Well, a weekend is concluding again and its been a while since I've sat down to this here blog. Where to start?
At work, the other guy in my group left the company, leaving me with all the work to finish off. He was a good guy and did a great job on his stuff. My head is spinning trying to catch up on all the projects that he was working on and get them confirmed and move on. On top of it, I am still trying to understand the process and systems of the job, so I am a bit slow on the uptake for most stuff...its a challenge, but thats why they pay me, right?
On to the weekend...I'll be taking in my seats to a local upholsterer to help rebuild the foam in the seats. I purchased the stock upholstery covers when we first moved back...so its sort of only a half job that he has to do. While my car is out of commission, I decided to rent an econo-box while its seats are missing. This way, I can keep the car in my garage and I can replace carpet, weatherstripping and a load of other items that have been held off in the interior.
In addition to that, it was time to change the oil in the 'family' car. I headed to the store and picked up all the oil and filters and my plan was to explain to the kid how its done. Errrrr. First off, throughout life, I have despised shops that change your oil and wrench on the filter with all their might. This happened a couple months ago with the local Ford dealer, who did an overall check to the car and changed the oil too. Mistake. I got under the car and could not budge the filter...the only thing the kid learned about changing the oil was you get dirty both on your hands, arms and mouth. Gah!
So, he and I packed up the car and drove down to the local Jiffy Lube for the change. I begged them to hand-tighten and then a quarter turn with the filter. I'd never been to a Jiffy Lube before and the guys were incredibly efficient and helpful. To my surprise, the pointed out that the belts in the car were well on their way to death and should be replaced...they called me over to check it out. Errr...in the past 3 months, this car has been to the Ford dealership TWICE and it was never pointed out to me. In fact, I have an inspection card from them with a little green check next to the belts. So, the guys at Jiffy Lube made the change for me.
Back home, I began the work of gutting the interior of the Cougar. First was the seats and to remove them, you have to pull some grommets from the bottom of the car. These grommets were caked in dirt and mud...nearly 45 years worth! Was able to bang it all away and get the seats out, only to find all sorts of goodies underneath the seats. Garbage, food, cigarette butts, coins and S&H green stamps! A time capsule in a car. Coins from 1964, 1972 and beyond...kinda fun. Then came the seatbelts and the carpet and surprisingly the underside of the car is in pretty decent shape.
Tomorrow, I have to deliver those seats and then its on to fixing the weatherstripping, carpet and a bunch of little things in the car. In the meantime, I have to wear dark glasses and a hat to work each day as I pull into work in a Nissan Versa.
Time to watch some football and hockey now...