were also there!!


Damian and Booger Mobile...


Morning yoga session...


The day was bitterly cold and very windy, as Emma found out trying to keep the table cloth on!!


The man on the mic, Damian, courtesy of Tall Man Talking


Who doesn't love a posed mic selfie?


Victoria, owner of the Green Apple Wellness Centre along with Damian's sister (not really, but it's a running gag) Nessa, and the giant bear donated by Costco to be raffled, which was won by a Green Apple Wellness Centre staff member, who promptly donated it back to Camp Quality!!


The 30th annual Green Apple Wellness Centre Bayside to Bald Hills fun run/walk/cycle and Family Fun Day was a huge success, despite the cold, near gale force winds!!

Thanks to everyone who came along and supported the event, raising money for Camp Quality!!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Polish time... must look pretty for the Bayside to Bald Hills!!

With the Bayside to Bald Hills event just a couple of days away, Damian applied some elbow grease to Booger Mobile, which is a surprisingly good polish!!


Lights wired up and working...  (The green ones are working too, but they didn't feel like being lit up for a photo.)


Lights work at the front too... bonus!!


Looking good... and a full 12cm shorter than the previous rooftop ornament - meaning Damian can drive it out of the shed without removing the amber rotator!!


Looking good from this angle too!!


Let's face it, Booger Mobile looks good from any angle!!


Smooth...


That rooftop pod really needs more theming before esCarpade!!


And a big smile from Giggle to finish it off!!


The rooftop pod seems like it is going to be a good option for esCarpade 2015, but there's a lot of theming left to be done in the meantime!!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Theming continues...

As the 2015 esCarpade gets closer, Damian figured he had best pull his finger out and get this year's theme sorted out... But first, a gratuitous plug for Shop Plumbing... commercial plumbers extraordinaire!!  Thanks for the loan of the gas axe, Jason!!


High up on the list of priorities is the reattachment of Booger Mobile's various horns...  The replacement of the strut tower braces meant that the horn mounting points were gone.  Damian made a special bracket to hold the claxton horn...


Close the bonnet with a  very carefully balanced camera set to timer, and voila!!  Clearance is checked!!


Time to start decorating the rear of the rooftop pod, which also needs to have some bracing for the attachment of the rear facing white light (a safety requirement of esCarpade).


Who can guess what this painting is going to be?


Got to top of the class if you guessed GIGGLE!!


Giggle gets a nose job, with the braced white light attached...


Only a week to go until the Bayside to Bald Hills fun run and family fun day, so make sure you get down to the Green Apple Wellness Centre at Bald Hills to see Booger Mobile in the flesh, and hear Damian on the mic (as MC, of course)!!

Friday, May 1, 2015

Strut tower brace - the exciting conclusion!!

With rain predicted for Friday 1 May, it was organised to take Booger Mobile around to Angus' workshop, where Craig from Acreage Driveways had made two of his staff available to help with welding etc.

Also, Angus' gas axe was heaps bigger than the one Damian borrowed from his brother, which will be necessary to provide enough heat to bend the steam pipe!!


Looks a bit gloomy and damp out of the shed...


Yep, it's wet alright!!


Getting wetter...  note this road for later in the blog post...


And Young's Crossing...


Not the best photo, but you can see the water is still a long way from the road...


Arrived safely at the workshop... time to get to work!!


The first task was to make the cross engine brace...


Some huge angle iron!!


Troy cutting it to size with the angle grinder...


And some fine adjustment with the oxy...


Nice!!


Looks a bit ratty at the moment, but the steel itself fits perfectly!!


You reckon it doesn't get hot under the oxy?  Moods doing a great job not steaming his face off!!


That metal bracket was holding a bit of heat!!


Multitasking now - this piece of flat steel will be used to join the two halves of the strut tower brace.


Angus cleaning up the edges...


Action shot of trimming the end of the steam pipe...


How many fluoro shirts does it take to bend a piece of steam pipe?  (Three apparently!!)


That's a lot of heat!!


Holy red pipe batman!!


The rain got heavier...


This is pretty close to fitting now...


Now it's even closer!!  Must have trimmed the end again!!


Look at that bend!!  Perfection in metal working!!


Tack weld it in place...


After Damian had been under the front of Booger Mobile using his long arms to reach up and work out the angle required to give sufficient bonnet clearance, both sides were tacked in place ready for some serious welding to be done!!


Serious welding...  Courtesy of the big blue serious welder!!


Meanwhile, the joining piece was tacked in place ready to be adjusted...


The cross engine brace finished and painted black...


More oxy work to shape the metal joiner...


Hot stuff!!


Shaping done, time to weld!!


And what job would be complete without angle grinding?


Perfect!!


And painted black...


Strut tower brace and the cross engine brace both installed.


The rain was getting dramatically heavier, so Damian decided it was time to make a break for home!!


Not looking good...


Damian looking concerned, stopped in a line of traffic...


Water over the road... 


Oh no... look at Young's Crossing now...


Following the line of cars through...


Probably not too many more cars would come through before Young's Crossing would be closed for a few days.


More water over the road...  Some of the people coming the other way were driving like maniacs, throwing water all over Booger Mobile and any other car they passed... 


Hairy trip home...


Damian was keen to get home to ensure his family was safe...  It was school pick up time, and no word was heard.  Roads were starting to be closed due to flooding...


This road was not under water, but it wouldn't be open for too much longer...


Terrible...


Almost home...  just a bit more water to negotiate...


Oh dear, this is quite wide...  but not flowing quickly.


After making a calculated risk assessment, Damian continued through.


And made it home safely, where the heavy rain continued into the evening, producing the worst flooding he had experienced in his area.  Tragically, this led to the loss of five lives in the local area from vehicles being swept away crossing flooded roads.

Thankfully, Damian, his family, and of course the mighty Booger Mobile were all home safely.