Well, I haven't been driving it all that much these past few weeks. I'm still waiting on my title, so I really shouldn't be driving it, but I still do occasionally.
I'm in the process of replacing the rear window. I found a suitable plastic that I purchased from McMaster-Carr, but now I'm trying different adhesives. I haven't found one I liked so far, but so far I've only been playing with contact cements which tend to "melt" the PVC plastic. I think I'm going to use a strong black silicone by 3M.
Overall the car is a blast to drive. Driving by myself with the top down turns EVERY head I pass. I have had people roll down their windows at red lights and shout at me asking about the car. A few weeks ago at the vet I had to run back out to the car, and a couple in their 70's were gawking over it - I let the guy get a picture of his wife sitting in it.
I am updating my gaslog as I fill back up. It's magnificent to only pay $12 for a fillup - even if I only get around 200 miles out of it.
I'm really looking forward to getting the title so I can get a tag and not be scared to drive it. I've taken it out to a few car meets and it instantly becomes the star of the show.
I would probably say that Erik talks the cars up a little bit, but they're in very good shape. My car - a few dents and dings. He did not mention anything about the top having two patches on it and the back window being hazed over, and there were a few more miles on it than he originally quoted, although this last may be because it looks like he copy/pastes the listing info and slightly changes it - he may have forgotten to change the mileage.
Don't get me wrong - I absolutely LOVE my car and think I got a stellar deal on it.
Looks like the Beat, and other JDM imports, may become victims of their own success. The feds are seriously looking at changing our import laws currently permitting cars 15 years and older, to 25 years. This would be in line with what the US does.
The feds are seriously looking at changing our import laws currently permitting cars 15 years and older, to 25 years. This would be in line with what the US does.
Ouch. Really? I remember my dad stressing that his Porche 356 Kit Car had to be made more than 15 years old to be imported to this country (his is a 1987) and apparently even Kit Car parts can't be taken across the border either. What is with Canada's fear of kit cars?
Edit: my dad knows someone that purchased a Fiero that was modded into a look-alike Ferrari. It's now sitting in storage in the USA because it was made within the last 15 years. Whoops!