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Old 10-12-23, 07:36 AM
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Billy has three purple stars. Must have taken a few for the team.

The starter of that other thread only has one red star. Moderator apprentice?
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Originally Posted by Bah Humbug
I think some V6 minivans had the same issue. Maybe still do.
On mine to get the back 3 you just have to pull bolts on the top motor mounts, then get a ratchet strap to rotate the engine forward, unbolt the bracket with the coil packs on it, and then you're still working by braille.
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Originally Posted by Mojo31
Billy has three purple stars. Must have taken a few for the team.

The starter of that other thread only has one red star. Moderator apprentice?
Red star means paid member. 3 purple stars means administrator. Mods have 1 purple star.
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Originally Posted by LesterOfPuppets
On mine to get the back 3 you just have to pull bolts on the top motor mounts, then get a ratchet strap to rotate the engine forward, unbolt the bracket with the coil packs on it, and then you're still working by braille.
Having put plugs in hundreds of transverse engines I used to have nightmares about those things. The hardest part is getting the plug wire off without destroying it.
Some of them I would put on the hoist and work from the bottom, sometime even take the catalytic converter off. The ones with air injection and engine lifting hooks are the worst.
Once you get the wires off the spark plugs are easy.
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Old 10-12-23, 08:21 AM
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Resistance is futile.

Do eet!
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Anybody here have any experience sharpening a drawknife?
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
Anybody here have any experience sharpening a drawknife?
You need WhyFi.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
Anybody here have any experience sharpening a drawknife?
No but people on YouTube do:

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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
Anybody here have any experience sharpening a drawknife?
I have some, from my selfbowyery days. I used to gently file along the bevel till I could feel a burr along the edge, then run the file on the flat side to take it off. File back to front.
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Originally Posted by genejockey
Says the guy who sometimes ends up in the Penalty Box
Countless innocent people have been locked up.
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Originally Posted by bampilot06
I think it’s perfectly okay to get faster with age. Why settle for less.
Any time you get faster, you also aged! QED.
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
Countless innocent people have been locked up.
Power to the people.
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Originally Posted by big john
Red star means paid member. 3 purple stars means administrator. Mods have 1 purple star.
BITD you could buy a lifetime subscription for ? $30 or so. That went away maybe 6 or 7 years ago and now a paid subscriber has the yellow jersey. The red star is a legacy lifetime subscriber, I believe.

Feel free to correct me, anyone with a better memory than mine.
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Interesting to note that despite being the Addiction cheapskate, I am one of the few here who actually pays for the experience.

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Originally Posted by datlas
BITD you could buy a lifetime subscription for ? $30 or so. That went away maybe 6 or 7 years ago and now a paid subscriber has the yellow jersey. The red star is a legacy lifetime subscriber, I believe.

Feel free to correct me, anyone with a better memory than mine.
You have the jersey but a small avatar. Red star gets bigger avatar. I could be wrong, it happens.

Just saw another yellow jersey member with a big avatar. Maybe you didn't request it?

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Originally Posted by big john
You have the jersey but a small avatar. Red star gets bigger avatar. I could be wrong, it happens.

Just saw another yellow jersey member with a big avatar. Maybe you didn't request it?
Maybe. I did not buy in early enough for the red star. I don’t mind a small avatar.
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Mrs datlas and I have decided to grow more native food plants in our garden. Latest addition will be sunchokes (aka Jerusalem artichokes), apparently super easy to grow (like potatoes) and nice flowers in summer. A member of her local FB garden group has some they are giving to us today.

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Speaking of which, today is for our wedding. It was 32 years ago today. Lemme try to find a pic….
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Originally Posted by datlas
Speaking of which, today is for our wedding. It was 32 years ago today. Lemme try to find a pic….
It’s a pic of a pic, but good enough.


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Originally Posted by big john
Having put plugs in hundreds of transverse engines I used to have nightmares about those things. The hardest part is getting the plug wire off without destroying it.
Some of them I would put on the hoist and work from the bottom, sometime even take the catalytic converter off. The ones with air injection and engine lifting hooks are the worst.
Once you get the wires off the spark plugs are easy.
I've been lucky with plug wire on those this far. One fun part was trying to figure out which way the plugs were angled when it came time to put the new ones on. "Damn I should've taken note of that while I was unscrewing them".

After lowering the subframe to do the steering rack I wondered if that would doing the plugs easier also.
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Speaking of which, today is for our wedding. It was 32 years ago today. Lemme try to find a pic….
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Originally Posted by indyfabz
That one is a classic.

Do you remember the episode when Fred and Wilma got mugged on their way home from bowling? The robber said the line “nice and slow, yeah. That’s the way you do it. Nice. And slow.”

I channel that line/voice on rides when I want my friends to drop the pace back. I doubt they get the reference.
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Originally Posted by seedsbelize2
How does one go about acquiring a purple star? Is there an application process or do they just offer it out of the blue? Another question I have long had. Do you purple star folk ever have meetings among the lot of you? There is one among you, who I have had on ignore for years, due to his offensive posts. I was shocked to see him show up in the banned user’s thread as the one doing the banning.
It's an invite-only process. Some people have straight up asked admins to become moderators, but that usually doesn't pan out. When we need to recruit, we make suggestions among ourselves, discuss and then proceed sending messages. Turns out our discretion isn't always perfect. But we try, and we do as good as we can given that we are paid top-dollar.
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