- Feb 26, 2012
I was not terribly active during my first three entrants into the world of DSM, so I'll start off with a bit of background before jumping into this car.
I grew up playing Need For Speed (Underground was my favorite as a child) and while I didn't know anything about cars at all, I was familiar with the appearance of all of the cabirthday. I was required to purchase my own car by that time and I was required to fund all of the costs associated with that. I was a rather enterprising youth so money wasn't an issue; picking my first car was more of a conundrum because the only car that I knew by name was the then-new retro Mustang. I wanted that one car from NFSU. You know, that one with the tail lights that go all the way across the back. The one with the tall hoop spoiler. Yeah, that one!.......
a month before I found a 1995 TSi AWD for sale in Storm Lake, IA that hit my price point. Clear neglect from the moment it rolled off the lot, a slew of horrific non-functional mods, and a fair amount of ignorance..
..I parked it next to a dumpster at a storage facility on the south side of Indianapolis and told the facility owner that I wasn't coming back for it. It was the day of my college graduation and I was driving, along with my entire extended family, back to Cincinnati from Terre Haute when my second replacement transmission went out. I was done.....
[BI had just started my new long-term job in Indianapolis but it would be another six weeks before pay checks started rolling in. I borrowed some money from my boyfriend and rolled into the driveway with a $1000 Miata that was immediately called Rusty. I knew that it wouldn't last long and that I needed a real car to be my DD, so I hopped down to my nearest Ford dealer and put in an order for the just-announced Focus RS, which I was later told wouldn't be arriving for another six months......
Then I turbocharged my new NA Miata. Then my boyfriend talked me into a Ranger. When the RS arrived, it became our fourth car, and I had already purchased two cars to be delivered from Japan. Between the Ranger, two Miatas, his Abarth, the RS, my Autozam, and our Jimny, my Ford was tied with the Ranger as the car that I least wanted to take to work every day. Things had gotten out of hand and after buying a house, money was tight. We sold Rusty and the Ranger mostly to clear up space, and I began thinking about a cheaper car to replace the RS as my winter vehicle. I was thinking Volvo 245 when a friend pointed out that a DSM would fit all of my criteria except a back seat.
Using my inheritance from the death of my grandfather, I bought a 1998 GSX and listed the Focus for sale. This brings everything up to January of this year.[/b]
TL;DR I had Eclipses. Some of them were great. I bought another one.
Up next: the worst month in my life, my life sucks continued, and A New Hope.
Nope. I'll get to why soon, but the abbreviated version is that the car has only been out of the garage for a cumulative two weeks since I bought it. It doesn't even have a license plate mounted yet. I haven't taken any pictures of my own. My profile pic is actually a picture taken by the previous owner years ago and it's all that I have at the moment. If it ever gets out of the garage, I have some picturesque magnolia and cherry trees that would make a glorious backdrop.....any pics?
I've already got happiness. All that's left is to clean up a bit, so to speak. And buy a house with a kitchen that doesn't suck, but that's a different matter entirely.Man that's your life story and you haven't even gotten to the worst month of your life yet. I can't offer any wisdom, but you've seen some sh**. Slow down with your life, possessions can't buy happiness
Glad to hear! I always feel like I'm too verbose and bland, so I'm glad that someone enjoys my writing!I love stories like these! Keep up the great work and don't leave out details!
Both balance shafts are out and the new bearings are in. Now I get to deal with my favorite part of this job, paper gaskets! The front cover is clean and I'm working on the oil filter housing now. This gasket is putting up much more of a fight. I removed the fuel injector resistor pack while I was in there today. I have amassed quite the pile of removed parts and I'm excited to weigh it all to see how much I have removed.
I've imposed an arbitrary deadline for this car. I will have it running by Friday night so that I can drive it to Ohio Saturday morning. I have done a whole piston ring job in three days, so I know that it can be done. Once these gaskets are done progress should be swift.
Let me know how you manage to get that front case gasket off. I've been fighting with mine for about 4 hours total now, thing is practically fossilized to the aluminum.
Oh, that's coming up. I hadn't thought about it. There's a Test & Tune that weekend here in Indy, but I might be able to do one day at the Shootout. 4.5 hours is a long drive for a day trip, though.Is this car coming to the shootout?