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  • Birthday 10/27/1961

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  1. I purchased a tool box loaded with Aviation tools, mechanical, Sheet metal and electrical. Typical A&P mechanics stuff and included were a lot of specialty tools. I have identified all but this one. apparently the photo failed to up load and I now have the message that i can only up load 2mb, maybe tomorrow.
  2. The Canada one pinstripe was recreated by a vinyl shop in Nanaimo they took pictures and measurements before removing it for paint looks as good or better than original. I have the Chicken head but found I like the look of the car without it so have yet to put it back on. Have had trouble locating the Brabus badges but I think I have located some. if I can't obtain some before summer I might just take you up on your generous offer Mike. This is the first time this one has been down here we brought the black one (Island Girl) down a few years back. This time I made the trip in 21 hours but milage went way down. Left Vancouver just after midnight and was here in Palm Springs early enough to buy some groceries and a pizza before the stores closed at nine. Alan
  3. Yep repaint is complete, Looking sweet in the Coachella valley. Alan
  4. Pictures as promised.
  5. Washed and fuelled up the Canada one. Installed the wheels (from Mike T) and tire package from Flying Tiger. Vredestiens 175-55R15 front and 195-50R15 rear, The ride is so much smoother and quieter now. I have noticed a small decrease in performance with the big rubber but still quite the improvement over all. On inspection of the original rubber (11 or 12 years old now) I discovered that the steal belt had let go and that caused the vibration good tread still around 80% of the tire but worn right through the belts where the bulge is. A sigh of relief as there does not appear to be any wheel damage as first thought. Will post some pictures tomorrow. Happy new year all. Alan
  6. I think I learned something today. Good post. Alan
  7. Fits across the roll bar keeps the wind out of the cabin with the top down. I know I can just put the top up but I like the sun. Smart named it, not me. Alan
  8. Ordered a full set of Vredestiens for the Canada 1 strike lines (thanks MikeT) from Fast Eddy. Also have the fortwo decal and the anti aircirculation bulkhead coming from Europe (thanks Eddy). Still searching for the brabus triangle stickers. I will need to ship the tires down to Palm springs where the Canada 1 sits with a flat tire and minor damage to one of the rear Brabus monoblocks. It is quite hard to tell you have a flat in one of these cars, This is the first flat in about 150,000 km's of smarts 80,000 on Henry and 30,000 on the Canada 1. I hit something on the freeway and by the time I got stopped the tire had side wall damage so I drove very slowly down to date palm to exit the freeway about a quarter mile and tire was totally trashed. While I was dropping the wheels off with Eddy I noticed he has a very sweet 06 passion with all options but leather, heated seats, rare power sunroof, paddles, silver trident, with about 100k on the clock, for less than 4 grand. I had to tear myself away before making an unplanned purchase. Alan ps sitting at 56,000 km
  9. Could it be something as simple as a plugged fuel filter? Alan
  10. Hey thanks, I will have them use it on the game boards. Thanks again Alan
  11. Hi All in the process of having some game boards made, Alaskan cards and marbles, and are having them personalized. I would like one of the game boards to sport a 450 Cabrio. All the past form articles I bring up give me the "picture no longer available" message. Does anyone out there have the 450 Cabrio clipart on there computer that they are willing to share? Thanks in advance. Alan
  12. I still have the strike lines but have yet to decide on which tires to use. Seems that a lot of the tires I could get in the sizes I wanted have been discontinued. Will probably just get Fast Eddie to order some S drives next spring. He has a knack for finding smart related stuff. I decided to do a complete repaint on the Canada one as I had minor damage on every panel. so it is still running the original tires from 06 with 52,000 kilometres on them. Alan
  13. This may sound strange but start the car take off the hand break and try to roll the car forward or backward. Smart cars have a strange habit of having the breaks rust up and makes the car incredibly hard to move. I think you will find that the oil leak is a separate problem and can be addressed later. Alan
  14. I would probably look at the engine and battery grounds. This sounds like the sort of gremlin that would come with bad grounds. I had a truck once that refused to start but slamming the drivers door would some how fix the loose ground on the fuel pump. Best of luck Alan
  15. Hi trying59 Welcome to the club. If you are drawn to be smart because they are unique and stand out from the crowd and you are ok with the same acceleration as a fully loaded semi then a smart could be for you. The truth. Please be aware that the car is not very forgiving if you don't look after it, and can be costly to repair. They hold 2.7 litres of oil and running low on oil or over filling can harm your engine. The 800cc engine works quite hard to push the little car around so after a hard run give it time to catch it's breath before shutting it down, the turbo gets very hot and receives it's lubrication from the engine oil, so after a run idling in the driveway for a few minutes will bring the turbo temps way down and prolong its life. My opinion is most turbo problems can be traced back to the operator not observing this step. The ride is a bit harsh and hitting a large pothole at speed will set off the airbags. They are not as reliable as a Toyota, the passenger seat does not recline, there is no spare tire, and they have a habit of burning out headlights. If you like to do your own or know a good mechanic that can do the maintenance there really is no problem with desiel fortwos. More truth The smarts are fun to drive. Get around town quickly and safely. They carry the same 5 star safety rating as a Corolla. Two of my three daughters drive them. Third daughter used to ,but now has a daughter of her own. You can park almost anywhere. The cdi uses between three to six litres per hundred kilometres dependant on how you drive them. I've seen 2.6 litres per 100, some have done much better, my norm is around 5, or 60 miles an imperial gallon. They quickly become more a part of the family than a mode of transportation. You will quickly start taking it everywhere, I live in the Vancouver area and I have had mine down to Palm springs and across to Saskatchewan. Sorry didn't mean to write a book here. Welcome to the club Alan