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What Did You Do To Your Smart Today?

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We have here in Canada now some idiotic rule that is forcing most companies to regulate what sized tires we can legally run on our vehicles.....so to get anything other than what it came with bar one size up or down if that many choices you have to say the tires are for a trailer  and not installed on a vehicle or they will not sell the tires to you. OR even look them up!   Idiots...Canadian Tire comes to mind.

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Of course there are physical limits as to what size of tyre one can mount on a rim. 

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I am fully aware of limits but they are now forcing  specific sized tires on us for specific vehicles. I'm an old tire man and am fully aware that we can cheat just a bit from stock sizes without your vehicle becoming a missle or a danger to you or others.
I am searching for taller tires simply to fill out wheel arch space after a 2" lift, there is no way i can buy tires here without telling them they are trailer tires. Just saying.

 

 

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Nobody asks me about car tyre sizes. I simply fit what I want. 

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I order all my tires online and just order by size. I then take the rims and tires to a local tire shop. No questions asked. 

 

I generally find CT overpriced for tires, so I don’t shop there for tires. Tools on the other hand . . .

 

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Today I installed an genuine arm rest to the drivers seat, most comfortable now.

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Visited Uncle Glenn today and got "Bruised" (winter beater) all set for it's estivation.  Fresh oil and filter and a general inspection to confirm that the beast will be ready to do battle with the snowflakes when they once again arrive.

Time to bring out the convertible. :lol:

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Broke my intercooler scoop last week while doing my engine mount.  Sods law, first bit of mildly warm weather today and the intercooler fan is gleefully cutting in.  Dammit.

 

Cue a day of swearing, banging, and mad scientist laughter, and Spank the Smart has emerged from the lab with an intercooler spray. 1.1 litre washer bottle and pump intended for a kit car, adjustable boost pressure switch (currently set to c.6 PSI) and 2 x Vauxhall Insignia misting washer jets mounted in the fan shroud, and I now have a boost operated automatic intercooler spray.  Soon as I can find a suitable switch I'll fit an over ride in the cabin for cold weather driving.

 

A spirited lap of the neighbouring villages and the intercooler fan didn't cut in once. Hurrah!

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Today I dug out an olde 7" tablet and downloaded Ttorque Pro so I can keep an eye on intake temperatures.  I also downloaded Waze onto it so it also makes a splendid sat nav.

 

It perches excellently on the ashtray in the centre dash, and 2 small notches cit into the sides of the ashtray (invisible when closed) stop it sliding about.  A happy mornings work.

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Welded up a cracked exhaust bracket and reinforced it.....no more weird rattling sounds now.....also checked all lift kit bolts etc in the rear looking for said rattle, all tight.
I am sitting on the fence about removing the lift due to metal on metal clunking when driving over very cracked and busted up roads.  Just a bit annoying is all. Also noticed 451 rins are tight fitting compared to 450 stock steels. Just more work....augh!

Pulled my back out badly last weekend and now it's really biting me. 

 

Installed cheap as chips seat covers just to keep beater seats nice and clean to be swapped into summer car one day as they are black and grey and summers are yellow and show every bit of dirt etc.

The beaters are also heated which makes them stiffer and more comfortable imho.

 

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Grabbed a steal of a deal on a parts smart this week. Found an 06 Cabrio to rape and pillage for "Jester" . Then dabbling with the idea of fitting the drive train from my 85 MR2 into the 06 for fun ;)

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Had a chance to go over the parts smart today to compile the list of pcs I need. I'm ridiculously giddy at how many of the pieces I need are in great shape on the parts car even though it has near as many km on it as "Jester" (now creeping up on 190 000km) Even the intercooler is solid without a sign of leaking anywhere. I did try starting it but noticed after a bit a small puddle on the shop floor dripping from the centre cylinder area of the exhaust manifold. Yep, diesel... Car was hit in the right rear corner before ending up in the Towing yard I grabbed it from. If nothing else it's a complete engine to rebuild and have ready. ;)

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Got my lawn tractor stuck in the ditch with roller attached....used Smart to tow her out..!    I was shocked it had the balls to do so!   

I also noticed my windshield is completely lose all along the bottom of the glass....you can literally push it 1/2" away from frame...!   Hmmmm......time to price up  new wind shield maybe or simply clean, dry and restick old stone chipped glass back in...?   I do not want to remove this old glass just to reinstall considering it has 3 good sized stone chips in it......it just makes zero sense to do it...!  Anyone in the Toronto area know of a cheap place to buy windshields?????

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I had a similar problem, albeit in a single 12" spot rather then the whole length. Given time I'm sure it would have spread the whole way across.

 

I used a fine nozzle to squirt Sikaflex EBT into the gap from outside, and left it 48 hours to cure.  I breathed a great sigh of relief when not only did the leak stop but the windscreen was now solidly in position again.

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