I've had to give in a couple times in the last 40 years. Road trip AC
repair on the motorhome. And changing a firmware option on the Volt. I
even do my own tires. I can't really justify things like that, but I
hate wondering if some cretin wearing greasy coveralls will jump into
my car, or throw my wheels onto the floor shiny side down etc.
Mine too. Must be reliable complexity. :)
My son, who works and attends school in D.C., has the Focus for a few
weeks. I hoped he'd get a replacement power cable for the Garmin so
I'd have it when he brought my car back.
Last night I asked him how the Garmin was working -- he took his
girlfriend to a concert in Columbia, Md., and I knew there was no way
he'd find it without a GPS (he's hopeless with a map -- hasn't read
one in years. He'll have a Master's degree in math in about six weeks,
and the squirt can't read a map!)
"Garmin"? he asked. "I don't use it. That's what smart phones are for,
Dad." [implication by tone of voice -- "Dad, you hopeless dinosaur."].
That's me, at least. And I was so up on this stuff until, oh, maybe 15
years ago. I just don't care about it anymore.
The squirt did get me two Yankees tickets, for him and me, for
That's easily fixable. Find a heater hose on your modern car, and
clamp it off with vise grips. Pull the fuse on the AC. Leave the doors
on their safety latches, and roll all the windows down an eighth.
Install a little hotplate in the glove box and trickle some oil over
it while driving. etc. :)
LOL!! Yes, I think I had a couple of those.
The windows are a nice touch. That reminds me of my friend's TR3. In
the rain, a trickle of water ran down from the front corner of the
side curtain, right onto your thigh. Driving it in the rain required
bending your left leg over to the right, so the water ran down onto
the floorboards. Working the clutch was tricky that way.
I eventually had to drill some holes in the floor of my MG, to let the
water out. I almost never used the top but the tonneau was effective,
except where it wasn't...
Which brings up the one thing you're missing, common to all old
British sports cars -- the smell of mold rising from the floor carpet
on damp days. They all had it. It's like perfume to an old sports car
Reminds me. Had a '67 VW squareback too. As fond as I was of the
bug, hated the squareback. Sure , it had a little blow-by, but I
never could seal the engine cover to keep the smell of burning oil out
of the interior. Dumped it for that reason.
Not the heater. It had a gas heater. Then again, that was a bit
scary when it lit off - but it sure heated well.
There are cars that push the technology and are more interesting and fun
to drive, and also less reliable. I might put the Volt in that category
along with a bunch of BMW products.
But there are also millions of dull but reliable cars out there. Then
again, back in the sixties there were millions of dull but reliable cars
out there too, it's just that people don't remember them so much because
they were dull. And, the amount of preventative maintenance required back
then was substantially more than it is today. Modern engines, you can drive
a long time without doing proper maintenance before they blow up. Back in
the sixties this was not the case.
Reminds me of a story from my gas pumping days. Beetle seemed to be
taking too much. Opened the hood to find cargo submerged in a lake of
fuel. What a mess. But these days I suppose you'd have to put cones
around the vehicle and call Homeland Security. :)
Oh, sure. I agree completely. Driving most of today's cars is like
hurtling around in a nice, safe, reliable, shiny...cocoon.
Most of the interesting cars are out of my price range. However, I'm
sometimes sorry (not really) that I didn't go for the $4,600 dealer
option on my Focus XR3. You could get a 4.7 liter V8, and conversion
to rear-wheel drive. I think the conversion kit was from Kugel but
Ford dealers would install it -- with warranty.
It really was a simple conversion. No joke. And it's still available
as an aftermarket item...hmmm....
Aha! Like the day my fuel-oil company tried to put 350 gallons into my
250-gallon basement oil tank.
The smell didn't leave the house for over five years, but I had no
termite problems after that.
(I converted to gas a few weeks later.)
I've been using Google Earth to explore property. I use an online
cadastre with legal lines and an opaque satellite photo layer on one
side of my PC screen, and GE on the other side. Draw property lines or
whatever in GE by azimuth and distance or in relation to landmarks,
then save the file to a phone or tablet. In the field I can be in
dense bush with no view out or no sun, and thanks to GPS still know
exactly where I am in relation to whatever I drew, along with a
satellite (or aircraft) photo overlaid with adjustable 3D
representation of terrain, vegetation, buildings, abandoned vehicles,
whatever was there when the photo was taken. The GE data can be cached
ahead of time and used in areas without cell reception. It's
absolutely amazing and there's no practical paper substitute. Even
better, anyone who has a smart phone has free access to all this tech.
We're gonna take the subway up from Penn Station, and the date won't
be set until he has a free day -- and seats are available.
I don't think we're going to come close to Yonkers. Not this trip,
That's the smart way to go.
But, ahm so LONELY over here!!!!!
Hey, yer not one of these old guys that goes to Yankee games in full Yankee
regalia, are you??
Uniform, cap, baseball glove, AND bat??????
PLease tell me No..... LOL
We'll send you an inflatable friend to tide you over. d8-)
No. I wear a Yankees cap. In fact, I'm wearing it right now,
aftraid to take it off after Mariano nearly lost one last night. This
is it on my head, with me wearing glasses. d8-)