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Monday, July 2nd, 2007
12:34 pm - PDX Mechanic Needed.

My name is Robert and I am a PDX Courier.

This means I have a GTX that needs a wheelbearing (maybe knuckle too (I have already sourced one)), a Festiva that needs a clutch, and a Geo Metro that has a coolant leak which needs troubleshooting.

I am looking for someone to come teach my wife http://amber-kay.livejournal.com/ how to do these repairs. And have some BBQ, and as much beer as you can drink.

Weekends are best. I work graveyard so I am also home on weekdays.

Must enjoy racing games (steering controlers are abundant here)

Email me and let me know how much you would charge to bring your own tools and not drive home drunk.

I am motivated, are you?

current mood: cranky

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Tuesday, April 24th, 2007
12:09 pm

Кликните, чтобы просмотреть фотки с выставки

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Wednesday, January 17th, 2007
10:49 am

anyone know any good places to play in the snow? preferably on the north side of the river...

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Friday, March 3rd, 2006
10:28 pm - OOOOOOK

Alright everyone, I'm selling my GTX. Too many projects, and I don't want to see it be ignored.

Anyone wants any more info, just lemme know.

$3000 OBO


current mood: cheerful

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Wednesday, December 21st, 2005
6:49 pm

1. What is the best twisty road in Portland?

2. Where is your favorite place to drive?

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Tuesday, December 13th, 2005
7:10 pm

Keep an eye out for this car. It revs on other cars all the time.

It would also be a good idea to memorize its plates, since it's a cop!

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Wednesday, December 7th, 2005
8:05 pm

It's Wednesday again. Wednesday is Rocky Point day, for those of you who don't keep track. There was no Wed report last week because it was both wet and icy at our elevation, so I knew it would be a frozen mess up in those heavily shaded hills. So I spared myself the frustration and just took Cornelius Pass,.... all the while crawling behind a dump truck and a semi, of course.

Today was well below freezing too, but it was dry. It's been dry enough for long enough that I wasn't very concerned about ice. Plus I didn't get to go until 11:30 which is hours later than my usual time. I faced a parade of semis on the Cornelius Pass exit and knew that no amount of hopping between the two lanes would get me to the front of them before West Union where it drops to one lane. It's not all that critical. I only stay on Cornelius Pass for a couple miles. But the ugly truth is CP is a few minutes faster than the Rocky Point run, for me. I feel guilty about that indulgence so I'd like to minimize the time by as much as possible. Getting stuck behind semis, and not having the power to pass them safely, drives me crazy!

It's also a little frustrating that I picked the right onto Skyline as the point where I start the stopwatch. I have a quick left into a hard right and I just don't have the extra hand to hit the button at the precise moment. I either go sloppy on my corner or hit it late. nicetrousers do you have any suggestions on a better place to start the stopwatch?

I got a little nervous when I saw snow on the sides of the road on Skyline. And then I hit the gravel, which really pissed me off. In my car when they "sand" the roads it makes the whole thing just like driving on ball bearings. Not cool at all. Fortunately the main, average driver, stay-in-the-middle-of-the-two-lines-on-the-pavement line was gravel free so I stuck to it. There were some corners where it really bugged me, but also some I could take in closer knowing I'd slide into that part of the lane and then get traction. That was actually quite fun ;)

I have 3 things that hang out on the dash of my work car: my little black Evo, my little black Skyline, and my glow-in-the-dark devil ducky. Although I like devil duckies this devil ducky is actually there for a purpose other than decoration. I drive with my window at least partly down at all times, and it wedges into place on the far drivers side which keeps my cars flying out my window under hard cornering. Instead they bounce off the ducky and go flying somewhere else like in my lap or on the floor.

Skyline is the faster portion of the run. A few straight stretches and a butt load of sweepers. I have no doubt in my mind I know where the "105mph uphill straight stretch" is. This time I did something I never did before. I watched for my top speed. I don't have a tach but I exited that corner right before that straight stretch in 2nd, in the power band, and still couldn't break 63mph. My top speed for the whole run was about 66-68mph. Hey, it's a Geo Metro!

Anyways. I was almost to Rocky Point when I came up on a little truck. This is the first time I've ever come up on anybody on this run. He slowed down at the right Rocky Point turn and inched towards it. It's a big wide open space and at that point I decided that if he took it I'd swing around and pass him on the left. But he went far enough forward that I could fly past him on the right before he made a decision. That was a close one! The same gravel situation continued onto Rocky Point, which both frustrated and pleased me. Frustrating because of the time it cost me, but lots of sliding around fun anyways. There's this one corner right before the best hair pin which slows me down before I hit it, a lot. But, right before I hit the hairpin I can get an almost clear shot of the road below, and confirm that the other lane is mine for the taking once i hit it. I love that! Gravel was all over the place on it. I knew I had a clear shot and apexd early, pulled the e brake, and slid all the way out riding the gravel. Cut back into my lane before the threat of anything oncoming and kept going. It was a beautiful moment for me. It kept me glowing for hours later.

I came up on a truck pulling a trailer of gutter making stuff that didn't cross lanes quite as responsibly and I ended up having to drop a tire to not hit it. But we successfully passed each other and my traffic philosophy is "no harm no foul". When you cross paths with as many bad drivers as me you lower your standards. Plus, I can't say I've never almost changed lanes into the side of some else, and neither can you.

There's this straight stretch at the bottom, right before the stop sign I can turn right on with stopping. Right before I hit STOP on the stopwatch. I see it coming and get so frustrated because i could shave a few seconds there if I only had brakes left. But I don't, and I have have to hit it slower than I'd like. I got 14:09! A new record. That's a 32 second gain from the last best, which included a llama stop. I can do better. But I'm still happy to break my own personal record.

I don't think it will be long until I drop into the 13's. I noticed that the tires aren't talking back to me much at all. There is a lot of room between where I'm comfortable driving and the limit where I can still safely drive. I'm overly cautious. There are worse problems to have so I don't beat myself up over it. I'll inch my way up there. I've done it before, on other roads.

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3:59 am - I just realized I never introduced myself.

A couple of you at least know of me, but that's it.

I drive a mostly stock white 88 323 gtx with 150,xxx on the clock. Formerly a MN car so it's got some rust. *cough*understatement*/cough* Some of the forum guys have nicknamed her wobbly. My sig on the forum says "it could be worse... it could be crank wobble" then 2 days after i changed it to that, I noticed I had it. I still rod the crap out of it though, well as much as you can with the oem clutch in it. Hoping to take care of some debt then build myself a nice bpt swapped gtx and rally-x and auto-x the hell out of it. I don't really race it much other than light to light on my break for lunch. I try to keep her in the dirt as much as possible, it's a lot of fun that way, though going up to molten falls is always a fun run in the early morning hours. I'd like to try the 26-skyline-30 run sometime, I've got a pretty good idea of where you're talking about. Actually now that I think about it, I test drove a KA24DE powered 510 on that road.

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Monday, November 21st, 2005
8:34 pm

So week after week after week I run the same route in my work Geo as fast as I can in my constant efforts to beat my own top speed. I've endured rain, wet leaves, bad tires, llamas,..... and yet the best I have ever done was 14:41. This guy runs the same route, for the first time, in that car, and look what he does!

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OK, I wouldn't have said anything but since I did, at least the picture I was going to post anyways has at least some meaning to the rest of you. I know what that time is, I what what road it was on, and that is why I love this picture so much.

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Thursday, November 10th, 2005
7:47 pm

Every Wed I go from Hwy26 and Cornell to Scappoose. It's assumed that I take Cornelius Pass, but I don't. Well,.... I do a little bit, to Skyline, and then Rocky Point. It's the high point of my work week. Better than Friday. Better than pay day. It just wonderful!

I started timing my runs between Cornelius Pass/Skyline and Hwy30 (From the moment I turn right at the Right Turn Permitted Without Stopping sign, to the moment I stop for Hwy30, to be precise). Up until a few weeks ago I was driving on dangerously bald tires and getting times in the 17 minute range. The day I got new tires it jumped to 15 minutes flat! A two minute improvement greatly pleased me. Then the leaves came falling down and I had to slow down on the corners. But at the same time I was getting better acquainted with the road so my times were improving with each run. Not huge improvements like the tire ones of course, but shaving a few seconds off 15 minutes, with worsening road conditions, is something to be proud of. My new record was 14:50.

Today I had to come to a complete stop because there was a giant Llama in the middle of the road! It's taller than my car, and probably has more animal power than me and my Geo do. Plus it's more aggressive and less predictable than the worst of all lemmings. I just didn't see swerving around it to be a wise option. So I stopped, got it's attention so I wouldn't spook it, then crept around it. When it happened I thought "Well crap! There goes my record of improving my time on each run". And then there's the fact that It was the first day since last Spring that i woke up to ice. This road is not very traveled, doesn't get treated in any way, and it has A LOT of shaded corners (and no corner signs as warning. You just gotta know where they are). My Geo is no performance car, and although I like the new tires they just aren't capable of handling ice. I spent the whole time thinking to myself "If I hit ice in this situation, at this speed, at this angle, I can recover by doing this." It had an impact on my nerves to say the least. But, in my opinion, thinking out such scenarios is key to developing real life performance driving reflexes. You don't get to be born with those. So I made the best of the low time llama situation and accepted it as good healthy practice for dealing with less than ideal road conditions. I crawled through every corner that showed signs of moisture that could be ice, and all the ones I knew for a fact to hold a high potential to be icy. But, since I'm much more familiar with the road than I used to be, I could scream through sections I knew to be safe. I only actually hit ice once, and at that point I gave my self a little gold star for handling it well and keeping the slide under my control.

I got brake fade about 4 corners from the end. It's the 3rd time I've had it happen so I was expecting it and it didn't take me by surprise. In a real car with real brakes I could have shaved 2 seconds just by being able to stop in front of the highway at the end of the run. But, I have what I have and I do what I can with it. I'm not resentful, I consider it all to be good practice. I came to a stop and hit the button on my stopwatch,.....

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Came to a complete stop for a llama. Slowed a lot for ice threats, and still improved!!!! I'm infatuated with myself for this! Recap: 14:50 was my best, and I just did a 14:41!!!!! (I don't count the fractions of a second, my button pushing is not THAT precise).

So,..... I'm wondering what kind of times people in real cars get making this run. Any of you willing to try it and share with me? nicetrousers, you said you would check it out,.... have you done it? I know dadahomiesquid has been there. Care to return with a stop watch?

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Tuesday, September 13th, 2005
6:17 am

I want to start this thing where I can see if you can identify where the pics were taken from, or what they are taken of. Here's my first attempts:

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Thursday, August 25th, 2005
1:57 am - my car
schlyrdlgnd Hey,

hey i got a 96 chevy cavalier i was wondering what i could do to it to make it faster is it just a peace and i shouldent put any money into it im only 15 and its my first car please i need any adivse im trying to learn about cars and stuff jsut need a bit of help ok lataz

current mood: amused

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Friday, August 5th, 2005
5:15 pm - Welcome back to me.

So I am the creator of this group. I wanted it to be crazy around here but I was not here to promote or anything.

Something about a job makes it hard to post lots if you dont work at a computer.

But now I am back home. I found a way to make more money on my computer than I could in real life. So now I will be around alot.

I would like it if everyone would say hey and let us know what kinda stuff your into. And of what you drive..... cause thats more important that the size of your..... wallet.

Also, I think it would be cool if some of us could hook up for pizza or something. I need some time to hang.

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Tuesday, May 31st, 2005
5:20 pm - Heh.


I knew you'd all appreciate this.

That's my boss.



current mood: sleepy

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Thursday, May 12th, 2005
9:57 pm

I saw a black STi downtowne with plates that said SPEC C. I tried to catch up and get a closer look but got stuck behind a light. I am so curious about this car! Does anybody know anything about it?

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Tuesday, April 19th, 2005
11:24 am - Its time for the Oregon Trail Rally

We are gonna have some cool Mazda drivers this time.

April 22-24

One (88) GTX ProductionGT
Two (88) GTX in Open Class
Three (82,84,87) RX-7 in Group 5
One (86) 323 in Group 2
One (74) RX-3 in Group 5


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Monday, April 18th, 2005
12:18 pm

I know some of you are gonna hate on this..... but its a work of art damnit!

Click on it and see the incredible stats

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Thursday, April 14th, 2005
6:13 pm - Here is what I am working on for my 88 323GTX

Still needs a radiator, a probe intercooler, and energy suspension bushings.

TOTAL : $1507


Performance Tuned Engine Control Unit
Full Race Spec. Gain: +29HP. Re-maps the fuel curve so the engine can safely run up to 15psi of boost. Improves midrange response. Optimized for race/rally use with 2.5"+ cat-free open exhaust systems and our ultra-flo intake system. Runs a bit too rich for street use. We are also the only people that can raise your rev-limiter -- ask for info when ordering
Sale !
(reg $299)


Centreforce II Clutch (60% more)
Any car will benefit immensely from the addition of a performance clutch. And in performance clutches - none rival Centreforce. With their unique pattented centrifugal weighting system, which increases clamping force as RPM builds, they have established themselves as the industry leader. We carry the entire line, including: The Centreforce I (30% more clamping pressure than stock) the Centreforce II (60% more) and the Dual Friction (90%+ additional force). All operate with reasonable pedal pressure, and have sprung diaphrams to ease load take-up on the transmission-- an important feature given the GT & GTXs fragile trannys


CorkSport 'Power Series' Down Pipe

This down pipe is custom made to make your turbo spool faster, and make more top end power. Cuts down on boost spikes, and will increase boost by about 2psi on the top end. The Exhaust pipe is 60mm. and the waste gate pipe is 1.34in. The flange is for a VJ20 and VJ14 turbo. This is a non A/C down pipe. The end of the down pipe does not have a flange so you can mate it to your custom exhaust.

http://www.corksport.com/content/00/01/06/61/73/userimages/323-downpipe-2.JPG. Installed pics http://www.corksport.com/content/00/01/06/61/73/userimages/323-downpipe-3.JPG http://www.corksport.com/content/00/01/06/61/73/userimages/323-downpipe-4.JPG

If you are installing the downpipe on a 1.6 turbo motor from a Capri/323GT/323GTX please email ambrose@corksport.com for additional installation information and pictures.


CORKSPORT Brake upgrade kit
The Cork Sport brake upgrade kit if for the fronts only. The kit includes calipers, rotors, wheel studs, brake lines and brake pads. The rotors are a little larger in diameter and the brake rotors are twice as thick as the stock rotors. The kit requires machining of the stock hubs since the rotors bolt onto the outside if the hub instead of the inside like the originals. Please note you will get +6mm of offset due to the rotors fitting from the outside of the hub.

CORK SPORT Stainless Braided Brake Lines
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The ‘Cork Sport’ signature brake lines feature all the benefits of other brake lines on the market. All of our lines are made to MVSS-1006 specifications (DOT Certified). The CS lines are plastic coated to protect the steel braiding and reduce premature wear. These lines are a specific fit for each application. We have a range of coatings we can use upon request: blue, red, clear, and black for when you want to keep brake upgrades inconspicuous. (Default color: clear)

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Sunday, October 10th, 2004
1:50 pm - Its raining / Feel the fire!

Here on the Oregon coast, it rains alot. When ever I go outside for a smoke, I stare at the slick road surface, and then my GTX, and then the road, and then the GTX, ad nauseum.

Sometime not long ago I decided that I would become dedicated to building my skills to the limit of my resources. I have been doing that all along. Unfortunatly, I lost the required resources to continue my Jedi Training

I have priorities that are before what I want to do. But that does not stop me from FEELING the feeling. Just trying to imagine what it would feel like to go around that corner in front of my house. I wanna fee the feeling of taking it at the limit of my AWD, the scant available traction, my seat, and way beyond the limit of my nerve.

If you know me well, or you have ever been on the road with me, you know how much I love it. My body yerns to feel the Old Columbia River Highway slide its self accross the bottom of my tires. In an SVT Focus, or a GTX, or a trashed Fiero, or your moms civic.

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So here is what is NEEDED on my car.

1. 4 Wheel Bearings
2. Pads and Rotors
3. Rubber
4. All bushings
5. I think the motor needs a rebuild
6. 4 Drive Lines

I think thats it for the needs, I will add on to this list as I think about it.

current mood: Lustful

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Saturday, September 25th, 2004
3:33 am

I found this article and it has this part that reads:

...just miles outside the nearby community of Mosier there's a road know as Seven-Mile Loop. It's a road filled with twists and turns that undulate with a splendor that can only be described as sublime.

Does anybody know where this road is? Directions?

And since I'm here do you have a favorite place you like to drive? We're a small community so you don't have to worry about your confession creating a traffic problem or drawing extra attention.

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