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Sunday, September 17, 2017

KARR Goes Digital

Installing KARR's New Gauges

I wanted to give KARR's instrument panel a little more of a Knight Rider look, so for my birthday this year Sara bought me a set of digital Fiero gauges from Tom's Digital Electronics. Thanks Baby, you are the absolute best! We had them custom built to look a bit more like the bar graphs seen on Knight Rider. They took six weeks to build, but they arrived a few days ago and I couldn't wait to get them installed. As you can see, KARR was just waiting to pull into the garage too!

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Friday, July 7, 2017

Time To Fly The Flag

When Joe Huth, of the Knight Rider Historians, announced that he was making a F.L.A.G. flag...I knew I had to have one! Joe's stuff is always top notch and his attention to the smallest detail means you will end up with the most authentic prop. This flag is the proud symbol of Knight Industries and the Foundation for Law And Government as seen in Knight Rider.

Here is Joe's description:

NOW ACCEPTING ORDERS for the “F.L.A.G. flag”! Modeled after the flag seen flying high above the Foundation for Law and Government in “Goliath Returns”, our large 3’ x 5’ waterproof flag is double-sided and made of a high quality knitted polyester. The back side features the Knight chess piece in reverse. Grommets at all four corners allow you the flexibility to mount it to a flagpole, hang it on a wall, or stretch it between two posts! Perfect for car shows, garages and man caves.
We are offering this flag in two color schemes – black graphics/yellow background (similar to the “Goliath Returns” flag) and a more traditional gold graphics/black background. We had a limited run of 100 made (50 of each style), and when they are gone – they are GONE! 

I ordered the black and gold color scheme. Mine arrived today and I couldn't wait to get it open!

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Monday, June 5, 2017

It's Unboxing Time!

I couldn't wait to get home today so I could get this bad boy open!

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Sunday, June 4, 2017

KITT Walk-Around June 4, 2017

A Day In The Garage

Sara and I are back to feeling ambitious again so we tackled a bunch of projects this weekend. After church this morning we fixed a rock chip in the windshield of the Freestyle, then rolled KITT out of the garage so he could enjoy the sun.

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Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Shifting Things Back Into Gear

As more and more vendors seem to be leaving the Knight Rider conversion parts scene, I have been keeping my eye out for last chance deals. That's exactly what I was able to score with Billy Chingas's billet aluminum black anodized shifter knob! He has painstakingly recreated the iconic shift knob from the '82 Firebirds, but in aluminum. I managed to get one of the last three he had. :)

It arrived today and I couldn't wait to get it opened!

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Monday, May 29, 2017

Wait, I Never Finished This?!

I decided this weekend to dive back into working on KITT, and realized I never finished the taillight harness.  Just for curiosity sake I pulled up the blog post where I started on the taillight harness, and realized it was in July of 2012.  That's insane!  I really need to get back to work on this Project!

I started this weekend by putting a new section of wire loom on the section of the harness I had already cleaned and restored.

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New Garage Floor

I had been looking for a way to improve on our cracking and salt-eaten cement garage floor for a while. I saw some Craftsman garage tiles at Sears a couple of years ago, and had been thinking about them ever since. Sears no longer sells the Craftsman tiles I first saw, but I was able to find an online source for PVC garage tiles.

These are twenty inch square interlocking tiles. They sit on top of the floor and require no adhesive. They are water, chemical, and solvent resistant. I chose black tiles with a leather-like look.

Garage floor before tile installation:

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Saturday, May 6, 2017

KITT's Rear Bumper Video

Knox Rides In KARR

This week KARR had a special passenger. We dog-sat for our friend Jill's Dobermans. KARR took Knox and I to the dog park so Knox could burn off some of her puppy energy.


Friday, April 14, 2017

Five Year Anniversary, An Afterthought

What good is an anniversary if you forget about it? Yeah, that's what Sara said to me just the other day. So here it is three months late to the day...

We got KITT's 1983 Pontiac Trans Am body five years ago. Here is what he looked like on January 14, 2012...

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

How I Spend Money

Owning a couple of classic 80s cars is a lot like having children, with one exception (I'll get to that in a bit). We spend an extraordinary amount of time with them. We can't imagine life without them. We post about every little thing they do on social media. They tend to consume all of our attention. We enjoy spending time playing with them and watching them slowly develop into everything we have always wanted for them. When they misbehave we're upset, but we still love them. We spend a lot of long nights up with (working on) them. When they get sick we do whatever it takes to fix them up. We remember fondly what it was like when it was just the two of us before they came into our life. Did I mention we spend an insane amount of money on them?