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I'm writing a post about Cassandra for Orbitz's tech blog. I just thought I'd leave this here because it may not be appropriate there... That is all.
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Couchbase 4.0 just came out BTW!! Now u can query couchbase with SQL statements
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Les Chats Sauvage. Vlad in the foreground, Boris behind him. They're sitting on a box bellows that feeds air into the forge on the left. It's a good vantage point for the hunt. Or just lazing about.
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Um, thanks. Always wanted one of these.
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Hot Rods, Customs, Muscle Cars at Park Ridge, IL
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Tatra 603 commercial. The best car ever bred by Communism.
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If you were 'led to believe' or 'under the impression', I'm not sorry. You are. A sure sign of incompetence is blaming your failures on others.
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A conversation with Patrick George last night turned to the subject of Japanese car magazines, so I showed him a couple of examples. When it came to the cover of Car Magazine (the Japanese counterpart to the UK’s CAR Magazine), Patrick’s response was “God that is gorgeous.” Yeah, I know, and all the covers look this good.
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1957 Lotus Eleven race car. Gorgeous restoration.
This 1957 Lotus Eleven (Chassis 256) is said to be one of the 91 examples built to LeMans-spec trim, and was completely disassembled for a cosmetic restoration by RaceCraft, whose work we have featured here many times before. The original factory build card indicates the car is a genuine example, wh
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Restoring old (Hooker?) race headers
These are nicely built headers with 1 5/8" tubes and 3" collectors. These were probably uncoated steel since they developed good amount of surface rust after years of being in the open. Surprisingly they were still solid!
And now, here's the science: You can see 3 distinct(ish) states. The flanges and first 1/3 of the tubes are bare steel. The rust has been turned into black iron phosphate by phosphoric acid immersion, which washes off easily and falls to the bottom of the acid/water bath. This is what it would look like sand blasted, but less metal has been removed by this process (I think). The next area is partially converted rust into black iron phosphate. The last area by the bottom (the header collectors) has been converted, washed, dried and coated with high temp (1000f+) paint. 
This header has been in a 15% solution of phosphoric acid and water for about a week. It was probably completely converted in 2-3 days, but I couldn't find any time (!!) to pull them out for washing/drying and painting. You CAN leave the iron(III) phosphate (FePO4) on without washing, but it is a porous crystal structure, so it will absorb water and transport O2, hydrogen to the iron layer, which will rust eventually. It is a good base for paint as long as its neutralized and completely dry. I believe that would entail ammonia and then solvents for drying, but it's easier to just wash down the steel with a brush and dry it off with a torch.
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