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Old 09-20-2012, 03:35 PM   #61
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Departed from about I-110 and US-90 in Biloxi, right along the Gulf Coast. Drove out West along US-90. Looking much better since Katrina.

I was out here the week before Katrina. Luckily, I was able to depart right before the storm hit. The area was devestated, to say the least. Those large floating barge casinos were washed miles down the road, and several hundred yards up onto land!

A year later, I find myself back in Biloxi. I decide to take a drive around to see how well the place recovered over the past year. Businesses and homes up and down US-90 were just gone. Nothing left but foundations. A YEAR LATER! Some of the lots just had a pile of bricks stacked up. Some in nice neat stacks. Some just a large pile.

Four years after Katrina, I'm back in Biloxi again. MUCH better. Lots of new businesses. Lots of businesses rebuilt. Quite a few beautiful homes built, this time on stilts.

Now, seven years after Katrina, this place looks awesome. So, back to my story...

Took a drive from Biloxi, at about there the Beau Rivage is, and drove westbound along US-90. Nice and slow, top down, high 80F degrees, mostly clear skies. Went all the way across to Bay St. Louis. Used to be one of my favorite spots to grab some wings and a beer or two. Used to have a nice place called the Firedog Saloon. Katrina left nothing but the walls standing. Everything else gone. And, that was on the land side of the road. All the buildings on the bay side was completely gone. So today, driving down that road, hoping to see the Firedog rebuilt, I found an empty lot. Oh well. However, a few new restaurants and pubs opened up in the surrounding lots. Looks very nice! I didn't have time to stop. Maybe this weekend I'll find my way back over in that part of town and will check out some of those new places.

After my quick "tour" got back on US-90 and proceeded eastbound, back to Biloxi. Another beautiful drive. Fall/spring is definitely a nice part of year to own a convertible...
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:51 PM   #63
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Thanks Dbear(not sure why you have that name as a Packer fan!) .... Trouble is, you blink and summer is gone!
DBear61: First name begins with "D", first syllable of surname is pronounced "Bear", born in 1961. Nickname in school was, "The Bear."

What's a Packer fan to do?

Regarding WI summers, remember if they come on a weekend we have a picnic.
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Put new PS2 tires on the car! My 2002S had original tires on it with 37K miles. The change noticed immediately. Not afraid to watch the speedo climb anymore!
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DBear61: First name begins with "D", first syllable of surname is pronounced "Bear", born in 1961. Nickname in school was, "The Bear."

What's a Packer fan to do?

Regarding WI summers, remember if they come on a weekend we have a picnic.
Time for a new nickname! Just kidding. 1961 was a very good year
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I took off the front bumper and cleaned the radiators! What a mess in there. Lots of debris. Also painted the grey grills black. Much better now!
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Enjoyed a nice lunch to talk cars with Deserion who started this thread...
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I will take mine out to go get Italian Greek whatever dinner.
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Igot new Yokohama tires today. Woo Hoo!
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New set of (used) upgrade (18") wheels. Car handles so differently than the 17s.



Got new Balo rotors. Back installed with fresh paint for calipers. Front rotors, calipe paint and lug nuts next.


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New set of (used) upgrade (18") wheels. Car handles so differently than the 17s.
Good different or bad different? They look sharp! Need to paint my calipers as well. Looks sharp!
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Good different. Set the pressure to 29F/35R then increased to 35F/40R. I like lower pressure better as it feels nice and grippy. Will have to wait and see a few other combos.

The Porsche shop that balanced my 17s had set the pressure in the front to 40. No wonder I was feeling a steering shake.

For the caliper, used Dupli color engine enamel with few coats of clear. It is better to paint it in place. And I dont think you need to bake it. After a few days the paint is very hard.
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Spent the day in the valley, top down, celebrating my wife's birthday. Even with heavy traffic because of harvest and great weather- it was a perfect day.
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Got it up on jack stands and started on the passenger side inner CV joint replacement. Taking it easy, I'm letting the exhaust bolts soak in penetrating fluid overnight.

The next morning ...

Hallelujah! All 6 header bolts came off without breaking! **THAT** was an adventure I was hoping to avoid. :-)

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Took it where every car wants to go, the kart lounge.

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and to get apples

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Great pics, Ghost. The weather there looks fantastic.
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Weather is awesome today tomorrow even better 75 ish
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