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Light the way

For the past few months I have been using the OEM replacement head lamp on my Celica with a cheap 4300k HID lamp. 

Here was one of the videos of the HID in action. heh. I have since taken them off and replaced with Philips Power2Night lamps.

Actually I like the HID color a lot but because of the design, its light rays were all over the place, blinding all traffic in front of me. And being a responsible person, thats why I reverted back to the normal headlamps after a few weeks of fun. 

[Gears: Sony DSC-T90]

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Upgrading to 500w

As I have already upgraded the graphics card 4850 last month. I actually was looking to upgrade the RAM. But I was fairly worried about the PSU(power supply unit) that I had in the system. I suspected that it was under powered with the 4850 drawing so much power.

So I went online and got me a Corsair CX500 for RM 225.00 excluding shipping. 

I transferred the money to the seller on Friday. But he could not send it on Saturday as the postal services were off on the first Saturday of the month. So he sent it on Monday, and I recieved it yesterday just as I got home, POSLAJU also arrived. Good timing.

Sealed

This is a very basic PSU, with two years warranty.

Manual, power cable, cable ties, screws and a badge.

Sleeved mess.

Both sides has the CX500 sticker.

Rear of the PSU.

At the bottom of it was a large exhaust fan.

This was on the other side.

Comparing with what I had, I was pleasantly surprised that I got something half decent long ago. At least it was able to work the 4850. Without crashing or something sinister :P

Octopus mess.

At the end of it I had to swap out another casing which I happen to have lying about in my "tech" room. The other antique casing which I was using, the screw locations wrong. Which meant installing it backwards with the exhaust fan facing the roof of the casing. Lucky for me this casing I had had extra exhaust fan, which I have been meaning to install too. Totally forgot about it. 

All in all RM spent, after two upgrades RM 430.00+

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Drown your watch

Since my previous posting on cleaning stuff (Celica Update) I was told by Jorj that I could actualy try to use it to clean my watch.

This was the end result after drowning it in the multi purpose detergent for about 30 mins.

This time round I only put in about 1/3 of the cleaning solution and 2/3 of water.

Normally my watch is pretty clean, well as clean as I could get them. Our Malaysian weather does not help, so I'm always sweating. One of the hardest bits to clean on the watch was the strap and the small gaps in between the pieces.

To my surprise when I dropped the watch into the cleaning solution orange looking moss came growing out of the gaps and stuff. I should have taken some shots of the water, BEFORE putting the watch in. The light button had a growth which was darker shade of red close to black. I was surprised of where all the grit and dirt came from inside the gaps of the straps. Amazing.

Check out the video below also includes 10 seconds of time lapse photography right at the end.

 

Warning: If you plan to drown your watch please ensure that the seals are still working or else you may get liquid in your watch. I will not be held responsible if anything happens to it :P

 

Cheers

[Gears: Nikon D300, 17-55mm, Sony DSC-T90]

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Celica update (November)

This post has been pending for a while as I was waiting to get the video done. So finally I manage to krunch the pixels and uploaded the video to youtube.com

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Before

This was the state of my grill. With silver paint which was already peeling. I was wondering how was I going to clean it because of the fins. A friend of mine had informed me that there was a way to remove the paint without damaging the plastic. I had already purchased some paint remover. Luckily I asked around before using it, because if I had used that I would have totally destroyed the grill. So DO NOT USE PAINT REMOVER to remove paint from plastic!!!

I had gotten 5 liters of multi purpose detergent from a whole seller for about RM 28.00. He was unsure if it would work, me neither. I was at my wits end on how to clean the fins. So got to give it a try. And it worked! *whew*

I had not dilute the multi purpose detergent with any water. I had probably used up 2-3 liters to clean a few bits and pieces of my car.

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AfterThe above image was taken well after 24 hours. During the 24 hours of soaking it into the multi purpose detergent, I had to turn/flip the grill around, as the tray I was using was too short to soak the whole grill. So I soaked half for about 6-7 hours then the other and back and forth. After 24 hours, I took it out, rinse it with water, heaps of water let it dry. Then took a spray can and sprayed 3 coats of black paint onto it.

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Installed (mock)I must say, I'm VERY happy with the result. The plastic was not damanged in any way, it came out very clean and after the paint, it looked as if it was brand new.

A word of warning tho, the multi purpose detergent was instantly reactive to the paint. I had got some on my hands and I didn't think much of it for about 10 mins when I started to feel that my fingertips were slightly numb. I tried to was the detergent off but I guess it had soaked into my skin. For the next 6 hours I had tingling sensations on my fingertips and could not feel much of touch. And the following few days... my skin was peeling.

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peeling skin, result from 10 mins without washing my hands after soaking in the detergentSo if you were to try this at home, please wear gloves! Or suffer the same fate as I had !

Here is a short clip I did of the process. CERTAIN PARTS OF THE VIDEO HAS BEEN SPED UP, TO CUT DOWN THE TIME. IT DOES NOT SHOW THE ACTUAL REACTION TIME OF THE MULTI PURPOSE DETERGENT.

Note that at the beginning of the video, the multi purpose detergent was clear as water and at the end it was dark black. As everything sank down to the bottom of the tray. After removing the grill, I used the multi purpose detergent to clean the floor of stains and oil. It was still packing a punch!

Then I procceded to install the door panels :P my dad was complaining how ugly the doors was looking. I would have never figured my dad to complain about it.

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Hooking it up

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Metal bitsDoor panels installedWell I must admit having the door panels installed brings a different feel to the car. As it also dampened much of the road noise. And looks good when opening the doors.

Also I had finally recieve my amplifier back. So I purchased a Pioneer 6x9" 3 way speakers. I didn't really have much choice as the previous owners had already cut out the shape thru the metal at the rear. Bought some RCA cables and amp fuse, hooked everything up without a head unit. I'll do a more detailed posting about audio when all the bits have arrived and installed :P

I had also fixed one of my wiper thingys. Another post coming ! :P :P

So that was my Celica update! More things planned for December!

[Gears: Sony DSC-T90]

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Green Mobile Alive

I dont really write much about it actually in my Journals. As I don’t want to post bit n pieces on and off. So since the last journal posting Green mobile update. I exceeded the time date line I set for myself. I wanted to get the car out 5 months ago. HAHAHA! Oh well I finally got it out.

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Shot this last friday with help of Mr Jong

Right the story started about 6 month back.. or was it 9 month ago. Anyways it was too long ago to mention. I wanted to clean up my rims. As when I bought the car it was in a bad shape. Scarred pretty badly. It looked as if someone had went and used a screwdriver or something with a sharp tip to scrape all four of the rims. The surface of the rims were rough to the touch. I should have taken some before and after pics! Note: These are not the same piece of rim. I finished one, took a snap and then snapped the other one.

Before my hardworkAfter my hard workQuite a lot of difference eh ? Well some scar’s are too deep and I do not have the tools to clean it properly. If your curious on what I used to clean the rims. Here are the ingredients.

  • Autosol Metal Polish
  • Metal Sand Paper (coarse to fine)
  • Stacks of old news paper
  • Elbow grease and a lot of time

I manually cleaned it. Some people were saying that I should use chemicals and what not. But they didn’t give me enough information, so the only thing I knew was to do it manually. :P

This is a comparison between my Corona rims vs Celica rims =D

Looks good?Yup. After finishing the 1st rim, I was stoked! I did it in a week! 7 months later here we are ! haha ! 

Here are the pics from my last push to get the car out before Chinese New Year

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Sanded down, on the left is polish!

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Can u see the shine? Of course if you inpect it closely you will see this

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This was the worse rim, the scare were too deep for me to sand manually. Will take Years for me to complete.

I put the wheels back on the car by Friday evening after work. Then on Saturday I went out to grab some fuel. Since I didn’t have a fuel container I went and bought myself one. And I went to the petrol station they didnt allow me to fill it up even tho it was made of good plastic. They said it must have a “SIGN” indicating that the container is storing flamable material. It cost me 4 times the white plastic one and it spilled all over !

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All you need is a sign!I think its stupid. Last time they had the canister with extendable tip for easier pouring. This one is similar to the one I bought only bigger, red and has a sticker! I also got a set of new spark plugs for the Greenmobile.

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These are classic spark plugs made for classic cars. Its getting harder and harder to find these babies these days.

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Its probably cheaper to buy modern spark plugs but so far I have been using golden lodge spark plugs on my blackmobile since 2005 and its still going strong! (hmmm probably a good time to take it out and have a check)

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special eh ?

So after fitting new spark plugs, plug back in the old battery, fueled it up. It cranked. I backed out the car.

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Seven month of dirt n lizard droppingsYikes!

Check out the celica prints!

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I kind a cleaned it up slightly. And drove to the car wash. After the wash I drove to the petrol station to pump in more fuel. (The red expensive container spilt a quarter of its contents out when I was pouring it in). Only to find that the car would not start. It cranked but would not turn over. I had to wait about 30 mins or so until one mechanic friend nearby closed shop and came over. Swapped in a new set of spark plugs and it started to life! The Golden Lodges were black as coal. Hmm.. wet in fuel.. Hmm.. seems familiar…

At this point I was wondering why the Golden Lodge was not working?

After that I went back home rested abit. And texted some mates from the local ol-skool nut house. Only two have seen my car in real life. So it was a show-and-tell session for me. After I told them about the situation about the spark plugs and I tried to start up my car again. Yes, it failed to start again even with a brand new set of spark plugs. So I slotted back in the Golden Lodge spark plugs. Which I cleaned and dried. The car turned over! So they were all speculating on wat could be wrong. Well to cut the story short, we tried to improve the “spark” by tweaking the contact. That seemed to work. I manage to get home that night!

On Sunday didn’t really drive it around only moved it around to change the ignition coil. I had a spare lying around. During our gathering we found that the ignition coil was leaking.

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Busted!the rim offset is rediculous! woohoo Clean Rims!

Monday

So the next day I was supose to meet up with the guys after work again as I was driving out heading towards the main road…

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I didn’t bring out the tools, so I had to leave my car, walk back to my house and pick up the tools and double back to the car!

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Obviously the little tweak we did to the contact didnt work out.

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this is me annoyed!The guys came by and replaced the contact with a brand new toyota contact. Brand new old stock! =) The car is alive again! So I went to their placed and tried on some rims. Smaller offset but same pattern/design. Good drive. Will need to get them soon. While I was there, I swapped grille with Jaffar.

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This is my grillecheck out the emblemWell its been a while since the greenmobile is been running around on the road. I’m glad I finally got it back going. Since last month till now I have mad many minor changes here and there. Still a long way to go. But surely can reach.

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