Loads of area52, more goes on on the Facebook page these days but GUYS, consider this a plea, those who took photos, please upload them here, I'm looking at you Jon Hawkes, all over Facebook but not here. Threads looking a little dead
Someone finds a winch, and Dave magically appears on it. SUPER DAVE!!
Jonny's mucky face
Mark gets the volvo on the ramp for some bushing work
Si tests out the sounds
Gibbo likes a greased up woman, just look at his face!
Rich then welds up a trizorst for Mark's volvo. Its very "marmite".
Pip still struggles on with the BMW's water pump. Filled it with coolant, via the patented Mathmos system, but two bleed screws and a few litres of coolant later it sprung a leak from an old crusty pipe. Luckily being plastic was bonded back together, which got her home. I think.
Looking forward to the next one, was great to get back to the unit again and see everyone!
I didn't take many photo due to spending most of my time getting used to my new Canon after 4+ years of nothing but Nikon. I'll throw the few that I edited up here though.
Jonny's S13. Looking a little afraid of the tarmac here due to needing to be raised so that it'd make it into the unit. Silly drifters.
Later I was witness to what I can only describe as rage leveled against an innocent Volvo. The control arm bushes had given up and the retiring 940 refused to let them go without a fight. Hammers, levers, screwdrivers and fire were all employed at one time or another to drag the Volvo back to a life of clutch kicks and boiled rear tyres.
Rejoicing in the new found geometric rigidity, Mark whistles a tune to himself.
Mark and his beard surveyed the scene afterwards in silent reverie of a job well jobbed.
Meanwhile Rich, being Rich, decided that what the Volvo really needed was a trident exhaust tip and new over axle section. I think everyone was a little embarrassed that we hadn't noticed the lack of Neptunian inspired exhaust garnish before now.
James was busy working on a well dead imp engine for quite some time before I noticed he was using an array of large hammers and a degree of force that made me wince. I've never seen an engine so successfully seized before.
The next day, Mark was unrelenting in his torture of his Volvo.
The new "Jorb" filter with proprietary zip tie fitting kit. The Volvo was seen to shake slightly with the sudden rush of so many Jorbs.
Tune in next month for another installment of the life of Marks Volvo.
Until then, amuse yourselves with this picture of my cat sticking it's tongue out.
The lack of updates is also my bad too, I've been terrible at updating this thread myself for the past 6 months or so (although, in my defence I haven't taken any photos really and I have been stupendously busy)
Area 52 is currently undergoing some changes which include the way it runs. I will still always organise things and run the overall unit, but I am also trying to make the community more of a 'community' where we all become more resonsible for the way it runs on playweekends. Little things like buying tools and equipment that belong to the unit rather than owned by me, organising the place to make it easier for everyone to find things and replace things, making it a nicer place to work (for example, fixing the *major* leak in the roof that floods the place out whenever it rains heavily...NOW DONE!!) and many more things besides.
I'm also starting to work away more, so have less time to sort things within the unit like I used to, so having it almost 'self running' on playweekends will make life easier for everyone, myself included.
The guys and girls of Area 52 are AMAZING! They are so willing to contribute to keep the place going, even more so recently when some unexpected bills came in (expensive ones) and everyone chipped in to help cover them. Exactly what a community should be, giving in at least what you take out. It's a special place and one I am glad to say I'm a part of. Proud to say I am.
Here is a video that comletely personifies Area 52 for me - I get an email from the buyer of the Lotus saying he's coming from the Netherlands to collect it...in 48hrs - despite me telling him *numerous* times I'd need at least a weeks notice to arrange getting it 'down' from its storage. I'm the other side of the country with work when I get the email and panic!
At 7am on Tuesday morning, 48hrs before he arrives and only minutes after getting the email, I put up an urgent appeal on the Area 52 FB page for help to get the Lotus 'down' and from 6pm on Weds evening (last night) the unit is awash with good friends from the community who have all come straight from work to help out. They don't leave until everything is ready for the car collection today. How many peole are willing to offer so much unconditional help at such short notice?
So much amazing help in such short time, working so late because "that's what we do" - if there's one thing I can use to define how great Area 52 is, this is it.
It was fun too.....
Thank you to ALL the community for making the place so utterly brilliant.
I'll be there all day Saturday and some of us are going to the Queens Square meet on Sunday if you're interested in coming along?
Yeah, long story on that one - short version is: it was going to be a few years until I got around to doing it how I wanted (hence storing it up in the scaff) but a dire hit on the finances along with other things happening work wise (possible work opportunities etc...) meant it was the car to sell. I got a good offer on all the Lotus stuff and couldn't turn it down really. It breaks my heart to see it go especailly as I've got such a strong image of how I wanted it to be all finished, but needs must. It was very much a decision of the head and certainly not one made by the heart.
I've only just had a text from the guy buying the cars, he's in the UK now and just over 2hrs from Area 52, so by tonight the whole Lotus chapter will be laid to rest sadly. My bank balance will feel a lot less stressed for about a month though, hopefully!
This does, however, free up some much needed space at the unit and will hopefully give me some cash, which I'm keeping to one side from the Lotus sale, to throw at the Land Rover and the Dodge.