I should have done it three weeks ago, but it’s done now and I feel so much better. I feel the need to explain this every time because I never know when I’ll get someone dropping in here completely new, or who reads so infrequently that they never see a post about my pedicures and why I get them, but basically I’ve been getting pedicures ever since I discovered I can’t fold up enough to reach the pinky toe and the piggy that didn’t have any roast beef. My injuries from the wreck and other injuries since then have accumulated to the point that putting my shoes and socks on is a struggle. I don’t like to keep harping on the same subject especially about how I can’t do stuff anymore, it feels like wallowing in self-pity. But I also feel like I need to justify why I’m doing something so self-indulgent as a pedicure instead of just cutting my own toenails. The two are contradictory feelings, but this time my need to explain things won out over my feelings of self-pity over not being able to manage basic grooming on my own.
I have been looking at rear axle assemblies, and the cost difference between the Ford 9″ and a basic quick change, both having floating hubs is actually a very small amount. The part that makes either one really expensive is the fact that I need a differential for street driving, and it has to be limited slip for autocross. If I could get by with a spool I could spend between $300 and $400 less depending on the brand and assembly. I could also cut a lot of unsprung weight if I used an aluminum spool in place of a steel differential. Seriously an aluminum spool weighs about 3 pounds, a limited slip about 15-25 depending on case material. For unsprung weight, that’s a ton, well, a lot but not literally 1000 Kg. That difference is pretty much the same for both types of axles.
I should explain also what “floating hubs” are. It’s not that if I drop them in water they don’t sink, it means the drive axles don’t support the weight on the rear axle housing meaning they can be lighter and less likely to break. The hubs run on bearing races on the housing tubes, that shave a tiny bit of weight off the total assembly. But what is really important is the floating hub housing is lighter and stronger than the semi-floating housing that is most common because it’s cheaper.
Anywho, the Ford 9″ housing with floating hubs is about $900±, the good street centersection is about $1100 for an assembled cost of roughly $2K. A quick change with a limited slip and floating hubs is $2300±, in the overall scheme of things that’s not a very big difference between “good enough” and “perfect”. So, which would you get, “good enough” or “perfect” when the difference is $300 on top of $2K?
And I bought a lottery ticket, because that’s my best hope of building the Bucket.
Check that, it’s my second-best chance. My best chance is going to Richard Rawlings with my parts and saying he can keep the car if I can drive it to Goodguys and SCCA Solo events with Gas Monkey on the sides. So I see that as slightly better than the proverbial snowball in Wichita Falls on the finish line of the Hotter ‘n’ Hell Hundred in the full sun. And given the odds on winning the lottery, that shows how much I believe that will work. “Hey I have a choice between winning the lottery and convincing a reality TV star to build my car, which do I think is more likely?” Obviously convincing the reality TV star is going to be
easier more likely than winning the lottery, but not by a whole bunch.
On the groceries, I have noticed that corporate tax breaks haven’t shown up in consumer prices any more than they have in paychecks. Groceries are way up in the last few months, especially in the things I can cook and eat. We actually bought a package of fish fillets for the week, after buying a pound of ground beef last week. Milk is back up over $2.50 a gallon for the store brand, near $5/gallon for brand name. The little pizzas we buy have gone from $0.99 each to $1.49 each. Pop Tarts are stupid expensive, with the 8 count boxes almost $3, and the generic stuff is exactly the same price per pastry after you factor in the lower count per box. Sure it looks cheaper, but the store brand has 6 per box compared to the 8 of the name brand. At least potatoes are still cheap, but I noticed that dried beans on sale are more than they were regular price a year ago. I don’t know how I could lower my standard of living any more and still continue to eat.
And while we are on the subject of maintaining a standard of living, I still haven’t been able to find a plasma center that will tell me what I will make before I commit to their center. How can a person comparison price, if the price is a deep dark secret? Turns out the business is pretty much a cartel system with only 4 buyers who collude to keep buying prices as low as possible while charging as much as the market will bear for the collected plasma. That’s in this country, over in the EU donors are restricted to 1/4 the
donations extractions allowed in the US and the per-extraction price more than reflects that. And I’m Just Some Dude so I have no say except to not participate.
And another cold front is moving through with more freezing drizzle, yay! I have no place to go so I’m mainly worried for my friends who have to travel for work tomorrow. And the forecast is high 60s when I head to the Lab Rat Keeper on Valentines Day, and near 80 the day after. Yay!Texas weather. 😛