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Old 06-20-2020, 01:42 PM   #71 (permalink)
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I removed the rear seats and built a hollow platform:



Saves around 30 lbs and has inside storage 40" x 12" x 18".

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Old 06-20-2020, 11:42 PM   #72 (permalink)
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I have long had a storage box like that on the list of day dream mods I can never get to... integrated with a sleeping platform. Stealth car camping ....
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Old 06-21-2020, 12:01 AM   #73 (permalink)
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Last thing I did with my car was to see why my A/C crapped out.

I’m one of those people who doesn’t like gadgets, but if the car is so equipped, it needs to work. I’ve had this car for three years now, and used the AC for maybe two hours total, so I was worried that a seal had dried out and busted. Nope, the power wire for the compressor clutch rubbed through.

It’s a bit thicker than the standard automotive wiring, and being under the hood I want good heat shrink butt connectors. But not just that: I’m moving to NY state soon, so to avoid green crusties, I also want them with the sealing epoxy which melts out to help the seal. Between the correct wire gauge and the connectors, I’m basically creating work for myself by not saying “good enough”.
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Old 06-21-2020, 03:01 PM   #74 (permalink)
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Iíve had this car for three years now, and used the AC for maybe two hours total

I also tend not to use the A/C (in the small handful of my cars that had it), seeing as how I mostly drive country roads, and not usually with passengers who care about such luxuries.


But I also want to make sure it works, mostly for ease of re-sale.



This week I briefly ran the AC a few times on in my latest acquisition ... during deceleration fuel cut, of course!
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Old 06-21-2020, 03:15 PM   #75 (permalink)
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Reprieve!

What did I do to my car today*? I kicked the Metro to the curb!!




(* Actually a few days ago.)


AS IS SPECIAL! I picked up this cheap 2014 Mirage (my second) that was traded 11 months ago at an Ottawa Chrysler/Jeep dealership. What... nobody was interested in a funny little 3-cylinder, manual transmission car at the SUV store? Talk about lot poison. After watching them attempt for months to sell it at a delusionally high asking price, they finally got realistic and put it on sale, so I bit.

I'm enjoying it immensely after driving the Metro for the past 6(?) weeks or so. It feels like the height of refinement & sophistication. Reminds me of the joke, "Sir, why are you hitting your head against that wall? Answer: because it feels so good when I stop!"

Temporary reprieve, though:

It's just on a 10-day travel permit, after which I will park it until winter duty.

I will start a dedicated thread for it.
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Old 06-21-2020, 03:45 PM   #76 (permalink)
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Congrats on the new ride, Metro. Racing Red! My only vehicle activity today, likely, will be my work on my Space-time vehicle known as a house.
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Old 06-21-2020, 04:53 PM   #77 (permalink)
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Today I removed the torque converter from my 1960 Rambler Super Six project. It is a little more involved than the modern era cars since it has a torque tube rear suspension. For everyone not familiar with a torque tube it is the rear axle and driveshaft in one assembly. To access the automatic transmission all of this has to come out. After removing the rear end the transmission removal is pretty basic. The torque converter needs some love at the converter shop. This is the second converter in 40 years that I have seen do this. It has an extremely low stall speed, right at idle. Engines do not make any power at idle so this thing is a real slug to drive and will not climb out of my driveway. The sprag clutch most likely has locked up inside. The converter shop said bring it down and they will cut it open and repair it.
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Old 06-21-2020, 07:19 PM   #78 (permalink)
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Big job!


Was the Rambler their entry-level car? Those early 60's domestic entry level sedans were so homely.


Reminds me in a way of my grandpa's '64 (?) Studebaker Commander. I was hoping I would inherit it as my first car, but my dad nixed the idea because it was so rusty!
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Old 06-21-2020, 10:58 PM   #79 (permalink)
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What did I do to my car today*? I kicked the Metro to the curb!!




(* Actually a few days ago.)


AS IS SPECIAL! I picked up this cheap 2014 Mirage (my second) that was traded 11 months ago at an Ottawa Chrysler/Jeep dealership. What... nobody was interested in a funny little 3-cylinder, manual transmission car at the SUV store? Talk about lot poison. After watching them attempt for months to sell it at a delusionally high asking price, they finally got realistic and put it on sale, so I bit.

I'm enjoying it immensely after driving the Metro for the past 6(?) weeks or so. It feels like the height of refinement & sophistication. Reminds me of the joke, "Sir, why are you hitting your head against that wall? Answer: because it feels so good when I stop!"

Temporary reprieve, though:

It's just on a 10-day travel permit, after which I will park it until winter duty.

I will start a dedicated thread for it.
Nice! I shop these now and again. I am going to make my Civic the winter car when I move up to NY, and when it disintegrates, a Mirage is a likely candidate for road salt duty.
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Old 06-22-2020, 12:19 AM   #80 (permalink)
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After dinner, after the beach, I just sat in it. Listened to the improved radio signal. Watched dusk come on. Detailed the engine bay a little. Talked about my long history with it when a neighbor came by and asked. Close to perfect.

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