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Old 11-05-2009, 05:46 PM   #31 (permalink)
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Called ahead this morning to the wrecker. Same B.S. They brought in a 2005. Now he wants more money to look for another one. Bwaahaahaahaa... That guy's a comedian.

Time to deal with professionals. I'm going to have to take a trip to Blaine, I guess. No big deal. One hour there plus border crossing. Shouldn't be too bad and they have a selection.

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Old 11-06-2009, 02:07 PM   #32 (permalink)
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It's a wonder they stay in business.
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Well they won't be getting any of my business.

I found another transaxle in Edmonton for $1000 which is the high end of the price range but this one apparently has only 19000 Km on it. Almost new. Considering that if problems occur with these they show up at 150,000km, I think it's worth the extra $$ to get this one. Shipping would be $90 to Vancouver.

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Old 11-12-2009, 05:45 PM   #34 (permalink)
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Tranny is on it's way from Edmonton. Almost as far as California. Should be here Monday or Tuesday.
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Old 11-12-2009, 05:50 PM   #35 (permalink)
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Tranny is on it's way from Edmonton. Almost as far as California. Should be here Monday or Tuesday.
Excellent!

What did you do for the manuals?

Did you get a scanner? The reason I ask is I may have a 'loaner' Graham Miniscanner in a day or so. If it shows up working, we can 'do a deal.'

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Old 11-12-2009, 07:08 PM   #36 (permalink)
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Manuals I have are electronic from Hobbit via TIS. (Can't access from Canada, Thx Hobbit.) Good enough for now. Also have an ALLDATA subscription which is pretty thin on the info but more user friendly than the TIS stuff.

No scanner yet. I looked at getting a Graham but sadly they don't make them any more. . My next possibility is the Autoenginuity which is about $200 plus $150 for the Toyota hybrid codes. Over my budget at the moment. I was planning to swap, see if the thing starts, if not then get the Autoenginuity and go from there. For now I can clear codes by disconnecting the lead acid. Having said that, a graham would be most helpful in the interim. Let me know what the deal is.

Q: Which leads are MG1 and MG2 from the inverter? I want to test them before I take Trnsax out. For reference.

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Old 11-12-2009, 11:27 PM   #37 (permalink)
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What an interesting thread.

And a beautiful image:



I've driven & cycled across the Lion's Gate more than a few times. Lovely, lovely. The west coast is so nice, makes me think this country is too big. Too far away!

Anyhow, happy to see and follow yet another hybrid restoration thread.

I test drove a gen 1 Prius when they first came out and can draw a cause/effect line from that experience to building the ForkenSwift. I got a wicked EV grin the first time that gas engine shut down and I was coaxing it along quietly under electric power.
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Old 11-13-2009, 04:35 AM   #38 (permalink)
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And speaking of restorations, The Lion's Gate is looking very nice after it's long re-fit. They replaced the whole deck piece by piece by hoisting new sections from a barge below at night and managed to keep it open during the day for the entire re-fit. They added a wide pedestrian and bicycle path on both sides.

If you haven't seen the park after the infamous wind storms, be prepared for a big shock.

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I test drove a gen 1 Prius when they first came out and can draw a cause/effect line from that experience to building the ForkenSwift. I got a wicked EV grin the first time that gas engine shut down and I was coaxing it along quietly under electric power.
And your ForkenSwift project lead me to Ecomodder and the rest is history. (Well, as long as google caches it anyhow)

Funny thing is, I still have not driven a Prius, just rode in a Prius taxi to the airport. Full throttle down Granville street at 100kph. I was impressed and terrified at the same time.
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Old 11-13-2009, 11:28 AM   #39 (permalink)
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I was actually hanging around Vancouver for a while when the bridge reno was being done. Very interesting.

Haven't seen the wind damage in Stanley Park. Hopefully Lighthouse Park escaped the storm - that patch of old growth is a gem. Some monster trees in there. I like it much more than Stanley.
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Lighthouse Park did mostly escape the damage. The storm was very selective about where it hit. Luckily, We had just cut down two damaged trees by our house a few months before the storm hit. We literally live in a forest so I can tell you that night was terrifying. Luckily, all but two of the trees around our house are red alders. Sixty foot tall alders, but very flexible. I remember one gust that took down five hemlocks a couple of hundred feet from our house. All this with the power out for 8 hours. Woo hoo! Gotta love island living. Keeps you on your toes.

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