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02/05/06 Update

I took the month of January off from the car project and the Progress Editorial, opting to DRIVE the car instead! The weather has been abnormally mild for South Dakota and the streets are clear of snow and ice.

I recently published a photo gallery with some photos I shot over the course of three days back in mid October. Each day I would race to be somewhere at sunset to get just the right lighting. Some of the best shots were taken just down the street from our house where the land hasn't been developed yet and the blacktop turns to gravel (our house is just over the hill of houses in the background).

This was taken looking the other direction. I imagine this will all be developed within the next five years but right now it represents a typical South Dakota landscape. This is one of the few paved streets that I know of that borders a corn field and is not a highway.

Looking West into the sunset, you can see how dusty it can be when the wind whips across the prairie in the fall. During the day you'd never notice, but at dusk it's a different story and makes for some spectacular sunsets, like this one that I photographed on the way to my youngest daughter's dance class the other night.

I've been setting up a new server and firewall the last few days. Business has been good and we've outgrown our old server. This is the new server that will be taking it's place. The PowerMaster sticker just seemed appropriate considering the horsepower this server has. It's a monster machine that we had custom built by the guys at Green Eggs and RAM. will soon be inside this box, running faster than it ever has.

We're also setting up a new firewall. Our service provider has been supplying our firewall but as we grow and add more servers, it will be nice to have control ourselves. If there are any Sonicwall experts reading this, I can use all the help I can get. Their setup instructions are worse than a Down's trunk lift!

In the next few days Joey at Excessive Autosports should have my V-Band exhaust clamps in and I plan to drive it to his shop to have them installed. I'm having a small crossover added behind the transmission cooler(for better flow and sound) and to have him replace the pinch type clamps on the side pipes with V-bands. After that the car will come home and take up two garage stalls until it's completely finished.

These are cool little clamps! The consist of two weld-on fittings with a  tapered back edge and a clamp that wraps around them and sucks the two fittings together as it's tightened. Joey uses them all the time for his turbo applications like this wild Camaro he's working on. Now THAT's a turbo!

Joey even made the custom stainless headers. A huge intercooler sits inside the car in the area once occupied by a passenger seat. This thing will make crazy horsepower someday!

I'll leave you with this drawing by our daughter Haley, who's in college studying art and art history. I thought I'd be the first to publish her work - remember you saw it here first :)


Until next time, Keep the shiny side up!


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