2015 Garage Rearrangement

We are starting the basement project and the ensuing cleaning and rearranging left no space for the work bench. For the last couple of years I have been working on two saw horses and 3 2X6’s in the garage. It worked but was not my beautiful workbench.  We manhandled it up to the garage from the basement and I spent a couple of hours getting it situated and everything set up the way I wanted it.  It will require some tweaking.

Note:  I took these pictures with my new iPhone6 Plus Camera and I have to say this is the clearest pictures I believe I have taken with a non DSLR camera.

2015 Optima Battery Replacement

Went on vacation for two weeks and had a great time.  After hours and hours working on the yard I needed some Z seat time.  I went to start the car and it was dead.  Though the car had been fine two weeks ago I figured it may have drained the battery a bit?  I put it on the charger and it started to charge.  30 seconds later it gave me a bad battery reading. WHAT? This battery is only 3 months old.

I took it out and went back to Batteries + in town and had them have a look at it with their special tools.  The gentleman who helped me said it had a bad cell.  A bad cell?  He told me they recently started production of Optima batteries in Mexico from the USA.  I asked if there was something better and he suggested the X2 Battery they sell. This thing is stout for the same frame of battery and best of all it’s made in America.  Although this kind of kills my red theme under the hood if the car doesn’t run what good is a theme under the hood.  The downside is I have to order a new hold down.

The guys at MSA had a nice chrome one ready to ship and available for the new battery.  I placed the order for the new battery and bold to hold it to the firewall.

2015 Motorcycle Dreaming

Went on a vacation to Chicago and visited some friends.  We had a great time and after a very large meal at Portillos we decided to go walk around.  There was only one problem, it was raining.  I suggested we visit the Harley/Triumph dealer just right up the road.  When we got there we had a look around.  I fell in love with this 2014 Triumph Tiger Adventure.  For the money I was an idiot for not buying it.

We decided the next day, after another very large meal to peruse the BMW shop to see what their offerings were on the GS platform and what kind of money we were talking.  Yep once again I fell in love with the GS1200A Motorcycle.  This was a very nice motorcycle and the fit and finish was just that little bit extra over the Triumph.

The motorcycle bug bit me hard.  I was determined to come home with a new bike; even if that meant selling the Z. After chatting with the wife she was hesitant to me getting back on a motorcycle again.  Oh well it is good to dream.

2015 – North Georgia Mountain Drive

Some friends asked me if I wanted to go on a mountain drive.  I was keen since I had just put the car back together.  Since this was my first time out I was a bit nervous since the car wasn’t really tested.

The car experience went better than expected.  Keeping up with modern Porsches and A Beast of a BMW M5 proved to be challenging.  The Z did great on the roads, plenty of power, brakes worked well, steering was great after having the alignment done.  The wife was a bit nervous in the corners so I slowed it down to a mild roar and let the others race on by.

It was a great day driving up through the twisties.  Touring lots of North Georgia, visiting Brass Town Bald, Vogel State park near Blairsville and eating some German Sausage in Helen, GA.  The best part was spending some time with some great friends.  I hope we do it again soon.  I am also looking forward to my next cruise with the Z club.