Thursday, October 6, 2016
I had a chance to bring Julie's hearse down to the exhaust shop and get this fixed. It is a lot quieter now.
Becca demonstrates in the video below.
Wednesday, October 5, 2016
This conversation took place regarding my blog and captioning...
Becca: "If the exhaust is being repaired, I'm going to want to post a video showing before and after, and how loud it is. How am I going to caption that?"
Jenn: "Before - BRAAAAAA BRRRRAAAAAAWWWWW BWAAAAAAAHH!!!!!!
After - mmmMMMMMM MMmmmMMMMMMMM"
Me: "I don't think that works."
Jenn: "You could illustrate it. After could be you driving normally. Before could be driving with your ruptured ears bleeding."
Wednesday, August 31, 2016
The Passkey system failed. The car won't start because it thinks it's stolen. The internet says the repair would be around $1,000. That's if parts are available.
Rebecca also told me about a bypass module that makes the car work without the terrible "security" system. That would cost $300, and it would be impossible for Passkey to fail again because it will be removed. I like that idea. I hate Passkey, and I can put a much more reliable security system in.
Sunday, August 28, 2016
So I got some soap, a brush, and some vinyl protectant. Look at how pretty and clean and protected it is now!
Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Sunday, August 21, 2016
The Hearse came without a rear view mirror. You could see the mark in the grime where one had been though.
Well, with the curtains, and the reflections in the divider glass, a rear view mirror wouldn't be very useful.
So, I put in a rear view camera and mounted the display where the mirror would be! It's right where you'd naturally look for a mirror.
You don't quite get the true feel of just how big a hearse is until you run video cable all the way to the back!
Enjoy your rear view, Jewels!
Monday, August 15, 2016
All the error lights are out! Brake comes on when parked, goes out when the parking brake is released. Fasten Belts, Door Ajar, and Brake to Shift, all come on and go out at the appropriate times. All the error lights come up at start, as they should, so I know none of the bulbs are out.
It's a nice feeling to see a legitimately clear dash board. Julie was told that constant brake error light was a faulty parking brake sensor, and nothing to worry about. No, Cynthia was trying to warn us she was a death trap with imminant brake failure. Well, she's a death trap no more!
Many thanks to Modern Tire in Cheshire CT for fixing all the brake system damage for a reasonable price!
Cynthia is almost ready to take her position as our daily driver. We still have to finish repairing that door lock, and get the rear view system in place.
...and finish getting all these acorns out of here. This car is nuts! HA!
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Hi, it's Ed at Modern Tire, it's about 20 minutes of 3. I'm calling to let you know we finally got the brakes working on your Hearse. Umm... We're here today till 3 o'clock. If you have any questions, give me a call, [PHONE NUMBER REMOVED]. We will be back on Monday at 7 in the morning. If we don't see you, have a great weekend! Thank you.
Thursday, August 11, 2016
I'm not sure which of the two are to blame, but either the seller, or the seller's mechanic, or both, did not care if Julie crashed on the way home. Since I don't know which of them deserves blame, I'm not going to name either of them. Judging by their reactions, I don't think either one is completely innocent.
So now I need to figure out what to do with this hunk of undrivable metal. I suppose step one is to see what brake lines are going to cost. I don't have enough experience to do brake lines myself. I'm not about to put lives on the line.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
Monday, August 8, 2016
While working on the windshield, I notice some tiny cracks in the vinyl top. Given that the top is still very supple and isn't cracked anywhere else, I think something impacted the top hard enough to cause those little cracks at some point in it's life. Especially since they are irregularly shaped. Perhaps a tree branch, or a kicked up piece of road debris got it. They don't go all the way through the vinyl and should patch right up. That, however, is a task for another day.
Sunday, August 7, 2016
Here's a terrible photo of me, along with Cynthia's previous owner, and Cynthia herself.
A few more photos of Cynthia!
Wednesday, August 3, 2016
So, we needed a car, and it was my turn to select our system's mode of transportation.
I found an ad on Craigslist for the car I've always wanted. A HEARSE!
One question remains.... How the **** are we going to park this thing?!