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Because some things are unkillable... [Dec. 10th, 2010|11:19 pm]
dalekboy
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It's starting to seem like every few years I'll have a panic about my car, only to find that no, the universe likes my car, and just wants to keep testing my love for it.

Last few weeks, I've been doing the running around just getting a couple of prices on fixing it up so it's legally drive-able in NSW. Got a quote in Canberra on fixing up the structural rust - the stuff I was really concerned about as being super expensive. It was a quarter what I'd imagined, and still half what I'd hoped for. Then I got a quote in Cooma, which was almost an eighth my original figure.

And that's kind of what I've suddenly discovered - if you want your old car fixed up at very reasonable prices, get it done in Cooma. The quotes for the upholstery and basic mechanical work are also really reasonable. My four weekends of Santa work, for three hours each of the days, will pay for most of it.

But the best thing? If I wanted to I could use the money we'd already budgeted for yearly basic car maintenance, and we'd still have over half of it left.

So my eventual goal of letting MaybeZoe tool around in my car in 20 years time is still on!
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[User Picture]From: purrdence
2010-12-10 12:50 pm (UTC)
That's awesome news! :)
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[User Picture]From: leecetheartist
2010-12-10 01:55 pm (UTC)
Huh. Now you tell me, ten years after trading in the Kingswood that was falling apart.
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2010-12-10 09:28 pm (UTC)
One of the constants I've had with my car is that it's significantly cheaper to keep on the road than many modern cars. Forgetting that mechanics don't have to pass on the cost of diagnostic computers, it's also easier to actually do the work, and you can fix a part of something rather than having to buy a full replacement.
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[User Picture]From: ariaflame
2010-12-10 02:04 pm (UTC)
I wonder what it will be running on then. Glad to hear costs are less than you worried they might be.

How's the Santaing going? I know it has tended to wipe you out in the past (though I know that wouldn't stop you in the least).

And is it flooding anywhere near you?
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2010-12-10 09:33 pm (UTC)
I'm waiting for battery power to get to the point where I can do 1000 km in a day, that's when I'll look into getting the Belwood converted. I'm not a purist.

Santa-ing is as exhausting as ever, and looking after Lex and MaybeZoe during the week only adds to that.

Not near Cooma, as far as I know. But I'm working at Fyshwick, which is pretty close to Queanbeyan.
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[User Picture]From: tikiwanderer
2010-12-10 08:52 pm (UTC)
Awesome! I so want to see your daughter driving your car. Can we take her out to a back paddock somewhere when she's twelve?
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2010-12-10 09:34 pm (UTC)
Sounds good :)

She and Sparrow can each have a go :)
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[User Picture]From: meljane
2010-12-18 03:33 pm (UTC)
We'll bring Jadzia to watch
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[User Picture]From: murasaki_1966
2010-12-10 09:30 pm (UTC)
Sounds like me and the Corolla. One of the reasons I don't want to give up the Pony is because it is reasonably easy to fix minor stuff.

What is your car?
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[User Picture]From: dalekboy
2010-12-10 09:35 pm (UTC)
1970 Holden Belmont, with some Kingswood panels, and a Premier interior. Also runs on gas.

And with that, I'm off to work :)
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[User Picture]From: arcadiagt5
2010-12-10 11:37 pm (UTC)
Excellent news!
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