on May 30, 2012

Wooo hooo!!! I'm going to be a DAD!!! The moment my darling showed me this, I immediately took out my trusty 'DSLR' and give it a snapped!!! This will be one of my most precious pic yet...

Quite frankly, the moment I saw this, I'm really happy but I'm terrified as well!!! This is an uncharted territory for both of us... This will mark a new chapter in our life and we will go through this together... 

Speaking about chapter, what chapter are we in right now??? I believe we're in chapter five already!!! Chapter one will be the moment I lay my eyes on her (which is my darling obviously!!!)... Chapter two will be the moment we started dating and chapter three will be our 'ROM'... Chapter four is our wedding ceremony (why I separate it into two chapter here is because we held our wedding ceremony two years after our 'ROM') and now chapter five!!! Welcoming our first child!!! So I'm going to say it again... 

I'M GOING TO BE A DAD!!!!!!!!!!!!
:)
on May 27, 2012
Another blog post on how I got stranded!!! This time round, I'm more fortunate as my relatives is following me on another car... Coincidently, there's a petrol station just beside me so I just put my car in neutral and guide my car to the petrol station... So I just park my car there and hop on my relatives car and off we go shopping!!! Haha...

Since it was a Sunday, I got limited choice on where to buy the radiator hose... Only those in shopping centre were available but I'm not in luck as most of them don't really carry radiator hose... I bought a normal PVC hose and thinking of fitting it in temporary so that I can drive my car back instead of leaving it there... But the more I think about it, I decided to do otherwise as the PVC hose are not designed for high temperature and also pressure...

Got no choice but to left my 'FrankenBenz' overnight there!!! I was so worried that I might not see my car the very next day!!! But thankfully, there it was right where I parked it!!! Phew...



  This is the condition of the original radiator hose... It virtually exploded!!!


Got this the very next day from a reputable shop... Beware though as there are a lot of fake 'Samco' hose around... If you got yours for less than RM200, then for sure those are counterfeit as original one cost way more!!! As I'm using 'Mitsubishi Evo 3' radiator, I got the 'Samco' hose for the same model as well as there is a section that can be cut and fit onto my car nicely... Thinking of getting the black colour one but too bad they don't carry other colours other than the normal blue one... Don't really wanna bling up the engine compartment as I'm trying my best to make it look as stock as possible...


Fit in nicely!!! As for the remaining 'Samco' hose, I ask my workshop to modified and replaced the old bottom radiator hose of mine as I scare this incident might happen again in the near future!!! 


To be continue...
on May 24, 2012

To be frank, there is nothing to shout about regarding this particular movie other than the cast itself... 'Johnny Depp' to be exact... I know a lot of people will flock to the cinema just because of him (especially the ladies!!!)... Actually I'm one of them as well but don't get me wrong as I'm straight!!! I didn't watched him because he's cute or handsome... I like 'Johnny Depp' because of his ability to portray any character given to him!!! So in another word, he's good!!! Anyone remember 'Edward Scissorhand' or 'alice In Wonderland'??? 

Another reason for me to watch this movie is because of another cast which is 'Chloe Grace Moretz'... I really like her a lot as I think she's good but sad to say, she didn't really have the potential to show herself in this very movie...  

Like I said earlier, there is nothing to shout about from this movie in terms of storyline goes... I don't know what 'Tim Burton' is trying to tell us from this movie...  Or maybe my antenna is not in the right frequency??? Nevertheless watch it if you're a BIG 'Depp' fans... Otherwise steer clear from it...
on May 22, 2012
One of the most effective modification to free up lots of horsepower (especially turbocharged car) is by simply changing to a freer flow exhaust system... If you're driving a naturally aspirated car, you really need to choose your exhaust setup wisely... As for turbocharged car, changing exhaust is as easy as 'ABC'... Normally people will tell you to go with the biggest diameter allow for your engine and the less resistant the better (meaning straight all the way without any resonator)... 

At first I'm planning to go 3" all the way but decided to go against it after much consideration... Now I'm running 2.5" only as noise is my biggest enemy... I like to set it up as quiet as possible as this is my daily drive and I need to ferry my customers occasionally... So I've got no choice but to opt for silent exhaust...

The normal 'Merc' exhaust system was way to restrictive... After changing the piping all the way, I felt my car got a bit more power especially at higher RPM...




One way to solve the noise issue is to use back the original 'Merc' muffler... With this on, you can barely hear anything!!!... Okay, the noise have gone up a notch with the new piping but still very much habitable... Most people will think that I'm running on stock eventhough my exhaust is straight flow all the way (good thing about turbocharged car as the turbo helps to muffled out a lot of noise!!!)... With the original muffler on, I'm very sure I've lost some power but this is a trade off that I must accept!!! Currently I'm really happy with this setup and I don't plan to do anything to the muffler for the time being... 


To be continue...
on May 21, 2012
I will be adding another new category to my blog real soon!!! Believe me, this will be the 'BEST' category as far as I'm concern!!! I'm so very excited about it!!!


STAY TUNE!!!
on May 16, 2012

Recently I found one of the BEST photo editing software and is call 'pixlr-o-matic'!!! I may be outdated but is better late than never as I know this software has been introduce quite some time ago... What I really like about this software is the accessibility of it... I run this software from my 'iPad 2', 'Galaxy Nexus' and also my desktop computer!!! Three very different platform but with the same satisfying result!!!

As for photo editing tool, I believe 'pixlr-o-matic' is also one of the best out there!!! Lots of things and effect for you to edit and you know what, I stop using 'Photoshop' nowadays and my 'DSLR' is sleeping soundly in the drybox... Now I just use my 'Galaxy Nexus' to take pics and edit it using 'pixlr-o-matic' which is so much easier to do... Guess is time for me to pamper my 'DSLR'!!!
on May 14, 2012
Here's what I have to endure for more than one week!!! The whole interior looks really ugly and not forgetting scary as all the wiring loom can be seen snaking all over the place... Before this, all my interior lighting were off except the meter (thankfully if not I really don't know how to drive at night!!!)... So I took this chance and send my car for checkup... The wireman found a short circuit and replaced the wire and now the interior is back to normal except my boost meter!!! Will need to recheck this when I'm free...


This is the looks on my interior right now... All wood parts had turned into carbon fiber instead!!! In my opinion, it looks so much nicer if compared to the original wood trim and also the carbon fiber sticker that I had some time ago...


Thinking of buying some epoxy and hardener for my carbon trim as I ran out of those and some of the part is still not perfect!!! I still need to sand it and reapply at least for one or two more times!!! But too bad I ran out of the epoxy and hardener and I need to live with imperfection now I guess... Anybody know what kind of epoxy and hardener suitable for carbon fiber??? Will those used on fiber kit works???  


To be continue...
on May 9, 2012
Recently, my 'FrankenBenz' have been behaving badly giving me lots of headache... But I don't blame it as this is the life of modifying car!!! If you want peace of mind, then get a new car and you can basically forget about it except for the usual servicing...

Things that I've changed recently was a rear arm and a drag link up front... I felt 'FrankenBenz' a bit unstable when boosting... Sometimes a bit too much that I dare not push it more than 130km/h!!! The car will be moving around and I need constant steering correction to keep it going straight!!! Lots of work and definitely not entertaining!!! Send my car to a reputable 'Merc' workshop and have them checked thoroughly... Found the culprit!!! Firstly the front drag link (unfortunately without pic!!!) and a rear arm... 


As you can see from this pic, the bush on the rear arm is definitely not in a good state... To be honest, I can barely see the bushing anymore... I've always wanted to change all my bushing to those performance 'Polyurethane' one but too bad they don't make it for my model!!! Guess most 'Merc' owners wanted comfort rather than outright performance!!!

Besides changing these two items, I get the foreman to re-tighten all the bolts and nuts including the steering box as well... Send my car for another round of alignment and I'm proud to say that 'FrankenBenz' totally transform into another car... Very good steering feel and no more correction needed when driving in a straight line!!! So the next right thing to do is drive up 'Genting' I guess!!!


To be continue...
on May 7, 2012
So I've made up my mind on which 'Android' phone to get!!! Introducing the 'Samsung Galaxy Nexus'!!! I know it don't need any introduction as this phone was launched almost 6 months ago!!! So why do I get an old phone instead of the latest around as the price is almost similar... The reason is very simple... Is a 'Nexus'!!! The only 'Google' phone selling on the market now... 


There are a few things that I really like about this phone... Firstly, the lack of physical or capacitive button on the screen!!! Currently the only phone in the market that have this or lack of it!!! 


 Second thing that I like about this phone is the 'Google' branding on the back of the phone... 


Definitely not the best 'Android' phone in the market if spec is what you care about as more and more quad core 'Android' phones are being released... But definitely one of the best experience around as this phone is running the vanilla version of 'Ice Cream Sandwich' operating system... 

After trying out the quad core 'HTC One X', I don't really see the difference in terms of speed on daily usage... If you're a hardcore gamer, then it might be better for you to get the 'One X' or the new 'Galaxy SIII'... 


The third and last thing that I really like about the 'Nexus' is update!!! This is the phone that will be updated when there's a new version of 'Android' operating system around... Currently I'm running on version 4.02 as this is the latest official OTA update available... Version 4.04 is available but I will need to root and flash it... Not going to do it at this moment as I'm still getting use to 'Android' after so many years of using 'iOS'... And you know what, I'm not missing 'iOS' a single bit!!! 


'Google' branding when you start the phone!!! Nice... I'm loving every single second with it and it definitely made my life so much easier!!!
on May 3, 2012

The movie that we have been waiting for!!! This is my most anticipated movie of 2012 and there's no way I'm gonna miss it... Pay RM9 (2D version - watch it on Wednesday... yeah I know I'm a cheapskate!!! haha) and you got to watch a few superheroes fighting around plus one super hot lady and that 'Scarlett Johanssen by the way... That's what I call value for money... 

I don't have to tell you how explosive it was as I'm very sure you know damn well it will be... But there's one thing that you might not be aware of... This movie is funny as well and some of the most funny part came from 'The Hulk' which is really unexpected... As for the storyline, the best way to sum it up is simple and old skool!!! Very straight to the point but definitely not boring... Although the movie is a bit long (more than 2 hours!!!) but I'm very sure you're not aware of it as it was entertaining right from the beginning... 

In my opinion, this is one of the all time best movie ever... No doubt about it... I believe there will be a 'Part 2' coming up and I'm dying to watch it!!! Please go and watch it people... You will be entertain!!!
on May 1, 2012
This was the original state of my 'FrankenBenz' center console... The wood was in a very poor condition when I first took over the car... Most of the wood were either chipped or cracked... It looked really ugly and I really can't accept it...



Hair line cracked was all over the place... I needed to do something to it and the easiest way out was to stick carbon fiber looking sticker over it... 


Sticking the carbon fiber sticker over it was really easy... It transformed the center console totally!!! Now it looked so much nicer and not forgetting sportier... But unfortunately, after a few months of application, the carbon fiber sticker started to peel off and making it unsightly!!! 




In my previous blog post, I posted something on a 'DIY' carbon fiber kit... I'm going to use the kit and skinned it on the center console... First thing that I needed to do was to prepare the center console... Last time I was lazy and did not do a proper job of sanding the wood thus hair line cracked can be seen even after applying the carbon fiber sticker!!! This time round, I'm taking extra effort on the sanding part...


 I've even bought a wood filler to fill up most of the chipped area and making it smooth!!!


 After applying the wood filler, let it dry and sand it smooth... 


Time to prepare the carbon fiber cloth... Make sure that the cloth was sufficient before cutting it and remember to align the pattern accordingly... 


Before cutting, stick a masking tape on the area that you wanted to cut... The reason for doing this was to prevent the cloth from disintegration and also make it easier to cut!!!


 Put on the supplied rubber gloves and I'm ready to roll!!!


Mixed the supplied epoxy and hardener with the ratio of 2:1... Two parts epoxy and one part hardener... Mixed it thoroughly and used the brush and lightly coat the parts...


Placed the carbon fiber cloth on top of it... Remember to place it properly as you can't lift it once you place it down as it will spoilt the carbon fiber cloth!!! After that, used the brush and apply a thin layer on top of the carbon fiber cloth... Left it overnight for it to dry up... You don't have to cut out those area yet... Let it dry and it will be super easy to cut later on... This was the part that I got it wrong... I cut out those area before the epoxy and hardener mixture turned hard and disrupted the carbon fiber cloth!!!


After leaving it overnight, cut off those excessive part and sand the parts with sand paper... The reason for sanding the parts was to ensure that the area was totally flat but don't over do it as you might sand off the carbon fiber cloth pattern...  


After making sure that the parts was flat, mix the epoxy and hardener with the same ratio and apply another layer... Let it rest for a few hours and apply another layer...


 Let it dry overnight...


As you can see from this pic, I disrupted the carbon fiber cloth but thankfully, I have left over and I redo this part all over again!!!


Again mix up the mixture and reapply on the parts and let it dry overnight... Used a very fine sand paper and sand it... Cleaned up the parts and apply polisher on it and buff it up so that it looked shiny...


Ta-dah!!! This was the outcome!!! I don't have enough epoxy and hardener so that some of the parts were not covered properly... But still much better compared to carbon fiber sticker!!! Now 'FrankenBenz' looked so much sportier and I'm loving it!!!


To be continue...