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RAT OF A CAR

August 05, 2008
by: jovial_cynic
Like many 510 owners, I pride myself on the ability to have cobbled things together to make the car work. Lots of "temporary" repairs and the such. Many of the temporary repairs make the car a bit... unsafe, but I really do plan to fix it all. Soon. Honest.









Here are a few of the projects pending on my car that make it a bit of a rat:

1. Battery held down in trunk by bungee cords.
2. VW Radiator held down by bungee cords.
3. Muffler/exhaust held by three clamps and some coat-hanger wire.
4. Gas tank filler tube is a series of thick rubber tubes and clamps, with a rubber lid clamped on. (previous owner shaved the car, and had a fuel cell in the back... and filled through an opening he had on the rear deck. No rear windshield, because he planned to use the car to drag race).
5. Rear windshield? What rear windshield?
6. Windshield wipers? What windshield wipers?
7. Seatbelts? Nope.
8. Rear lights? Nope. Previous owner replaced the rear with a flat sheet, so I need to cut out spots for lights.
9. Wiring harness? Nope. With no lights installed, I've got about 5 or 6 wires in the car, total.
10. Alternator? No functioning one, anyway.
11. Door windows? Nope.

So yeah. She's a bit of a rat.
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COMMENTS for RAT OF A CAR


melter65 said:
I've stumbled across this blog by accident, this seems to be a habit of mine, finding the most interesting things on the internet by pure accident!

I read this post and liked it so much that I went back to the beginning, read the 'History' section (good idea!) and read the whole blog!

At 43yrs old and never having had a high paying job, I can totally relate to the highs and lows of owning and running ratty cars. Although my cars generally had to run daily, needed for work and family duties!

While I'm not a very mechanically minded person, I used to generally find a workaround for many problems and will always be happy to suggest something to help if I can.

Best Wishes, melter65

August 20, 2008


jovial_cynic said:
Ah, cool. Glad you liked reading it. I try to keep a good history on the stuff I'm working on, since I've got a TERRIBLE memory; if I don't write it down, it's gone.

Anyhow, I'll be glad to take any advice you throw my way. This is the first car I've worked on, so I'm still at that "I don't know what I don't know" phase. Ignorance may be bless, but it sure gets me into trouble a lot.

August 20, 2008


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