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Rogue SO-RM-111 Oval Soundhole Mandolin First Impressions» Uploads by blufish2004

This video presents my initial impressions of the Rogue SO-RM-111 Oval Soundhole Mandolin, as sold by Musciansfriend.com. After this video, I will be preforming a complete setup per the instructions highlighted by Rob Meldrum in his book on the subject, titled "How to Set Up and Enjoy a Mandolin", and posting a follow up video with the results and final impressions. This is where you can get this same mandolin model: http://www.musiciansfriend.com/folk-traditional-instruments/rogue-mandolin-with-oval-soundhole/515544000056000 Rob's own videos before and after set up are available at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3G3QZOSyPI and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qGU7ZjIp-vQ, respectively.
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Time: 04:59 More in Music
MR2 Camera Mount Test» Uploads by blufish2004

This is the first test of my home made video camera mount for my 1989 MR2 SC. The video focus goes in and out, but experimentation will sort that out. Camera is a Samsung SC-MX20. Any advice regarding how to get get the focus to look good?
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Time: 04:43 More in Autos & Vehicles
Totaled 2004 Mazdaspeed MX5 Miata» Uploads by blufish2004

My 2004 Mazdaspeed Miata hit a patch of black ice on the highway the evening of January 10, 2009, while going about 65 MPH. I lost control of the car, and spun a 360, in the process of which the car hit the guard rail at both the front and rear of the car. No other cars where involved, but from my reckoning, the car is totaled. We were on Rt 93 South, south of Boston in Milton, MA, just before exit 6. While we were talking to the responding State trooper, we witnessed several other cars lose control, spinning, and piling up. At least 6 other cars were involved in the chain of events, seemingly unrelated to my incident, but obviously due to the same icy road conditions. As Im watching the evening news right now, I just learned about a 60 car pile-up on Rt 93 in New Hampshire... Not my incident, but same thing again. This video was taken on January 23, 2009 at the tow lot where the car was brought after the accident. Please drive safe, everybody!
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Time: 01:22 More in Autos & Vehicles
Done Media Blasting Front Suspension bits» Dan's 1970 Triumph GT6+

Between last night and tonight, I have completed media blasting the small list of parts that I will be recycling in my front suspension setup, as well as a little bit for the rear. I may do more of the rear parts while I'm on a blasting and painting roll.

Pictured are the brake dust shields, calliper mounting brackets, steering arms, lower wishbone/a-arm to chassis pivot mounts, rear radius arm to chassis mounts, and spring caps.

Remaining Front Suspension Work and Costs» Dan's 1970 Triumph GT6+

Today I finished painting the front suspension turrets, and went over suspension diagrams to determine what I have left to take care of, either in the way of purchase or refurb. Following are the lists I came up with. The total cost does come across a bit steep, but a number of these parts are upgrades over the original equipment, and in the case of the hub and bushing kits $450 or so can account for the rear/rest of car. I don't care to total up the rear end yet, as that time will come soon enough.

I have dug up the following parts for refurbishing and paint: Brake Dust Shields, Caliper Mounts, Steering Arms, Sway bar, Steering Rack, A-Arm to Chassis Pivot Brackets, Spring Top Plates.

Stuff to buy - $1800.45
  • From Canley Classics - $1028.56
    • Caterham Type Front Suspension Kit / Vertical links (CATKIT1)
    • Adjustable Camber Top Wishbones (119272ADJUST)
    • Polybush Bushing Kit (KIT35R)
    • Front Bottom Wishbones (206686 and 206685)
    • Swaybar end links (125481 and 125482)
    • Steering rack mounts (S20)
    • Wheel Bearing Kits (GHK1011)

  • From PRI Race - $700.00
    • Hub kit (HK-645)

  • From Spitbits - $71.89
    • Spindles and associated hardware (132065, 102690, LN2211, YN2912)

Stuff to buy, that can wait for now - about $170
  • Shocks
  • Springs
  • Tie rod ends (ad maybe more depending on the condition of the steering rack)


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