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I bought the Vette!
I'll say more about that later I'm sure, and give updates as it hits certain milestones such as basic maintenance and solving the overheating problem which might involve a new radiator depending on what I find.

Which reminds me. Now that I know my Subaru can be transferred to ANYBODY without the need to be inspected, provided that the new owner does not mind tagging it as a historic vehicle, I'm much less saddened at the thought of parting with it. So, does anybody reading this know of anyone who would appreciate receiving my old Subaru?

It seems that most any time I try to think of someone who has both the skills to maintain a car of this design and condition and at the same time the necessary poverty to appreciate it, I'm reminded of garnet_rattler of a couple of years ago. But that was a couple of years ago, and by now I'd assume he's acquired a car he can afford to own.

If I part with the car this way I'm still taking off my one hander CB, as I've maintained a standard in one CB in each car and then one that came with the Vette does not work right, believe it or not :-) No WONDER it was so "cheap"! The CB was broken!

I'll most likely also remove my after-market cruise control, which is a very unusual design and very suitable for the Vette as well. There are a number of other add-ons I'll most likely leave on. If I junk it, which seems a pretty horrible waste of a car that's in better shape than some cars I've helped my friends to maintain over the years, I'll more or less strip the car of stuff it does not need in order to actually run and then drive what's left to the nearest auto scrap yard so I don't have to pay for its removal.

This goes against my grain because, usually when people drive a car to a scrap yard it has a serious problem. This car's only real problem is that it is 26 years old and is rusting rather rapidly now.

It currently needs a little work which I'm currently performing in order to get it to run well enough to drive over to go to the emissions station. If I decide keep it 2 more years (until the next emissions test), I'll probably forgo the emissions and simply retag it as a historic anyway. I could even forgo the current repair and do it now, but having a non-running car in my driveway is not a pleasant thought as I'm in danger of having "gridlock" here.

I would think somebody would enjoy a car which has proven so reliable and cost effective over so many years. It isn't perfect and in places it has more rust (or duct tape) than steel, but the fact is it does run (or will in a few days) and to someone in desperate need of reliable occasional transportation, it could seem quite the blessing.


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heldc From: heldc Date: June 9th, 2007 08:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
What do you want for it? My mom's car has been on mechanic funded life support for a while, and she likes subarus.
fixx From: fixx Date: June 9th, 2007 09:09 pm (UTC) (Link)
If I could find a home for it which I felt warranted not ripping out quite all the fun parts. I'd probably give it away. I'd practically consider giving a "dowry" with the car for the right person, and come to think of it, I have a few spare parts which will likely go with the car unless whoever takes it has no room for them.

Where abouts does your mom live (city/state?), and what sort of circumstance (house, apartment?), Would she have a place for spare parts?

One condition I'd insist on is hearing that the car is still running, now much longer it goes or the date and circumstance of its demise. Whats really dying on this car is the body. EVERY mechanical repair I've ever performed on it is still going strong. Certain custom engineered parts, such as the clutch cable have outlasted the OEM parts by four times. (the OEM clutch cables broke every 2 years like clockwork. The substitute I designed has lasted about 9 with no end in sight.

That reminds me, this car has a manual transmission. Can your mom handle stick?
heldc From: heldc Date: June 9th, 2007 09:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Her current subaru is a stick. She's in a house, in College Park, and there's def room for spare parts, as there are a number of such on the patio now. I know she was looking for a used car last year, but they were all too expensive. When you say what's dying is the body, what do you mean?
fixx From: fixx Date: June 9th, 2007 10:03 pm (UTC) (Link)
I mean that there is sufficient rust on the doors, on the rocker panels and the bottoms of the quarter panels that this car will NEVER pass a Maryland inspection, (at least now without a good bit of bribery).

Though I can keep this car forever and drive it "until the wheels fall off" due to the way maryland law works, if I sell it or give it away (to a non-relative) , the only way to tag this car legally in MD is to put "Historic Plates" on it, thereby circumventing MD inspections. The problem with historic plates, is that you are not permitted to use the car for daily commuting. The laws regarding historic tags have changed in the past 20 years. It used to be you could only drive them on weekends. Now they are a lot more vague about how much you are or are not allowed to drive such a car.

I suppose if you and I got married that would make your mom my mother in law and then by giving it to her it would constitute a family transaction and circumvent inspections... So what are you doing this Sunday? :-)
fixx From: fixx Date: June 9th, 2007 10:04 pm (UTC) (Link)
Waaaiiit? her current car is a SUBARU?? What year? It is possible, even likely, I have what it takes among my spare parts (and vast knowledge of Subarus) to restore reliability to her old car. Definitely worth considering and easier than divorce too!
eyesys From: eyesys Date: June 10th, 2007 11:06 am (UTC) (Link)
yay!!!! bright shiny car!!!! :)
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