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Newport Beach Blues


Here are some pictures I took (with the exception of the portrait of me) on my recent trip to Newport Beach, RI. The sun was out and it was a beautiful fall day. Please leave your comments and opinions at the end of the post!IMG_2270-1 IMG_2262-1IMG_2303-1-bwIMG_2290-1

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Automobile Internship – Halfway Stage

As you probably realized, I have stopped providing daily updates of my internship due to the repetitive nature of my work. However, I have almost reached the half way stage in the internship and I feel compelled to write another post about it.

By now, I have completed 4 out of the five levels of training courses. Jishar has been an excellent teacher and I feel much more confident around cars, since I can unhesistatingly work on most models now.

On the repairs side, I have repaired innumerable cars since my last post. I have worked on nearly every Peugeot car on the market and some notable non Peugeot models such as the Lexus ES300, the Nissan Patrol, the Chevrolet Tahoe, the BMW 750Li, the Audi A7 and the Porsche Cayman S. The repair work has been the same as before, replacing engine parts and repairing parts such as the injection system, the fuel pump and so on.

The internship has been thoroughly enjoyable and I enthusiastically look forward to the second half. It has helped drastically improve my skills with automobiles and I am sure that this will help me with various automobile projects in college.

I leave you now, with a few pictures from the past few days. Ciao!

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The Burj Al Arab at Blue Hour

The Burj Al Arab at Blue Hour.

The Burj Al Arab at Blue Hour.

This is a shot from the photowalk that I mentioned in the earlier post. It depicts the Burj Al Arab Hotel at blue hour, taken from the Jumeirah Beach.

Picture specifications – F/22, 15 s exposure, 39 mm focal length.

I will soon be uploading pictures from the ghost town and marina shoots that I went on recently.



My First Photowalk!

I recently went on a photowalk through Dubai, with my uncle, shooting with his Canon 1000D. It was my first experience with a DSLR and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Here’s an unedited shot taken near the tallest building in the world, the Burj Khalifa.

Picture specifications – 34 mm, f/18, 13 seconds exposure time, ISO 100.

Do critique the shot; I will graciously accept any comments and suggestions from you.

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Automobile Internship – 04/18/2013

Thursday was a half day at work, so here’s a quick synopsis of the day’s activities.

The fist job on hand was a quick fault diagnosis on a Peugeot 206. I completed that in a few minutes and moved on to a Mitsubishi Lancer that needed its brake pads to be changed. This job took a while! Finally, I changed the AC filter on a Peugeot Partner and completed my quota for the day. The next hour was spent in the training room with Jishar after which I left at around 2.30 p.m.


The 'wheel-less' Lancer

The ‘wheel-less’ Lancer

The Partner's bare bones engine.

The Partner’s bare bones engine.

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Automobile Internship – 04/17/2013

Another day completed at work! Here’s how it went.

I began with my usual training session with Jishar. At about 11.30 a.m., I went into the workshop and immediately started working on a Peugeot 307. We replaced the starter motor of the vehicle, a part that proved extremely difficult to work on, since it was located behind the main engine compartment in a hollow cavity in the chassis of the vehicle. Soon after, I began work on a Peugeot 207. Here, I first detached the dashboard, then Sixen and I completely overhauled the center console and AC blower system of the vehicle.

The final job was to perform fault diagnosis on a Peugeot 206CC, and to repair its faulty electric windows and sunroof.

I leave you now with a few pictures from the day.

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Performing repairs on the 307.

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The new center console of the 207 is in the foreground with the old, faulty one in the background.

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The DIAGBOX tool runs on this laptop.

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We opened up the door panel of the 206CC to repair the faulty electric windows.

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Well, hello there!

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Automobile Internship – 04/16/2013

Today, was a fun day at work!

In the morning, I underwent training in air intake systems with my trainer, Jishar. He explained the theoretical aspects of the topic first, then showed me an entire air intake system that was detached from a car and kept in the back office. About a hour and a half of training later, I went to the workshop.

The first car on the agenda was a beautiful white BMW 750Li. It required new spark plugs and a routine oil change. I thoroughly enjoyed working on a car like this, after nearly two weeks of working on Peugeots. Sixen and I completed this job my lunchtime and were well on schedule for a few more tasks.

After lunch, I returned to work on a Peugeot 308. It was a rather simple job requiring a change in the variable solenoid of the car. Soon, I completed it and headed to the control room.

There, I found the job order card for a Peugeot RCZ sports car and quickly snapped it up. The recent rains had created havoc in its engine compartment. We performed repairs on it’s turbo and changed its fuse box. Finally, we changed the engine oil. This job took much longer than expected. Thereafter, I performed Global Tests on two Peugeot 207s and called it a day.

On the way home, I spotted two sweet little classics in a public parking lot, just the right way to top off the day!

I will leave you now, with some pictures from today.

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The Beemer 750Li. I opened it all up!

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Sure looks odd in a workshop full of hatchbacks.

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Under the 750’s hood.

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The classic Mercedes that I spotted on the way home.

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This Pontiac complemented the Merc.