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Yes I was so ashamed of my medical condition that I decided to ignore it and not tell my Dad who was a family general physician. When I was 16 years old as a senior in high school my periods stopped. The only reason I knew of for your period to stop was because you were pregnant. I knew I wasn't pregnant. It was nice not to have a period for awhile! But after a few months I realized I was leaking milk from my left breast. I had to keep stuffing my bra with Kleenex to prevent it coming out onto my shirt. I was so concerned that kids at school would notice. I was really embarrassed about it and never told anyone. I was dating my husband at the time and one night when we were hugging he noticed my top was all wet. He was quite concerned. I told him reluctantly. When both breasts started to leak continually I decided I better tell my father. My father and mother and my 5 year old baby sister, Diane, were leaving for the coast where we owned a home we were fixing up each weekend for the past two years. It was almost finished. My parents bought an unfinished house over at the coast at La Selva Beach which is near Santa Cruz. The people who owned this house foreclosed on it because they ran out of money. My parents were looking for a place my Dad could go out of town and relax from the stress of being a busy family practice doctor. So my parents thought it would be a great place to finish the house as a family so we could enjoy it as a family. It had some outside structure but no insulation, flooring or walls put up. So our family took it on as a weekend project. I was unable to go that weekend because I was modeling in a Fashion Show at a large department store. Besides I had a date and a movie with my steady boyfriend that night. But after I told my Dad he said to me, "Don't worry we will get you taken care of when we get back!" To me, problem was solved! My father was clamming in the ocean with water up to his thighs when he was caught up in a Rip Tide that swept him out to sea. My mother knew after seeing his hat floating on the ocean waters for 5 minutes that something was very wrong. She ran over to some people two hundred feet away and they did not understand her being alarmed. They spoke Italian. My mother took my little sister who was building a sand castle on the beach and ran up the steep hill to the Fire Station. She had no key to the car because it was in my father's swim trunks he was wearing. They called out the Coast Guard and while searching for my Dad and the boat capsized. Then a young man who was La Selva Beach’s best lifeguard came by and decided to get him. He took his surf board and paddled out to find my Dad. At one point he had my father on his surf boat and he was sputtering water. But unfortunately another Rip Tide came and threw the lifeguard exhausted onto the beachfront and my father was sent back out further into the sea! The Coast Guard finally sent another boat that retrieved my father but by then he had drowned. After my Fashion Show I dropped by my boyfriend's house because the Fashion Show was running late. His father answered the door and would not let me in. He said I needed to "go straight home immediately!" He would not tell me what was going on. My boyfriend drove me over to my home. I was thinking "Oh no they must have been in an auto accident and my little sister was hurt." Never did it come across my mind that someone died muchless, My Dad-No Never! He was my rock and I was his shadow since I was a little girl. I even worked with him in his medical office every summer since I was 12 years old. I loved to be with him. He was a fix-it man and I jumped at the chance to go with him to the hardware store! I loved seeing patients who adored my father because I did too! He taught me how to drive a stick shift on a Red Volkswagon Bug! He worked very hard but always had a smile on his face. He was the kindest man! He was my strength! I admired his friendliness, humor, compassion, caring, creativity, family-oriented fun, loved friends....he enjoyed life to the fullest! When I opened the front door to our home I saw all my older brothers, Loren (27) and Marvin (24), along with my younger brother, John (13), and my older sister, Janet (20), who were all crying. My Dad's best friend, James Sowers, M.D., was there looking very sad at me. He came over to me and put his arm around me. I kept asking "What is going on? What is the matter? Why is everyone crying?" I thought maybe...OMG my little sister died in the auto accident I imagined due to the silence of tears I kept hearing myself say. "Are Mom and Dad okay?" I kept asking everyone as I looked around the room. Finally my sister, Janet, came up to me and said, "Just tell her!" and continued to say, "Dad died clamming in the ocean. He was doing something he loved!" Everything in the room went silent and all I could feel was that I had been dropped into a deep vat that I could not get out of and hearing nothing but silence. Next thing I knew I collapsed onto the chair crying, "No not Dad!" I was totally overwhelmed. My Dad who I loved so dearly was gone! It really hit me hard! I was just a Senior at Bullard High School! He would never be able to help me with my homework again! He would never walk me down the aisle on my wedding day! He would never be able to love, guide, nor play with my future children, his grandchildren. He was only 51 years old! My mother had friends, Dr. Malcolm and LaVerne Masten, attending a Christian seminar at the Asilomar near Santa Cruz and they drove my Mom and sister home that night. When my mother came home that night she came into my bedroom. She told me that Dad told her all about my health problems. She told me if you are pregnant we will deal with it and not to worry because she was there for me. I told her I knew I was not pregnant! I chuckled to myself thinking, “Well if you told me the right story about the Birds & Bees then I'm fine.” My Dad hoped I was pregnant and not have a pituitary tumor because those were rare and difficult to treat! Several months later after things were more settled down after my father's funeral I saw an OB-Gynocologist, James Perry, M.D. They did tests but basically told me that it was probably due to the stress of my father's death. (I thought to myself, that didn’t make sense. I've had symptoms a year before my Dad's death!) Basically I felt he was saying it was in my head! I continued on with college at California State University, Fresno. I was extremely active in my sorority, school government, community services, church and school activities. So when I visited my doctor again each year, he said it was because I was too busy and needed to slow down on all my activities. To myself, I just laughed because I really did not believe what he said. I loved being active in all of my activities. For years, I visited him annually but nothing ever explained my symptoms and had various blood tests and x-rays with no astonishing results that I was aware of. But during my 24th year he had gone to a medical convention and heard a doctor, Robert Jaffee, M.D., from Michigan who was setting up a project in gynecological research at UCSF in San Francisco. He was given a million dollar grant to study female disorders. I had to wait four months to see this new doctor. I went to his office and I was his first patient he had in his new clinic. He reminded me of my father...friendly, kind, compassionate, and had a great smile! They did series of blood tests for several weeks all day long. I had to stay at the clinic all day with this new contraption they developed in Michigan that could keep the needle in my arm with a little valve that would start the blood flow or stop the flow of my blood. That way they did not have to restick me with a new needle each time they drew blood. Loved it! I was there with two other girls. They kept talking to me about where the pituitary gland was located. Someone at my school said it was at the base of my brain behind my head. But that was not true. The pituitary which is your master gland is located in the most center part of your head under the brain sitting in a little saddle bone called the sella turcica. Apparently as time went on I realized I had something wrong! It was a pituitary tumor that had tennicles that pushed my pituitary outside of my sella turcica. I was beginning to realize I was in here for serious stuff. My mother had remarried a doctor who was an Internist in SF and they had me go to the leading neurosurgeon, Charles B. Wilson, M.D., for pituitary tumors here in SF at UCSF Moffitt Hospital. I had numerous tests and ended up having a Prolactinoma Pituitary Tumor and I was the third person in the United States who had a transsphenoidal microneurosurgery to remove the tumor. The doctor tried to save the pituitary but I lost function of the pituitary immediately after surgery and now take replacement medications like Prednisone, Thyroid, and when I was younger, female hormones like Estrogen and Progesterone. I was leaking Cerebral Spinal Fluid (CSF) which was a serious complication. The tumor was quite large and when removing it, an opening causing a fissure allowed CSF to constantly leak from my nose. It kept me in the hospital for two (2) months being seriously ill. Because my pituitary tumor was so rare there were no tools developed to do microsurgery until my doctor developed them prior to my surgery in 1974. His first patient was in Jan 1974 and I had my first surgery in April 1974 at UCSF at Moffitt Hospital. Yes I am written up in the journals of medical history. I lost all the function of the pituitary gland after surgery. Because they left some of the tumor in from surgery they had me do Cycltron Radiation to get rid of the last bit of tumor. It was 6,000 rads which can only be done once in your life time through Donner Pavilion at UC, Berkeley at the Lawrence Laboratories. The only other Cyclotron in the country is at Harvard University. Years later, I came across an x-ray evaluation that I had taken at my first visit in 1966, which showed that the radiologist who was evaluating my x-rays believed and diagnosed that it appeared that I had a pituitary tumor. No one ever told me or my mother. Had my father and I had known about this report sooner I might have had this taken care of sooner. But I was scared to bring my symptoms up to my father. I could not figure out what was going on and I was dealing with so much with the tragic death of my father. I felt basically I was being accused of it all being in my head. I laugh now because it really was in my head (that is where the pituitary is located) but I felt the medical doctors thought it was nothing serious!
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FOR A BETTER BUSINESS - START FLY-ASH BRICK MANUFACTURING We are here to do you better What is Fly Ash Brick? Fly ash bricks, is a building material specifically masonry units containing class C or class F fly ash and water, compressed and cured for 24 hours in a 66 °C steam bath, then toughened with an air entrainment agent. Fly ash bricks are lighter and stronger than clay ,bricks,. Main ingredients include ,fly ash,, water, quicklime or lime sludge, ,cement,, aluminium powder and gypsum. Autoclaving increases the hardness of the block by promoting quick curing of the ,cement,. Introduction Fly Ash Bricks are manufactured using Major percentage of fly ash generated from Thermal Power stations. Other raw materials used along with Fly Ash are lime and calcined gypsum. Fly ash is a fine, glass-like powder recovered from coal-fired electric power generation. They consist mostly of silicon dioxide (SiO2), aluminium oxide (Al2O3) and iron oxide (Fe2O3). Products & It’s Application :, Fly ash lime bricks are chemically bonded bricks manufactured by utilizing 80- 82% of fly ash, which is a major waste bye-product of pulverized coal fired in Thermal Power Stations, 9-10% of lime, 9-10% of sand and accelerator. Advantages : - Various special features & advantages of fly ash lime bricks are: a) Being machine finished these are uniform in size and shape. b) Consumes 20-25 percent less cement mortar. c) Stronger than Class-I, burnt clay building bricks. d) Outside wall plastering is not essential as these bricks have cement gray color, smooth surface and low water absorption capacity. e) Resistance to salinity. f) Being lighter in weight in comparison to the conventional red bricks, the dead building load and the transportation cost will be less. g) Adoption of this process helps to conserve invaluable top soil of agricultural land. h) By consuming 80-82% fly ash, the cause of environmental pollution and hazards due to disposal is minimized. i) As firing of the bricks is not needed thus pollution due to firing is eliminated. 4. Market potential and marketing issues : 180 billion tons of common burnt clay bricks are consumed annually. Approximately 340 billion tons of clay- about 5000 acres of top layer of soil dug out for brick manufacture. Demand for dwelling units likely to rise to 80 million units by year 2018 for lower middle and low income groups. Demand for dwelling units will further grow to 90 million by 2020. The Indian housing sector at present faces a shortage of 20 million dwelling units for its lower middle and low income groups which will witness a spurt of about 22.5 million dwelling units. There is ample scope for fly ash brick and block units as government has ambitious plan of providing house for all by 2022. This will increase the demand for fly ash bricks substantially in the coming years. 5. Raw Material requirements : Fly ash forms the major component of the raw materials for Fly ash bricks. Therefore it controls to a large extent the properties of the finished product. As the ash is non-plastic, a binder must be added either plastic clay or Portland cement. Fly ash content ranges from 60 to 80%. Lime is another raw material required for the production of fly ash bricks. It is generally desirable to use a high calcium lime of reasonable purity as it is the most important constituent which reacts with silica and alumina etc. present in the fly ash to form the binder under hydrothermal conditions. Lime content range from 20 to 30%. Machine Type : 1. Manual Fly Ash Bricks : Price ranges from Rs. 95k to Rs. 1.05k + GST 2. Semi-Automatic : Price ranges at Rs. 3.00 lacs + GST 3. Fully Automatic : Price ranges from Rs. 6.00 - 20,00 lacs + GST 6. MANUFACTURING PROCESS : It is proposed to have plant capacity of 30,000 fly ash bricks per day. Considering 300 working days, total production of bricks per annum would be 90, 00,000. Lime is finely ground in a ball mill. Fly ash, finely ground quick line and sand in requisite proportions are fed in double roll paddle mixer or U-shaft mixer (Double shaft mixer) by means of a feeder. Then 4% water is added and intimate mixing is done. The mixing proportion is generally 40-50% Fly Ash, 50-40% Sand 10% lime and 4% water. Fly ash reacts with lime in the presence of moisture to form calcium silicate hydrate which is the binder material. The raw mix is moulded in the moulding press/machine, pressed under a pressure into bricks. The bricks are then with drawn from the moulding machine and they are air dried under the sun and kept for 1 day. The bricks are autoclaved in which curing is done by steam at normal pressure and cured for 6 - 8 hours. The final products are sorted out and inspected for quality and stacked in the go-down or loaded on trucks for marketing for use in construction. 7. MANPOWER REQUIREMENT For the production of Fly Ash Bricks following category of manpower will be required for day to day production. Annual wages are also worked out. Man-power requirement Sr. No. Designation of Employees Monthly Salary ₹ Number of employees required Value Rs. in lacs 1 Skilled Workers 6,000 16 11.52 2 Unskilled Workers 4,000 24 11.52 3 Manager 15,000 1 1.80 4 Asst. Manager Production 9,000 1 1.08 5 Shift Supervisor 8,000 2 1.92 6 Marketing Personnel 8,000 2 1.92 7 Accountant 3,500 1 0.42 Sr. No. Designation of Employees Monthly Salary ₹ Number of employees required Value Rs. in lacs 8 Clerk/Typist 3,000 1 0.36 9 Electrician-cum-Mechanic 6,000 2 1.44 10 Machine Operators 21,000 6 15.12 11 Peon/Security Guard 8,000 4 3.84 Total 60 50.94 8. IMPLEMENTATION SCHEDULE The implementation time required for setting up the facilities for the manufacture of fly ash bricks will be about 10 months from the date of tying up of finance. The main time required is for fabrication of equipment, erection, installation and commissioning. Moreover, training of technical manpower will also need about one month. 9. COST OF PROJECT The cost of project as per market rate of factory building, machinery, miscellaneous items, working capital margin and preliminary and pre-operative expenses works out as under: Cost of Project Sr. No. Particulars ₹ in Lacs 1 Land 150.00 2 Building 24.50 3 Plant & Machinery 66.00 4 Furniture, Electrical Installations 0.50 5 Other Assets 26.00 6 Margin for Working Capital 16.18 Total 283.18 10. MEANS OF FINANCE Based on the present norms of the bank, means of finance is worked ou 9. COST OF PROJECT The cost of project as per market rate of factory building, machinery, miscellaneous items, working capital margin and preliminary and pre-operative expenses works out as under: Cost of Project Sr. No. Particulars ₹ in Lacs 1 Land 150.00 2 Building 24.50 3 Plant & Machinery 66.00 4 Furniture, Electrical Installations 0.50 5 Other Assets 26.00 6 Margin for Working Capital 16.18 Total 283.18 MEANS OF FINANCE Based on the present norms of the bank, means of finance is worked out as under. Means of Finance Sr. No. Particulars ₹ in Lacs 1 Promoter's contribution 99.11 2 Bank Finance 184.07 Total 283.18 11. WORKING CAPITAL CALCULATION Working capital required for storage of raw materials and finished goods, monthly overheads, goods in process, receivables and trade credit is worked out based on the present norms of the bank as under. Working Capital Calculations Sr. No. Particulars Gross Amt. Margin % Margin Amt. Bank Finance 1 Inventories - 40% - - 2 Receivables 184.07 40% - 184.07 3 Overheads - 50% - - 4 Creditors 283.18 40% - 283.18 Total 467.25 - 467.25 12. LIST OF MACHINERY REQUIRED For the production of fly ash bricks, main machinery required are as under: 1. Skip hoist including feed hopper. 2. U-Shaped mixer/double-shaft mixer/ counter-current mixer. 3. Belt conveyor 4. Press feed hopper with vibrator 5. Rotary table press. 6. Transfer & Curing cars. 7. Curing chamber/autoclave 8. Boiler, capacity 500 Kg/ 9. Pollution control equipment. 10. Weighing balance & testing equipment’s. Above machinery can also be used for the production of Blocks. 13. PROFITABILITY CALCULATIONS The profitability is worked out as under after taking into account all variable and fixed expenses as under. Profitability Calculations Sr. No. Particulars Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5 1 Sales 236.25 270 303.75 303.75 303.75 2 Raw Materials & Other direct inputs 126.252 144.288 162.324 162.324 162.324 3 Gross Margin 109.998 125.712 141.426 141.426 141.426 4 Overheads except interest 22.505 25.72 28.935 28.935 28.935 5 Interest 14.175 16.2 18.225 18.225 18.225 6 Depreciation 7.35 8.4 9.45 9.45 9.45 7 Profit before tax 65.968 75.392 84.816 84.816 84.816 8 Income Tax 19.789 22.616 25.443 25.443 25.443 9 Net Profit After tax 46.179 52.776 59.373 59.373 59.373 14. Breakeven analysis The Break-Even point as percentage of targeted sales works out as under. Cash Break-Even (as % of Targeted sales) Sr. No. Particulars Value Year-1 1 Sales Realization Rs. Lacs 337.50 2 Variable costs Rs. Lacs 180.36 3 Fixed costs incl. interest Rs. Lacs 32.15 4 BEP = FC/SR-VC x 100 = 20.46% We are the Manufacturer of Fly Asg Bricks Machine in kolkata. Whatsapp : ,Share on WhatsApp Pho Number : +918981529691.
Firstly, which Crown Vic do you have or are looking at? Both generations of the last iteration 92-97 & 98-11 are the only true Crown Victoria as a standalone model(earlier Crown Vics were a trim level on the LTD 80-91 or the Fairlane 55-56). All came with the modular 4.6L (289cid) V8, though the engines did come in different flavours of output and internals. The P71 variant 93-09 (P7B 10-11) is the police interceptor model, “it's got a cop motor... It's got cop tires, cop suspension and cop shocks.” Jake & Elwood would be proud, even though it doesn't have the 440 cubic inch plant and does have the catalytic converter. If the part from the quotes to the end have you confused, find someone over 40 to explain it to you. Just sayin. Back to getting your CV to slide. I'll make a couple of educated guesses here. You want to do this on a budget - fair enough, always prudent - and a retired P71 interceptor looks like it should fit the bill being that every police force on the continent had a fleet of them which have been taken out of service as newer interceptors are replacing them, ergo there is a significant auction stock of P71s available at gov't auction events, often being sold for ridiculously low sums. Or, now that cops are getting new cars, the old P71s are plentiful and dirt cheap, pre loaded with cop spec parts. I totally get the perspective of considering it. I'll start with the pros: the 4.6L modular V8 in the P71 is the most solid of all flavours of that powerplant. That lump was also used in so many Ford models that parts are ubiquitous - at least where wreckers still have models with it still on their lots, the odds of which drop over time. There was an option for a limited slip rear diff (axle code X5, 3.27:1) called a trac loc. You need to check the axle code when buying, as they shipped standard with an open diff (axle code Z5). A limited slip diff is a huge plus to have, as it makes drifting easier and allows better control. The long wheelbase is a plus, typically being more controllable. Now for drawbacks. Hold on, this may take a while. Ford never built any Crown Vic with a manual transmission. Now, it's not absolutely vital to roll a stick to drift, but it does give you way more control. It's no coincidence that the automotive press nicknamed automatic transmissions from the 70s onward “slush boxes.” Right up to 5 or so years ago, the only automatics that even remotely came close to manuals were high end German, Japanese and the semi autos in exotics (think Ferrari, etc with the paddle shift). Even now, with computer control and 8 or more gears in higher end automatics, the gear lever, even in semi auto mode is an input device. You ask the computer for a gear and it decides whether you're allowed to change to that gear. Drifting a modern faux semi auto gearbox (exotics with paddle shift are true semi auto, where the computer principally manages the clutch and gear change process faster than humans can, but won't prevent you from selecting a particular gear, though the daily street modes may - haven't driven a Ferrari for close to 20 yrs now) requires reprogramming to change the self preservation settings and allow for fast, crisp shifts to the gear you want. These types, chipped or otherwise reprogrammed to behave the way you want under lateral g's can come close to manual. Unfortunately, the Crown Vic never saw anything like that. It came with a true slush box. 4 speed mushy gear changes at weird times and zero control over selection. It sucks power and drowns it at the torque converter. Is it driftable? Sure. When the planets align under the sign of Aries and the moon is in apogee, while a butterfly on the other side of the planet beats it's wings to the sound of a taiko drum out of sync. Ok, maybe not quite that bad. But not far off. Luckily, Ford is bloody cheap. Ridiculously cheap. To the point where they actively refused to build the Mustang with an independent rear suspension until 2015 despite numerous attempts to change it over the years by each successive design team when they did model evolutions. Because Ford brass wanted to shave a few bucks off manufacturing costs. But back to my point. Ford being cheapskates of the sort that Scrooge McDuck is a spendthrift in comparison, wedged one of the 3 flavours of that 4.6L modular V8 into every damn model they could between 91 - 14. Including the Mustang - which was available with a manual. This means that it is possible to retrofit a Mustang manual - though in all honesty, the best option would be to do a full drivetrain swap - Mustang engine, manual and likely a custom prop shaft unless you can massage, persuade or otherwise mate the prop shaft to the manual. Can't say for sure, you'd have to sort details as you go. It'd also be a good plan to find a Mercury Marauder to grab some cabin parts from. Crown Vics were all column shift, while Marauders had console shift. The Marauder interior would make the swap a bit easier and your interior look less like it was trashed by a tweaker on a heavy meth binge. More livable. And on the topic of the interior - you want new seats. Aftermarket tuner or pro street buckets. They came equipped with either cloth buckets - likely past prime or bench seats. A bench seat is the worst possible choice when drifting. Get something supportive with good side bolsters and belt pass thru holes for the shoulder belts of a 4 or 5 point race harness. May as well do both sides since tossing the bench leaves a void where a passenger would sit. Balances it visually too. Decent seats can be had on a budget from Summit Racing or another retailer of your choice, online or brick and mortar. I've mostly been working front to back so far, but here's where we look under the arches. Wheel arches, not golden arches, though I suppose looking under those wouldn't harm anything. Wouldn't be productive either. The suspension you get with your Crown Vic is what you'd expect for this style of design (body on frame as opposed to unibody), featuring a ladder frame chassis and all the best truck tech from the 70s. Seriously. The frame is truck-like and so is the suspension. Actually nothing wrong with that. Though it weighs a whole lot more. The tradeoff is you can easily replace damaged panels by swapping them out unlike unibody design, which is lighter but way more work to straighten out after damage. Front suspension is double wishbone with coilovers. Heavy, solid unit. Hot rodders use them as upgrades when modding 60s era F series trucks. The P71 Vic has stiffer shocks & springs and higher ground clearance by almost an inch. Drift cars are predominantly lowered. Part of the esthetic of the scene. Lower suspension helps with drifting, though it's usually a byproduct of stiffening the suspension. Keep the shocks and get custom wound springs. Find a local shop that makes them and talk to them. Most people assume custom springs = spendy. It's actually quite reasonable, typically quite close to aftermarket or OE replacements. I had a set custom wound for my project vehicle that ended up less expensive for the pair, all in ($183 with tax) than a single OE replacement ($200 plus tax and shipping). I also wanted better specs than OE, which were quite mushy and didn't last. The custom springs are 25% stiffer, wound from thicker spring wire and drop the front end 2.5″ lower than stock. Handling improvement was night & day. And unlike cutting away coils, like a hack, the customs are safe and predictable, seating correctly on the perches. Plus they are done to my specs. Talk to a spring shop, tell them what you want and as long as it isn't outrageous or attempts to defy physics, they'll sort you out. Get all four corners done and you can spec different drop front vs rear to rake the stance like an old school hot rod, or drop it the same all around for the new school slammed look. I'm personally not a big fan of the full size American cars, but I'll admit, slamming a Vic by 2-3″ would look sick. Just make sure you allow enough clearance for speed bumps. Your Vic rear suspension is, again truck-like. Dependent rear suspension - aka live axle or solid axle - with shocks & springs mounted on separate perches. Some came with anti roll bars, some didn't. You'll want one to keep the body roll down while sliding. You'll also need to figure out how to massage the setup to be predictable and progressive. The long wheelbase helps, but with Ford being such cheapskates, they do the minimum required and engineer enough to make the car track straight. Balance isn't a big priority. So like the Mustang, with its solid axle, lack of balancing, etc, in stock form, it'll be great in a straight line. It will slide better than any pre 15 Mustang ever could, owing to the wheelbase advantage, but if you're going to put the time, effort and money into it to make it the best drift car possible, you'll want to mod the suspension, front & rear to provide the most control and feedback you can. And sorting it so you get progressive angle instead of snap oversteer will go a long way. At the end of the day, it comes down to passion & persistence mixed with a dose of stubbornness and a handful or two of “fuck you” to take the approach of proving people who say it's impossible utterly wrong. If you see the potential where others don't and you want to do it for you, face the challenge and beat it into submission. Take all advice and cautions with a grain of salt, then learn or teach yourself what you need to accomplish it. Just do it for you. And when you're done, with a bitchin' sled that you can slide around in all day, and you get to point to it and say, that's all me, I proved them wrong. The satisfaction is something no one can buy or take from you. And it's even better when you can say, I didn't just buy bolt ons from a catalog or website and slap them on a ride that looks like everything else, just like everyone else, I put bloody effort into it and nothing else looks the same. It won't be easy or fast, but nothing worth it ever is. And I'm pretty sure you'd like to slide it as soon as you can, while building it. So the suspension can wait a bit. To get sliding as quick as you can, seats. Even cheap recaro knockoffs or bargain corbeau seats will be an upgrade. You can always upgrade again later for reasonable prices. Now I mentioned before to look for a Vic that has the trac loc LSD option. Getting a Vic with one already installed saves headaches. Then try drifting it with the slush box, so you can fully wrap your head around why a stick is so valuable. Then determine the best way to swap in a Mustang manual that works for you. I honestly don't know how the bell housings match up, but if you get a Mustang 4.6 with manual, the swap should be straightforward. Mounts should line up and things should mostly bolt in. Mating the prop shaft is an unknown to me, so you'll have to sort that. Make sure you get the harness & ECU from the Mustang donor as well. That will make the swap go much smoother. Honestly after the manual conversion, the rest is cake. The hardest part is over and you can work on other mods between drift events. And JDM guys regularly do manual swaps when they can't get the car they want with manual, so it's not uncommon to do, just uncommon with a Vic. If you've made it through the whole way, I salute you. I try to give as much info as I can so you can make the most informed decisions. And despite not being an American car guy, my bias isn't relevant here. If you like the Crown Vic, cool. Everyone's entitled to like what they like without getting shit all over by some neckbeard. Happy drifting.
Sure, many of you will have already experienced some of the suggestions on this list, but the idea here is to get you thinking—a starting point. Others may find a dozen or more items on this list as great ideas. So find something here that might stimulate you and get you started. Take a class on a subject unrelated to your career, community, or family—something you’ve always been interested in, but never made the time to pursue. Go to a new restaurant, preferably an ethnic restaurant and try something different on the menu. Take a yoga class, if you’ve never done. Meditate. Get a massage. It surprises me as how many people I meet, mostly men, who have never had a professional relaxing or therapuetic massage. Go to work differently: ride your bike, walk, take a train, use Uber or carpool. Cook something at home you’ve never tried. Learn to play an instrument or take singing lessons Go see live music—a genre you’ve never seen or listened to much before Start a blog—if only for yourself Take up and master a hobby or craft you’ve always wanted but always found an excuse not to; perhaps sewing, woodworking, or a restoration project (furniture, car or motorcycle) Learn a new language Travel to somewhere you’ve never been Go on a camping trip; sleep under the stars Volunteer for a local organization or at a local hospital Go to a local Toastmasters meeting Change the furniture around in your office, bedroom or home Plant a garden—even a patio planter garden Stand up paddle boarding —it’s so popular and great workout Attend a local “Meetup” in a subject area that interests you but not related to your work or home life. Remember, the idea here is to try something new — different Go to a different grocery store than you are used to Change phones—using Android? Switch to Apple, or vice versa Take a new and different physical fitness class: spin, kickboxing, boxing, Pilates, cross-fit Get out on the water—take a canoe trip, learn to sail, go fishing Ride a motorcycle Learn to ride a bike —a unicycle Play a board game with your family, partner or with friends Learn to drive a shift-drive car—stick shift Try a new sport; tennis, lacrosse, badminton, others Create art: paint on canvas, sculpt with clay or paper, draw or sketch with pencil, ink or charcoal Learn to juggle Raise chickens, ducks, or doves Photography and/or video; learn to edit Take dancing lessons: tango, swing, two-step, other Write a story, poem or article; for yourself or submit it to a website or newspaper magazine Have an idea that should be added to this list? Please comment with your ideas below and keep the conversation lively and interesting. No matter what, try something new and different—do something you’ve never done today!