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Open Discussion / Re: A member is in distress and in need of good vibes
« on: September 18, 2019, 10:35:25 AM »
Ah! Also, as some know, i'm mostly busy with my automotive adventure right now... ...i've always been a petrol head and it's my first love/passion that started at very early age.. got my first motorcycle at 6years old....

This buisness is growing very nicely, in October i'll have my own shop and "warehouse" for the parts i produce and also distributes, wich is my appartement/shed that serve that purpose...'s quite overloaded at the moment and i often think that my floor will collapse. lol

This being said, once everything is moved over the new shop, i'll gain back my electronic workshop i had setup back then... many half done projects and other things i always wanted to do, but the lack of space and having my brain splitted all over the place kept me from going forward after i did my "DIY burnout"... ...i might sometime take what i do too much by the heart and take them as my babies.

Anyway, lots of exciting time ahead! :)

Open Discussion / Re: A member is in distress and in need of good vibes
« on: September 18, 2019, 10:21:13 AM »
I'm quite pumped and excited right now, this past friday i had my appointment for the global evaluation of my health situation, recovery, progression and everything is a success! Doctors where actually impressed by how fast i've heal and recover my physical abilities.

Since i came out of the hospital i had a "Pic-Line" installed in my right arm, going through a vein and right up to.. ...nearby my heart for my steady intravenous injections. This have been a struggle for me since i'm out. As it asks me to go at the hospital everyday to get the pump recharged with the antibiotics. So every first 4 hours of my days are occupied by that and it kept me from being able to have a temporary job so i can make up the financial disaster that this health issue have caused.

Last October i had took the decision to quit my job in the mining industry and work 100% on my own, for my buisness. So that meant that i did'nt had any insurrance or coverage in case of such a situation. I live on a very tight budget and if when i wake up i don't kick my ass to get some work done, there's no income. So this whole hospitalisation and all.. have really hurt me. But! The good news!

This friday i'm getting my intravenous setup completely removed and will then switch to antibiotics in pills, still for at least a 6month period but at last... ...i'm getting back my soooo cherrished "liberty". A friend of me have already set me up to start a temporary job operating heavy machinery so i can financially recover from this event. Once i'm back on my feet with a tad of security set aside, i'll go back at my normal activities.

I could'nt be more happy than this right now! :)

Again and i'll never say it enough, thanks to all of you for the positive vibes and everything, truly help me keep my motivation of pushing forward.



The world needs more custom stompboxes with angle-grinder marks, Rej :)

We have fun with making gear and using it... but there's an old Maori proverb, "He aha te mea nui o te ao. He tāngata, he tāngata, he tāngata".

"What is the most important thing in the world? It is people, it is people, it is people."

Was really hoping that you would include the translation! Hahaha!
Thanks Alan! :)

Yay! Really glad to hear you're on the mend Rej!   :D

Thanks mate! :)

Open Discussion / Re: A member is in distress and in need of good vibes
« on: September 02, 2019, 12:15:00 PM »
Thank goodness you're still with us, Rej!

Take care of yourself and don't let yourself feel guilty about doing all the rehab you need to do.

Thanks Jason, really appreciate it, when i saw your donation in the GoFundMe that my friend had setup i had a tear... know, due to the circumstances and then your messages here. Thanks for eveything mate. :)

So glad to hear you're on the mend and that you went through this and are still standing and walking on.
Totally understand that this changes your perspective more than any words can.
Keep it up!

Indeed, it's really hard to put concret words on all this, i weekly see a social worker to give me the right tools in this whole process.

As life go on, you make choices, not always the best, you make mistakes, some you correct, other you let go or simply don't want to face them. But now, having the chance to be here still... ...making the right choices, taking the right path, being "rightful" with the people with who entertain whatever the type of relation you have and all that... ...have become a priority.

I have'nt "seen the light" (lol), but it have surely enlightnen me more than ever before.

Thanks for your thoughts and good vibes! :)

Get well, then kick ass!

Hell yeah brotha! Now i need that new Phasor board, to get my DIY back on track haha! ;D

Rej, you have been on my heart, friend. I donít know you well but I have thought about you and prayed for you pretty much daily. It feels really good to see your avatar and read your comments. They are the words of someone who sees clearly. We should all be living like itís our second chance. Good to hear from you, brother.

I might sound clear but there's still lots of confusion... ...Although i was completely unconscious in my coma, i firmly believe that it's all you guys and gals that where rooting for my well being that kept me fighting.

When i woke up, 11 days later i got my cellphone back and was able to reconnect with the world, i had over 300 private messages on faceboo, dozens of emails and text messages. I was litterally undershock by how many people where caring for me. I'm an hermit at a some extent, i don't have a big social life, i never give news to anyone... ...people always to reach out for me to know what's going on. And all of a sudden, the loner that i am was submerged in a flow of good willing people, some i don't know that much or only through the internet. I was amazed, it kinda cracked my "stone heart", and i'm still amazed and forever thankfull!

Open Discussion / Re: A member is in distress and in need of good vibes
« on: September 01, 2019, 09:30:11 AM »
Glad to hear you are up and about now, Rej! I wasn't on the forum for a bit until recently and didn't know about what happened to you. It's a shame that near-death experiences frequently are the triggers to gain an awareness of one's life and what is truly important, but it's great that you have the opportunity now to make it count! Continued prayers for you, friend!

Whoa, it's really nice to hear from you Rej. Those are some well crafted thoughts and some very moving insight. It's a shame that it takes something this jolting to make us all appreciate what we've always had. I suppose stopping to smell the roses is much more than a trite saying. Be well, heal completely, and welcome to life 2.0

I really have to agree with you guys... ...sometime pathetic as it sounds a massive "reality check" is required to straighten you up.

There's also a good amount of culpability in there... ...i mean this event could have been completely avoided if i had'nt pushed later and later that tooth ache i had. A simple visit to the dentist, couple hundred bucks and all of this would'nt have happened.

So yeah.. if you have a tooth ache, skip that lot of NOS Tubes and FishCaps and go to the dentist... shit can hit the fan quite fast otherwise!  ::)

Open Discussion / Re: A member is in distress and in need of good vibes
« on: August 31, 2019, 08:37:56 PM »
Necro-bump! Litterally!

I wanted to thank everyone for all the nice words, positive vibes and thoughts, i've never been so grateful to life and realising that so many people cared about me.

I've been back home for 3 weeks now, in theory i was suppose to stay at the hospital until mid-september for rehabilitation after the artificial coma as i had to relearn how to talk, eat, drink, walk, etc.. ..but i'm stubborn and made a tons of effort and work to get out of the hospital.

So much have happened within that month of hospitalisation, i could go on forever and there's still alot going on.

Last week was my worse since i came back as i was awaiting some results to know if i had Parkinson, that could have been brought by the coma and the 2 times i actually died while maintained artificially alive. The result are negative, but they're still following my "shaking" condition very closely.

My whole perspective of life have made a 180degree turn.. ...when over 15 specialists tells you that you ain't suppose to be there anymore, you wonder why you're there. I guess i was'nt done with my "quest" as it's how i've always tackle life. But yeah.... happy to be there, that i'm not a souvenir or that we don't talk of me in the past tense. I still have a hard time to grasp all of this but i'm well surrounded.

There's so much that reveals to yourself after this kinda events, all those unfinished dreams and ambition... ...those relation that you've left aside, the different you've never settled with some people, those small burdens we carry with us that would have been left unsettled... now have the chance to make the right choices, open the doors that leads to what you thrive for, settle those different, unchain yourself from your burdens. I have the opportunity to be a better me.

Thanks to all of you guys, it means so much, you can't imagine... ...i had goosebumps going through all the comments and still while typing this.

With all of my heart, Cheers!


Open Discussion / Re: My Motorsports adventure....
« on: March 18, 2018, 10:08:25 PM »
Dang! This project took way more of my time than what i thought... ...i'll post pics of the final project tomorow... ..not a pedal built... ...but still a big one! lol

Open Discussion / Re: Getting there, workshop overhaul!
« on: February 20, 2018, 04:48:16 PM »
I foresee some "audio work" in a very near future! Everything is coming along really nice, getting quite excited about it... ...have some really cool projects on the table, hopefully they'll turn out as good as i visualise them! :)

Open Discussion / Re: Neat idea for simple PCB vice
« on: February 20, 2018, 04:45:09 PM »
That is pretty neat! Simple and efficient, loving it!

Open Discussion / Re: My Motorsports adventure....
« on: February 20, 2018, 04:44:15 PM »
So this is what you do when the Habs are terrible huh?

J/K this is really impressive to me. I donít even change my own oil.

Hahaha! The worst is that i still watch the games... ...i think that i'm a better fan than what they are as players... ...oh well!

When I was a kid, I took engine rebuilding in college. Did all of the machining and rebuilt my cars engine. Feels so good to start the car and have it not blow up. The loud mouth self proclaimed king of the shop somehow got gas in his oil and blew the pan and both rocker arm covers down the block. I smiled for a week. Karma a bitch.

That is one thing that i love a lot when it happens... ..."self proclaimed gods", at my job it happens a lot since there's lot of high pressure welders, mechanics, machinery operator and what not... ...usually those who pretend that they are "king pins" are just trying to make up for their lack of skills with makeup... ...does'nt too long to withness the truth out of the speculations!

Open Discussion / Re: My Motorsports adventure....
« on: February 19, 2018, 07:25:57 PM »
This is another part of the engine intake that got some serious work done on, by me and my buddy Joe... ...who's a beast at P&P. That's the lower part that goes between the plastic intake manifold and cylinder heads of the V6.

It had bunch of casting burrs, nipples extruding in the "runners", etc... it's now completely free of all obstruction, "Gasket Matching" porting was also made on the cylinder head side.

Shame that i don't have "before" pictures, it's a night and day difference....

Open Discussion / Re: My Motorsports adventure....
« on: February 19, 2018, 07:13:24 PM »
Please forgive my ignorance (with Nissan engines at least) but is sounds like you are trying to make a spaceship! JK! This is awesome. My wife keeps telling me to buy another project car. I want to get a 240sx and build it to skyline specs.
Long ago, about 14 years now, I have an 85 Monte Carlo SS that I modified. I pot a 454 with an IROC 5 speed transmission in. Also did a MASSIVE rear end upgrade and some suspension work too.
This is great, keep posting!

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It's indeed a bit intense of a work, but the gains are there and it's very cost effective for what it gives... ...until i have the money to go Forced Induction... ...i'll try to get the most out of the N/A setup, but what i'm doing with the intake setup the absolute maximum possible.... ...i mean, to push further i'd need to go ITB(individual throttle body per cylinder) and that is out of the way....

Sooner or later i'll have a legit V8 car, or at least a V8 swapped car.... ...nothing beats that rumble!

You should definitly get a 240SX... especially the latest generation, S15 "Kouki"... they just look incredible! And they are part of the last period where Japanese sport car where truly built with "sport" in mind, the shells are super rigid and lightweight... ...everything is there for an awesome ride, aftermarket support is second to none too, so much options!

Open Discussion / Re: NSD! (New Storage Day)
« on: February 19, 2018, 03:31:42 PM »
Very nice!

I use those tackle box for all my semi-conductors, i think that it's Flambeau that make my favored one with "Rust Inhibitor" shiznit impregnated in the plastics... far so good!

Open Discussion / Re: My Motorsports adventure....
« on: February 19, 2018, 05:00:27 AM »
And here's another progress pic, been working on this for most of the weekend... have 5 complete units to prepare.

This is what it looks like when the "match porting" is done, so the transition between adapter plate and intake manifold is done.

Now what is left to do is to "mold-in" the adapter, wich i do by using a very active chemical that brings the high carbon content plastic of the intake manifold close to it's fusion point, and i then insert the adapter, for wich i made a special tool so i can "spin" it place, wich causes friction & heat, that in the end "vulcanize" it in place... ...and tadam!

Everything is also secured with bolts... ...for peace of mind, although the "fusion" process is strong as hell!

Open Discussion / Re: My Motorsports adventure....
« on: February 19, 2018, 04:55:38 AM »
I really don't know how anybody figures this stuff out.  I know just enough about cars to know not to fiddle with them.  This is a fascinating thread though.  One of the girls I work with wrenches her own Subaru.

No joke, i think that it's within the Subbie owners that you have the greatest amount of women who are mechanic enthusiast... ...wich is good, because they'll need it! lol (intended pun)

Open Discussion / Re: My Motorsports adventure....
« on: February 16, 2018, 02:01:07 PM »
I used to be into cars quite a bit (80's Rx7s) but mostly tinker on motorcycles in my spare time now (parts are so expensive :( ).  That's an insane HP gain for an NA bolt part/setup, I think that'll sell really well.  Does it sacrifice torque at all?  You need to an ECU/dynotune obviously right?  Are you doing it custom tune only or gonna do a loadable generic map for people? Are the bigger throttle bodies OEM for a different model?  I guess that's a lot of questions haha just curious

Rotaries, you're a masochist!  ;D

The prototype setup was'nt sacrifiying torque at all, in fact it increased it and brought it's peak torque 600RPM earlier and maintains it until the redline (7600RPM).
It asks for a complete new tune, with Nissan we use Osiris Uprev for the engine management, pretty neat and efficient software. The bigger TBs ask for a complete "re-scaling" of the MAF, even greater with the use of the 3"CAI. So yeah, Dyno tune is mandatory.
Those TBs comes from Nissan Maxima 3.5l wich uses a single of these. The stock setup uses "mirror" TBs wich means that one is wired NPN and the other PNP, so i had to get into the electrical aspect of the car aswell, to find the correct pinout so the TPS (Throttle Position Sensor) works properly, wich was probably the greatest challenge in this, since the improved setup uses two NPN throttle bodies.

There's another company in the market that offers a 70mm conversion kit, but they don't push the concept as far as i'm doing here. It's an adapter plate aswell but it keeps the stock intake manifold bore, my modification is a bit more intense but it also yells greater gains...

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