Hate Rust? I Will Show You One Way To Slow It Down.

As you may have heard, in New England, we have rusty cars. Lots of them. It’s disgusting. The best that we can hope for is that our fenders and suspension don’t fly off unexpectedly on the highway. Because that kind of stuff actually happens around here. Quite regularly, I see control arms rotted in half, entire mufflers in the middle of the road, and struts where the lower coil mount snaps off and allows the coil to stab the tire.

Being a car-guy, I like my cars,  so one of the actions that I enjoy doing every few months is cleaning debris out of my front fenders. It’s strange, I know, but I do it regularly with hopes that it will make some kind of difference in the life of the vehicle. That being said, I never keep a car long enough to find out. It’s a blessing and a curse I guess.

So anywho… I usually start by staring at the lower section of my fender to figure out what needs to happen for me to get the gross stuff out.

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On my 2005 Subaru Impreza, I began this process by removing the black plastic inner fender. Behind it is where I found about 3 lbs of dirt, mud, sticks, bugs and pine needles… Notice how lovely the area looks with that pollen covered water line. Nice.

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Remember That 1972 Nova Project From a While Ago?

Around 1.5 years ago, I made a blog post about a 1972 Chevy Nova project.  At the time I said;

Making this post allows me to be accountable for work getting done or not getting done on his car.  If you fail to see updates on a regular basis, please kick me, and we will pick up the pace.  Ideally we want it to move under its own power in 2010.

Yea, about that.  We did work on it some more after that, but then some life happened again, and progress was delayed.  My bad.  I take the full blame.  Guess what though…  It just arrived at my house, so I can no longer escape it.  I don’t even think I am allowed to return it to the owner unless it looks like a completely sinister tire shredding hell ride.  Anything less will be unacceptable.  So, let’s try this again, and shoot for 2012.  Oh, and if 2012 turns into a zombie apocalypse, we will turn it into a tank or something.

Lots of work ahead of me this winter.  Fingers crossed for a warm winter in New England. Yeaaa…

Seriously.  If you guys don’t see updates on this every couple weeks at the least, please don’t hesitate to kick me.