Tuesday, August 2, 2011

What Evah - Cars

That's a picture of my first car, well not the exact car, but pretty close. I was 19. A Triumph TR6. Pretty sporty. And I can't begin to tell you how it got me in shape. It was used and their was something wrong with the rack and pinion steering, no one knew how to lubricate it so it took a lot of muscle to steer.

And then there was the issue of the cardboard that someone put in the gas tank. I would drive for a few miles and it would mysteriously stop. I had to push it off to the side of the road, wait, and then when the cardboard shreds dropped away from the filter it would go again. You have no idea how long it took us to figure that one out. We even found someone who know how to lube the rack and pinion eventually, but not before my guns were bigger than Michelle Obama's.

I had to sell that one (and I loved her) because the repairs it needed were more than I had and I had to repay the loans. Fortunately I sold her for more than I paid. I repaid my parents and bought an Opal wagon. Another blue car. It was so sturdy and wonderful and I love her too. I called her the Beast. Then one winter day she slid into the rear end of a tank of a 50's car and that was the end of the front end of the Beast. Total loss and the car I hit had a tiny tail light put out. Beast was a little fragile.

We found another Opal wagon that needed an engine so we swapped the beasts for the bad one. This Opal was yellow and not the same car at all. I called it the Canary. I didn't like it much.

I've had lots of cars since then. I like to give them names if I can. They tell me what they like to be called. Not all of the cars I get stuck with are ones I like. Like the time my ex took me to the new car lot and told me I could pick one of these 5 Broncos. I wanted a mini van and was not happy until I finally got one a few years later.

After my divorce, graduation, and new career, I finally got a car on my own. A Neon. It was a real lemon, but didn't qualify for the lemon law in Ohio. It had the transmission, engine, AC condenser and evaporator, Brake rotors (several times) and various other assortment of minor things replaced under warranty. When I took it in for a trade, the entire suspension and brakes were shot. It was 4 years old.

Then I got a nice car. When I went bankrupt and lost my job, it got repossessed. Oh well! Last year we had a car, but now it doesn't work. I think it will cost more to repair than it would cost for us to buy a decent used car. We don't really have the money for either right now. I love my family and want them to be happy and healthy more than anything in the world, but I would really like to have a car again. Living in the middle of nowhere, with no public transportation sucks. Hope Halloween sales are good so we can invest in a set of wheels again. If not, it's shopping with the neighbors.

2 comments:

ToastyAngel said...

I hear you on this one! We have an awesome Buick Regal, which has survived being t-boned on the passenger side...in the past month, we have put $1500 into repairs!! Hoping we can keep her around and she can be Ariel's first car...but we will see...

ToastyAngel said...

I hear you on this one! We have an awesome Buick Regal, which has survived being t-boned on the passenger side...in the past month, we have put $1500 into repairs!! Hoping we can keep her around and she can be Ariel's first car...but we will see...

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