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Old 09-06-2020, 09:40 PM   #131 (permalink)
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I found a 95 tracer wagon just down the road from me. Looks like it got traded in to a used car lot. 112k miles and same drivetrain as my car. The important thing though is that it appears to have little to no rust. I am going to stop by tomorrow and ask about it. The dealer that it was traded into doesn't sell many older cars. The oldest on their website (for my city and all nearby ones) is an 05. Maybe something will work out.
I talked to JD Byrider and they don't sell trade ins to the public. They all go to auction. Found out where they are sent. The auction doesn't sell to the public either . So I see 2 options.

1. Give up on the car
2. Find out when it is going to be auctioned (the auction website says what cars go on what day). Talk to the buyer of the car in the parking lot and try to buy from them.

I did some looking and found 1 or 2 potential other cars in Kentucky/Tennessee area.

I went for a non-boat tail personal best from my Mom's house. Got 45 mpg with EOffC coasting most of the trip. Not bad for a pretty much stock car. I believe my PB with the tail and rear wheel skirts was 50 mpg.

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Old 09-07-2020, 12:22 AM   #132 (permalink)
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Do you know any small car lot dealers that go to that auction? Just ask them to buy it for you. I have a dealer friend and have bought most of my vehicles through him for the last 30 years.
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A Soldier offered to take me to an auction, but every time that I asked how he was doing he didn't respond.
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Old 09-07-2020, 02:07 AM   #134 (permalink)
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Do you know any small car lot dealers that go to that auction? Just ask them to buy it for you. I have a dealer friend and have bought most of my vehicles through him for the last 30 years.
Not really. I asked the place I bought this car from, but they don't do business with them. I thought about asking around, but haven't yet.

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A Soldier offered to take me to an auction, but every time that I asked how he was doing he didn't respond.
I don't understand why people do that. Did you mention wanting to go beforehand?
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Old 09-13-2020, 08:42 PM   #135 (permalink)
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I greased up the passenger front window regulator, checked the rear wheel bearing, and cleaned the car out. Turned out to be the drum rubbing on the backing plate, bearing was fine. I also found one of the rattling noises that I hear at idle while stopped. The door lock peg/pull tabs are loose because I removed the door panels. Now they shake and tap on the metal part of the door. I looked in my grommets and was unable to find one that fit. I think I am going to try some shrink wrap.

I decided to pick up a small paper route for some extra $$$. I am going to try and use my motorcycle on nicer mornings and use the car when it is raining and eventually gets too cold. Riding the bike should let me spend less in gas and arguably more fun.
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Old 09-18-2020, 08:39 PM   #136 (permalink)
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I started to wash the car, then decided that it wasn't worth my time

Instead I decided to try something. Adding a sharp rear corner to the tail light and rear bumper. Unfortunately the camera settings weren't quite right and it looks like 3 of the tufts got stuck. I am going to try something a little different and re-test. I figured I'd still post it though in case anyone wants to offer any insight. I wasn't able to put a full corner on because it was going to block the turn signal portion of the tail light. I think I am going to try that for 2.0 and if it shows improvement then try to make a work around for it.

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Old 09-19-2020, 06:56 PM   #137 (permalink)
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Here is 2.0, I found a plastic sheet, cut to shape and taped it on. I am going to try and get another video tomorrow for testing. If it works well I might try to re-create it in steel.

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Old 09-22-2020, 09:15 PM   #138 (permalink)
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Got some tuft testing done. I took the gif's straight from the video, so if you can't/don't watch the video you won't miss out on anything. I had a hard time getting the gif of the modified version, its shown better in the video, especially at 0:19 (play at .25x speed).








I would say it shows promise. Thoughts?

I will probably make something using less tape so I can remove it easier for testing.

EDIT: I remade the modified gif and replaced the original version that I posted.
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I've been thinking about making a kamm back off the roofline that doesn't interfere with the trunk opening. Got some measurements to try and work with. It's got a decent distance that I can use for it.



Plenty of room for improvement too.


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