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Old 07 Jul 2017, 02:50 pm
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Who would have known a simple thread about a battery could start a range war.
Don't forget, were all brothers under the hood.

I'm just reporting I survived the 88 degree temperature and found a shade tree to work under to search for the missing thermometer and grommet that I'd lost earlier in the day when I was taking the temperature of my new Optima Battery!



I'd planned on hydrating with Yuengling Black and Tan but fortunately I was out and had a six pack of Yuengling Summer Ale instead. Apparently the coefficient of hydration without me wearing an insulator is much better with three Summer Ales than three Black and Tans. Suffice to say with the battery and tray removed I spotted the thermometer and grommet in the same hidy hole just under the battery tray. I fished the thermometer out with an extension magnet and snagged the grommet with a long screwdriver with some soap on the end. See Photos.

With SOOO BIG all buttoned up and back up and running I can report it was not all in vain. A nice lady passed by as I was working on SOOO BIG and invited me to go with her to a Tina Turner and the Blues Brothers look alike concert at the Band Pavilion on A1A next to the ocean in Daytona Beach this evening. So, enough of this crap, I gotta take a shower!

Be kind to each other. Happy PTin', ptprice

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The hidden grommet

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Snagged

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Grommets back in place

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Button up with the last Summer Ale!
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Old 08 Jul 2017, 06:32 am
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I hope the lady with the invite was driving, Price!
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Old 08 Jul 2017, 08:06 am
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We drove down in SOOO BIG. It was great music but the parking was tight so I had to use three door ding noodles.

Happy PTin', ptprice

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Old 08 Jul 2017, 09:40 am
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I am liking the ZOMBIE GREEN TRIM!!!!
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Old 08 Jul 2017, 01:33 pm
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We drove down in SOOO BIG. It was great music but the parking was tight so I had to use three door ding noodles.

Happy PTin', ptprice

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I can't seem to find the double like button so I only liked it once... how did you secure those to the panels? I admire your dedication to to deter all the "special people" that use public parking lots these days with zero regard for the cars around them.
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Old 08 Jul 2017, 03:20 pm
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I'm digging the ding noodles! How did you secure them to the car?
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Old 08 Jul 2017, 05:30 pm
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I'm digging the ding noodles! How did you secure them to the car?
HOW TO MAKE A NOODLE DOOR DING PROTECTOR;

Three magnets per section. About 24" long. Heavy duty noodle. Your choice of color.

On a pre cut noodle mark the pocket cutouts for three magnets. Plus 1/8" width, length and depth over the size of the magnet. With a sharp razor, depth cut out three sides of a pocket in the noodle to the oversize of the magnets, planning to slice a flap at the top of the cut, hinged on the length. Three magnets per noodle. Keep them lined up on a center line.

On three sides slice the top of the cut out to a depth of just 1/16". Use this 1/16" thick flap as the finish surface of the cut out pocket once the magnet is embedded. (see photo of a center cut out pocket showing the outline of the three cut edges after gluing the top flap back down and the Gorilla Glue product.) That 1/16" thickness is critical. It's thick enough to pad the magnet to protect the painted finish of your car and at that thickness doesn't minimize the magnetic attraction.

Fold over the 1/16" flap and scoop, pick and cut out the foam to create a rectangular shaped hole that is the pocket for the magnet.

Squirt some Gorilla water activated expandable glue in the pocket. Follow application instruction for the glue.

Insert the magnet dipped in water in the pocket. (Enough water to activate the glue.)

Squirt some Gorilla Glue on the underside of the folded over flap. Fold the flap back in place and tape it down securely with masking tape till the glue cures. This is all very timely as the Gorilla Glue begins to expand after water contact nearly immediately. Remove the tape when the glue is cured, trim off any glue that's expanded out and you've got a door ding noodle.

Two per side is enough to remind one and all that you'd appreciate the world not door dinging your ride.

I've written up the fabrication of the noodle door ding protectors for the Forum previously but I don't know how to find it. Give it a try. They work for SOOO BIG. nearly two years after his reincarnation and not a door ding on him! They're cheap enough so you don't have to worry much if one is swiped. A real test to see if you've cut the top flap thin enough is to leave one on your door. One done correctly should hang on to at least 25MPH! These latest ones for SOOO BIG are 30MPHers!



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Old 08 Jul 2017, 09:34 pm
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THOSE DING NOODLES ARE AWESOME.

However here in CA, someone would probably steal them off the car "just because"
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Old 08 Jul 2017, 09:42 pm
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THOSE DING NOODLES ARE AWESOME.

However here in CA, someone would probably steal them off the car "just because"
Or give anyone a reason just to "test" them to see if they really do prevent door dings.
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Old 08 Jul 2017, 09:45 pm
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Who would have known a simple thread about a battery could start a range war.
Don't forget, were all brothers under the hood.

I'm just reporting I survived the 88 degree temperature and found a shade tree to work under to search for the missing thermometer and grommet that I'd lost earlier in the day when I was taking the temperature of my new Optima Battery!

I'd planned on hydrating with Yuengling Black and Tan but fortunately I was out and had a six pack of Yuengling Summer Ale instead. Apparently the coefficient of hydration without me wearing an insulator is much better with three Summer Ales than three Black and Tans. Suffice to say with the battery and tray removed I spotted the thermometer and grommet in the same hidy hole just under the battery tray. I fished the thermometer out with an extension magnet and snagged the grommet with a long screwdriver with some soap on the end. See Photos.

With SOOO BIG all buttoned up and back up and running I can report it was not all in vain. A nice lady passed by as I was working on SOOO BIG and invited me to go with her to a Tina Turner and the Blues Brothers look alike concert at the Band Pavilion on A1A next to the ocean in Daytona Beach this evening. So, enough of this crap, I gotta take a shower!

Be kind to each other. Happy PTin', ptprice
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Maybe you lost that stuff because you had already had too many Ales
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