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Akio Ohtori Akio Ohtori Jul 20, 2019 at 01:23. 5 comments

Help me select a phone! (plz)

Help me select a phone! (plz)

Alright after a couple weeks of research, I don’t feel like I am getting much traction, so I appeal to the phone/Canada nerds of Oppo to help me out! I need an phone!

I have Verzion Wireless as my cell phone carrier. I like that I usually have service when others do not, but don’t like other things about it. Either way, I am not looking to change carriers.

I am looking at traveling in Western...

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Akio Ohtori Akio Ohtori Jul 19, 2019 at 21:58. 8 comments

Tried to help a kid learn about cars

Tried to help a kid learn about cars

It went about as well as could be expected.

To rewind, a friend of mine is helping out a friend of the family by housing and caring for her 16 year old son. Apparently he has an interest in cars and car maintenance so she asked if I’d let him observe me doing some car work.

Not ideal as my sense of imposer syndrome is peaked when talking about cars, also young people make me uncomfortable, but I...

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Akio Ohtori Akio Ohtori Jul 17, 2019 at 21:41. 2 comments

Getting EXCITE!

TQ3
Getting EXCITE!

Two cars purchased, one to go. Only one AirBnB booked, but many more lined up and almost ready to pull the trigger on. Schedule and route are all but final... I think we’re good! This trip is happening.

George scored a car yesterday. It was funny to see him run through all the same emotions I did when I bought mine. Mostly we shared a desperate need to tell anyone and everyone about it, but...

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Akio Ohtori Akio Ohtori Jul 16, 2019 at 21:45. 10 comments

I bought a car

I bought a car

I can’t tell you what it is, how much I paid for it, when I bought it, or literally any other details... but I bought a car. (We’re keeping the cars secret from each other and the other two read my oppo.)

With the cheap car challenge coming up and George out of town, I decided to go ahead and go car shopping last weekend. I wasn’t expecting to buy one so soon but the “good enough” was strong...

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Akio Ohtori Akio Ohtori Jul 15, 2019 at 17:24.

Off-roading in the Ouachita National Forest

Off-roading in the Ouachita National Forest

In April of 2018 our, for lack of a better term, “Adventure Group” completed the eastern half of the Oklahoma Adventure Trail. The route took us through the Ouachita Mountains and down the Kiamichi Trail. At the end of it, we were sure of one thing: we would be back. This weekend was the first re-visit of many.

The Ouachita National Forest is an expansive 1.78 million acre national park that...

Akio Ohtori Akio Ohtori Jul 15, 2019 at 16:23.

Wagovan - Much better! [updated]

Wagovan - Much better! [updated]

[Update] Just picked it up. Super happy with the people I took it too. Friendly car guys, plus $100 all in for oil change and front+rear alignment. The oil change was $10 because I brought the oil and filter. Just look at those numbers!

We BSed about cars a little before I drove off and the tech thought it was really fun to drive haha.

Unexpected bonus: Amazon is refunding the overnight...

Akio Ohtori Akio Ohtori Jul 15, 2019 at 15:01.

Conquering Big Bend - Part 1

Conquering Big Bend - Part 1

Big Bend is big. Like really really big. The area contains over one million acres of public land in the national park and state park. For reference, that is just a little smaller than the state of Delaware. All of it. This is where we chose to spend a couple days over the holiday, bombing around backcountry roads and hiking. It was a blast!

Note: We visited both the national and state parks....

Akio Ohtori Akio Ohtori Jul 15, 2019 at 13:35.

QUOTE Off Road Vehicle QUOTE

QUOTE Off Road Vehicle QUOTE

This is about on par with calling a Malibu a “Full Sized” sedan. 

Akio Ohtori Akio Ohtori Jul 15, 2019 at 13:06.

Dear Mechanic Person

Dear Mechanic Person

As part of dropping off the Wagovan at a mechanic tomorrow, I’ve typed up a summary document for it. The hope here is that it’ll help the techs know what has been done, but at the same time I wonder if going at it with virgin eyes would be better? What does Oppo think? (Summary below)

Primary Symptom Summary:

At sustained, high throttle the engine loses power and begins to backfire though the...

Akio Ohtori Akio Ohtori Jul 15, 2019 at 13:00.

Low Alfa is low

Low Alfa is low

Allegedly this is Euro spec, but I have my doubts.

Can’t wait to get some Alfa wheels on it, but apparently finding valve stems for the Cromodora Campanatura wheels I bought is not as easy I thought.

Not that I thought about it.

Because seriously who thinks about valve stems?

Akio Ohtori Akio Ohtori Jul 15, 2019 at 12:24.

The Dumpster Fire is Home!

The Dumpster Fire is Home!

After a little over a week at the shop, the Dumpster Fire is done. We had a little misunderstanding where they “fixed” the starter by putting back all the wiring I had removed, so we lost a day of work to that (which they didn’t charge me for). Their c900 guy came in today and finished the job.

While it seems like whatever caused the starter to freak out went away once it cooled down, there is...

Akio Ohtori Akio Ohtori Jul 15, 2019 at 12:19.

Bored.

Bored.

Here is a picture of a thing we did last weekend. Still working on the write up.

Akio Ohtori Akio Ohtori Jul 15, 2019 at 11:54.

To do a cooling system refresh, or to not do a cooling system refresh... [updated]

To do a cooling system refresh, or to not do a cooling system refresh... [updated]

That is the question! I have less than two weeks until my big overland trip in the Wagovan. While things are falling off the TODO list nicely, many items still remain. The biggest question in my mind at the moment: should I replace the cooling system.

All the hoses and pipes look fine and the coolant is nice and green. I have no reason to suspect a cooling system problem.

That said, I have no...

Akio Ohtori Akio Ohtori Jul 15, 2019 at 11:34.

Shop Quest: Here we go again!

Shop Quest: Here we go again!

Oh boy... my poor realtor. How did we end up here? Oh right... I want a “good deal” and apparently that means going to crazy crack shacks and potentially buying the worlds ugliest house. Alright... here we go...

We could get goats?

First house on the agenda today (well... yesterday but hangover...) is a 1,300 sqft house 16 minute drive from my place with 4 acres of land and a big detached...

Akio Ohtori Akio Ohtori Jul 15, 2019 at 04:42.

PNW Oppos: Where should we stay near Seattle?

PNW Oppos: Where should we stay near Seattle?

As I’ve posted about before, in late August three of us are going to fly to Seattle, buy cheap cars, and then drive them to Anchorage. My question is, where should we stay in the Seattle area?

We were thinking around SeaTac so we have good access to the Seattle and Tacoma car markets, but I could also see staying in Bellevue or Kirkland? Basically anywhere that we can find a modestly priced...

Akio Ohtori Akio Ohtori Jul 15, 2019 at 04:33.

Shop Quest - Could this be the one?!

Shop Quest - Could this be the one?!

Short answer: maybe. Today I looked at a new listing that has a shop, house, and a decent asking price. This... might be my newest failure.

The GoodExisting 30 x 40 insulated shop with decently high ceilings, electric, and three roll doors.House is tidy, but small, with new AC and an 80s refresh throughout.Lot is 0.5 acres, which is just about perfect, and well fenced.Location is 15 min from...
Akio Ohtori Akio Ohtori Jul 15, 2019 at 03:31.

Wagovan's Heath Update

Wagovan's Heath Update
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As of last writing the Wagovan was doing some... weird stuff. I laid out a long list of possibilities and you guys offering some additional opinions. I think I figured out what the problem is....

Wagovan: Not as healthy as I'd hoped

Good news is the Wagovan made it to and from the exhaust shop, including a couple...

Akio Ohtori Akio Ohtori Jul 15, 2019 at 02:51.

Did someone say pressure test?

Did someone say pressure test?

There are valid reasons why I have so many... Probably.

Akio Ohtori Akio Ohtori Jul 15, 2019 at 02:26.

THE WAGOVAN STARTED!

THE WAGOVAN STARTED!

Full article in the works, but I got the carb on yesterday and it fired up today. No real issues getting it going! Oil pressure came up about the same time the fuel lines started filling and then it just... started. Amazing.

Much cleaning up to do and, of course, the 4WD doesn’t appear to be working at the moment. But still... small big victories.

EDIT: Oh I think I know why the 4WD didn’t...

Akio Ohtori Akio Ohtori Jul 15, 2019 at 00:38. 13 comments

Finally posted the Civic for sale

Finally posted the Civic for sale

It has been a good car but the time has come. If anyone on Oppo is interested let me know, I’d probably give a discount to a good home.

I think it is time for the Wagon and I to part ways

Don’t get me wrong, I really like this car. It is quirky, ergonomic, surprisingly comfortable, and…

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Up for sale is my 1986 Honda Civic Wagon 4WD

Short story: You are looking at a 1986...

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