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After years of a mediocre online presence I have grown sick of myself.  I don’t think it’s related to what I write, what I post, my political leanings or any of those common topics that make an online persona what it is.  I don’t think it’s my online persona per se.  I am just sick of myself, in all areas of my life, online and off.  So, with some hesitation I will be removing all of my various blogs over the next few days to weeks.  I may re-emerge in some manifestation but at this point I could not tell you what that manifestation will be.  I blame recent life events for this identity crisis, as I’ve labeled it.  I no longer really know who I am or who I want to or should be.  Some things will never change and that is my dedication as a father.  I will always love my children with all of my heart and will never cease to be everything that they deserve.  To be honest, my children are, what I consider to be, my one saving grace.  Loving them, and being loved by them, has made some pretty tough situations survivable.  However, every other aspect of who I am is fair game. It’s time to make a change, for better or worse. I don’t really know if anyone reads this blog anymore but if there are any passers by, farewell…  Thanks for stopping by.  Maybe our paths will cross elsewhere in the future.

K

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This too was a nice car.  Mine was black, with 4 doors.  It had a 4.3 liter vortec v6 which put out quite a bit of po1992 Jimmywer.  This was a class, comfortable strong little SUV.  It did have problems, however.  Mine   chewed up its tires like they were made of JELLO.  I finally had it looked at and it turns out the frame was crooked.  Now….this was a demo car when I bought it and I’m assuming it was in an accident.  I also had problems with the breaks.  I had to replace them completely after about 20,000 miles.  All in all, it was a fun truck to have.  I bought it because I was driving 60 miles to school everyday and needed something more reliable in the snow than the TA.  Unfortunately, the problems mentioned above all happened in the span of a couple of months, so I decided to ditch the Jimmy and move on. 

This car was a lot of fun.  I bought it from the kid who had the 70’s LeMans.  It was at this time that I learned he was not a very good mechanic.  The electrical system was a hack job, the body was rotting, the air filter constantly fell off, the electric windows sometimes worked and sometimes didn’t, there was a hole in the gast tank, the headers gaskets were trash and the interior was a pit.  It was probably the best $1000 I ever spent.  I loved this car and was proud to drive it around.  Although I didn’t do much to it during the short time I had it, I had dreams for it.  I did learn how to replace the header gaskets, which actually made a huge difference in how the car ran, but aside from that, nothing.  Thinking back, these cars (I’m inclduing camaros of the same era) were and probably still are a dime a dozen.  I should have saved the extra $500 to get something ten times better, but I act on impulse and I had to have the car.  The only advice I can really give is to make sure you have it checked out by someone you trust.  These cars can be very powerful, very fast and very cool but there is nothing cool about it stalling in the middle of route 1.  There is nothing cool about the water pump crapping out while you are drving home from work in the 90 degree heat.  There is nothing cool about a car with no ac and windows that won’t go down, in the middle of the summer.  It was fun though and I don’t have any regrets.  Maybe someday I’ll buy a nice one.  Maybe someday I’ll buy something nicer.  Check out the pics below, again, these are not of my car.  Just some I found that looked nice.

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The title says it all.  I remember my friend had a 70’s something LeMans in high school.  This car was great.  It looked like a Chevelle.  He had a monster engine in it and could blow away anything else in town.  The 90’s version of the LeMans was not quite as cool.  It was a little two door hatch back with a small (very small) four cylinder engine.  My older brother also had one, his had AC while mine didn’t.  I always laughed though becuase these cars had so little power to begin with, he had to choose whether he wanted to sit in the AC or actually drive, becuase the car was not capable of doing both simultaneously.*  As cheesy as these cars were, I loved mine.  Much like the party wagon, it had personality.  My LeMans had a neon stripe that ran down its sides, I put on some chrome american racing rims equipped with low profile tires and installed the same cd player from the party wagon.  I din’t end there though.  I bought a 10 inch and 12 inch kicker box and placed it in the trunk area.  Sounded great listening to heavy metal and hair bands.**  All in all though, it was a good second car.  It had a four speed manual transmission and a little engine that would not quit.  It wasn’t the most luxurious or sporty car in the world, but it was mine, it was cheap and it was dependable.  There are days when I wish I could go back….but we know that won’t happen.  Check out the pic below.  This wasn’t my car but it is a good representation.  Mine was also white, but had the fancy stripe.

1992 Pontiac LeMans

 

* It could actually drive and have the AC on simultaneously.

** It didn’t sound that great.  That type of music doesn’t have the strong basslines that make kicker boxes worhtwhile.

My first car was a used, two tone brown, 1986 pontiac 6000 station wagon.  I got it from my grandparents, who were no longer able to drive.  Although I never wanted the car, it was still a fun experience.  It had a 2.5 liter, 4 cylinder engine.  I used to tell everyone how it was the biggest 4 cylinder they made.  Yeah….I was that cool.  Regardless, I was the first of many of my friends to have a license, so I was the friend responsible for carting everyone else’s asses around.  My lovely ride soon became known as the party wagon.  I installed a CD player and put plastic (chrome) wheel covers on.  Oh yeah…this car was pimpin’ before pimpin was cool.

I have to say though, that pontiac made a solid car when they made the 6000 series.  The interior was spacious and comfortable.  It accomodated 6 high school students very nicely.  When I say it was solid, I mean it was solid.  I was unfortunately in an accident, not too long after driving on my own.  In short, I hit a tree.  I was fine and the car had minimal damage.  I did mess up the lovely paint job though (see above).  Despite the fact that I was the dork driving Grampa’s wagon, it was a good car to learn in.  Aside from occasional alternator problems, nothing ever went wrong.  Check out the pic below.  This is one of the only pictures I could find online.  I unfortunately do not have any of my own pictures of the “Party Wagon”.

Pontiac 6000

 

 

What is it with cars?

Posted: July 12, 2006 in Cars, Misc., Reviews

In my relatively short 30 years, I have owned a lot of cars.  I’m not writing about this because I think it is cool, or that I am special but because I think it is funny that of all the things I could be addicted to, it is cars that cause me to have urges and cravings.  Its also funny because it is not any specific car, it is more like I just get bored and want something new.  Financially, this can cause problems, but on a positive note, I already have more first hand knowledge about cars than some people will ever have in their lives.  I’m not necessarily talking about technical knowledge, but more like the knowledge of a wine connoisseur or a food critic.  As a result, I have decided to dedicate some space on this blog to cars.  I figured I would start with my somewhat extensive although eclectic list of cars and move on from there.