Sunday, October 16, 2011

blog #490 >> Rambler

Somebody's got a new car...
And that somebody is ME!!! I'm so excited, I'm giddy.

I will never know how fast I'm driving.

I've wanted a new car for quite awhile now, but it's never really worked out. Whenever I see one I really like and think, "Hey I should buy that." It sells before I've a chance to give it a third or forth thought. Then I always come back to the same notion, the car I have is fine. Why get rid of it just because I'm tired of it? As I said, the car I've had for several years now, has been a fine car... Not a great car, not a bad car, just a fine car. It breaks down occasionally, but nothing to warrant replacing it. But this past month it's been a bit of a headache. First, it failed DEQ, which was actually quite a shocker, it's not that old of a car, and it's got super low miles. Even the lady at DEQ mentioned its low miles. Next it needed a new battery. Yes, fine, it hasn't had a new battery since I've had it, cars need stuff like that. Then, it cost over $500 to get it fixed just so it could pass DEQ, not much over... (okay it was $501) but it just keeps on adding up. Basically, it's getting annoying. And the sad part is, I don't love the car. If I did, I wouldn't care how much it broke down or how much it cost to get it fixed. I really want a car I love again. I want another Hornet. If I'm going to have an old car that's breaking down all the time, I want to love it.
So I decided to start looking. I scoured the ads on Craig's List with a fixed price range with-in my budget. I started in 1970 and worked my way down. I found a lot of contenders. A few can be seen here, here, and here. And I went to visit a couple of them, but the Rambler has been one of my favorites from the beginning. And the more I saw of it, the more I loved it. Plus, it looks a bit like the Hornet. It has that nice old car smell and rumbling engine. I'm trying to pick a name for it now... it's between Ramblin' Rod, and Florence Hobart, (after the original owner.) I just can't decide.
It's a 1965 Rambler American and I'm picking it up tomorrow after a trip to the bank.
I can't wait!

p.s. Anyone want to buy a 1996 Ford Taurus, recently passed DEQ, with low miles?


Anonymous said...

Awesome! That is a damn sexy car! :)

Trina said...

WHAT!!!!! :D OH it's lovely!!! OH T I am so excited for you. She's beautiful, i don't know if you've settled ona nema but i'm really really liking Florence Hobart. :) Can't wait to meet her!

Theresa Rohrer said...

I think I need to drive it a bit and figure out its personality before picking a name. You can't tell in the picture, but it's cream colored... I'd describe it as, "not quite pink." I'm sooooo excited!