Hot rod – CJS Engraving http://cjs-engraving.com/ Fri, 21 Jan 2022 01:08:14 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8 https://cjs-engraving.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-42-150x150.png Hot rod – CJS Engraving http://cjs-engraving.com/ 32 32 Memories on wheels: a look back at Moeller means of transport https://cjs-engraving.com/memories-on-wheels-a-look-back-at-moeller-means-of-transport/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 21:19:00 +0000 https://cjs-engraving.com/memories-on-wheels-a-look-back-at-moeller-means-of-transport/ Commentary by Bill Moeller / For The Chronicle Maybe no one else is interested, but I recently started trying to remember how many cars I’ve owned in my lifetime. The listing does not include the 1923 three-door sedan I mentioned before because I never owned the title. So here, in order of ownership, are a […]]]>

Commentary by Bill Moeller / For The Chronicle

Maybe no one else is interested, but I recently started trying to remember how many cars I’ve owned in my lifetime. The listing does not include the 1923 three-door sedan I mentioned before because I never owned the title. So here, in order of ownership, are a few that I remember. My memory isn’t quite right these days. Some entries may differ from the actual facts, just like some news stories we hear these days.

The first car I held the title to was a 1933 American Bantam bought in high school. It was one of only three known to exist in Tacoma. If one were for sale today, it would be priced way beyond my current income status. It was a small thing with barely enough room for two (and not at all for tissues). My dad found it for me. He was so small and light that when I walked out of class at Stadium High School one afternoon, I found him several rows down from the pavement – somehow sitting in the stadium. -same. With three friends, we were able to bring it up to the roadway. After high school, there were five years of service in the army and dad sold it while I was away.

After being liberated my first car was a 1941 Pontiac coupe. It was almost dark when I first saw it but I was so eager to get a car that I bought it on the spot. I should have waited. The frame was so twisted it almost looked like it was going sideways down the road, and I later discovered that the eight-cylinder engine had been replaced with a six-cylinder.

Eventually marriage became a factor and a “reasonable” car was needed, so the next one was a 1949 Plymouth sedan. By this time I was already working for a radio station, KMO in Tacoma.

Then when my wife Frances’ dad passed away, we inherited a nearly new ’88 Oldsmobile from 1953. I accepted a radio station in Wenatchee and it was a great car to drive up and down the passes of Wenachee Mountain in Tacoma – something I did frequently until the rest of my family could finally join me on the other side of the hills.

Then we felt another car was needed, so a 1940 Ford coupe was acquired. It was perfect for short trips around town and, who knows, it might be someone’s hot rod today. I traded it in as a down payment on a new 1955 Ford station wagon, bought after a partner, and started our own hit radio station. With the kids growing up, it was a smart buy. After a few years, I sold my interest in the radio station to a possible third partner and a look of wealth was in order.

So the most expensive car I’ve ever owned appeared on the scene: a 1959 Ford T-Bird with white leather seats and the big Lincoln engine. It has become my status symbol in the community. Fast? Once, when no other car was in sight, I “opened” it on a straight stretch of freeway in eastern Washington and the speedometer was still going up to 125 miles per hour when I pulled over. am deflated.

Then, shortly after moving into a house on Curtis Hill Road, a 1953 Chevrolet Sedan was the car we bought from a Winlock dealership once we realized we couldn’t keep up the payments on the T- Bird. It was almost as bad “lemon” as my old Pontiac. We eventually traded it in for a down payment on a brand new 1962 Rambler station wagon, bought from Howard Hutchins’ agency next to the exit of the railroad overpass on Gold Street. It was a good car, the one my wife used on her Avon route, which meant we needed another vehicle for me to get to and from work.

The one we found was a 1952 MG TD sports car sold by a GI in Fort Lewis. It was a pure delight with many features not seen in today’s cars. For example, the windscreen could be folded down over the bonnet (a feature which meant less drag if raced against other cars of the same ilk). It was the perfect place to hold a martini poured from a thermos bottle at the old drive-in cinema. Remember these?

One day in October I took the Rambler to work and left it at Howard Hutchins for a routine checkup. It was the night of the famous “Columbus Day Storm” of 1962. I came home to the sight of a collapsed garage with the MG inside!

I was able to rebuild the garage and restore the MG, but it wasn’t practical for hauling hay bales to our beef supply, so the next move was a real oddity: a 1960 Chevrolet Corvair pickup truck. Like the sedan of the same name, its engine was at the back, which made loading difficult but this was compensated by a hinged side panel which could be lowered and used as a ramp, a great idea!

I don’t remember why, but it was traded in and replaced with a 1953 DeSoto “Woodie” station wagon. Eventually it let go on the highway as I was coming back from cleaning up a shack we had built on the Entiat and whose maintenance was too difficult at this distance. I left it along the road and hitchhiked home and often regretted that move.

Then we sold the farm and moved to Centralia. I’m well past my usual space, but – never fear – one day there will be an update to newer cars from the Moeller family.

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Bill Moeller is a former artist, mayor, bookseller, city council member, paratrooper, and pilot living in Centralia. He can be contacted at bookmaven321@comcast.net.

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10 movies critics hate but audiences love https://cjs-engraving.com/10-movies-critics-hate-but-audiences-love/ Wed, 19 Jan 2022 01:04:09 +0000 https://cjs-engraving.com/10-movies-critics-hate-but-audiences-love/ Works of art are often, but not always, evaluated differently by different viewers. Critics tend to lean a little more on technicalities than audiences, who place more importance on personal feelings. There’s no one correct way to judge a movie, no universal terms and conditions with which to decide how great (or terrible) it is. […]]]>

Works of art are often, but not always, evaluated differently by different viewers. Critics tend to lean a little more on technicalities than audiences, who place more importance on personal feelings. There’s no one correct way to judge a movie, no universal terms and conditions with which to decide how great (or terrible) it is.

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As such, there are countless examples of audience-loved films that most critics despise. Although critical dissatisfaction doesn’t necessarily turn the film into a flop. In fact, there are plenty of movies that are very successful at the box office despite heavy reviews.

ten Lucky Number Slevin (2006) spent more than double its production budget


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Critics rejected Slevin lucky number for not adapting to its own “convoluted plot and dizzying set design”. This may be a justifiable reaction to Slevin lucky numberrandom attempt to “be smart in a pulp Fiction kind of way.”

These negative sentiments were not reflected in the audience’s responses. Slevin lucky number managed to double its production budget. Interestingly, this Paul McGuigan neo-noir thriller earned a few prestigious awards and nominations.

9 Godzilla: King Of The Monsters (2019) was considered an adequate extension of the beloved franchise


Godzilla: King of the Monsters

As the 35th installment in an ancient franchise that began in 1954, fans expected Godzilla: King of the Monsters be an action-packed adventure. king of the monsters the book in style.

It grossed $386 million at the box office, proving that critical dissatisfaction with monster kingThe weak narration and inconsistent content did not affect the opinions of laymen at all. On the contrary, most viewers found Godzilla: King of the Monsters be an adequate extension of the beloved franchise.


8 Memoirs Of A Geisha (2005) could be a soap opera, but audiences loved it


Memoirs of a Geisha

Memoirs of a Geisha won three Oscars – art direction, costume design and cinematography – out of a total of six nominations. Memoirs of a GeishaThe visual style, OST, and set design of won acclaim from many critics.

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However, the general opinion was that he was lukewarm in his mediocrity. Memoirs of a Geisha significantly better in terms of public opinion. But, critics called its plot a weak “soap opera” imitation.


seven The Greatest Showman (2017) won big, both at the box office and at the awards shows


Hugh Jackman as PT Barnum in The Greatest Showman

Hugh Jackman is definitely a showstopper. His thrilling portrayal of PT Barnum wasn’t enough to save The greatest showman from a deluge of pessimistic reviews. As critics savored The greatest showmanThe musical numbers and stellar cast of , they simultaneously denounced its “false-inspiring and superficial” thematic framework.

All the same, The greatest showman went on to earn $435 million, a fourfold profit margin that shows just how well-received it was. The greatest showman also won the Golden Globe for Best Original Song, always an impressive feat.


6 Hot Rod (2007) eventually gained cult status over the next few years


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Andy Samberg’s comedy style is quirky, over the top and completely self-effacing. These elements form the narrative base of hot rod, directed by Samberg’s childhood friend, Akiva Schaffer. hot rod failed to make its mark at the box office, raking in a measly $14 million after spending almost twice its budget.

Critics also didn’t hold back their opinions, going so far as to call hot rod “form” and “inconsistent”. hot rod eventually picked up a decent cult following over time. This was in accordance with SNL creator Lorne Michaels’ expectations that “the image will be thought of differently in two years”.


5 The Judge (2014) failed to convince critics it was worth watching


The Judge 2014

Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall play father and son in David Dobkin The judge. The judge focuses a little too much attention on its two protagonists rather than on the rest of the cast. Reviewers complained about The judge“The emotional fireworks” were clearly “Oscar bait,” but the audience didn’t seem to care.

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Additionally, Robert Duvall’s Joseph Palmer received widespread acclaim, earning numerous nominations for his performance. Sadly, The judge failed to convince several contemporary critics that it was worth watching.


4 Venom (2018) gives MCU fans an alternative look at the superhero genre


Venom may be one of Spider-Man’s greatest villains, but Tom Hardy’s version failed to impress most critics. As a Marvel spin-off, Venom was hugely popular, as evidenced by its incredible box office win: $865 million in total earnings.

The roasted critics Venom for his “ho-hum skill” and forgettable gimmicks. But, viewers preferred to ignore Venomoccasional stutter in favor of its dazzling special effects. Venom was celebrated for giving MCU fans an alternative look at the superhero movie genre, even if the protagonist wasn’t as compelling as he could have been.




3 Rambo: Last Blood (2019) Differs Significantly Between Audience and Critic Ratings


Rambo: First Blood (1982) transformed the blood-soaked blockbuster into a sprawling action-packed franchise. first blood established Sylvester Stallone as one of the most recognizable action heroes in Hollywood history.

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The most recent installment, Last Blood, was terribly received by critics. More precisely, for its “mess of contradictions”. Nevertheless, Rambo: Last Blood scored 81% on Rotten Tomatoes, which is significantly higher than the tomatometer’s 26% rating. This may be partly due to last bloodgrindhouse-esque sensibilities.


2 Constantine (2005) was considered goofy by critics, but audiences found it charming


Keanu Reeves as John Constantine in "Constantine" (2005)

Keanu Reeves bets on The matrixis famous in Constantine, a film adaptation of the grumpy comic book character Hellblazer. Constantine did extremely well in terms of profit margins, demonstrating the difference between critical interest and viewer interest.

Constantine was subjected to mixed reviews, with some noting its “black theological action” style. Others claimed its script was “irrevocably goofy” – in part because of the lack of parallels to the original comic tale.


1 Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker (2019) unnecessarily revisits its predecessor


Rey and Kylo Ren fight in The Rise of Skywalker

The Rise of Skywalker was much less hated than its predecessor, The Last Jedi. The Rise of Skywalker was perhaps preferred because it spoke strongly to the franchise’s most vocal fans. The Rise of SkywalkerThe box office gross of $1.074 billion is clear proof that audiences loved it.

Although this number is also reinforced by the fact that The Rise of Skywalker concludes the star wars scenario. Most critics commented on the unnecessary reinstatement of The Last Jedi, but viewers seemed to have the opposite reaction.

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100 years old and still going strong! https://cjs-engraving.com/100-years-old-and-still-going-strong/ Mon, 17 Jan 2022 06:26:00 +0000 https://cjs-engraving.com/100-years-old-and-still-going-strong/ Last year, the Indian Motorcycle chief celebrated his 100th birthday. And what happens when you let an idea evolve over a century? You get a beautifully evolved motorcycle that keeps one foot in its past heritage and legacy and one foot in today’s ever-changing world. And for the 2022 model year, Indian has planned something […]]]>

Last year, the Indian Motorcycle chief celebrated his 100th birthday. And what happens when you let an idea evolve over a century? You get a beautifully evolved motorcycle that keeps one foot in its past heritage and legacy and one foot in today’s ever-changing world. And for the 2022 model year, Indian has planned something different and big for the Chief and that’s what we’re here to see today. So say hello to the brand new Chief Darkhorse.

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Indian Motorcycle abbreviates its new approach with the Chief line as SPT. Style, performance and technology and later in this article we’ll tell you why the order of the three matters.

2022 Dark Horse Indian Chief. (Image: Anirudh Sunilkumar/News18.com)

Design

Now you need a long look at the bike for the design to really sink in. And it will take time, because look at its size. And it’s not just the size that sets him apart, as there’s also that matte black paint scheme for the Dark Horse builds that makes Batman look like he would go if he wasn’t in such a rush all the time.

2022 Dark Horse Indian Chief. (Image: Anirudh Sunilkumar/News18.com)

The design philosophy is minimalist with great attention to detail. Contrary to what you would expect from an 1890cc muscle bike, the Chief Dark Horse is quite thin. Now, just because a beast can let you pet it doesn’t mean it stopped being a beast itself. So there are a few defining characteristics that make it a hot-rod like the long wheelbase, big 19-inch front tires and 16-inch rear tires, bobbed fenders and a low-slung dual-barrel exhaust.

2022 Dark Horse Indian Chief. (Image: Anirudh Sunilkumar/News18.com)

Characteristics

Now, for a bike that works on the core idea of ​​freedom, giving you that rock music feel on the open highways, features don’t really matter much, do they? Nevertheless, it is. The motorcycle comes with three riding modes including Touring, Standard and Sport. The 4-inch dash comes with Apple CarPlay and independent navigation.

2022 Dark Horse Indian Chief. (Image: Anirudh Sunilkumar/News18.com)

Comfort

The chef gets the typical hot rod style. This means that the seat is quite low with low footrests and wide handlebars. Now for reference I am 5ft 7in and things are a little cramped here. This will very much be a problem for taller runners or even long distance hikes.

2022 Dark Horse Indian Chief. (Image: Anirudh Sunilkumar/News18.com)

In town, and that too in a city like Mumbai, the motorbike made as much sense as a fork in a bowl of soup. A roughly 50-kilometre ride around town on a motorcycle proved difficult when the wide handlebars and low seat forced you to beef up the bike. But the same handlebars and low seat proved to be a godsend on the highways, and I understood why the highway is touted as its perfect habitat. Sheer presence, even when flying past you with the 116 engine roaring, is something many would bet their money on.

Engine and performance

That brings us to its heart, the 116 V-Twin engine. Now an 1890cc motorbike on paper can be quite intimidating, but the Chief managed to overturn that fear in a rather exciting way. The engine is all about torque available from 3,200 rpm. Overtaking is exciting and the bike manages to reach speeds of just 60 km/h in 5th gear. Unlike the crude mechanical engine you’d otherwise expect from a motorcycle of this stature, the chief engine’s main selling point would be its refinement.

2022 Dark Horse Indian Chief. (Image: Anirudh Sunilkumar/News18.com)

The 6-speed gearbox took some effort to operate at first, but we found it’s something you can get used to. Now, while the engine seemed to be friendly in nature with no nasty surprises, we found the clutch to be a little heavy and snappy, so a little extra attention while you’re doing that tight U-turn would be nice.

The engine also features Engine Deactivation Technology, which means it automatically shuts off a cylinder when the bike is stationary. A good way to achieve good energy efficiency. Now remember, the SPT approach we mentioned earlier? Indian paid a lot of attention to the styling department, which is also one of the reasons they skipped a liquid-cooled engine, considering that a radiator wouldn’t fit well into the design formula.

2022 Dark Horse Indian Chief. (Image: Anirudh Sunilkumar/News18.com)

Suspension and brakes

Now speaking of cycle parts, the Chief Dark Horse gets traditional telescopic forks and a twin shock in the rear. The setup is surprisingly plush and fits like a glove for Indian driving conditions. The bike is quite confident in the corners, but any bumps or potholes make the bike feel a bit unstable. The brakes, however, are where we thought the Chief showed room for improvement. For a bike of this size and weight, the brakes felt underpowered with not enough bite or feedback.

Verdict

Now when I got my hands on the bike I was eager to check out how well it suited India. Well, I would say pretty well if not perfectly. And there is also another American manufacturer that enjoys a large share of the heavy cruiser segment. But if you ask me, this one feels like a safer bet.

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Boba Fett’s book redeems a problematic Indiana Jones gag https://cjs-engraving.com/boba-fetts-book-redeems-a-problematic-indiana-jones-gag/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 15:41:17 +0000 https://cjs-engraving.com/boba-fetts-book-redeems-a-problematic-indiana-jones-gag/ The Book of Boba Fett Episode 3 contains a riff on an Indiana Jones gag that is apparently a deliberate effort to improve on the problematic original. WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Boba Fett’s Book, “Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa,” now streaming on Disney+. In the midst of her veritable rain of […]]]>

The Book of Boba Fett Episode 3 contains a riff on an Indiana Jones gag that is apparently a deliberate effort to improve on the problematic original.

WARNING: The following contains spoilers for Boba Fett’s Book, “Chapter 3: The Streets of Mos Espa,” now streaming on Disney+.

In the midst of her veritable rain of Easter eggs, Boba Fett’s Bookthe third episode of extended its reach beyond star wars. The swoop gang featured in “The Streets of Mos Espa”, for example, drew heavily on the rock opera Who’s Quadrophenes, as well as George Lucas’ affinity for hot rod culture. But that extends to other Lucasfilm properties, especially at one point in the episode’s climactic continuation.

The moment is a reference to the years 1984 Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, during a similar chase through the streets of Shanghai in the opening sequence. The original scene was deeply problematic: a superficially fun moment tainted by the kind of racism that has since earned the film plenty of criticism. Boba Fett’s Book took the humor and delivered it without the racism, saving the notion in the process.


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The cursed temple opens with a nightclub confrontation between Jones and Chinese mobster Lao Che over a cremation urn recovered during an unseen archaeological dig. The altercation erupts into violence, leading to a chase through the streets of Shanghai as the mobsters pursue Indy and his friends to the airport. During the chase, Indy’s car is slowed down by a rickshaw. Short Round, behind the wheel, wildly waves the driver out of the way before stepping on the accelerator. The rickshaw driver soars into the air, flailing his legs as he grips the handles as the car sends the two-wheeled vehicle into a produce stall.


It’s a naughty moment in a scene that’s meant to be a lark, and sadly it’s far from the only one in The cursed temple. The rickshaw driver becomes the target of physical humor, played as openly ridiculous before being sent to a heap. Combined with the ugly stereotype of sneering gangsters and various peasants comically diving for cover, the scene becomes hard to watch. The rest of the film is no better, replacing Chinese stereotypes with Indian stereotypes without even a blink of an eye. Director Stephen Spielberg has distanced himself from the film over the years, saying “there’s nothing of himself” in its content.


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Boba Fett’s Book carefully revisits the concept, being careful to avoid any racist overtones or implication. It comes in the middle of a chase scene filled with riffs on action movie cliches, as the hapless assistant to the mayor of Mos Espa unsuccessfully tries to outrun Fett’s freshly created swoop bike minions. This includes a variation of the Sheet of Glass snap involving a portrait of Jabba the Hutt, and a version of the Fruit Cart trope as the wizard’s speeder is buried in a collection of alien fruit from a block.


Amidst the chaos, a droid rickshaw driver attempts to cross the lane, with a pair of Bith in the transporter behind him. The assistant’s speeder slashes the back of the rickshaw, sending it spinning comically as the swoop bikes spin around them. It’s a minor moment, but director Robert Rodriguez signals the riff by showing the assistant gesturing wildly earlier in the chase in a close match with Short Round’s moves in The cursed temple. The droid weaves through a rotating globe that serves as its legs, while its head is much like that of a grasshopper, with four antennae that wiggle as it goes about its business.


which retains the physical humor of Temple sequence while shifting the end of the joke away from the nasty racial coding. star wars hasn’t always been successful with such transfers, but in this case, the attention shows. Rodriguez wanted to note the moment without condoning racism, and used the trappings of star wars‘ pretend to help do it. In the process, Boba Fett’s Book turns the silent joke into a mea culpa on behalf of Lucasfilm, acknowledging that filmmakers must always strive to do better.

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Installing a MaxTrac Suspension Lowering Kit on a 2014 GMC Sierra https://cjs-engraving.com/installing-a-maxtrac-suspension-lowering-kit-on-a-2014-gmc-sierra/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 21:49:47 +0000 https://cjs-engraving.com/installing-a-maxtrac-suspension-lowering-kit-on-a-2014-gmc-sierra/ When it comes to trucks, position is everything and that says a lot about what a vehicle stands for. If the truck is lifted, it’s off-road time, in most cases. If the truck is still at ride height, it’s probably heading to Home Depot to haul lumber. We wanted the position of our supercharged 2014 […]]]>

When it comes to trucks, position is everything and that says a lot about what a vehicle stands for. If the truck is lifted, it’s off-road time, in most cases. If the truck is still at ride height, it’s probably heading to Home Depot to haul lumber. We wanted the position of our supercharged 2014 GMC Sierra Project Truck to tell people that this pickup was built to haul butts. We wanted to lower the ride height to accomplish this task, which sent us to MaxTrac so that the parts do the job properly.

Powder coated leaf spring shackles and new shorter shocks for the rear and some cast iron drop pins for the front were just the parts we needed from MaxTrac to lower our GMC Sierra in the wrong herbs.

Most trucks come from the factory with a standard rake in the ride height, which means the rear is higher than the front. This is done so when a heavy load is placed in the bed of the truck, the rear springs compress, and then as the loaded vehicle rolls down the street, the headlights don’t shoot at the stars.

Because our truck will be spending its days racing down the drag strip instead of racing to the job site, we wanted to remove the factory rake when we lowered it. To get the right ride height, we wanted to lower the rear 4 inches of the truck while lowering the front 2 inches to give us a flatter stance. The MaxTrac lowering kit for a 2014-2018 GMC Sierra/Chevrolet Silverado drops the front 2 inches using new pins and lowers the rear between 4 and 5 inches depending on the holes used on the rear shackles, which was perfect for our application.

The MaxTrac Lowering Kit reuses the stock rear leaf springs (reversed and placed in the new MaxTrac mounting clevises) and depending on which hole you screw the leaf springs into, you can lower the rear ride height by 4 or 5 inches.

When choosing a lowering kit (and there are plenty to choose from), one specific feature that sold us on the MaxTrac system was the design and engineering that went into the replacement front pins. Rick Freeman, MaxTrac’s Technical Specialist, detailed the benefits of his product.

“Our 2014-18 GMC/Chevy spindle design is the best and strongest casting on the market. The MaxTrac spindle uses all three bolts to hold the factory hub, where other major competitors only use two of the factory bolts and one set screw that tends to shear. Rick also explained that the drop pin design was set up so that it lowers the truck, it doesn’t give you a bump in alignment.

A factory GMC/Chevy hub uses three bolts to hold it in a spindle and the MaxTrac lowering spindle has three holes to accommodate those three bolts. Other manufacturers that build lowering skewers only use two of the three bolts to fit in a stock hub with a set screw that tends to shear.

With our parts lined up and the Sierra on the lift, it was time to stop talking about lowering that truck and getting our hands dirty. We started from the front because reading the MaxTrac installation instructions—yes, we read the instructions before doing a project—it seemed like replacing the front pins would be pretty straightforward.

We unbolted the ball joint, link, hub and ABS sensor from the stock pin, then inserted the new lowering pin. Everything bolted easily to the new lowering pins. The only thing we changed was the ABS sensor bracket, which needs to be cut to fit the spindle with enough slack in the ABS thread. This was done quickly with a grinder. After this slight modification, everything worked fine.

Replacing the stock front pins with the MaxTrac lowering pins was as easy as unbolting the stock pin and replacing the new pin. No exits.

With the front of the truck lowered, without drama, it was time to turn our attention to the rear of the Sierra. The rear was more involved because we had to remove the fuel tank. This is where some planning ahead helps. Truck fuel tanks are large, and fuel tanks filled with lots of gasoline are cumbersome to manage. Luckily, we brought the Sierra to the shop with low fuel, so dropping the tank wasn’t a complete headache. However, the tank had to be removed to gain access to the inner leaf spring bolts and the driver’s side clevises.

The big tank is out! Pro Tip: Do not attempt to pull out a full tank of fuel (too heavy). Start with something empty and light. We had to pull the tank out to access the rear leaf spring bolts.

Once we removed the outer cover and removed the fuel tank, we unhooked all the connections to the tank, including the EVAP tank, which likes to leak fuel all over you. We then used a transmission jack to lower the tank out of the way. Next, for easier access to the leaf springs, we removed the trailer hitch and rear exhaust outlets. Finally, we had seamless access to the rear suspension we wanted to modify. Because we were going to be removing the rear leaf springs and shock absorbers, which hold the axle in place, it’s essential to use a bolt-on mount to hold the axle securely, because no one needs just one truck axle falls on its head.

With the truck on the lift and the rear shocks and leaf springs sticking out, something was needed to hold the rear axle in place or gravity was going to take over. We put a screw holder under the pumpkin to hold it in place.

With everything out of the way and easy access to the leaf springs and their mounting points, it was time to get serious. The MaxTrac kit replaces the original leaf spring shackles. However, these stock shackles are bolted, riveted and welded to the frame. It means it was time to sparkle. First, we had to cut/grind/chisel the factory shackles from the frame to make room for the powder-coated versions of MaxTrac. Then it was time to grind and do our best to protect our fingers from the spinning grindstone.

It’s time to spark some sparks while grinding the factory spring shackles.

The good news was that even though we had to cut and grind the stock shackles, the MaxTrac powder coated shackles bolted directly into place using the stock bolt holes in the frame, which meant no drilling in the frame was necessary. But before bolting them on, we hit the bare areas of the frame with spray paint to make sure we wouldn’t have rusting issues in the future. Also, some of the bolts used to hold the spring shackles in place are also rear bumper mounts, so we didn’t drop the rear bumper for installation. However, this part of the job requires some help from friends, aligning the right bumper as you tighten all the bolts.

With the stock shackle ground down and fresh paint on the frame, we began installing our new powder coated shackles from MaxTrac.

The rear lowering suspension kit is a rocker design that moves the stock leaf spring from the top of the axle down. The bolt in the center of the leaf spring must be reversed or turned over to accomplish this process. Next, a leaf spring locator is attached to the bottom of the axle. This requires cutting the brake line bracket (simpler grinding job). Next, U-bolts and plates are installed to sandwich the leaf springs and secure them to the bottom of the rear axle. It is important to torque the U-bolts to specification at this point to properly preload the springs. Next, we installed the shorter MaxTrac shocks, which bolted on right away.

Seth Ward takes care of installing the inverted leaf springs under the rear axle (which were originally located above the axle) by tightening the U-bolts.

When we bolted the leaf spring to the new MaxTrac shackle, we chose the lowest bolt hole on the shackle, giving us the drop of 4 inches instead of 5 inches. The last thing to do was to remove the stock bumper, both metal and rubber, from the frame, which required more grinding. Max Trac provides a shorter urethane stopper to replace the stock part.

We had to quickly modify our recently installed JBA exhaust system to accommodate the new rear spring shackles. The good news is that there are enough adjustments in the JBA system to realign things and get us back on the road.

Our previous project on the Sierra was installing JBA headers and cat-back exhaust for more power. But like any hot rod project where multiple parts are applied to a vehicle, adjustments must be made. For example, MaxTrac’s rear spring shackle was found to be a little lower than the OEM part, conflicting with our aftermarket JBA exhaust pipe. This was quickly remedied by adjusting the twist of the slip-fit ​​pipes and using a new exhaust hanger.

With the drop in ride height, we realized we had to change the aspect ratio of our tires and go for a tire with a shorter sidewall. It was also a great opportunity to select a tire with more grip to handle the power coming from our supercharged LS engine. After some research and after reviewing the tires, we settled on the Yokohama PARADA Spec-X Street/Sport Truck all-season 285/45/22 inch tires. As soon as we mounted/balanced them and on the Sierra, we immediately knew this was the perfect tire for the position we were hoping to achieve.

A set of Yokohama PARADA Spec-X Street/Sport Truck All-Seasons tires were used to get the position right.

The Yokohama PARADA Spec-X Street/Sport Truck All-Season tires were noticeably more grippy in the dry, and they also handled much better in the rain than the Goodyears, which were previously on the truck. Also, there was no noticeable increase in tire noise from the Yokohamas, which was great so we could enjoy the sound of the JBA exhaust as we propelled the supercharged Sierra down the highway. The next stage of this project will be the drag strip as we will see what all of our new modifications do on the track compared to our stock times. So stay tuned…

With our MaxTrac lowering kit installed, our JBA exhaust tuned and a new set of Yokohama donuts on the rims, the stance on the Sierra was right on and the truck was ready for a proper test drive.

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Georgia finally wins a national championship https://cjs-engraving.com/georgia-finally-wins-a-national-championship/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 23:27:27 +0000 https://cjs-engraving.com/georgia-finally-wins-a-national-championship/ It happened. After 41 long years, the Georgia Damn Bulldogs are the national champions of college football. After 15 long years and seven failed attempts, the Dawgs toppled Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide. All these years of writing this column, I thought I would have something profound to say when Georgia finally won […]]]>

It happened.

After 41 long years, the Georgia Damn Bulldogs are the national champions of college football. After 15 long years and seven failed attempts, the Dawgs toppled Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide.

All these years of writing this column, I thought I would have something profound to say when Georgia finally won it all. But I have nothing. I’ve been all smiles ever since Kelee Ringo snatched the sack late in the fourth quarter and made her way into Bulldog history, solidifying the 33-18 victory.

Man, I’m so happy.

I was fortunate to be one of Dawg’s fans at the Indianapolis game. I have never seen a group of people so happy collectively. (You guys from Dawg who came down downtown after the final whistle got our money’s worth anyway.) Kirby Smart has made a “connection” to the squad all season long. As cheesy as it sounds, during the game and afterwards, I felt a deep connection with every Dawg fan in this building. I know I would disagree with many of them on issues both big and small. But we were one big dysfunctional Dawg family, and I’m happy for all of you.

I’m happy for Kirby. Somehow this bowl cut goof has become one of the best coaches in college football. Certainly the best coach in UGA history. (Sorry, Vince.) And he never has to hear that he can’t win the big one – how he can’t beat Saban – again. He’s got his, and he might have a few more before it’s all said and done.

I’m happy for Stetson Bennett. Dude, am I happy for Stetson Bennett. Mea culpa. I’ve said many times this season that we can’t win the national championship with him as a quarterback. I was wrong and couldn’t be happier about it. He was in such an unenviable position. He was going to become a legend or a goat in Indianapolis, and he knew it. I can’t say I’ll never say bad things about this guy again. He could be our starting quarterback next year, after all, so I have to allow myself some leeway for constructive criticism. But I’ll never say bad things about the job he did this year again.

I’m happy for the defense. Nakobe Dean, Jordan Davis, Lewis Cine, KELEE RINGO and each of those guys. In an age dominated by high power attacks, these madmen went on to win a title with defense. They wanted to become one of the great defenses in college football history, and they did. They made up for that display in the SEC Championship game and allowed only one touchdown to Indy. Special thanks to Will Muschamp, who has completely redeemed himself, and Dan Lanning, who is heading west to rule Oregon with a ring on his finger.

Looking back on everything that has happened over the past decade, trying to overcome the obstacle and failing, I am happy for all the players who have failed terribly. Aaron Murray and Chris Conley. Nick, Sony, Roquan, Hot Rod. More guys than there is time or space to name. They sowed the seeds of this title many years ago. They haven’t used their time, but I hope they care about the current success of the program.

That said, if I had to find something at least a little deep to say – you know, deep in the kind way “Enlightened Class of Students at Park Hall” – I would say the destination was worth it.

Five yards short.

Second-and-26.

The false punt.

My family is made up of all Clemson fans – God help them – so they’ve learned a thing or two over the past decade about how to win titles. And something my brother told me a year ago still stuck in my mind. He said, “The first one is different. It will never be like that again.

By writing this less than 12 hours after the final whistle, I can already tell you he’s right. Without these moments of pain and loss, this victory would not be so sweet. And the next one, unless it’s 41 years from now, won’t be so sweet. You only get one first time.

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Rogert K. Yingling | Obituary https://cjs-engraving.com/rogert-k-yingling-obituary/ Mon, 10 Jan 2022 01:20:00 +0000 https://cjs-engraving.com/rogert-k-yingling-obituary/ Roger K. Yingling, 72, of Imler-Osterburg, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at the Maybrook Hills Health and Rehab Center. He was born on July 21, 1949 in Claysburg, the son of the late Harry and Mildred (Fetter) Yingling. He married Betty Black on September 13, 1968 in Claysburg. Survive are his wife; […]]]>

Roger K. Yingling, 72, of Imler-Osterburg, passed away peacefully on Saturday, January 8, 2022 at the Maybrook Hills Health and Rehab Center.

He was born on July 21, 1949 in Claysburg, the son of the late Harry and Mildred (Fetter) Yingling. He married Betty Black on September 13, 1968 in Claysburg.

Survive are his wife; one son, Joseph of Osterburg; a daughter, Christina, and a fiancee, James Leabhart, of James Creek; two granddaughters: Willa Flick, whom he raised as his daughter, and Kimberly Ritchey of Osterburg; two great-granddaughters: Emma and Aubrey; and one brother, Grover “Jesse” Yingling, and his wife, Nancy, of New Enterprise. He is also survived by a very special friend and partner in mischief, Allen “Gumby” Weyant.

He was predeceased by many brothers and sisters.

Roger worked for General Refractories and also as a security guard in Bedford Springs. He was a member of the Beaver Run Rod and Gun Club and loved hunting and his “olde hot rod” truck.

At the request of the deceased, there will be no visitation. A celebration of life will take place at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be given to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements by Leslie-Miller Funeral Home Claysburg, www.lesliemillerfuneralhome.com.


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7 roles Ferrell missed https://cjs-engraving.com/7-roles-ferrell-missed/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 12:30:00 +0000 https://cjs-engraving.com/7-roles-ferrell-missed/ Will Ferrell is one of Hollywood’s most popular and recognizable movie stars. Throughout his post-SNL Career, Ferrell has played all manner of roles on the big screen, including a chauvinistic ’70s presenter, a boisterous NASCAR driver, a police accountant (and ex-pimp), one of Santa’s elves, and Sherlock Holmes. Every comedy filmmaker wants to work with […]]]>

Will Ferrell is one of Hollywood’s most popular and recognizable movie stars. Throughout his post-SNL Career, Ferrell has played all manner of roles on the big screen, including a chauvinistic ’70s presenter, a boisterous NASCAR driver, a police accountant (and ex-pimp), one of Santa’s elves, and Sherlock Holmes. Every comedy filmmaker wants to work with Ferrell and on top of that, he writes (or co-writes) a lot of his own material.

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But like any actor, Ferrell hasn’t landed all the roles he’s tried for, and like any sought-after movie star, he’s turned down a number of high-profile gigs. From Max Smart to Ignatius J. Reilly, Ferrell has missed a handful of great roles over the years.

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Max in a tuxedo next to agent 99 in Get Smart

Mel brooks Get smart was one of the most acclaimed television comedies of the 1960s, denouncing the tropes of the James Bond franchise at the height of its popularity through the hilarious adventures of goofy secret agent Max Smart.

According to Vulture, when a big-screen adaptation of the series began to be developed in the 1990s, Jim Carrey was committed to playing the role of Smart. He eventually gave up and Ferrell was chosen to replace him in 2005. However, as a booming movie star with many deals on the table, Ferrell quickly moved on and was replaced by his. Presenter co-starring Steve Carell.

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According to New York magazine, The Lonely Island’s first feature film Hot rod was not originally designed as a flagship vehicle for Andy Samberg. South Park writer Pam Brady first wrote the screenplay for Ferrell while he was a cast member at Saturday Night Live. The project never materialized and the script fell into development hell.

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After The Lonely Island started working at SNL and made their breakthrough with the digital short ‘Lazy Sunday’, Lorne Michaels lobbied for Paramount to come back to life Hot rod like their film debut.


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According to Vulture, Ferrell lost the lead role in another Akiva Schaffer film from The Lonely Island. Originally, the comedy of alien invasion The watch was conceived as a PG-13 family film in the vein of ghost hunters.

At the time, Ferrell was committed to playing the role of Evan Trautwig and Wedding crashes‘David Dobkin had to realize. After being retooled into an R-rated film, Schaffer ended up directing and Ben Stiller ended up playing the lead role. Ferrell and Dobkin’s regular collaborator Vince Vaughn starred alongside Stiller with Jonah Hill and The computer crowdis Richard Ayoade.


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According to hollywood reporter, when a film adaptation of the musical jukebox Rock of ages entered development, Alec Baldwin was not the first choice for the role of Dennis Dupree. Ferrell and Carell were offered the chance to play the ex-rock star who is hanging on to his glory days running a rock ‘n’ roll nightclub, but they both turned it down.

Despite the presence of such prominent actors as Tom Cruise, Catherine Zeta-Jones, Bryan Cranston and Paul Giamatti, the Rock of ages The film was ultimately met with negative reviews and disappointed at the box office.


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Adam McKay and Will Ferrel filming on the Anchorman set

Ferrell and director Adam McKay first brought their one-of-a-kind wacky SNL sensitivity to the big screen with their absurd jewel Presenter. But before writing a screenplay about journalists in the 1970s, Ferrell and McKay first worked on a movie about a car salesman.

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According to Vulture, Ferrell explained, “The first box script I ever wrote – called August eruption, which was kind of like Glengarry Glen Ross meet a car dealership – my character jeff tanner loved Top Gun. He liked to watch Top Gun and he watched it 10 times a day.


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According to Slate, a film adaptation of John Kennedy Toole’s notoriously unsuitable comedy novel A confederation of dunces has been in development hell for years. Development first began with John Belushi, who died in 1982. It nearly performed in 2007, with David Gordon Green attached to direct a faithful screenplay co-written by Steven Soderbergh.

Ferrell was hired to play Ignatius J. Reilly in a large bodysuit, with Drew Barrymore, Mos Def, and Lily Tomlin all strapped in to play supporting roles. However, the project fell through, and the book still hasn’t been turned into a movie.


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Ben Stiller ended up directing and staring in a modern update of The Secret Life of Walter Mitty, but as A confederation of dunces, he first spent years in development hell. According to Vulture, the remake first entered development in 1994 with Jim Carrey in the title role. He was replaced by Owen Wilson in 2005, who was replaced by Mike Myers in 2007, Will Ferrell in 2009 and Sacha Baron Cohen in 2010.

In 2011, Stiller took over the project and he got it off the ground. Before Stiller signed on to head into the film, filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, Gore Verbinski, and Ron Howard had all attempted the project.

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Celebration of the founder of the Binghamton Philharmonic Delays https://cjs-engraving.com/celebration-of-the-founder-of-the-binghamton-philharmonic-delays/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 13:53:28 +0000 https://cjs-engraving.com/celebration-of-the-founder-of-the-binghamton-philharmonic-delays/ The latest wave of COVID-19 cases in the region is causing a change in plans for a large celebration the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra had planned. Executive Director Dr Paul Ciennewah said the Wallenberg Festival on January 29 is to honor founder Fritz Wallenberg with musicians from the Philharmonic, Binghamton Community Orchestra and Youth Symphony Orchestra […]]]>

The latest wave of COVID-19 cases in the region is causing a change in plans for a large celebration the Binghamton Philharmonic Orchestra had planned.

Executive Director Dr Paul Ciennewah said the Wallenberg Festival on January 29 is to honor founder Fritz Wallenberg with musicians from the Philharmonic, Binghamton Community Orchestra and Youth Symphony Orchestra all performing on one stage in an epic performance at the Forum Theater. The concert had to be postponed due to COVID concerns and Dr Ciennewah says he hopes the event can be rescheduled later in the spring.

A fundraiser celebrating the Wallenberg legacy will still be held at the Kilmer Mansion on January 26. This event will feature some of the greatest recordings of the Binghamton Symphony and Choral Society under the direction of Fritz Wallenberg himself on cutting-edge MacIntosh audio equipment. (made in Binghamton).

Binghamton Philharmonic Photo of Kilmer Mansion

Dr Ceinnewah is also a guest on the weekly local public affairs show, Close-up on the south row.

He will discuss his arrival in Binghamton to take over as executive director of the local philharmonic just as the pandemic struck in April 2020 and how he faced the challenges of being a steward of the local cultural treasure for such a time. difficult.

Ceinnewah, an accomplished musician himself with an upcoming harpsichord recital, says he thinks there is now an even greater appreciation for what the Binghamton area has than even other larger areas do. not in the form of stellar performing arts like the Binghamton Philharmonic, Binghamton Youth Symphony, Community Orchestra, Tri Cities Opera, Goodwill Theater and other organizations.

You can find out more about Dr. Ceinnewah’s Binghamton Philharmonic at Close-up on the south row Saturdays at 6:04 am on News Radio 1290 WNBF, WNBF.com and 92.1 FM and on the WNBF podcast.

You can find out more about the Binghamton Philharmonic and upcoming performances and fundraisers (tickets are still available for the Mac and Cheese event in February) at www.binghamtonphilharmonic.org.

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Plymouth Superbird Clone includes Hellcat V8, genuine paint https://cjs-engraving.com/plymouth-superbird-clone-includes-hellcat-v8-genuine-paint/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 17:45:47 +0000 https://cjs-engraving.com/plymouth-superbird-clone-includes-hellcat-v8-genuine-paint/ The fusion of the old and the new has been a fundamental aspect of hot rod culture for as long as people have been building fast cars. This restoration project is no different, converting a Plymouth satellite into a Plymouth Superbird clone. But that’s not all. With a 707bhp Hemi Hellcat V8 engine under the […]]]>

The fusion of the old and the new has been a fundamental aspect of hot rod culture for as long as people have been building fast cars. This restoration project is no different, converting a Plymouth satellite into a Plymouth Superbird clone. But that’s not all. With a 707bhp Hemi Hellcat V8 engine under the hood, this thing will smoke the original.

The project began with a rotisserie restoration of a 1970 Sport Satellite before the decision was made to turn the plain jane coupe into a NASCAR towering replica of the Plymouth Superbird. The front nose cone, flip-up lights, front fender exhaust air scoops, Road Runner racing decals and of course the massive rear fender came along.

Instead of having to choose between the vintage 425 hp Hemi 426 V8 or the 390 hp 440 Super Commando, a 707 hp 6.2L supercharged Hemi V8 Hellcat engine was chosen for the project. Few modifications were necessary for the Hellcat to fit under the hood of the Plymouth Superbird restomod, the main obstacle was having to move the battery to accommodate the inclination of the intake plenum. The engine is connected to a modern Tremec 6-speed manual transmission and powers an 8.75-inch differential.

A modern engine in this Plymouth Superbird clone requires modern suspension and brakes to go with it. At the front an F RMS frame was fitted with a new rack-and-pinion steering, at the rear a 4-link RMS suspension was fitted. Wilwood disc brakes are found in all four corners, with 6-piston calipers biting the front rotors and 4-piston handling the rear.

Inside, the Plymouth Superbird restomod features retro-looking bucket seats, a good Pistol Grip shifter with trunk support and an upgraded steering wheel. The dash has a custom carbon fiber inlay and houses a modern Thunder Road gauge kit.

The car was finished in Mopar’s signature FJ5 lime green paint, with the appropriate decals and headlight obscuration area. Modern multi-spoke wheels and low-profile tires don’t suit the car at all, but these can always be swapped out if you’re willing to shell out the $ 250,000 to $ 300,000 it should bring in. Mecum’s Next Kissimmee Auction.

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