Saturday, July 07, 2007

Sweet Lee Iacocca!

Regular readers might remember that I have an old Dodge Spirit that I use for work (sans "The Club", but otherwise identical). It now has over 200,000 miles on it, and has become a little cantankerous, with the smoking and sputtering. Hey, God bless 'em for building a car that went 200 large with a minimum of maintenance.

Anyway, via serendipity, I recently acquired a similar Dodge Spirit with far fewer miles on it, for part swapping purposes. Yesterday and today were designated for swapping the suspension, since struts with 200,000 miles on them behave exactly as if they were made of flubber. Bouncing!
  • 1- Good time. It took me three times as long as I thought it would.
  • 2- The aftermarket (Pep Boys, Autozone, etc.) suspension components that I put in the last time the car needed repair had failed again. Disappointing.
  • 3- Both cars had bad bearings on the right side. Weird. Gonna have to fix that.
  • 4- Don't leave a car sit for four months because you're having too much fun driving the Grand Prix. I heard sounds coming out of that thing that I suspect would literally kill the elderly or infirm.
  • 5- And of course, another rear view mirror fell off. I don't think I've ever owned a car that that didn't happen to.

  • 2 Comments:

    At Tuesday, July 10, 2007 10:07:00 AM CDT, Anonymous The Drizzle said...

    Your description of the Spirit in the first paragraph is very similar to my description of one of my uncles. "little cantankerous, with the smoking and sputtering." I had no idea my uncle was based upon a K-car frame.

     
    At Wednesday, July 11, 2007 7:24:00 PM CDT, Blogger gc said...

    The difference is the Dodge doesn't blow in your ear when fueled up.

     

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