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Old 09-06-2019, 11:03 PM   #701
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I hope we do keep our 6 active members around, haha. Its a shame, but I don't see it growing from that.

More so than the vBulletin software, I'm happy to say that this site hasn't been gobbled up by one of the companies out there buying up and ruining forums (mainly Autoguide and Internet Brands)

Forum culture has come and gone, and thats a shame. We came here to make friends, learn about cars, share stories, create meets, show off your hard work and get feedback.

Around 8 or so years ago, I noticed the switch to a more social media based platform. People didnt want to learn and share, they just wanted to "show off." Seeing people calling their "build" with raceland coilovers and sportmax wheels a show car. Followers were more important than actual personal relationships. No one came looking for help, because they knew everything there was to know about everything. Opinions and feedback weren't wanted, because if you didn't like what someone did, you were a hater.

I think the most recent and most devastating blows to the forum culture was when photobucket got greedy and decided to stop hotlinking. That broke almost EVERY DIY post, step-by-step guide, and how-to out there in forum land.


Of course I remember Jon. He was a HUGE contributor to the forum. Tons of content, and very well written. You don't really have people like that on forums anymore.
The Photobucket flop was huge- so many broken links all over the internet. Also, huge resources like E30Tech have just gone down completely (or were bought out like you mentioned). I was late to the game, only started on forums around 2009, good ole corral.net. But I'm grateful for what I've learned, although it does seem that eventually they'll just exist for google search results and not much else.

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Also, about the tool chests.....

I've looked at a similar Craftsman chest, and went with the HF brand over it. The drawers on the craftsman were really really flimsy. There's no actual weight rating on the drawers themselves, or sheet metal gauge thickness. Only weight info is "100lb drawer slides" and "1500lb casters" Even in the use and care manual.

I have a version of the HF 40" tool chest. Its an OEM that a bunch of companies slap their name on. HF is one, Atlas is another, and I know Northern Tool sells the same thing under their brand. I bought mine from Gregg Smith Equipment Sales many years back. After I set up the box, just to test it, I stood in the bottom drawer. It did not bend, creak, cry, anything. At the time I was about 350lbs. Now looking them up, i see they've raised in price A LOT. I got my top and bottom for around $550, now its listed at $911, freight shipping included. Luckily there was a store in Delaware I was able to pick it up from and save some loot.

Check for used boxes in FB marketplace, or craigslist (is that still a thing?)
I've been looking for a while on FB (yes, Craigslist is all but dead or junk around me), and folks want unreasonable amounts for used tool chests, despite being in poor condition, junk models, etc.

Funny you say that about Craftsman vs HF......I took a stroll locally to check out all of my different options in person. That Craftsman box was junk, just like you said.

Ended up bringing home the new series 56" from HF. It was by FAR the nicest box I looked at, even over the much more expensive ones. I unloaded it by myself which was comical. It feels amazing to go down from 3+ boxes to one.

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Old 09-08-2019, 08:05 PM   #702
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The HF boxes are nice! I own a snap-on box from my previous life and the HF is very comparable if not better for the money. When I move I may just go HF and see what I can get for my SO box as I am just about out of space in it anyway.

Cars are also looking great!
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Old 09-09-2019, 11:35 AM   #703
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Late to the party here but we use HUsky boxes from home depot. They run some very good deals like this puppy . $498 for a 52" with chest and cabinet.
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Old 09-09-2019, 07:57 PM   #704
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The HF boxes are nice! I own a snap-on box from my previous life and the HF is very comparable if not better for the money. When I move I may just go HF and see what I can get for my SO box as I am just about out of space in it anyway.

Cars are also looking great!
You can likely get 2-3x out of that Snap On box what the HF will cost you. I'm very happy with it and glad I went with the 56". You can also add a side cabinet, a side tool chest, and a top box that all just bolts onto this unit which leaves room for cheap expansion in the future!

And thanks, man. Hopefully I'll have some fun/interesting updates soon once I start building the 3.1L for the Red iS. Big cam, standalone, stroker crank, and naturally aspirated..... aka the worst dollar per hp gain money can buy, but only the best sounds.

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Late to the party here but we use HUsky boxes from home depot. They run some very good deals like this puppy . $498 for a 52" with chest and cabinet.
That does look like a good buy! Especially with the top box included as well. It's in direct competition with that 52" Craftsman, just much cheaper. I checked out the Husky stuff and it didn't as very rigid/solid (much like the Craftsman) as the US General stuff. But if I needed a top chest as well that route would've been the a no brainer.
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The goods have arrived! Still waiting on the pistons, but I'm going to get the head over to the machine shop just to have a final approval now that the cam/rockers are here.

I'm dropping the headers off at my buddies shop to get vband flanges welded on (offset for clearance) so I can just drop them in with the engine and not have to worry about pulling them back off. I've also been going back and forth between using my Magnaflow cat section or just having him make the merge further back for the gainz (much like this https://flic.kr/p/2heUzJX).

I don't really know what size injectors I'll need, but I have M50 injectors I'm going to leave in for startup with the 3L SSSquid chip until I switch over to the MS2.

Ported 731 with 885 valves
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