September 9, 2006 - A sharp knife is a safe knife...
Okay, things are definitely not going well right now.
The car is back from paint and parked in my garage but
I'm way more behind than ever. The past Saturday I
put a nice slice thru my right index finger using a
utility knife while cutting some Dynamat type
Five stitches later and a bottle of Vicadin, I find myself in a real dilemma now. How
am I going to finish this car w/out being able to use my
right hand much? We'll talk more about this later.
For now, let's take a look at the car.
Doing some color sanding.
That PPG clear polishes out really well. Looks
You can see the pearl here. Boy the car is
bright in the sun. 8-)
Before I attempted the Gangsta Yakuza move on my
finger, I luckily got my front spoiler finished.
Since the RA24/29 front is quite a bit different from
the original Coupe Celicas, I had to do quite a bit of
cutting and rework to make it fit the stock RA29 lower
Plenty of fiberglass and resin on the back side for
Okay, a little more on my finger incident. As I
stated above, I cut myself pretty bad with a utility
knife. Someone once told me that a sharp knife is
a safe knife. I beg to differ. A sharp knife
is a safe knife in the hands of a safe user!
I was really trying to rush and beat the Sept 30 JCCS
clock. Unfortunately in my haste, I made things
worse - a lot worse. I was pretty bummed about the
whole thing for a couple of days afterwards. I
never even went back into the garage during those couple
of days except to clean up the blood I shed all over the
But one morning(third day after Yakuza Day actually)
while taking a shower with a plastic bag taped over my
finger I kinda came to the realization that I was pretty
lucky. Yeah, my finger hurts, really hurts.
Yeah, my fingernail probably won't grow back all the way
- ever. Yeah, the tip of my finger will be kinda
funny shaped for awhile and will take some time to get
the feeling back. But hey, you're one super lucky
fool that you still have your finger. As hard as I
was pressing with the knife and as hard it slipped, I'm
really lucky I didn't cut my finger completely off.
And working in the IT industry, I need to have all my
fingers or I'm toast. So from that point on, I
stopped feeling sorry for myself and just concentrated
on getting well and taking good care of my finger.
September 24, 2006 - Taking care of few things.
New Shoreline stickers.
Yeah, it's been awhile since I've updated the Celica
project website. Lot's of things going on.
My finger is doing well. No more stitches, and I'm
now down to a couple of bandaids to keep it covered.
Some of the feeling is starting to come back in the tip
now and most of the dead skin has come off, along with
the fingernail fragment. Too much detail?
HAHAHA Overall though, the finger is doing well
and I'm looking forward to the day when I can pick my
right nostril again. Speaking of nostrils...
For most of my life I've had sinus problems but in my
later years it's become more of a problem and has been
effecting my health a bit. So after talking with a
number of doctors and specialists for the past few
months, I decided to have some surgery done on the
inside of my nose to open up the airways which in turn,
should help me breathe and sleep easier. Everyone
I've talked to that had the same procedure done said it
worked extremely well and that they were all glad they
did it. They also all told me it hurt a bit.
I just had the surgery last week. Okay, it hurt
WAAAAAY more than just a bit! And the recovery is
definitely taking longer than I expected. But not
longer than what my Dr. said though so I have nothing to
complain about. The Dr. also prescribed Vicadin
for the pain so you know, I really shouldn't complain.
Man, that stuff is good... :-)
So, between my finger incident and my nose surgery, I
haven't gotten a lot done on the Celica and I'm really
doubting it's going to make the JCCS show on time.
Kinda a bummers but I'm trying to keep things in
perspective too. I've been waiting a long time to
schedule this surgery so I wasn't going to change it
because of the show. My kids are also back in
school and also taking tennis classes now which I
definitely want to take part in and spend as much time
as possible with them on.
So the Celica is back home now and I've been slowly
putting it back together. The front is pretty much
done now and I just need to pickup the right size bolts
to mount the front bumper to the car. I've also
been polishing some of the remaining chrome and
stainless steel parts.
Can you see the reflection of my TL???
Some pix of the front end assembly.
Old school "Banana" taillights.
CF rear hatch from Restored.jp. You're probably
thinking why didn't he take the plastic off!?!? So
I don't jack it up that's why!!!
Okay. that's it for now. We'll see you all at
JCCS regardless if the Celica makes it or not!
Signing off from the comforts of my desk at home...