Okay, there's the tire issue. See, the Escort's been sitting for six months, and it's developed rim leaks because of it. This has led me to decide that I am never going to buy another car with mag wheels unless it's going to be garaged ALL THE TIME.
You see, the Fiero--which is generally kept out of the salt and rain and crap--retains tire pressure pretty well even though it has aluminum wheels. The MGB, which has steelies and thirty-year-old tires, retains tire pressure pretty well.
The Escort? *sigh* The flat tires are what led the code enforcement guy to cite me for it; otherwise the car doesn't have a thing wrong with it.
...what it needs is a very simple two-stage fix:
1) Inflate tires with Fix-a-Flat, top off with air. (I suspect that Slime would do as good a job, if not better.)Every time this car has developed a rim leak, this has fixed it. It's not that the tires are bad--they're not--it's just that there's nothing else you can do when aluminum wheels develop rim leaks; even replacing the tires doesn't do it.
2) Drive for about 15-20 minutes.
Here's what's right with the car:
rebuilt engine with 2,500 miles on it since the rebuildThe interior is in good shape--no rips or tears, though it's got some carpet stains and could do with a date with a vacuum cleaner--and the HVAC system works the way it's supposed to. The stereo won't play CDs any longer but it's got an AUX IN jack for an MP3 player; the rear defroster works.
new rear struts and springs (well, 20,000 miles or so)
new tie rod ends and recent alignment
new rear stabilizer links
new left side axle shaft
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I had myself a good sleep this afternoon, though. I put the phone on "do not disturb" to make sure I would. And I woke up feeling--if not quite refreshed--then at least not totally exhausted as I have for the past two days.
Of course, when I got up, it had begun to rain. No riding the bike tonight.
I woke up thinking about what to have for dinner, and was coming to no good conclusion; the first thought was "bacon mofo" and that'll probably be it even though hamburgers are pretty much all I ate yesterday. My arms feel like limp pasta and I don't have the energy for cooking.
...though KFC also sounds good, I think I'll hold off on that until tomorrow.
I need to do some grocery shopping, and take back the bag of dog food I don't need, but that too can wait.
My big plans for tonight involve watching as many episodes of Sketchbook as I can handle. Whee!