Friday, May 26, 2017

mini love - part 10

Just follow the rabbit hole, and you may not know how deep it goes especially when you are having a lot of fun.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

mini love - part 9

I had tried to be methodical in keeping track of the fasteners during the modification of the Mini. Still in the end I dropped one bolt into the a crevice and ended up having 4 extra bolts. Fortunately I know they are not bolts for anything critical. I have been going through the copious photos that I took in the process hoping to find where they belong.

Friday, May 19, 2017

mini love - part 8

Nothing is easy when it comes to making modifications to or maintaining the Mini. Everything is tightly packaged. I thought installing a boost gauge and a oil pressure gauge would be a walk in the park.

Monday, May 15, 2017

mini love - part 7

I am still high from how well the entire (my stage I) modification project for the Mini turned out. As I set out to accomplish - invest a few thousand dollars to make the Mini more fun. That was my mission statement. At the time I have only a vague idea of what the project includes. My idea of a few thousands dollars was may be $6000 rough figure that I put into the back of the head.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

mini love - part 6

With the engine out, all the modifications that I planned for the engine/drivetrain should be relative easy to install, and so I thought.

mini love - part 5

Many of this series of post are photo intensive. I taken a lot of photos for future reference.

Friday, May 5, 2017

mini love - part 4

I was planning for a D-day to perform all the planned modifications for the Mini. All the well laid plans that I did the procurement of all the parts did not end as anticipated. I received a damaged clutch release bearing, and a wrong bearing for the limited slip differential. I cannot begin the engine/drivetrain modifications until I have all these parts on hand. We had a forecast of two dry days and I was itching to get started.

Monday, May 1, 2017

mini love - part 3

It is getting close to D-day. Nearly all the needed parts have arrived. As all well laid plan, something bounds to go wrong. There are currently three show stoppers.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

mini love - part 2

I have been spending quite a bit of time researching and planning for this (hopefully one time) modification of both the drivetrain and suspension on my R53 MINI Cooper S.

Sunday, April 23, 2017

porsche gt4 foto album - part 1

mini love - part 1

Since the acquisition of the Porsche GT4, I appreciate and love my Mini more than ever.

crunchy cantonese noodles 爽口銀絲糼麵 - part 1

I created this post because I am very excited that I found these Cantonese style noodles. For all my time living in the West I have not found noodles like these. They have the toothsome crunchiness 爽口彈牙 consistency that is very rare find outside of Hong Kong and certain regions of Guangzhou. This kind of noodle is also called silver strands 銀絲糼麵.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

fancying for a porsche - part 9

I have mentioned that a snow white car with black wheels is very difficult to photograph. Because in most lighting conditions the dynamic range between the highlight and shadow far exceeds the dynamic range capability of digital camera's imager by many magnitudes. Even computer LCD monitors has better dynamic range capability (though not to believe the marketing specs which is fudged with artificial test conditions designed to boost the "contrast ratio"). But our eyes are magnitudes higher - close to 1,000,000 : 1.

Monday, March 20, 2017

fancying for a porsche - part 8

Although my GT4 arrived last Thursday only today that I can legally drive it. The dealership in Florida that handle the transaction neglected to ship the car with a temporary license plate though I paid for as well as the processing of Oregon license plates. The temporary license arrived via Fed Ex this morning.

Friday, March 17, 2017

fancying for a porsche - part 7

My recent fever for wanting a Porsche reignited my love for sports cars. Strangely as I spent sleepless nights in anticipation the arrival of my Cayman GT4 I feel more appreciative of my 12 years old R53 Mini Cooper S. It has been a car that I enjoy the most, and over a Mazda MX5 preceded it in road and track use. The saddest thing is, with the arrival of the GT4 the Mini will be exposed to the elements so the more expensive GT4 will be stored in the garage.

Sunday, March 5, 2017

fancying for a porsche - part 6

It turns out the photo of the white Cayman GT4 Clubsport that I so enamored belongs to a for sales advert. The brand new race car belongs to 9xx Racing in Berlin. Actually they have two of these for sale, with different amount of options.

Saturday, March 4, 2017

fancying for a porsche - part 5

The closing process is underway. Because this is a long distance purchase there are many moving parts and dependencies. I did my parts expediently. The vehicle would be shipped via enclose carrier. I am eagerly looking forward to the arrival.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

fancying for a porsche - part 4

The end is near. It has been precisely one month since I caught the Porsche fever.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

fancying for a porsche - part 3

Obsessing for a Porsche. That should now be the title. Must be the assault of the worst winter we have here in the Pacific Northwest this year that causes me to be obsessing for a Porsche. As with all major purchases I have been doing a lot of deliberations with all options considered. There are technical, financial, emotional, and practical considerations. I try not to limit myself on just the Cayman. I should reiterate that what rekindle my recent passion for owning a Porsche was watching how Porsche manufacture their cars, and a video about 911R. This post consists of my recent thought ramblings and the research that I have done that will eventually help me decide which car to get. The last thing I want is to regret my purchase. Very few cars would work out to be an investment and I have no disillusion. My goal is the best ownership experience versus financial expense.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

fancying for a porsche - part 2

911 Carrera S is out. I think a Cayman S offers a lot of car for the price. However I do not base my choice base on the highest performance to purchase price ratio. For that a Chevrolet Corvette would likely be the winner - depends on the price range and the performance criteria. I want a Porsche and a driver's car so nothing else will do.