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What Makes the Miata so Great? 0

What Makes the Miata so Great?

Here’s another nice video from the guys at XCar. This one’s about our favorite toy, the Miata. Stay to the end to find out what you’re supposed to do when yours rusts out. It’s...

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I’ve been doing a lot of work on the rear end of the Westfield recently. The differential has been in for a while, but I didn’t have the axles in until last weekend. Miatas...

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Scratch Conference 2014

This week the Lifelong Kindergarten Group is hosting the fourth Scratch Conference at the Media Lab. It’s wonderful to reconnect with educators from earlier conferences and to meet new people. I am still trying...

Fathers, Sons, & Cars 0

Fathers, Sons, & Cars

I enjoyed this article on NPR last night. It’s about the place car repair has in the traditional American father/son relationship.  


KTR Visit

Before the Historic Festival every year, Lime Rock holds some open houses at sites that are involved in vintage racing. Tonight Peter and I went to one of these at KTR Motorsports in Ayer....


The Great Race

The Great Race set off this weekend. That’s a famous rally for older cars. This year, they’re going all the way from Maine to Florida. Last night they reached Lowell. We went over to...


Engine In

Last weekend we did the first test fit of the engine in the Westfield. The idea was to get all of the mounting holes drilled while there’s still plenty of room to work. We’ll...


Jigs & Tools

My father visited the other day, and he pointed out how many of the tools & jigs that I’ve made for working on the Westfield are made out of wood. I’m not sure whether...

Mary Anne goes to London 0

Mary Anne goes to London

One of my favorite books when I was little was Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel. If you don’t remember it, it’s about a competition between diggers. Our hero, Mike Mulligan, and his antiquated digger...



Have you ever wondered how this stuff was made? Of course you have. That’s the sort of thing that I think about all the time. Well, Evil Mad Scientist has the answer, and it’s...