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Yaris with 187K on it needed axles and 3 ABS sensors. With careful sourcing of after market parts I did the job for $150. Local garage would have charged about $1500 and the dealer $2600.

Yaris with 187K on it needed axles and 3 ABS sensors. With careful sourcing of after market parts I did the job for $150. Local garage would have charged about $1500 and the dealer $2600.

Refractory cement lining, the fire pit is shaped by an aluminum lamp shade.

Refractory cement lining, the fire pit is shaped by an aluminum lamp shade.

The fire pit is quite deep, so made some cuts with a hole saw and grinder for better access.

The fire pit is quite deep, so made some cuts with a hole saw and grinder for better access.

The forge so far. I’m going to shape the fire pit with some refractory cement.

The forge so far. I'm going to shape the fire pit with some refractory cement.

Done with the bottom, just need to add legs! The idea behind the aluminum tube is that bypass air that doesn’t go to the coal is blown through the body, keeping it cool.

Done with the bottom, just need to add legs! The idea behind the aluminum tube is that bypass air that doesn't go to the coal is blown through the body, keeping it cool.

This is a section from my parents old furnace, you’re looking at the”front” where the oil burner used to mount. It’s going to be my forge. You’re looking at the bottom of the forge and the piece I cast this morning, the clinker-breaker, is inside that tube.

This is a section from my parents old furnace, you're looking at the"front" where the oil burner used to mount. It's going to be my forge. You're looking at the bottom of the forge and the piece I cast this morning, the clinker-breaker, is inside that tube.

Success! The “parting line” turned out to just be cosmetic. This is the clinker-breaker for my forge. If the aluminum doesn’t hold up I’ll recast in iron, but the foundry need some work before I try an iron pour.

Success! The "parting line" turned out to just be cosmetic. This is the clinker-breaker for my forge. If the aluminum doesn't hold up I'll recast in iron, but the foundry need some work before I try an iron pour.

I just watched “Vintage Tomorrows” on Netflix. I really love how @libbybulloff @margaretkilljoy and @jhameiagoh were the threads that tied it all together. <3 I got a mention in the credits too!

I just watched "Vintage Tomorrows" on Netflix. I really love how @libbybulloff @margaretkilljoy and @jhameiagoh were the threads that tied it all together. <3 I got a mention in the credits too!

Interesting! These become easier to detangle when they are soaking wet!

Interesting! These become easier to detangle when they are soaking wet!

Monster sunflower in my parent’s backyard!

Monster sunflower in my parent's backyard!