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Hello everyone, Now that the database upgrade is nearing completion, and I finally have the ability to do "hot backups" without taking the website offline for maintenance, I'd like to give everyone a little bonus. Effective immediately, all Private Message (PM) storage limits are now doubled Free Members: 500 -> 1,000 Silver Members: 750 -> 1,500 Gold Members: 1,000 -> 2,000 Platinum Members: 1,500 -> 3,000 Hope this makes everyone's life a little easier, especially for you vendors out there that use PMs a lot! Thanks for your support, Skye Nott Webmaster



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The new database servers are performing well under load, so I'll be continuing the database conversion process to the new layout for all websites, which will pave the way for better replication and backup systems. Please expect to see the "Scheduled maintenance" message on Friday night, February 17, 2017 starting at 9:00 PM Pacific time. I expect the work to take 4-6 hours as I want to take a full backup of the system for safety before making any changes. Once the websites are back up, there should be no visible difference in the operation or performance of the website. Schedule: Jan...



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Hello everyone, You've probably noticed that this website has had some unplanned downtime lately. I'm not sure about the exact cause, it's probably an intermittent hardware failure as the techs keep finding the main server powered off at the console. I've been rebooting and repairing the database as needed to keep things running, while making plans to transition to brand new servers with updated database, webserver, and firewall software. The good news is I've already run the migration plan on some of my smaller websites, and it's working brilliantly. The bad news is that the frequenc...



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Here are some pics of the rear quarter being removed.




 



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As promised here are some photos of my progress on the project.




 



Bought two used quarter panels from guy in Texas. Went down to pick them up and was surprised, I got two rear quarters of the car. Got them home and am getting the right side donor prepped. I've drilled out the spot welds and am now trying to decide the best way to separate the quarter skin. Being this is my first venture into body work and wanting to keep my welds as short as possible I'm taking things really slow. I am getting excited though at the progress I am making. I'll start posting some pics soon.




 



Back around my 45 birthday I started looking for a little sporty vehicle. I researched several and settled on a 1989 MR2. I loved the boxy areodynamatic lines it had. I looked for weeks to find one in the area for sale. There were not many around for sale in 2005. This one was owned by a young couple who had a family and the wife needed a larger car, poor her. Anyway I got and fell deeply head over heels with its looks, handling and gas mileage. Anyway fast forward 11 years and she is showing her age. Clutch is gone and both quarters are rusting away, luckily only the quarters. So I am beginni...




 



I purchased my 86 MR 2 in 1989. I was working as a Toyota Technician for my local dealer and this one came in from auction one day it had 49k miles on it at the time, I was smitten by the MR 2 bug already since my older sister purchased a 85 model a few years before. After putting on another 180k miles thru 27 years it has become a old friend. My 2nd MR 2 was purchased as a blown up transmission basket case on e-bay I noticed it was a very early production model and felt the urge to preserve it. After nursing it back to roadworthy condition it still serves as my daily driver. I have a soft ...




 



I have had two of these cars same year 1986 . Both red but this one has no tinted Windows nor does it have the history of the other one. Which was in a fender Bender and was the saddest day of my life. I found the one I have now And salvaged parts from the other.. So I'm in the process of restoring things that need repaired. Water pump had leak , speedometer cable broke and spark plug wires . The wires were the same ones from 86 . Still have some issues to fix then paint and interior to be all leather. Plus stereo system and new wheels and tinted windows. Then maybe a few engine detail ...




 



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Next week I am intending to change my leads and plugs and also have to change the 2 rear support braces as they have rusted right through, I am looking to put side skirts on to enhance it's appearance. I may possibly be buying a cheap MR2 that has beautiful red and black leather seats and steering wheel that would look great in my red MR2




 



The Mini Shrine
Relaunch! For Classic Mini (Austin, Rover, Morris) and New MINI (BMW) Owners: http://www.minishrine.com/ Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates: http://www.twitter.com/MiniShrine "Like" us Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Mini-Shrine/151769508169112 Stop by and say hello in the Forums, add to the Registry, or start a restoration & repair Journal.




 



The Austin Healey Experience
For all 3000, 100, 100-Six and Sprite Owners: http://www.healeyexperience.com/ Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates: http://twitter.com/healeyexp "Like" us Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Austin-Healey-Experience/158219524238296 Stop by and say hello in the Forums, add to the Registry, or start a restoration & repair Journal.




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