Top 10 burgers

Wanda, Scott, and I went out for a burger at the burger factory on Nairn today. It was a top notch burger, and I have eaten many burgers. I find that I am usually saying that whichever burger I’m eating is so good that it rates in the top ten of all the burgers that I’ve eaten.  It seems that it’s time to make a top ten burger list. I’m going to leave all homemade burgers off this list.

The Top Ten Retail Burger List:

  1. The burger that I ate at the Ashern Bull Auction.
  2. A Burger from the restaurant at the Steeprock beach
  3. The burger factory on Nairn burger (I had the factory special)
  4. The King supreme
  5. Double cheese burger from the “Top Dogg” hot dog stand by my work
  6. Whopper with cheese, no onions, heavy all  (I’m allergic to onions)
  7. McD Cheese burger with lettuce and a handful of fries in it.
  8. Teen Burger or Mozza Burger I forget which one
  9. DQ Cheese burger
  10. Skinner’s burgers

Jetta rear springs

If you’ve ever seen an older style Jetta, one like ours, you may have noticed that the rear end is always riding too low. Ours rides fine with no fuel in the tank and the trunk empty, but if you fill the tank and put two skinny people in the back seat it bottoms out over the smallest of bumps. Today we fixed it. Wanda and I purchased new rear shocks (because they were worn out), rear spring seats, and new rear springs

The rear springs that we purchased were the standard heavy load aftermarket replacement springs for a 1989 Volkswagen Jetta. After installing the new springs and shocks in we noticed no difference in ride height. As you may guess I felt very discouraged, so I dug out my old spring book.

We chose a set of springs with a stiffer spring rate, but could only get springs that had tangential ends on both sides. The Jetta springs have a tangential end and a pig tail end. To solve this I used the old upper rubber spring seats on the bottom of the new spring and the new rubber spring seats on the top of the spring. The  original springs had only a rubber on the top and nothing on the bottom. Everything went together very well, and it rides level even with a full trunk and two people in the back.


Today we had our family over for dinner to celebrate Wanda’s birthday. Wanda make some shish kabobs / Souvlaki (Greek: Σουβλάκι). It was very good, it’s hard to see in the picture but there is beef, mushrooms, zucchini, and orange bell pepper pieces on the skewers. If you notice the barbeque is made from 2 different barbeques, we took a side burner from a scrap unit and incorporated it into ours, it works flawlessly, and is good for frying onions outside.

We’re going to the farm tomorrow after work so there won’t be any website updates until next week.


I worked on a Perkins diesel today. It was all good, until the water pump gasket that I changed started leaking, or maybe it wasn’t the problem. Well that’s one to fix tomorrow and enough of that for now.

Golf  ball sized hail is on it’s way says the news, it is in Carmen right now. If you believe the weather guy, now is the time to take the bad car out of the garage and put the good car in. Lets hope for the best. If anyone gets hail, take a picture, I’ll post the best one.

Please ignore the spelling errors, I just ran a spell check and was hitting ignore rather than change, I haven’t found all the mistakes yet.

Jetta fuel economy

I filled the Jetta with fuel today and now can calculate the fuel economy, for those who don’t know how to calculate fuel economy I’ll do it here.

The last time I filled the tank I stopped when bubbles came up the vent pipe when this happened today I had put 45.3 Liters into it, I managed to fit 48.9 Liters into it today and it was full (won’t take any more).

To  calculate the fuel economy I will take the amount of fuel used (45.3L) and the distance traveled (804 KM) then convert to imperial units.     45.3L / 4.545  = 9.97 Gallons    804KM / 1.6 = 502.5 Miles

Once this is done it is as simple as dividing the miles by the gallons  502.5 Miles / 9.97 Gallons = 50.40 Miles per Gallon

And for those few people who are truly metric (45.3Liters / 804Km) X 100 = 5.63 Liters/100KM

The real bonus is that I bought diesel fuel for 80.8 cents per Liter today, as I was filling the car I looked at the gasoline price, it was 112.4 cents per Liter. Good deal for me.