to do during the past few weeks. I was going to continue with my "looking for new riding pants" saga but I am getting behind. Do you know that I have posts from last year not yet published, but it was so long ago I archived the photos. I am most positive you would have been interested to know about a conversation I had with an "instructor", which parallels motorcycling that you may not realize or even thought about, because I certainly didn't .
For now I'll turn back the clocks a couple of weeks and refer you to a post by absent-minded RichardM in Alaska who forgot to renew his driver's license. Anyway I got to thinking, so when I got home to check my license you wouldn't believe that . . . it was also expiring very soon. I am one who dislikes loose ends. When things break I have to have them fixed right away. So even though I had time to spare I went into panic mode and made a trip to our Motor vehicle office, which is run by our Insurance Corp of BC . Being a Government Agency, their hours of operations don't usually match times where customers can actually visit, but I was in luck to find their only office which opens Mall hours.
Agent: "That'll be $17.00 sir"
Me: "Only $17.00, what happened ? did you reduce your rates ?"
Agent: "No, the regular rate is $75. for a 5 year term. That's what I have to pay, but you are old so you get a discount. For you it is $17. for 5 years, Seniors get the reduced rate" (well, I made up that old part)
I have snow tires mounted on separate rims so I can change the wheels myself.
except for a little loss of air, after I changed the wheels over to summer tires I pump them back up to recommended pressures. I have never had a problem and I do the same routine every year. This year I developed a slow leak in my front tire. It was loosing 3 psi per day. I jacked the car up and inspected the tire carefully for punctures and couldn't find any problems. It bothered me so much that I had to bring it in to the place where I purchased these new Michellins last year
It was hard to find but eventually discovered it was a "bead" leak on the inner seal. They unmounted the tire and everything was clean, and the bead on the tire was "as new" with no imperfections. They put more rubber compound on the rim and remounted the tire. I have been racking my brain trying to figure out what happened. I don't abuse tires and I have never "hit" a curb or anything like that, but then it occurred to me what happened, and it is certainly my fault. It's the way I hammer the tire to break the surface tension on the tire hub due to the torqued lug nuts.
When I first arrived at the tire shop they were busy with two other customers before me, so before they could fit me on the hoist I decided to walk down the block while I waited. I decided to carry my camera looking for photos when I came upon a shop with an interesting car. I know I shouldn't be poking my camera into a private shop, so I quickly took a few steps inside their repair facility and before I could snap the shutter, I heard a
voice shouting my direction: "WHAT ARE YOU DOING THERE !!"
I didn't know whether to turn and run or hold my ground, so I looked at him and confidently said
Me: "That is a very nice car over there. Do you mind if I snap a photo of it ?" I blabbed some other jibberish about being in a car club and having sold my muscle car, and
HE said: "Come on it and take as many photos as you want. As a matter of fact I'll lower the hoist for you to get a better view"
Of course it was that RED Cobra high up on the hoist that caught my eye.
Soon enough he came over and lowered the hoist for me
I have always admired this particular model Cobra. My other dream car was the 356 Porsche Speedster.
this particular car has the 351 Ford engine and it looks very nice.
Of course these are all KIT cars as I don't think you could afford to buy an original one. After I snapped a few photos I left went up the street to look at some motorcycles and when I started to walk back to the tire shop I noticed a Barracuda across the street. A voice came from nowhere and
said: "That belongs to a customer of mine. Let me open the hood for you"
It was the same person from that repair shop. He must have been watching me walk down the street
Me: "Thank you, I used to have a 2 door hardtop, same colour, white with black vinyl top"
I think this is a rare car. They didn't make many Barracuda convertibles back then, and this had the 340ci engine, bucket seats with console
I can't seem to get that Cobra off my mind