Petrol Station Memoirs

Today I went to fill up my car with petrol, as you do. As I pulled into the local shell service station, i noticed a late model Mercedes with two old women inside. Thinking nothing more of it i proceeded to fill my car up.  I glanced back over to the merc and noticed the two ladies sitting there, obviously waiting for something. I heard the petrol pump click as it does when the tank is full and i obligingly hung the pump back up. Next thing i realise the sole petrol station attendant coming out from behind the counter and out to the awaiting Mercedes. He then asked if they would like to fill the car up, yes please said the old driver. And then GOT OUT and monitored the petrol attendant filling up the car. “What makes them so special?” i thought. I could understand if the lady was disabled and couldn’t get out of the car easily, but all that seemed wrong with her is that she was disabled in the head and thought so highly of herself.

Meanwhile, i went inside and waited for the petrol attendant to finish, something that took 2 minutes. Inefficient.

Yes i know, 15 years ago they filled the car up for you and you handed them a $20 note because that’s all you would need for a week because the price was an -unbelievable by today’s standards – 89c / Litre! They would have at least 2 attendants and would wipe your windscreen with a smile, but times have changed Dorothy, your not in Kansas anymore!

Working in a manufacturing environment, you learn to work efficiently and resolve bottle-necks, and I am constantly finding ways to improve the processes, that I end up applying it to my whole life, and I notice when systems i come in contact with are inefficient.

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New job

Left rakon in September to pursue a greater variety of work at PMS as well as day time work hours and small company work dynamics.  Working out very well so far!

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Escape from Navico

So on Tuesday 2nd Feb 2010, was my last day at Navico, its been such a long and drawn out process and at times unbearable but finally im redundant for real!! Im so glad to be out of there, it certainly wasn’t the staff, it was just the fact of working towards closing over the last 12mths that gets depressing.

But dont dispair, im off to my new job at Rakon, doing a similar job to Navico but we’re manufacturing components, TCXOs to be exact.
So im sure this new chapter will be very interesting and enlightening.

rakon products

Cheers,
Jason.

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RUNX rules

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So today I brought home my Toyota Corolla RUNX, it goes great and uses hardly any petrol.

I bought it off TradeMe from a guy in Hamilton. It had full service records, and was well taken care of, just as i do with my cars.Tongue out
Should be a very nice reliable car for many years to come!
Next thing is to take my silvia to turners and get it out of the way.

Cheers,
Jason.

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update

wow i haven’t written here for months lol.
I’ve decided to sell/get rid of my car, its just causing tooo many hassles and i like simplicity so ill probably replace it with a ’01-’04 toyota corolla runx (1.5L 110hp auto).

Also over the last 2 months ive had a growing urge to have a motorcycle so i also want to get my motorcycle licence and im looking at maybe a honda hornet 250 perhaps (250cc 40hp 4-cyl, great!).

Doing weight training now too Tongue out phew!
Navico should be closing down at the end of the year, so id like to be an apprentice electrician, God willing

Cheers,
Jason.

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A re-think

Up until now, i was planning to drop a RB26DETT into my silvia. But now im thinking an RB25DET is all i need really, and ill save a lot of $$ in the process, RB25 parts are way cheaper then RB26, and i think a safe 350-400hp tune in a RB25, compared with a safe 450-500hp in a RB26 is all i need.

RB26 motors cost around 6-7k inc rb26 gearbox which i cant use
I still need to buy a RB25 gearbox, more $$
I still need a RB25 crank pulley so the engine will fit, more $$
need to modify oil sump, at least $400
Setting up the gauge cluster will be a nightmare, because the gearbox speed sensor is from RB25 and the tacho is from a RB26 ecu! *headache*

RB25 cost around 3-4k inc RB25 gearbox which will work great
Use an existing RB25 gauge cluster from a Skyline GTS-T, $250
Can optionally put forged pistons and rods in since I’m going to do an engine rebuild anyway.

Rebuild Costs:
Complete engine gasket set, 547 NZD
New oil pump, N1 spec 766
New water pump, N1 spec 550
turbo 1200
CP forged pistons 1600
fmic 300
fmic piping 300 (custom made??)
radiator hoses 300
custom exhaust extractor 300??
custom drive shaft 600??
new 1.5-way diff 1500
new clutch 400
motor mounts 1200

add it all up: 4k+550+770+550+1200+1600+300+300+300+300+600+1500+400+1200=13570 max

now for basic job:
Complete engine gasket set, 547 NZD
turbo 1200
fmic 300
fmic piping 300 (custom made??)
radiator hoses 300
custom exhaust extractor 300??
custom drive shaft 600??
new 1.5-way diff 1500
new clutch 400
motor mounts 1200
=10647max

so yea it will take some time to gather the required funding for this project, could be up to 24mths, but it will be a work in progress, i can re-build the engine at my leisure while still putting around in the sr20de Wink

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Car care

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Hi friends,
Today I bought these two products, Polyglaze Dash & Trim Care, and Bug, Tar & Grime Remover.

The Dash & Trim Care makes the interior of your car look all shiny and new (looks great) although its got a strong chemical smell, so you should let the car air after doing this.

I bought the Bug, Tar & Grime Remover because even after washing i can still see these damn black dots which show up on my white paint which are tar from those damn road works grr lol. It takes a bit of rubbing when using this product but it works eventually (the tar seems to be stuck on and then baked in the sun).

So i give these the xpert village seal of approvalTongue out the cat approves too

Cheers,
Jason

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