By naterisch
11/27/2016
About two years ago, when I was underemployed at my geophysics job, but hadn’t yet taken the position at Bentley Publishers, I had a lot of time on my hands. I’d search endlessly on Craigslist and go and look at virtually any inexpensive, promising-sounding vintage BMW within two hundred miles.
By naterisch
11/21/2016
Peter Brock turned 80 last week—yes, that Peter Brock—and many of his friends turned up in Van Nuys to surprise him. Eighty looks better on Brock than it will on me; I suspect that, like Dorian Gray, he has a portrait rotting in an attic somewhere.
By naterisch
11/21/2016
Last week, when I talked about troubleshooting a car that seemed to be running on only one or two cylinders, I said, “On most carbureted cars, since all cylinders share the same carb and intake manifold, misfiring on a subset of cylinders is usually an ignition-related problem. However, on a fuel-injected car like a tii, since there are individual fuel-injection lines, the cause can be fuel-delivery-related.
By naterisch
11/12/2016
It starts in a moment, from a singular point in time and space. There is no moving backwards, no pre-loading in a vain attempt to generate extra energy. The right hand just goes with no hesitation, no meandering from its path—decisive and purposeful. Then it strikes its target.
By naterisch
11/12/2016
I don’t really fix other people’s cars for money, but every once in a while I do favors for people, particularly if they tell me a good story. Last year, a guy who found my contact information on bmw2002faq called me (and who calls anyone these days, really?).

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