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  1. Hmmm.....I was thinking JB Weld also, the slow cure version that flows better and the idea of adding fibre glass cloth to it sounds interesting...Hmmm...? I would probably go with striaght JB for the first layer then add some cloth to the second layer etc...but i will be adding the flat bar for added rub protection which will also add structural strength also. I fixed a bike rad with it in the far north many many years ago and it held up just fine...it took 2 days to cure fully enough for me to get it operational if I remember correctly......but it did work all on it's own and that was a messy job out in the bush at a campsite. So in the garage in sterile conditions without antifreeze getting possibly into the mix I see no reason why it wouldn't adhere well especially with the added support of cloth and the flat bar....just thinking outloud. IF you don't have the flat bar, a simple ruler would work also cut to the proper length you require.
  2. Damn, that's insane....!!! I'd be looking at combining a few together in a bin of your own if possible, load a bin or find someone who has space in a bin already coming this way.....my buddy got his new bike loaded in the same plane as him for the price of another ticket almost........but that is a bike and from England also.....BUT....that much for a rollerskate in a shipping container is rediculous. No length to speak of or weight....I bet it's the packing charges so it doesn't get damaged...? Look at getting a full container and seeing what motorcycles are wanting to cross over as many groupos do this....check Horizons unlimited. Motorcycles are easy to load and strap down and they pay their share from what they asked to get a bike across.
  3. Now the question is, will it fit in the overhead luggage or will they have to stow it underneath...?????? lol
  4. Blacked out the side rear windows and siliconed them tight to stop future leaks......must keep carpet dry....now to find the next leak.......lol Dash cam and rear reverse cam are installed, also SIRIUS installed yesterday, no more lost chanels while driving long distances.....gotta love it! I have driven or lets say moved the second car around without a muffler on it as I'm searching out a solid canister type muffler to replace the crimpled mufflers we have presently.....it isn't that loud at walking speeds....not sure I want to try it at highway speeds...lol I also have the second old rear crash bar off to make a tow hitch from using it as a template.......was thinking of incorporating the old crash bar into a tow bar by adding material etc and reinforcing it, but there would be far too much alluminium welding to get done......so it's steel all the way...
  5. OK, panic over....seems that the TP button was activated......something to do with traffic patrol or something? I don't know but it's back to normal....
  6. Hi guys and gals....I just installed sirius into the car, love the non stop sound, never need to worry about leaving an area and having to search for a good station to listen to. BUT....and I didn't cut a single wire etc etc....all I did was accidentally figure out how to get the station finder or scanner to work manually so i could get onto 97.9 or whatever station they asked for.......and now it works great for 15 or so seconds then shuts off the sound, waits a longer time then comes back on again....then repeats.....WTF..? I have pushed everything I can think of trying to get it to stop doing this...can't find anything that mentions it anywhere either.....augh! The install worked fine, a simple matter of gluing the antena to the roof, run the wires under the carpet up the dash to the radio and same with the power, from cig power outlet to radio...then set radio to whatever station they asked for......nothing else. It worked great for 15 seconds, then shut down. You don't need to cut any wired or upset the radio in any way, so it must have happened after me hiting so many buttons trying to figure out how to get the radio to operate manual chanel searching...? The issue now is, how do i fix it.......??? Please help.....all suggestions greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  7. Sorry to hear this, will keep my fingers crossed for you to find another smart.......good luck.
  8. I haven't taken one out yet, life is getting in the way as summer steams on....but those tubes, how many are there? Are there many and the ones we see damaged simply the outer ones? IF so, then simply epoxying them is a perfect solution as long as the epoxy is rated to withstand high heat etc etc.....as there has to be far more in that cooler than what is really necessary for it to do it's job. So filling a few with epoxy isn't going to make any difference at all, correct? Simply flush the rad with a rad cleaner/flush solution, then steaming hot water and finally some accetone to get the final part clean from any oily debri. Then simply scratch up the targeted area with sharp object like file or razor knife carefully to give the epoxy something to bite onto. Then do a good thin coat first off then a few heavier coats after the correct set-up time and keep going until it's sealed. Then I personally would add the added extra protection and peace of mind alluminium flat bar over the repair so as to protect the area from further damages hopefully. imho, it's a simple repair if you take your time to do all these steps. I'll be doing mine before it becomes a repair and not a simple preventative measure thing. Hope this helps someone if you're thinking of doing it.
  9. I just looked at the June main show, WOW..! Maybe an expensive drive out in the Willys......just for the experience.....lol
  10. Welcome, this forum is a gold mine of helpful people and great information. Enjoy...and happy reading...
  11. Did you end up buying a new one...or is this repair still holding? I am thinking 2 part epoxy and a thin flat strip of alluminium as a patch that runs the entire length , then trim the plastic to fit very close to the new strip and use that as a wear point IF the two ever meet again....?
  12. Looks like Tolsen has a new enterprise ready to set up, buying and shipping intercoolers!......lol
  13. Can I ask, and sorry to semi hi-jack....but my 450 2005 has this 1 second lag from a full stop also...yes totally different years but is it the same issue, a turbo type lag? As said above by OP it also is nippy so to speak once on the move, it's just this initial step on the gas and it feels like "it" decides when it should step off the line......lol It's the same lag every time so I have adjusted my driving to suit it. But when picking a gap in traffic you must either time it very well or wait for a larger gap...lol If normal, I can live with it also but if it's tunable to get that out, even better. For the fuel economy I can accept the lack of accelleration and live with it, but.....you just have to add that lag into your normal driving techniques....
  14. Changing the fuel filter today, hoping to turn that idiot light off.....lol. Shouldn't take long at all, found and cleaned the area yesterday.....lol. Then start the dash cam install......After that, bring in the second Smart to use as a template to build a tow hitch and look at the exhaust to see what's possible...?
  15. I tinted my side and rear windows well and that alone helped greatly to keep the temps down, compared to a stock glassed Smart. The biggest issue I have is the small sliver that the sliding shield misses on the roof.....that drives me insane when the sun is majically at the perfect spot and it shines strong through it....augh! That will be a modification I'm sure before the summer has gotten to it's highest point! As it is I'm now wearing a cap to stop the sun from flashing me above my sunglasses. Those flashes trigger my migrains, a bad thing for sure. So the idea of a directly open roof has turned my plans around completely....lol.
  16. Anyone ever thought of this ???? How are both attached to the cage or bodywork? Is the glass roof simply glued on like a windshield is? Same question for sun roof..? IF so, why can they be interchanged? Anyone concidered it? Just thinking outloud...lol
  17. We nearly went to Ireland but the cost of the rental car ruined it for us.....they demanded too much and that left a bad taste in my mouth. I have never been and am wondering how it compares to the English countryside? That cliffs area was one of our destinations if we had gone. Those chopped Smarts are all photochopped versions of something someone had made up, fantastic imho, some of them that is, the E type Jag was my favorite...lol. I nearly built Cobra but it only has 2 seats and that 3rd seat was a sticky issue back when Justine was very young...lol. I should have put my foot down and gone that route instead of the Willys...lol. Any pics organized yet...? Waiting for the great photos...lol Enjoy buddy.....Amsterdam is another destination that peaks my interest, one day.
  18. Sorry to hi-jack this thread but have you seen the photoshoped images someone has done for the smart making it have semi classic, muscle car and just plain cool car body stylings on youtube ..? I'd buy one in a heartbeat also...lol
  19. With all the water and dampness under the carpet I'd recheck anything electrical and coat it in dielectric grease etc etc on a regular basis. I was horrified the amount of moisture I saw under my carpets, it's still there so i will be cooking mine when the sun finally gets here to try and dry it all out....then it's a massive searching to find out where it's coming in from......I'm surprised the floors haven't got any rust on them from it....? I installed a secondary fuse pannle to run anything extra off of as not to upset the car's finiky(?) electrical system....hoping that works....I have a battery tender I used for my bike, maybe I'll do the same...thanks.
  20. Astro turf...I bet! Lokks neat all the same...lol The body's I have seen as semi concept cars on youtube were amazing to say the least. Check out Smart Car kit cars or bodies.....Someone has photoshopped real life muscle cars and classics into the shape and wheel length of a Smart Car....some would be fantastic if we could make them...IMHO.
  21. I have gone away from this swap, getting sun burnt and the sun shining drirectly on my dome wasn't ideal for a redhead...lol
  22. OK, so, me adding a secondary fuse pannel and running all extra things from it, will this upset the cars brain, or lack of one ...? Thanks
  23. Have you checked under the front carpet passanger side for possibly a loose ground wire etc or maybe a chaffed wire? It happens when it gets jolted so it must be something that moves which means something is loose somethere and acts up after a nudge....maybe...? I'd also try running with gas cap loose just to rule out fuel starvation from a vaccum pressure issue with the cap not allowing air into the tank for it to breathe. Just a few thoughts?
  24. OK, seems I have a gremlin.....first the fuel filter light comes on irratically and now the glow plug light is staying on after start up and i drive a short distance then goes out...? WHY.....????? The fuel filter light is also playing up, so I will change it just for shits and giggles....maybe it's trying to tell me something? Where is the best place in Ontario to buy one? Thanks