Sunday, 30 May 2010

Camp Quality Senior Sibs Camp

Been a quiet couple of weeks at Team Booger Mobile HQ, as Damian was away at the Camp Quality Senior Sibs Camp 2010. This year's theme was PIRATES!!

Here's Damian with illustrious Camp Leader Richard!! Looking fresh on the first day of camp!!

Byron Bay was beautiful, and some of the campers had a swim, while others climbed to the lighthouse or shopped!

Dinner the first night and the boys in Damian's cabin decided moustaches were the go!! Damian's moustache would come unstuck if he smiled, hence the intense look!!

Saturday night was dinner and disco night, so everyone got dressed up in their finest pirate gear, and took over the Lennox Heads Bowls Club. Damian was a little confused about the correct position of the eye patch!!

A great camp was had by all, and by Sunday night a bunch of tired and happy campers and companions were all home, looking forward to next year's camp!

Sunday, 23 May 2010

LED lights and custom consoles!

Damian was up early and in the shed... he needed some small black cable ties... sadly he didn't have any, so he painted some white ones!!

Damian was continuing to wrap wires when Scottie arrived... Hope he knows where they all go!!

After a coffee, Scottie decided he was going to find clips to attach any side trim he could get enough clips for!! This is the front passenger guard... looks like there are enough clips!!

So the next step was to put some black goop on to seal the holes and help stick the trim on, then put the trim in place!!

While this was going on, Damian attached the second roof-rack sign board.

Scottie decided that the next trim item on the agenda was the passenger door trim - of course, that's the door that Damian has been working around!!

Next cab off the rank was the Falcon Deluxe sign on the rear quarter panel!!

Meanwhile, Damian continued wrapping wires... a long and tedious task!!

Having run out of trim clips in suitable condition, Scottie moved on to making a console/surround for the automatic transmission...

Damian continued to... you guessed it!! Wrap wires!!

And Scottie's cardboard mock-up of the console was completed!! There was a brief moment of suggestion to simply paint it and leave it as is, but that was quickly knocked on the head!!

Scottied commenced marking out and jig-sawing the console (the drill is to make a hole that the jig-saw can start in)!

And through the magic of the interwebs, here it is - almost done!!

Damian had by this stage completed the wiring in of three sets of lights and the UHF Radio.

Scottie decided it was time for a trial fit of the wooden console...

Scottie and Damian's handiwork side by side!!

Scottie was particularly proud of the join in the bottom corners, and wanted it on the blog!! (In fairness, it is pretty spectacular!! Man of many talents, Scottie is!)

And with a light dusting of black paint to give the general idea how it might look when completed...

Damian installed the rear view mirror... Nice photography there showing off the Cadist Consulting sign on the rear window!

Time to test out some of the new LED's that are even controlled by the proper switches on the dashboard!! Woohooooooooooooo!!

The green LED's are for show...

The flashing amber LED's and the rear-facing white LED's are part of the Camp Quality esCarpade safety requirements. The ones on the rear bumper are the reverse lights!

These green LED strip lights really light up the surrounding area!!

Nice arty shot of the two chrome trim strips that were reattached...

And with Scottie holding the other two chrome strips in place to remind regular blog readers what Booger Mobile would look like with the chrome strips reattached... They have not been on since the month after Booger Mobile was purchased!!

And a show-off shot of the green LED's and the UHF aerial on the passenger side...

Damian and Scottie also installed the sun visors... The passenger side clip is broken, and they are a bit of a strange colour... sounds like a job for another day!!

After a long day, it was time for Scottie to leave... He has been having a few problems with his Hilux deciding not to start... today was one such occasion!!

Much to Damian's delight, it was Booger Mobile to the rescue!!

Look at that set of jumper leads... what's the world coming to????

And after quite a while pushing charge into Scottie's battery (well, that of his Hilux anyway), the pesty thing started, and Booger Mobile was tucked away safe and sound in the shed for the night...

Or was it?

Damian decided to get the delightful Tricia to take a video of the new LED lights on Booger Mobile - in the dark! Apologies for the poor video quality, but hey, that's life!

Damian will be heading to Camp Quality Senior Sibs Camp on Friday, so there won't be any Booger Mobile work next weekend... stay tuned for some other exciting updates though!!

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Sponsors love a clean car!!

Damian's been doing some interesting work on Booger Mobile over the past week, slowly but surely getting ready to wire in the lights and attach the sign boards.

Before doing so, he decided that washing Booger Mobile was a good choice - besides, sponsors love a clean car!!

Here's Booger Mobile parked ready for washing...

Damian got down to washing Booger Mobile, while his boys played in the water...

Cleaning out underneath the roof rack was a bit of a challenge...

Damian tested the windscreens and doors thoroughly, finding only one minor leak to be sorted out (of course, on the driver's side at the front!!)

More cleaning...

And there it is, one shiny, clean Booger Mobile!

Time to do a quick lap of the car showing off all the shiny sponsor stickers!!

There are more stickers coming in the near future!!

Damian thinks it's time to get the side trim attached also!!

Still a couple of good spots available on the bonnet if there are any potential sponsors out there yet to have a sticker spot!!

Once Booger Mobile was clean, about a gazillion little bugs decided to try to make it their home...

Damian noticed a small tree snake watching proceedings from the little shelter just to the left of the shot of Booger Mobile taken from the rear...

After Booger Mobile was dry (with a little help from a chamois), it was time for Damian to put it back in the shed and get to work on the wiring. First up, the lights at the back of the roof rack... the wiring is so neat, you can barely see it in the photo!!

Here's the other end of the wires that are going to the rear of the roof rack... Damian has used almost a full roll of black tape already!!

Looking under the front of the rack to get the next set of lights ready... It's a bit like a jigsaw puzzle... Damian can't wrap any more of the wires leading from the back until the ones at the front are sorted out.

He can't sort the wires at the front out until the advertising signboards are on!

Measuring up the driver's side signboard ready for bolting on!

Action shot of Damian using some heat-shrink tube to seal the join in the wires... (the horizontal line you can see on the signboard is a 72 LED green light!)

Damian pulling his "psycho knife wielder" face... LOL... Looks like he's cutting his own eye out!!

More marking out... Tough to line things up!!

And the first signboard is attached!!

Scottie will be down on Sunday, and Damian will get the lights wired up (with any kind of luck!!)

Stay tuned...