Or he could have called me and gotten one for cheap. Don't ask how I ended up with three after rebuilding the wife's TR6. Something about inventory control during the rebuild. Lists? I don't need no stinking list.
It does my heart good to know that someone with as much experience as you have still has some of those little setbacks that I have when you're doing your car repairs. It's also good to know that there's someone besides me that tries to do repairs as cost effectively as possible and once in awhile end up spending more because, once again the best laid plans of mice and men sometimes go astray.
All three of my kids were in theater in high school, two of them heavily involved in stage crew. One of them was involved with a production of "Grease" which used these huge hand-painted canvas-on-wood-frame reproductions of vintage movie posters as part of the set. After the run of the show, when they were about to strike the set, I looked at the "Forbidden Planet" painting and said "I'd LOVE to have that in the garage," never thinking that they'd actually give it to me. My son said "Take it; it's just going to get trashed." It's HUGE. I have access to a pickup truck with a utility body on the back, and it was too big to fit through the door. I had to strap it to the roof and drive the two miles home very slowly.
I'm trying to correct that. I wrote pieces last winter about getting bitten by a C3 Corvette and a lakester-inspired Track T hot rod. And I keep looking for a fully-loaded '63 Rambler Classic or Ambassador with a V8, factory air, and power everything. Or a well-priced Avanti.
It is very satisfying to get to mark niggling little projects that need doing off your to-do list. No one else will notice that they're done, but you can take pride in doing them and knowing they're done with care.
And, as Oldcars noted, what's with the writers and foreign cars? And in this case, all European, which virtually guarantees twice as much work and effort in keeping them running. Maybe that's intentional so they have plenty to write about...
Nevertheless, keep 'em coming Rob. Love hearing the (mis)adventures. And Zelda's wheels look great!
Thanks. Regarding no American cars, see my comment above. And, yes, if all my cars needed nothing, I WOULD have nothing to write about, so I DO tend to buy hanging needy pieces of German junk (or, in the case of the Lotus, British junk). Hey, we love what we love.
Those hose clamps are a work of art, I can only image the $$$ cost of them! I once bought a set of wheels and took them immediately from the junkyard to have them mounted. The friend who was doing the mounting was astounded that I hadn't cleaned and refurbished them, but I wanted them on the car ASAP. Cleaning/etc. would commence immediately once I arrived home, LOL!! 🙂
Mr. Siegel, may I suggest that you invest in some Permatex Right Stuff sealant? It works wonders on oil leaks and comes off when you need it to, unlike Yamabond or the dreaded Hondabond. I use a new version of Hylomar on rocker (some people call them "valve") covers that I also seal with silicone gaskets. And I'm curious if potential buyers of your cars are that concerned about "factory branded" hose clamps. If it runs and stops well and doesn't leak, would a particular hose clamp impact the sale price to a large degree? Just wondering...
Nothing beats old FOMOCO hose clamps. You can use them over and over. Just loosen the squeeze screw and give it a tap with a little ball peen and it pops loose. They never leak. I've collected dozens of them over the years. The ones most difficult to find are the radiator hose sized clamps. Those became obsolete back in the 70s but the factory used the heater hose sizes through the 90s.
I always read Rob's stuff in the Roundel magazine. Some how his thriftiness really came through in this article, love it. What a cool neighbor to have, I would just go over and mess with him about how those hose clamps are gonna blow up his deal lol
" I may have to go have a look at a car I don’t need just so I can drive the E39 somewhere." You do not NEED any of your cars. Should be rephrased as "look at a car I don't want". That way, you get to drive the BMW, and can, without guilt, say no to the car you looked at, then drive the BMW home. Then again, I DO need my Corvair Rampside...