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I celebrate my indep.. oh.. mmm.. collar.

What a weekend. Lesse.

Went to "Marlos" and gotnew furniture for our living room. Cool 4th of july sales, got a verrry nice black leather couch and loveseat + three tables and an entertainment center. I convinced Galen to throw away the long-deceased speakers he had hooked up to the tv/dvd/sat and we picked up a pretty spiffy RCA home theater DTS/DD 5.1 speaker package/decoder/amp. Got it from Circuit City on sale and quite honestly it's a pretty damn good sounding unit for as cheap as it was. We've got a much nicer TV/Theater in the basement, but this allows us to watch stuff upstairs, have more guests over, THROW AWAY THE SCARY couch that's in the corner, and overall greatly improve the interior of the house.

Thunderbird got alot of TLC. I tossed the electric cooling fans into the trash, plumbed in the bosch diverter valve, put in a Ranger clutch / mechanical fan setup for cooling, fabricated new A/C lines out of 5/8" copper tubing, put in green viton o-rings at all the connections, put in an r134a compatible receiver/dryer, cleaned out the system, evacuated it, and recharged it with r134a and ester 100 refrigerant oil. In went a custom upper radiator hose and new coolant to clear the (large) mechanical fan. Had to wander around at Carquest to find one that fit- it needed to have all the appropriate KINKS. Kinky!

The outcome: It blows ice cubes and has no leaks.

The bad: The ignition switch almost caught on fire and melted the wiring harness. Yay fireworks!

Apparently some 7.5 million ford vehicles of this era (1988ish) suffered this problem and had safety recalls. I'm not sure if my t-bird has had it or not, but in any event it's getting a new ignition switch and I'll splice in a new connector asap. It runs and drives great now, but uh... nothing electrical works. The brakes are electric, and uh.. they don't work either. It stays parked until probably after AC. Ohwell. It will be running and reliable soon. Until then I guess I'll just have to suffer driving my Audi. Be still my beating heart. *sad violin music*

- Keman


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Jul. 5th, 2005 05:03 pm (UTC)
ahhh... you know thoes speekers in the living room that he had? thoes were acoustic research speekers. thoes were vintage 1970's square magnet drivers.. if reconed, they are worth about 600 dollars a piece....

you still have them right?
Jul. 5th, 2005 05:15 pm (UTC)
No, and they weren't 1970s acoustic research. They were Bose.
Jul. 5th, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)
AR, Bose .. not sure what the difference was back then.

In any event, they were toast. Far beyond just the drivers having fallen apart. The enclosures were also falling apart. Completely new and offering spectacular musical reproduction would be at-best-- a waste as they play reruns of "The West Wing" and "Stargate: Atlantis" ...

The 6 speaker DTS/Dolby Ditigal decoder / 600 watt amp/receiver with subwoofer for $179 sure sounds good to me. :P

- Keman
Jul. 6th, 2005 07:24 am (UTC)
yeah, thats a heck of a deal.

galen and i talked a bit ago, and i was thinking of a different set of speakers. so he still has the good ones.

AR is way older than boes, they have some of the best speekers you can buy in consumer audio at the time. good stuff.
Jul. 6th, 2005 01:09 pm (UTC)
The other old speakers are about half the size of the Bose speakers, and are Criterion, not AR. They're in the attic.
Jul. 5th, 2005 08:09 pm (UTC)
*ahem* ...


Yes. Suffer the horror of drivin' yer Audi. How you must suffer with that.

*pours some jealousy in yer floorboards to stain 'em green*
Jul. 5th, 2005 09:43 pm (UTC)
Agonizing. I shed a tear this morning driving away from the still-parked thunderchicken... then I stomped on it and woke whoever was still sleeping up in the neighborhood. :P

The thunderbird has it's purpose. Mainly it's so I don't have to buy snow tires for the S4 come winter, and it also provides a moving target for the would-be rear-enders that snow is sure to bring every year. If only SUV owners could grasp that 4x4 != stops on a dime.

- Keman
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