Monday, December 04, 2006

Some Men JUST Don't Get It!

"My husband just doesn't understand!"
I whined to my male co-worker, Cog. Ooh. When a woman complains about her husband to her male co-worker, eyebrows may be raised! But in this case, it's a cultural difference. I've considered embarking on a project to restore my 1993 Ford Mustang (sadly, not a Cobra like the one in this picture. But I digress.) The Citizen cannot see why anyone would want to put money and effort into an old car. I said to Cog: "Restoring the ol' Ford! It's as American as apple pie! Leafing through the J.C. Whitney catalogue! Pulling parts from the auto junkyard! Cursing and covered with motor oil!" Cog agreed and volunteered his automotive expertise. Should I decide to undertake this endeavor, here's what would be needed:

1. Re-hang driver’s side door and replace trim.
2. Paint all trim and rearview mirror housing.
3. Repair dent – driver’s side back quarter panel.
4. Paint either original or custom paint (dark blue-fade-light blue-fade-white from bottom up).
5. Pinstriping.
6. Remove broken bolt from license plate holder.
7. Shocks/struts (it’s an awful hard ride).
8. Resolve problem with radio – either radio does not work or wiring is bad.
9. Install CD player.**
10. R & R torn back deck carpet.
11. Replace fuses and steering column cover.
12. Driver’s seat bent/misaligned – leans back on one side.*
13. R & R spark plugs.
14. Louvres for back windshield.**
15. Rust removal - minor spots throughout body.
16. Tint windows.**
17. Clean wheels, remove rust.
18. Resolve issue with fan running constantly, even after car is turned off.
19. Remove “Button” and replace rear view mirror.
20. R & R windshield – small stone crack.*
21. R & R weatherstripping on sunroof.
22. Air conditioner repair – blows but not cold.

** Optional
* Low Priority

The engine still runs well, with more than 123K miles on it. I was told four years ago that the transmission needed replacing, but it's still running JUST FINE, thank you very much, Ripoff Automotive Services. The car is practically an antique and would be way fun to drive if restored.

If we go ahead with this project, why, the car may even get it's own blog!


At 2:16 PM, December 04, 2006, Blogger Brandy said...

Um, I could see it if the car was say REALLY old, like a 67. But, that's ALOT of work. Then again, it's your car, your money. If it makes you happy, do it!

At 4:06 PM, December 04, 2006, Blogger chanchow said...

If you love your car, then why not fix it up, as long as it doesn't cost you too much (whatever "too much" means). Sounds like Cog can help you save money.

At 6:27 PM, December 04, 2006, Blogger kazumi said...

Hm. That IS a lot of work.

Quick question: When you write 'pinstriping' does that mean your car will look like one of Tommy Hilfigers god awful suits??

At 4:54 AM, December 05, 2006, Blogger halfmanhalfbeer said...

Goodness, from having a month off blogging you are back with a vengence! I am not much into cars I must confess (quietly) but I still reckon it would be a fun projetc. Go for it!

At 2:31 AM, December 06, 2006, Blogger creative-type dad said...

Hmmm, it's a 1993. I agree with your husband.

You at least need to wait 20, 30 years. I think it's the law in some states.

At 8:14 PM, December 07, 2006, Blogger black feline said...


I say GO FOR IT! I cant wait to see the day to day account of your project! a blog pls


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