No, I’m not talking about Blink-182 (although, now I’m singing it). I’ve gotten into a groove over the last couple of weeks of checking off at least one or two items on my to-do lists on my cars. The main focus right now is the SportCross. The eventual goal with the Lexus is to make it the daily driver and eventually move on from the Dart.
Living close to my parents again helps with the motivation. It’s only about 100 yards away from where I live so it’s super easy to head over, move their cars out of the garage and work. This week I had a small list of things I wanted to get done :
-Adjust the read coilovers
-Fix my rear-view and driver side mirrors (rattles like crazy)
-Install the rear Eibach sway bar
-Run new hood latch cable
Tossed the car on jack stands and removed the rear wheels and adjust the BC Racing coilovers. I sprayed the bolts for the OEM sway bar since they were rusty as hell and I know my luck with broken bolts. Sure as shit the first one I touch, snapped it off. It was at that point I decided to not venture down that road laying on my back and wait until I got to work this week and put it on a lift.
I’ll admit openly I’m no mechanic. I know my limitations very well and will never hesitate to ask a friend for help (usually it’s one of my best friends, George who is all too familiar with my usual shenanigans lol). Tossed the wheels back on and set the car down. I measured at least 20 times to make sure both sides were even, but still unsure of myself I got creative. I took two Popsicle sticks and taped them to the top of the tires then measures from there. Damn near perfect. I laughed at myself because, really, who does that?
From there I fixed the mirrors which was as simple as just tightening some loose screws. Oh, while were talking about screws, apparently none of my dash and gauge cluster was screwed in. When I say none, I mean NOTHING. After digging through decades of screws and washers my Father has stored I managed to get it all tightened down. I popped the hood with anticipation of changing the latch cable, but I just ended up checking the fluids and calling it a day.
I really just didn’t want to mess with much any more and I had already felt pretty accomplished lol Straightened up the garage and grabbed some fresh cookies from my mom and sister who had been baking most of the afternoon, said my goodbyes and made my way up to the car wash to spray the car down since I hadn’t washed it since I took ownership. The list is getting shorter on what I want to get done, which I’m pretty happy about. Hoping next time I’m in the garage it’s going to be spent installing the black carpet I picked up. That’s all I have for now. I recently just turned 28 and time flies when you’re having fun; I received a GoPro as a gift which has me hoping to create some type of video content. Until next time.