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Posted by PittSpecial | May 21, 2014 @ 10:37 PM | 3,952 Views
Hi guys,

Just so you all know, no job is perfect and when I was doing my DIY job for the lower Control Arms on my mother's 1996 Toyota Corolla DX with the 1.8 Liter with Automatic / Overdrive, one bolt was grabbed and attempted to be inserted where it DID NOT BELONG!

Here is the Link to the Lower Control Arms Replacement in case you have not read up on it:
http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/13...ml#post7140418


Anyway, it took about 5 days until I was able to go and search for the Bolts at the Lower Bracket where one of the Bolts got stuck (threads damaged) as this Bolt just didn't want to tightened nor come out!

The Dealer tried to be helpful but, it seemed like an endless communication problem with me since all they wanted to show me was a nice cute diagram showing how the Lower Control Arm is assembled and not the bolts that go through "a" bracket and into the Bottom front end of the FRAME.

I finally had to resort and visiting the Salvage Yard (A very large one and super modern with Computer inventory) and found at least 7 different Corollas that fit the year I was looking for.

At the Professional Tire & RIM Shop they were experts in doing the job that I was looking for!

The entire cost was $80.78 including Tax (About one hour Labor) and I supplied the Bolts.

A few pictures!
Posted by PittSpecial | May 13, 2014 @ 09:52 AM | 4,118 Views
Pay attention, this will save many lots of $$$:hi:

I took the Rectangular with Oval corners Molding, the Rear Console Assembly between the seats, and I took out four small screws holding the Shifter Pod Assembly in order to slightly lift it in order to reach the Blub in its socket wire.

Using a pair of medical clamps, I reached in and took out the Light assembly and it is a tiny Bulb and heading out to the local Dealer as they have just one in stock for $2.45 plus tax. Certainly, I could have bought it from a local Surplus Electronics Store but, since this is such a Pain in the Rear to get to, I figured to buy Toyota Bulb to be on the safe side.:thumbsup:

Speaking of DEALERS, one such dealer on the East Central Coast of Florida (Not going to mention any names) gave me an estimate of $178.00 to replace this Bulb and reason why my poor mother has used tiny LED Flash Lights to double check which Gear she was in before letting go of the Brake.

A couple of pictures to show you how it is done.





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Posted by PittSpecial | May 07, 2014 @ 06:37 AM | 4,320 Views
1992 Toyota Camry XLE with 451,000+ Miles without an Engine Rebuilt Job!!

Took this Short Video clip of my Camry's 5S-FE Engine Purring like a kitty cat during a recent A/C Recharge and after 451,000+ miles.

For additional data:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2127766



1992 Toyota Camry XLE with 451,000 + miles! (0 min 38 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Apr 07, 2014 @ 09:15 PM | 4,725 Views
Guys!

I was surprised and honored to be mentioned at the Official PARK ZONE Page at FACEBOOK!

https://www.facebook.com/parkzonerc

Check it out!

Posted by PittSpecial | Mar 24, 2014 @ 09:32 AM | 4,264 Views
Hello good people.

My brother was in need of a reliable, good looking, sporty and most importantly, RELIABLE vehicle a few months ago and we looked and looked and we both got lucky right in our own area! A gentleman just purchased a new car and was trying to sell his 1995 Toyota Camry SE 3.0-Liter V-6, "2-Door"

Yes, the car's odometer read a little past 200,000 miles but, the advantages unlike buying it from a dealer (perhaps with this age and mileage, a Buy-Here-Pay-Here) was that your are asking the questions directly to the owner.

From what we learned from the owner and test driving the vehicle:

1. Engine felt strong but, at the lower RPMs, there was a miss-fire of sorts.
2. Hood Lift Struts (on each side) were dead, could not hold up the Hood.
3. Passenger Door window regulator was broken.
4. Leather Interior looked good except for driver's seat with the lumbar on one side cracked.
5. Rear console's Ashe Tray missing.
6. Very good brakes and tires.
7. Super Radio and after market speakers (3-way).
8. Full size spare tire.
9. Recent Battery.

We purchase the vehicle for a steal at $1250 cash AS-IS!

We went to work and teared down the TOP side of the Engine and found out why it was miss-firing. Some Gorilla hands mechanic that the previous owner took it to broke two Injector Connectors at the right side (The side most difficult to reach and closest to the Firewall of the vehicle). Another Connector was almost broken on the other...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Mar 19, 2014 @ 07:09 AM | 4,183 Views
Yes, without any Engine Rebuilt job, my 1992 Toyota Camry XLE has reached 450,000 + Miles. I am 2nd owner and when I purchased it at 15,686 miles a dream come true and still handles and drives like a dream.

Best of all it has been extremely reliable.





Some more on the Camry......

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1903605

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1881899
Posted by PittSpecial | Feb 20, 2014 @ 06:10 PM | 4,534 Views
I like to interrupt this channel for a moment and share with you all this wonderful video from Russia and I call it Russia with Love.

Enjoy!

http://youtu.be/2vPGp7Kjo5A
Posted by PittSpecial | Feb 19, 2014 @ 03:49 PM | 4,190 Views
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Originally Posted on January 18th, 2014

I have been very impressed on the Durafly (10.25 inch diameter) 4-Blade propellers on how well they are balanced. I have not had any issues with vibration so, I must give credit where credit is due.

Additionally, they are very robust - tough as they allow me to Belly Skip & GO without any complaints

However, they do NOT hold UP WELL in a Slam landing (Crash) like the one depicted in the following Video that I recorded early evening on Friday, (01-17-2014).

http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...ostcount=19247

https://vimeo.com/84442606

Well, after some needed repairs super early this morning, I was able to get my JUG back in the air this morning at my RC Club on the way to work today!

It flew for two wonderful flights of 7 minutes each using a brand new Durafly 4-Blade propeller and of course a Brand new Park Zone 480 (960Kv) Motor!

I did use the Hangar9 Prop Reamer but, in the end I had to use a drill bit with size of 21/64" for proper fit onto my Park Zone T-28 Trojan Prop Adapter (hence using the smaller Park Zone 480 motor).

A few pictures of my work this morning.....


Old motor damaged during the pancake flop crash landing!



New motor next to package flap.
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Posted by PittSpecial | Feb 19, 2014 @ 03:19 PM | 4,066 Views
As popular demand has it, I have come through with success!

I was able to command my Park Zone P-47 Thunderbolt to perform two (2) Belly Landings (Flops) & GO and one complete Belly Landing. The first Belly Land (Flop) and GO was a complete success but, the placement of the 808 #16 Keychain Camera was not in a ideal position such not only did it experienced the ground but, it was part of an item that experienced the slide down the runway and caused the camera to shutdown and caused a corrupted video file. (Buttons on the camera was observed to have missing paint.)

The RC Gods shined upon me as I was able to record on one Video file with a subsequent Belly Land (Flop) and complete stop. This was becaused I allowed the model to come in at a too nose first steep angle and caused a slight propeller strike causing the ESC to go into Safe Mode and the need for the throttle to be returned to Null (OFF) was required but, at that time the model had lost all of its momentum and I decided to just allow the model to come for a full stop on its belly. On the same Video file (from the Key Chain Camera) you will see that I activated Gear Down for another try and took off along with a successful captured Belly Land (Flop) and most importantly Raise off from Gound without main gear.

I was able to use my Nikkon Digital HD Camera to record from the top rim of hat and you will notice that it was a pretty busy morning with lots of Air Traffic and Take-Offs and Landings.
I am pretty happy of what results I got with the Video and today NO ONE from the Penaut Gallery said a word!!!

Enjoy the Videos!

Key Chain Camera View:
Belly Land and Go P-47 Thunderbolt 01-13-2014 (5 min 50 sec)


Cowboy Hat View:
Hat Camera View Belly Land and GO PZ P-47 Thunderbolt 01-13-2014 (4 min 57 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 09, 2014 @ 10:35 AM | 4,538 Views
Hello Good People!

I finally tackled an unmanageable situation with my entire RC Airplane fleet, well at least 95% of it. I decided to hang those operational in the same location and did so, very carefully depending on how much they get flown and based on ease of transportation and other criteria.

I still have the another 5% in boxes and partially built in my master bedroom closet.

Here is the operational fleet as it stands today!





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Posted by PittSpecial | Jan 05, 2014 @ 09:14 AM | 4,634 Views
Good morning guys!

Sharing my latest acquisition from Miami, Florida! Visited family and brought my last remaining New-In-The-Box E-Flite Hawker Hurricane 25e and Traded with a super nice gentleman in Miami, Florida for this beauty (Hangar9 P-47 Thunderbolt).

Oh, in case you missed it, it is next to my Park Zone P-47 Thunderbolt!





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Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 25, 2013 @ 09:04 PM | 4,726 Views
Guys,

Got this super deal a few weeks ago and finally getting around to it!

The only thing is that the SUPPO motor is taking a little longer than thought to get here!

Here are some pictures!




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Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 24, 2013 @ 08:15 AM | 4,276 Views
Hello gals and guys!

Came across lucky late November 2013 and acquired this large Hangar9 Corsair .60 size from a gentleman in Orlando, Florida from eBay. I quickly contacted him to send me an invoice without the shipping costs since I was going to pick it up locally and he did and here I am with the start of such Build.

I am going to use the E-Flite Power 60 Brushless Outrunner motor with just 5-Cell, 4,000mAH, 40C, Lithium Polymer setup and swinging the APC "E" 14 X 10 propeller.

Here are some pictures of my .60 size Corsair as I saw it from the eBay For Sale Ad.





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Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 08, 2013 @ 07:18 AM | 4,198 Views
Hello good people!

First let me start by showing you my most recent Electric Power System measurement values such as Amperes (Current Draw), Watts (Power Draw), and Volts (Under-Load Voltage at the Battery).

Battery Used: Admiral, 4-Cell, 4,000mAH, 40C Discharge, Lithium Polymer!
AXI 4120/18 Brushless motor and the E-Flite 60-AMP Switch Mode ESC.




Steady State Static @ 2:28.49
HALF THROTTLE:
10.25AMPs / 168 Watts / 16.05 Volts

Steady State Static @ 2:37.92 mark it measured:
FULL THROTTLE:
37.78 AMPs / 583 Watts / 15.45 Volts

Okay for Watts per Pound calculations:
583 Watts / 7.3lbs. = 79.86 Watts / lbs.

Here is the Video:
HANGAR9 F4U 1D Corsair 50 Size Electric WATT Measured 12 06 2013 (3 min 25 sec)


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Next up are some In-Flight Videos of my Hangar9 Corsair in action!

(November 17th, 2013)
I have viewed my own Video and found a few to be telling on my success with my Power System Setup as follows:

2:46 - Low Approach with High Speed Pass (right at 3/4 throttle)

3:29 - Cruising at 1/2 Throttle the model was commanded to climb for a Hammer Head and did with strong abilities.

3:50 - Another High Speed Pass at 3/4 Throttle

The only issue was at 4:20 after a nice High Altitude Roll and I was using Rudder to help it with smooth SCALE like Roll and forgot to let go of Rudder and she almost spin downwards!

Prior to my Maiden I carefully setup my DX7 (computer Radio) with the correct D/R and Expo for...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 04, 2013 @ 04:49 AM | 4,355 Views
Hello Good People!

Thinking of getting yourselves a new computer? Looking for a GOOD DEAL?

Well, most of the Good Deals in Windows clothing come with WINDOWS-8 preloaded. Nothing wrong with it just be prepared to get into some uncharted territory as it is totally different look and feel.

I purchased an HP 110-194 Desk Top PC with the following:
- 3rd Generation Intel Core i3-3220T Processor
- 8.0 Giga-Byte DDR3 System Memory
- 1.0 Tera-Byte Hard Drive
- Super Multi DVD Burner
- HP 7-in-one Media Card Reader
- Intel HD Graphics 2000
- NO IT DID NOT COME WITH A Wi-Fi internal PCI Card!

The very first you have to do (Highly Recommended) is to connect the Computer to an active Live and working Internet connection such as a Hard Wired type.

Do NOT try and connect any Wi-Fi USB Adpater!

Why? Because it will crash the computer, over and over again!

The very first thing you need to do "is" allow the computer to Download the UPDATES for WINDOWS-8, period! Then, I would register with Microsoft to allow for access to the STORE and download (FREE), WINDOWS-8.1

It took about a full hour and a half to load everything from taking it out of the box and up to including the creation of the RECOVERY DRIVE and in this OS, it calls for a USB JUMP DRIVE with at least 16-GB. I used a 32-GB for good measure.

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Posted by PittSpecial | Dec 01, 2013 @ 09:45 PM | 4,069 Views
Introducing my good friend Mark Shimei of Titusville, Florida, a forced retired Aerospace Worker from Kennedy Space Center and who owns a few Ultra-Lite Experimental Aircraft, including the one depicted in this following Video that I just found amongst my stuff of things to do. Back in 2009, Mark gave me a DVD with at least 6 Video files and I used Windows Movie Marker (from Windows7 Home Premium) and threaded all of them to allow for one continuous Video file and did so, very effectively adding Credits at the end.

Mark is a super guy who always look for our Downed RC Airplane models over Moon Port Modelers RC Club in Titusville, Florida and never ask for anything.

He has also, assisted others and including myself on foot (after he locates it from his seat while flying his Ultra-Lite) and locates the model on the ground. He is an asset and a great person with total devotion to help his fellow person.

I salute Mark Shimei and praying that he continues to have wonderful flying experiences high up.

Here is the Video:

Just be patient as at 2:02 all the way to 2:43 there seems to be some sort of freeze frame effect but, the video will continue right at 2:44 time frame.

EDIT: Select at least 720p and Full Screen!

Mark Shimei flying in formation with SE5a over Titusville 01 13 2009 (19 min 49 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 17, 2013 @ 04:43 AM | 6,813 Views
Hello good people,

In my quest of fine tuning and bringing up a new model to setups and motor selection and most importantly Radio gear, I have come up with yet another update on my new Hangar9 F4U-1D Corsair .50 size (Electric).

For Previous Updates (Better Motor using Model Motors AXi-4120/18) go to:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2034951

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UPDATE 3: (Better Receiver!):

I have finally got my Hangar9 F4U-1D Corsair .50 Size (Electric) with a new motor and ran it for the first time and ALL I GOT to say is WOW!

Just 110Kv increase at the Propeller Shaft and this thing sings at Wide open Throttle. The Model Motors "GOLD Edition" AXI-4120/18 swinging the Master Airscrew 3-Blade 13 X 8 X 3 and using 4-Cell, 3300mAH, 30C, Lithium Polymer and it blew everything off the Bed and violently made the Bedroom Verticals flop all over the place!

Here are the Actual Measured Values:

1/2 Throttle: 9-AMPs / 145 Watts

Full Throttle: 30-AMPs / 475 Watts

Picture showing setup:

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The other task was to exchange (Change-Out) the Spektrum AR500 -to- the AR7000 with satellite.



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Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 16, 2013 @ 08:47 AM | 8,886 Views
Hello Good People!

For those of you that maintain you Automobiles with tender Loving Care, that's great and do so, using a trusted mechanic shop, even better. I do as well (Trusted Mechanic Shop) and just dished out a considerable amount of $$$ for a complete Rack & Pinion assembly plus a Brake Master Cylinder.

I can tell you all that the Brake Master Cylinder was erratic and the Brake pedal came at times too low, especially when A/C kicked ON. The 1996 Toyota Corolla with 88,882 miles on it is my Lovely Mother's car and she has already received two (2) frighting episodes when the car just did not want to stop. She was fast with the Emergency brake and she almost always keeps a good amount of distance behind traffic. The two (2) episodes were when she was parking so, it was going really slow and thank goodness nothing worse happened.

The Rack & Pinion got ruin (old unit, original Feb/1996 assembly) when the shop replaced the high pressure hose going to the unit and created a breach at one of the Rubber Boots thereby, it was necessary to replace the entire Rack!

Anyway, today I wanted to share a DO-IT-YOURSELF (DIY) tip for a Error Code that came up from just normal driving and took it to the local Auto Zone Parts who then, hooked up a Digital Code Reader underneath the Driver's side and it registered P0401 as shown.



Wasting no time, I removed the Air Cleaner Unit and carefully disconnected the Air Flow Sensor that is attached to the Air Filter Compartment and lifted the Air Cleaner Unit up and away where the work needs to take place.




Observing the EGR and its Bolts that need to be removed (10mm):




Observed a very dirty EGR:




Cleaning!




Cycling the Valve Assembly on the EGR:




Re-Installation:


Main Computer Re-Set:


SUMMARY:

No more CHECK ENGINE LIGHT!!!
Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 15, 2013 @ 09:31 PM | 4,535 Views
Hello Good People!

Can you look at these pictures!

This person stole my pictures to sell his Freewing F6F Hellcat RC Foam model!

http://www.generalhobby.com/freewing...led-p-492.html

I do understand that my pictures were not copy write as they were posted up for all to see but, at least you would think this person would have the decency thoughts to contact me and ask first!

Some people!

You can see my Tail wheel modification, you can see some damage to the underside of frontal fuse where I repaired my model and some unique SUPER WHITE trim sheet material on the wings and FUSE areas plus you can see that one picture my model is flying right over our flying site here in Orlando, Florida in a place I call EDWARDS!

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EDIT: Instead of being upset, I am happy that they are using my Model as their mascot as those pictures sure look super nice up at their web site. Oh, well, we can't be so pig headed and cry someone uses our posted (un-copy righted) pictures!
Posted by PittSpecial | Nov 12, 2013 @ 04:05 AM | 4,351 Views
Yes, I have already flown my new Hangar9 F4U-1D .50 size Corsair "Electric" and did so, very scale like using the E-Flite Power 60 with just 4-Cells, Lithium Polymer and you can view that news at:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2033692

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Okay, fast forward:

I have been studying the two E-Flite (Power 46 versus 52) all morning and just did not like the selections so, I look for more motors and....

I have found one brand new in the box Model Motors AXI4120/18 (510Kv) and the additional 110Kv will provide that level of confidence that it will zoom out just a little better and keeping the AMP (Current Draw) at a minimum and provide additional RPMs to the Master Airscrew 13 X 8 X 3 for additional margin.

I have to admit that the Power 60 will not work, even though it flew the model but, to squeeze in 6 Cells is just not possible without cutting and modifying the Battery compartment.

Therefore, I am going to give the AXI4120/18 (510Kv) a try since I have already have it for a number of years in my Hobby Drawer and it will allow the continued use of 4-Cell, 3300mAH, 30C, Lithium Polymer packs and keeping the model as light as possible which is my goal.

It may not be that performance oriented for some of you out there but, considering that I now know how it flew completely SCALE like any improvement in RPMs is better than keeping the Power 60 on the model.

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