Thursday, October 3, 2013

Car Guts

Notice, I haven't posted about DJ's car for a while. Sigh.
This is the inside of the motor. While I am soooooo thankful that it is back together and looks like a normal motor, there have been complications. I suppose if Den took my guts out and put them back in with only a help manual, I would have issues too.
He did great and the car started on the first turn of the key. That never happens. Ever. Or so I was told.
It did spray a bit of gas out the side but Den said this was to be expected. I rolled my eyes and he sopped gas with a rag . He got the leak to stop. Yay, because I don't think DJ would have felt real safe driving around holding a fire extinguisher.
Den saved us about $1000 by doing it himself and he used premium parts. Yay Den. But he ended up having to cut the muffler off with a saws-all because a bolt wouldn't come loose. Fine, clamp it back on. Then it started leaking transmission fluid(our driveway looks like someone gutted a small animal with all of the red/pink stains on the driveway) and the check engine light came on. Ahhh, the joys of old cars.
We brought it in and had the muffler properly clamped on and all the rusted transmission lines replaced. That was $291. The check engine light is still on. That is a lovely project for this weekend. He swears and I bring beer. We have a system.
The funny thing is I'm not upset about doing repairs on this car. We have had it for going on 11 years and it has been a champ. Whenever something broke on it, we fixed it and usually tried to use premium parts. We have gotten our money out of that car a few times over. Bless its little rebuilt heart motor.
We have decided that this will be our retirement car. Some like to have a sweet classic car to tool around in during retirement. We will be in a 99 Lumina but hey, it will probably still be running. DJ said it's like having a brand new car since everything is slowly being replaced. Now all we need to do is paint it again. Hey, we are in Illinois, we do car rust like no other.
Rusty and broke,
Sonya Ann


D.Lynn said...

"He swears and I bring beer. We have a system." I love it! That's communication at it's best! Didn't Anna drive this care before him? Just call it Timex - takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin' :)

slugmama said...

Well say what you want about the Lumina, at least it's not the F*cus.....lolz

I think DJ should call it his "Frankencar".

Sonya Ann said...

D.Lynn-Good memory! First, it was my car and then Anna got it when she turned 16 and I got a mini-van. When Anna was in college, Den got another car so his went to Anna and the lumina went to DJ. SO the car is kind of a slut. It has been passed around. LOL we got it second hand, it's like a $5 hooker.

Sonya Ann said...

sluggy-That F*cus was a killer. It more than wiped us out that year. What was it over $2000 just in a few months trying to get it to run. Piece of crap.
I will suggest the name to him. Sounds a little better than white lightening.

McVal said...

Our problem would be that there would be leftover parts laying there that no one knows what to do with. Oh and it would be leaking like a sieve.
Bring the man beer and see if the Lumina will make a trip to Iowa!

Sonya Ann said...

McVal-Hahahaha we had the "what about the extra parts problem." Den said he was going to give them to DJ and tell him it was his problem. LOL he actual ran out of parts and had to go get more bolts. He still hasn't found it, probably not a good thing.

Cheapchick said...

A 99 Lumina will definitely be a classic car...some day! Just get some dice for the mirror. Cheers!

Sonya Ann said...

Cheapchick-It might end up being a classic but it will never be cool. LOL

Frances said...

I love DJ's attitude! Saying it will be new instead of whining for new. You raised that boy right!

Sonya Ann said...

Frances-Oh now the boy will still whine but it is usually for food. LOL I guess that one is alright or he will whine for magic cards.

Kayla Dudley said...

“…I'm not upset about doing repairs on this car.” – You definitely have a talent in fixing cars. For most people, they will leave everything in a professional’s hands to be assured that the repairs will last. But you were able to manage to fix your car with all lots of trial and error. That’s amazing! There's still no harm in getting it checked in shops though, just to make sure that everything is in working order, especially since this will be your retirement car.

Kayla @

Sonya Ann said...

Kayla-Thank you so much for stopping over to see me. We still laugh about the fact that he even got it running.