Friday, March 20, 2015

Radiator clean out...

With Booger Mobile running a little warmer than usual, Damian decided removing the radiator for a good clean out would be the way to go...


Off with the thermo fan...


Out with the coolant... well, that's pretty clear looking coolant!!  Oh that's right, it was filled with water after overheating coming into Albury in 2014...


Bit muddy there!!


Radiator out...


Seems that the radiator support panel mounts for the original radiator are covering a couple of inches either side of the radiator (as seen by the nice clean strip down either side).  It doesn't look like much, but Damian calculated it's actually covering over 18% of the radiator front surface!!  Might need to look into that...


Ewww... the sludge in the radiator seems a little average too...


Not to worry, a good clean out had it running through all clear!!

Next up, Damian wondered if there was something that could be done about the position of the external transmission cooler for the automatic transmission fluid...  It's an awkward size, so probably not much more can be done, but it's worth looking into!!



There ended the radiator clean out, while Damian wondered how to remount the auto transmission cooler to free up some surface area on the radiator, and whether there was anything that could be done to stop the original mounts from blocking 18% of the radiator...

Stay tuned!!

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Planning Day

Booger Mobile...  The mighty number 64...


Angus arrived to do some planning...  He left with a small list of items to source.  What were the boys planning?  Why is there only one photo on this blog?  Why is Damian asking these questions?

All will be revealed over the coming weeks... or months... or perhaps never if the boys change their minds!!

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Roof Racks part 2... aka what to do for a rooftop ornament this year?

Booger Mobile was kicking back in Damian's shed, minding its own business...


Damian took the opportunity to complete the installation of the new roof racks (some position-holding screws and a good tighten of all clamps etc)...


Then it was time to think about a new rooftop ornament for 2015!!  Damian bought this roof pod (via his brother Jason who just happened to be passing through Maryborough when Damian saw it advertised in... Maryborough!!)


Stickers are a bit sunburned, so out with the lovely Tricia's hair dryer (shhhhhh don't tell her) to remove them...


Through the magic of the interwebs, voila!!


Meanwhile, this bunch of safety lights (amber strobes and rear facing white light) are still to be reattached...  Hmmmm...


Stay tuned...  things are starting to happen!!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Roof racks... a necessary evil!!

Having snapped the roof-rack mounts on last year's esCarpade, Damian figured it would be a good idea to get a new roof rack sorted out...

But first... the roof was washed for the first time in over 5 years!!  (And the rest of the car was washed, too...)


After a snappy trip to the shop (in Booger Mobile), it was time for some driveway shots...


Work it baby... work it!!


Inside the shed, the new roof racks (the same brand as the previous set) were installed - hey, they had lasted five years!!


Shiny... new...  And a lot of mucking around to get even!!


The old roof rack had the lights and signage removed...  These two signs probably won't be used any longer...


The old roof rack looks bare now...


What's this?  Something different?


What could be happening here?  A new theme?


Of course it's not a new theme, just a new implementation of the Booger Mobile theme...  Booger's head was looking a little tired after five years and two designs, and the broken roof rack provided the perfect excuse to try something new...

Stay tuned for what the new implementation will look like!!

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Test Drive... Fuel problem is...

RESOLVED!!  Or so it would seem... 

Damian took Booger Mobile out for a snappy 100km test drive up and over some local hills... (For those familiar with the area, he went through Caboolture to D'Aguilar, up and over Mt Mee, through Ocean View to Dayboro, then home via Petrie and Narangba.)

Booger Mobile at the Mt Mee lookout... turning heads as always!!


The intermittent fuel problem would finally seem to be resolved!!  Either that 2" of rubber hose, or the adjusting of the carby float level, (or a combination of the two), seem to have Booger Mobile running like a champion again!!

Damian isn't going to be super-comfortable about it until he's driven a few hundred more km and put a couple of tanks of fuel through, but so far, so good!!

Onward and upward - time to get cracking on some of the other bits and bobs (like the broken roof racks, perhaps some engine cross bracing etc).

Friday, March 6, 2015

Fuel problems... surely there must be a solution???

So... this damned fuel problem is driving Damian insane... time to get to the bottom of it once and for all!!


First, car up on jack stands... safety first!!


Next, remove and inspect every piece of hose (all replaced previously), inspect and blow out metal fuel line between the tank and the pump (unable to remove from car easily)...

One tiny piece of hose (that connects the fuel tank to the metal fuel line) hasn't been replaced this time around, so it can get done too!!


Now, every single piece of rubber fuel hose has been replaced this month.

Damian did some more google-stalking and found that some people had experienced intermittent fuel problems due to an incorrectly set carby float level...  Off with the top of the carby!!

A check of a spare carby showed that the float level on this carby appeared to be lower than the spare carby...  Fixed!!  Float level adjusted...  (This means that more fuel remains in the carby bowl after the needle and seat stops fuel from coming through.)


Put the damn thing back together again, and hope for the best.


A snappy test drive around the block for a few km seemed to show that Booger Mobile was behaving itself... sadly, the fuel gauge was on E for enough, so Damian took Booger Mobile back to the shed...

Full test drive and results to follow.

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Fundraising - Soundwave Festival 2015 Brisbane - Day 2

Day 2 of Soundwave 2015, and Damian with a sense of deja vu parked in the same spot he had on Saturday...

He was meant to have Kate with him to help out, however she had messaged Damian to let him know she wasn't well, therefore couldn't make it...


Deja vu all over again!!


Finding the gates closed at the volunteer entrance, Damian found himself backstage in the artist area drinking coffee!!  Sometimes it's not what you know, but who you know!!


A coach load of artists arrived from Sydney... Damian respected their privacy by not taking photos of them once they entered the building...  It's the little things!!


Time to get cracking in the signing tent, writing out the tickets.


The rest of the ticket writers!!


Through the magic of the interwebs, they are all finished!!


The signing tent entry was set up in a snake/zig-zag pattern in preparation for the rush for tickets for Gerard Way (lead singer of My Chemical Romance), who is very popular amongst the young people!!


Always time for a quick selfie!!


The ticket rush came and went, but no photos were managed... Here's Raglans - the first band through the signing tent!!


More bands came and went, including this one signing... errm... best to leave that to your imagination!!


Oh dear - this band is signing a bra!!


Ne Obliviscaris arrived, with a rather large python in tow!!


Kel loves snakes, and had a little play...


Damian doesn't, but still posed (very nervously) for a photo, much to the amusement of the others in the signing tent!!


Damian got one of the girls to man the ticket sales for a while and ducked over to Steel Panther to catch a few songs...


If you've never seen Steel Panther in concert - go for it!!


Certainly not a show for kids, but the on-stage banter was hilarious!!


Bringing 80's glam rock back one set at a time!!


Nice...


The crowd are loving it!!


Damian's having a great time too!!


And what 80's hair band would be complete without some air-blowing through their hair!!


Back in the signing tent, more bands came through...


Gerard Way was very softly spoken and polite to his adoring fans...


This poor girl had some trouble with one of her red contact lenses - Damian thought it made for a great photo!!


Atreyu - another very popular band today!!


The fans line up for the last of the sold-out bands for Soundwave Brisbane!!


The Color Morale signed, and their lead singer was a dead-set legend!!  He spoke for a long time with his fans, dishing out hugs and encouraging words to some clearly distressed young people...


The signing tent was finished for another year, so it was time for the gun crew of the signing tent in Brisbane to pose for a jazz-hands selfie!!


So how much money was raised, you ask?  Sunday in the signing tent, a total of $1802.45 was raised, bringing the grand total for Soundwave Brisbane to...

$3935.55

This amazing total is another record, and brings Damian's 2015 fundraising total tantalisingly close to the $10000 mark!!