Sunday, 25 July 2010

The end is nigh!!

Well, it's been a big week or two at Team Booger Mobile headquarters... first cab off the rank is the awesome news that Silver Sponsor Aqualogical WON their category at the recent Telstra Business Awards - congratulations to Aqualogical!! Just goes to show that good things happen to Booger Mobile sponsors!! ;-)

After that, the official esCarpade door stickers arrived in the post from Josh at the esCarpade office... This is what they look like! The large white space is where your official esCarpade number is required to go in 200mm high lettering.

Rather than have some boring old black numbers stuck onto the sticker, Damian decided that the best option was to cut the numbers out of the white sticker so that the awesome Booger Mobile green would shine through. As you can see, Team Booger Mobile's official number is 64!

Damian started by printing out number outlines and sticking them onto the sticker with some sticky tape... (Bet you didn't think that so many versions of the word "stick" could be used in a single sentence!!) After that, he carefully cut around the outline with a sharp knife...

As you can see, there's also a dot for the 6...

Now that we have the past week or two covered, on with today's update!! Scottie arrived fairly early to find Damian preparing to stick the door stickers onto Booger Mobile. After the obligatory coffee, it was onward and upward!! You wouldn't believe just how difficult it was to get the sticker on nice and straight (without it sticking to itself), and how flimsy it really is where the number 4 is!!

Of course, the dot needed to go into the space for the 6 also!

And a nice close up...

Meanwhile, Scottie was cutting a fine figure lying (in the way) under the driver's side of the car!

Once he had moved, Damian stuck on the other official door sticker - it was much more difficult to line up without the chrome strip in place!!

Scottie had moved on to adjusting the front seat slider wire so that it can be operated by one person (without the passenger having to reach under the seat and grab the wire).

Due to the dodginess of the headrest portion of the new seat cover, the boys decided to paint the existing headrests grey to match the seat covers, and not use the headrest portion... Looks pretty good!!

Also to be painted were the original sunvisors - they don't quite match now that the rest of the interior is grey!!

Here's the passenger side one painted, along with a portion of Damian's thumb!!

The first coat of the headrests look pretty good - a second coat was later applied (but there's no picture of it - sorry about that!!)

Damian also painted the lower portion of the seat so that when the seat cover is on, there is a nice grey seat underneath (just in case any of the edges are visible).

Meanwhile, Scottie was using his wire-working skills to create a special hold-down cable for the bonnet!

This is where it attaches to - underneath the bonnet in front of the radiator...

Damian reinstalled the sunvisors...

Scottie drilled a hole for the other end of the hold-down cable to attach to... Safety first!!

Just for a giggle, here's a random shot of Booger Mobile - all four doors open as if trying to flap its way out of the shed!!

Since the esCarpade is now under 11 weeks away (scary isn't it!!), the boys decided it really was time to think seriously about getting Booger's head sorted out... First job was some open head surgery to reduce the height of it overall, which also causes the shape to be much better!

While Scottie attacked Booger's head with a pair of bolt-cutters, Damian began creating some front mud-flaps out of a piece of flat rubber...

He had some photos to use as a guide - they really didn't help!!

After welding the head back together again (note how much closer to the roof is to Booger's nose), he demonstrated one suggestion for the LED light boogers!!

This photo is to demonstrate the height difference between the (newly adjusted) front of Booger's head and the (yet to be adjusted) rear half!! Quite a difference.

And with Damian's finger making a special guest appearance, this is what the front mud-flaps will look like once attached!

Next step, remove and trace around it on the other piece of rubber for the driver's side!!

Scottie moved on to the rear half of Booger's head... if you click to see the large version of the photo, you will see just how many vice grips and G clamps he used!!

And the adjusted head frame...

And from the other side (not sure which is the better side for Booger's head at the moment - time will tell!!)

Next up, Scottie began to prepare the mesh layer of Booger's head - this will provide a bit of form and substance for the outer layers to attach to.

Trimming, trimming, trimming, wiring, cursing...

While Scottie continued with the meshing, Damian completed the front mud-flaps. They attached nicely,

and sit out a bit further than original ones. This was by design to mix the original design(ish) with the required functionality to minimise rock throwing by the awesome Kumho R700 tyres!!

Scottie threw an old sheet over Booger's head to give it some shape...

That's quite the nose that Booger has!!

Scottie wanted Damian to take a photo of his hand to show regular blog readers that yet again he is bleeding for the cause... You may need to enlarge the photo and move closer to the screen!!

As you can see, the end is nigh for Booger Mobile... for the building of it!! The esCarpade is just 11 short weeks away, and Booger Mobile is closer each week to being ready...

Stay tuned for further updates... and coming soon, a blue mod plate, RWC and rego!!


    No the Booger Mobile lives and with award winning sponsors, such as "Aqualogical", Booger will go on to bigger and better things, but the best is yet to come with the Camp Quality esCarpade 2010 what a stand out the classical Booger Mobile will be.
    What a brilliant Idea to cut out Boogers entry numbers of the sticker so that
    Boogers colour show thru well done.
    Well at last Scottie has arrived so a coffee is a must, as he has traveled a long was to come and work on the BM so a great coffee is well deserved.
    Attaching stickers is always a sticky task, but Damian managed to do a perfect job of it.
    Well Damian's child hood blanket sure has come in handy for Scottie to lay on while working under Booger.
    A lot of clever thinking has been going on with the front seats sliders wire too painting the sunvisors and seat headrests grey to match with everything else.
    What is a day working without Scottie creating one of his masterpieces, this time its a hold down cable for Boogers bonnet, great job Scottie.
    Boogers head does look a lot better cut down to that size, can wait until it finished, going to look fantastic.
    Excellence job on the mud flap Damian they look a perfect fit.
    Well its been another exciting day at Booger Mobile HQ and the count down is on WOW only eleven week till Camp Quality 2010 esCarpade.
    Thank you Damian and Scottie another great days work all round.

  2. I don't see any blood on Scottie's hand Damian... hmm is he making it up??? Lawz