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More Tranny Parts

Need to catch up on posting these images up for posterity and reference so I know what parts to buy if I need to replace. First is the transaxle output shaft seals for the FX16 with the C52 transaxle. These are the aftermarket part #’s I used.


Next is the clutch throwout bearing. I don’t foresee these going out of production anytime soon.




Now these will be good to have the part #. I’m running the JDM 4AGE 20v, but with the 16v main pulley, alternator, p/s, and waterpumps. These are the two belt sizes I used.




Cliff Peanut butter banana bar

When i was a kid, would love having peanut butter and banana toast. Picked up this new flavor to try out. Pretty good, but it doesnt evoke any of those memories. Like Cliff’s nut butter bars, the flavor is much mutted, i didnt get any banana flavor until almost my last bite. I suppose thats better than being loaded with artificial banana flavor.

3 out 4 banana coveting monkeys.



Beer Is Good – Sam Adams Summer Ale

Seasonal from Samuel Adams. Pours cloudy bright yellow, light head. Musky hop aroma, citrus notes, wheat finish. Low bitter, crisp, light mouthfeel.

The hops are hovering on the edge of skunk, if it avoids that then its an easy drinking crisp beer. Keep it out of the sun and it just makes 3 out 4 summer monkeys.




Time Marches On

You know you’re getting old when you lament all the places that used to be. There’s a couple long timers closing up shop. Not being huge on Hawaiian food, I’ve never been there except to service their register, Ono Hawaiian foods on Kapahulu closing soon. Yotekoya Ramen in McCully shopping center used to be our go to ramen but many other options now exist. We’ve moved on and so have they this weekend. Marukai at Ward will be closing end of September. No official date announced, but Ward Warehouse will be closing too.


Well nuts, having the ouzo-misu has messed me up, im not sleepy at all! Was yummy. No digestive issues, just awaje!

Beer is Good – Volkan Santorini Black

Grabbed dinner after a wet, soggy shoe ride up Tantalus from Olive Garden. Went next door and grabbed this Greek beer. Pours dark dark brown with medium head. Roast malt aroma, but not strong. The honey and citrus adjuncts are hard to detect, there is an elusive aromatic that is hard to place. Quite mild on the bitter. I also dont detect much of the weissen/wheat. Medium mouthfeel. While not spectacular, its easy drinking and got enough going to keep it intersting.

3 out 4 bailing out the Greece national debt (it says so on the label!) monkeys.

Beer is Good – Lagunitas Doppel Weizen

The first beer I’m trying from Lagunitas, I bought it because it’s not a IPA. “Bavarian style ale” pours a cloudy medium yellow, medium head. Strong floral hop aroma. Fruit and citrusy notes, sweetness, mild bitter note on the finish. Fairly thick mouthfeel.

Wasn’t sure what to expect, I did not expect the hop forwardness of something labeled a weizen. It’s actually not terrible, but beer to me is a grain drink.

2.5 out of 4 doppel monkeys.

Beer is Good – Sierra Nevada 2017 Summerfest

Sierra Nevada seasonal, pours bright yellow, medium light head. Fairly strong hop aroma, but not overly flowery. Touch of sweet with the hop bitter. Nice malt grain finish. Strong carbonation keeps mouthfeel crisp. Nice pilsner style.

3 out 4 summer monkeys.



Beer Is Good – Samuel Smith Taddy Porter

After the Alaskan let down, time for some redemption. An oldie but goodie, Samuel SMith’s Taddy Porter, pours extremely dark brown with strong head. Dark malt aroma, tones of dark fruit. dark roast bitter. Strong carbonation keeps the mouthfeel medium, cleaner than you would expect from something so dark.

Solid 3 out 4 taddy monkeys.


Beer is Good – Midnight Sun Arctic Rhino Coffee Porter

Next in the lineup, a coffee porter from Alaska. Pours opaque dark brown, light head. Immediate coffee aroma.  Strong bitter of coffee, not a whole lot else.

Medium thick mouthfeel. Coffee is all fine and good, but this is too much coffee, not enough porter.

Not terrible, but I don’t especially like it either.

2 out 4 coffee infused monkeys.