August 09, 2006

A milestone, of sorts.

For all you lovers of homely Swedish automobiles, at 12:21 p.m. today, at this stretch of Interstate--

located one mile from the I-59/I-459 interchange, the I Am A Moron Project turned over 225,000 miles.

Approximately. I mean, there was several years in there where the previous owner didn't have an operable odometer, but he did keep up with his mileage through the use of a highly entertaining and somewhat disturbing set of office calendars, where he obsessively would track his mileage driven to and from work each day, along with gas prices and repair work. Adding up the mileage of all the separate entries allowed me to piece together a workable estimate of total mileage that I used when I repaired the odometer gear. It's not exact, but I will say it's probably pretty darned close.

So, a tip of the hat to the fellows in Gothenburg who designed him, and to the folks in Torslanda who put him together.

(And yes, I know the temp gauge looks like it's about to explode, but it went back down to normal soon after the photo was taken. Don't know if I have a sticky thermostat or just need to change out the coolant. I will take care of it, though.)

Posted by Terry Oglesby at August 9, 2006 03:26 PM

I never have a camera with me at those moments. Perhaps when the Civic turns 100,000. Unless I've managed to move up to something with more pickup by then. Like a rented mule.

Posted by: skinnydan at August 9, 2006 03:48 PM

I've been waiting for this one for several days, and made sure I brought along the camera today to record this event for posterity. 'Cause, you know, posterity was just begging for it.

As for having more pickup for your Civic, I would suggest that you do as all the young miscreants do and slap on a couple of decals, add a big coffee can muffler tip, and turn your baseball cap around backwards. That seems to really help a lot.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at August 9, 2006 04:03 PM

I just ticked over 440,000 kilometres in the '86 wagon. Not sure what that is in pounds and ounces.

Sounds like your temperature gauge celebrated as well.

My odometer is genuine but my vehicle had a similarly picky previous owner. The service records are about six inches thick and many pages are marked with underlinings and question marks. He would have driven the service guys nuts. The temperature gauge has always sat closer to the top than the middle but apparently the owner had exhaustive investigations to discover why this was so, fearing overheating. There was no problem at all. It's just where it sits. It barely moves.

Posted by: kitchen hand at August 9, 2006 06:49 PM

Silly Possum. I said I wanted more PICKUP, not that I wanted to get picked up by the cops.

I suppose I could put my yarmulka on backwards and see if it helps.

Posted by: skinnydan at August 10, 2006 08:09 AM

Kitchenhand, I believe that converts out to 5,324,567 acre-feet. As for that temp gauge, I blame mine on the high ambient temperature yesterday, combined with having just been driving a bit faster than necessary, and having the A/C turned on full blast. It's back to around normalish this morning. YOUR gauge might have a bent spring that's causing the needle to sit a bit higher than usual. Or the temperature compensator in the guage is a bit off. Or, you know, the effects associated with being on the bottom of the Earth.

Skinnydan, you might not realize it, but the modifications I outlined will make your Civic 78% faster. At least in your imagination. As for the yarmulka, you might need to sew a bill on it so everyone ELSE knows it's on backwards. Or maybe stick a little Kangol logo on it facing facewards.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at August 10, 2006 08:32 AM

Gauge. Gauge! Gauge!

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at August 10, 2006 08:34 AM

We'll see if Mrs. can crochet a backwards kangaroo. Maybe one of the orthodox women in Australia can help out.

Posted by: skinnydan at August 10, 2006 10:18 AM

Is there such thing as a kosheroo?

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at August 10, 2006 10:26 AM

Yes, but it involves a jewish religious surgical procedure and underwear with superheros on them.

Posted by: skinnydan at August 10, 2006 01:15 PM

That's why the petrol keeps flowing out the filler cap as well. (Being down here.)

This thread reads like one of those crossed line phone calls people used to get. When there were real phones, I mean.

Posted by: kitchen hand at August 10, 2006 11:17 PM

I heard it helps if you put the nozzle of the pump in upside down.

As for the comments, I have always believed that coherence is vastly overrated.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at August 11, 2006 08:04 AM