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Bored. Bored.

Here is a picture of a thing we did last weekend. Still working on the write up.

Wagovan made it home! Wagovan made it home!

Many problems, most of them minor. Glad to be home. 800 miles in that car, mostly in mountainous terrain was... a lot. Many posts to come, but on balance it was an excellent trip and well worth the effort.

Made it to Arkansas! Made it to Arkansas!

Honda did fine. Using a lot of oil and so slow. Internet is terrible so might not be getting a lot of updating done.

DOTS DOTS

I saw a forest green Corolla on the way to work today. It was a little dirty and the paint was a little flat, which made it look good. Really like that color on them. Just check and it appears Toyota doesn’t offer it on the new iM Mazda 2 Yaris, which is a shame.

Inauspicious Trip Beginnings Inauspicious Trip Beginnings

I am still excited about the Wagovan’s first true overland road trip, but if I’m being honest things aren’t looking good for most of the convoy.

It was the fuel tank strainer It was the fuel tank strainer

The Honda is home. The tech’s approximate words were “we’re not sure how any fuel was getting through.” I guess the sock was really, really bad.

Wagovan at the Doctor - Status Update Wagovan at the Doctor - Status Update

Alright, the Wagovan has been at the car doctor all day and they have some good news and some bad news.

Dear Mechanic Person Dear Mechanic Person

As part of dropping off the Wagovan at a mechanic tomorrow, I’ve typed up a summary document for it. The hope here is that it’ll help the techs know what has been done, but at the same time I wonder if going at it with virgin eyes would be better? What does Oppo think? (Summary below)

The towel has been thrown in The towel has been thrown in

I’m not giving up on my little Honda. I am giving up on myself. After exhausting (pardon the pun) my available list of things that could be wrong with the Honda this morning, I’ve booked it an appointment the the local Honda indie. My pride weeps.

One toasty heater One toasty heater

And the car wasn’t even fully warm yet!

Wagovan Work - 10 Days to go! Wagovan Work - 10 Days to go!

This weekend was mostly successful wrenching, with one really, really bad fail. Here is a quick list of all the stuff I managed to get done!

To do a cooling system refresh, or to not do a cooling system refresh... [updated] To do a cooling system refresh, or to not do a cooling system refresh... [updated]

That is the question! I have less than two weeks until my big overland trip in the Wagovan. While things are falling off the TODO list nicely, many items still remain. The biggest question in my mind at the moment: should I replace the cooling system.

I miss my Alfa I miss my Alfa

This thread on the FP reminded me I haven’t driven the Alfa in a loooooong time. It is getting an oil change and a new top before the end of the month, so at least my wallet has been hanging out with it. Sidenote: This 2.0L inline 4 takes 7.1 quarts of oil per change, excluding the 0.7 qt you can’t really get to.

All the stuff I have 15 days to do on the Wagovan All the stuff I have 15 days to do on the Wagovan

So the project Wagovan/ Project Golf Ball isn’t going as planned. As it is, I have two weeks to get it ready to drive to Arkansas, do some overlanding, and drive back. Here is all the stuff I still need to do.

Shop Quest - Could this be the one?! Shop Quest - Could this be the one?!

Short answer: maybe. Today I looked at a new listing that has a shop, house, and a decent asking price. This... might be my newest failure.

I have a nice thing to say about Kinja! I have a nice thing to say about Kinja!

The new thing seems to be better than infiniscroll. It isn’t perfect, for sure, and needs work, but overall I think it shows greater potential.

Amazon Order Reduction - March Amazon Order Reduction - March

Man I knew you guys would be super excited to see this new update on how well I am doing reducing the amount of stuff I’ve been ordering on amazon! Well here it is!

Weekend Wrenching Woes - A self pity post Weekend Wrenching Woes - A self pity post

This is me wallowing in self pity. It is a lot of fun. You should try it some time. I did attempted some wrenching this weekend and it didn’t go super well.

Irresponsible Car Shopping with Akio Irresponsible Car Shopping with Akio

Friday. Raining. Bored. Lets see what kind of trouble I can get in on Craigslist.

Shop Quest - An interesting option Shop Quest - An interesting option

Interesting is certainly the best way to describe this option. After being defeated on attempting to purchase a piece of land, I’ve been casually browsing but not really doing any showings. Until last week.

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