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Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 15, 2014 @ 08:36 PM | 1,061 Views
Hello good people,

Just documenting my adventures with my newly acquired 1987 BMW 325i Convertible that needs some TLC.

To view the original Blog Discussion thread go to:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2240438

1. Performed lots of Electrical Trouble-Shooting due to the NO START condition.
2. Replaced the Engine Reference Sensor as the old one was in very bad shape.
3. Eliminated all relays, fuses, and Motronic Control Unit (1.1 version) and determined both fuel pumps ruined / failed.
4. Replaced both Fuel pumps and Fuel Filter.
5. Changed Engine Oil and Engine Oil fliter.
6. Replaced the Brake Master Cylinder.
7. Bleed brake lines in Progress (completed the front).

Background History:

One day the car just quit, it cranked, however, didn't want to start. Looked at the "BMW" 3 series Electrical Troubleshooting Manual and pages 41 & 42 Electrical System provides a Continuity Tests for IGNITION SWITCH.

Disconnected C200 and at the "Switch" side only three terminals ring okay when the Switch is placed in ON/START and one does not Ring.

The Bentley Manual itself says that there's two Violet wires but, I only see one. Additionally, the manual says there should be a BLACK/YELLOW and I don't see this color except a SOLID BLACK. The actual Switch harness has a Solid Green, Violet, Blue/Green, Solid Brown, Brown/Red and a Brown/Blue.

At first, it has failed the C1 -to- C continuity, however, looking at my Craftsman AMP-Meter...Continue Reading
Posted by PittSpecial | Sep 05, 2014 @ 09:43 PM | 1,260 Views
Hello Good People!

Two months ago I acquired this gem in the rough from a former Co-Worker who had it pretty much abandoned in his large back yard.

My BLACK Convertible reminds me of Goldie Hawn when she stared in Bird on a Wire!


Bird on a Wire (3/11) Movie CLIP - Chased by the Cops (1990) HD (2 min 52 sec)


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Posted by PittSpecial | Aug 05, 2014 @ 03:40 AM | 2,013 Views
Hello good People,

Enjoyed my GWS pico Tiger Moth and I just had to fly it one more time and the only batteries I had left were 2-Cell, 1350mAH, 20C burst Lithium Polymer and did not have the Velcro and decided to fly it with just one rubber band.

I promised myself to take it easy and would you know what happen next, dumb butt decides to show off with some loops and hammer heads and the battery slipped off at one of the loops right in front of us.

I had wished someone would have captured the event on Video as it was so funny watching me PULL UP on the transmitter while the model was completely FREE FLYER. It floated level then, it zoomed upwards as the last command had a significant UP elevator and this caused it to stall and dive straight to the hard concrete surface from 4 feet off the deck.

The only damage was the upper wing root clean ripped off and the Square Motor mount. Nothing else!

A few pictures!





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Posted by PittSpecial | Jul 25, 2014 @ 03:25 AM | 2,789 Views
On Saturday, July 19th, 2014, my buddy was Video recording my landing on a School Yard with an Oval Shaped Running Track and it is obvious that I just can't deal with curve smooth hard surfaces! I was attempting to land my Park Zone P-47 Thunderbolt at one of the end of the Track which curves! Needless to say the model landed short into grass and flipped upside down and broke off a small piece of the Top of Vertical Stab. We could not find that piece on that day and I came two days later after work and it was incredible that I found it after one half hour starring down at the ground!



Yes indeed, that needle in the hay Stack (Top of Vertical Stab) was Glued back on with precision and with the help of an actual needle to assist in keeping it nice and straight and level while the glue (Gorilla Glue) cured.

While the glue was being allowed to cure, I went ahead and performed a slight securing modification on the Main Gear Side Doors "or" what I call Skirts. Seems like those plastic Pressure molded Tabs on the Main Gear Side Doors (Skirts) get stressed (usually a white like stress mark is shown) and the tabs release the Side Doors on landing much easily.

Not to lose anymore parts on this discontinued model and I am well aware that the Main Landing Gear Assembly including the Side Doors are in STOCK for $9.99 plus shipping but, why risk in losing the original parts so, I opted to do something about it.

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Posted by PittSpecial | Jul 08, 2014 @ 03:22 PM | 2,477 Views
Hi guys,

Looking for a new Camcorder (Real Action Video Camcorder) and came across this one:

http://www.costco.com/Canon-Vixia-HF...100117084.html



REVIEW VIDEO:
Canon HF R50 / HF R52 / HF R500 HD Camcorder Review - Video samples, first impressions, and WiFi (8 min 29 sec)


What say you? Trying to keep it at $400 US
Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 29, 2014 @ 07:49 AM | 2,187 Views
Okay guys,

The last straw was some elderly couple sitting at a bench outside an Olive Garden after I had lunch with a co-worker. We passed them and did not think anything. We got in the car and right before I took off the brake to leave the parking slot, this older gentleman knocked on my Driver's window and gave me a BIG scare!

Needless to say they were bored and watched my brake lights as I got in the car and on the Left (Driver's) Brake light did not come on. I thanked him and the other day I took care of it.

Thinking it was a Burned out Bulb, I had one in hand and to my shock and surprise, it was contacts on those round pesky contacts. I took a light grit sand paper and cleaned off the contacts. Well, this did not help as the Bulb that was there must have had some sort of distortion on round contacts and was NOT coming ON.

I took a new bulb of some type, and finally that one worked like a charm.

I am very fortunate that the Bulb was ruin and not the wire harness socket receptacle. Heat really stresses these sockets and I had to completely replace both rear light harnesses on my mother's 1996 Corolla because I place the incorrect bulbs in the wrong position so, careful and make sure you select the correct type of bulbs!!!

A few pictures!:clap:





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Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 28, 2014 @ 07:34 PM | 2,468 Views
It is coming back from the MOON!

My 1992 Toyota Camry XLE with the Gasoline 2.2Liter (4-Cylinder) Engine without any Rebuild job has surpassed 456,400 miles today!

1992 Camry 06 28 2014 HD (0 min 35 sec)


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Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 25, 2014 @ 07:43 PM | 3,850 Views
Good evening everyone! I just received an e-mail from the AMA indicating that the AMA was disappointed in the manner FAA has interpreted the Special Rule for Model Aircraft,



however, after reading the full FAA guideline, we are still under FAA Advisory Circular 91-57 so the 400 foot thing still applies. It appears that the only real harping point of the FAA is NO COMMERCIAL OPERATIONS. So long as we fly for hobby and recreation we are exempt from any additional rules and regulations.

Be safe.

To read the FULL FAA Interpretation go to:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showp...postcount=9330
Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 22, 2014 @ 07:11 AM | 2,124 Views
Good day everyone!

This is just to bring awareness and a small SALUTE to the crew of APOLLO 11 who back in July 1969 blasted off from Kennedy Space Center (my work) and a few days later landed on the MOON.

This July will be 45 years that they had the guts to land on the MOON and I am honored to bring you these videos and pictures collected from other web sites (Public Domain):

HD Historic Archival Stock Footage Apollo 11 - The Eagle Has Landed (28 min 34 sec)







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Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 09, 2014 @ 09:09 PM | 2,956 Views
Guys,

Called Horizon Hobby for "AIR" at 888-959-2305 and was informed that they are NOT at this time offering Airframe Only on this model.

Oh well, moving on.

One of my long standing Hobby Store employee from many years at BOBs Hobby Center played a little trick on me. I did not recognize him because of the facial hair on the small picture from the Horizon Hobby Chat. I call him JD and it turned out that be my buddy at the Hobby Store and he himself verified that there are no plans as of yet to have this model made as AIRFRAME ONLY option. You can buy the individual parts but, no AIRFRAME says JAMES (JD).

Anyway, here is the screen capture without the text to keep private where it belongs.



Instead of the Sport Cub......


This will be my first Non-Airplane RC (FPV) platform.

I am saving my pennies.....

http://www.parrot.com/products/bebop-drone/

Parrot Bebop Drone & Skycontroller coming soon (0 min 53 sec)

Posted by PittSpecial | Jun 05, 2014 @ 08:27 PM | 3,030 Views
Hello good people,

Back on May 20th, 2014, I had to bid on a brand new SPIRIT OF SAINT LOUIS by Thunder Tiger. it is a discontinued RC flying model but a true looker and it meets my purpose for both. Well, I won the bid!

Features

Scale Details including dummy multi-engine and lite wheels
High wing stability, perfect for first time flyers
Beautiful high gloss film coated foam wing and tail for extra strength
'Push-N-Lock' landing gear and control horn
Powerful and efficient gear super 370 motor included

Specifications:

Wing Span: 1000mm
Total length: 675mm
Weight: 470g(approx.)
Motor: 370 2.67:1 Geared

I have come across on a few reviews / discussion at:
http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=466535

Also, this one seems from someone looking for more than scale flight.
http://www.rcskyliner.com/plane_motor_SpiritofSL.html

GOALS:
I am going to outfit my model with a light Outrunner Brushless motor for scale flight with a little margin of power to off-set not having ailerons and under-camber wing design.

My goals is just to fly it scale and enjoy the looks of it in the air, period.

The best image of this model was located at:
http://www.rcpilot-online.com/Thunder-Tiger_a241.html



and.....
http://www.gabahobby.com/item/thunde...uis+ep+ttr4323



Actually, this is my 2nd attempt in getting one as last August 2013 someone stole one from my front door!

I am hoping to receive this 2nd one by Monday of next week!
Posted by PittSpecial | May 21, 2014 @ 10:37 PM | 3,364 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 | 3,594 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 | 3,812 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 | 4,237 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 | 3,834 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 | 3,781 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 | 4,190 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 | 3,910 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 | 3,786 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)