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Dino Saga 080622 _ 3rd Wheel and Candi’s New Car

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  1. John Corbani

    John Corbani Formula 3
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    #1 John Corbani, Jun 22, 2008
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    Dino Saga 080622 _ 3rd Wheel and Candi’s New Car

    Started earlier this week, still a Friday but no Graduation Rites to add to the traffic. Started just after noon, distance to Wheel Concepts was 65 miles, about an hour. Traffic was light. Guys had the second front wheel all done but no centering inserts. They said that all the machine shop had in stock was 6” dia billet. Would have been twice as much if they had to turn that down to the 3” OD required for the inserts. Next week they will have smaller billet. 3” dia should be fine starting material. We will see.

    Pulled right rear wheel, only one I never had a problem with. Last one to pull apart, throw away old Gotti seals and bolts, reseal with new silicone, use new bolts and nuts, true and polish. Should be done next Friday. The spare went off the left front and back to the right rear. Put the left front wheel back where it belonged. Does everyone have large hubs in the rear, small hubs in the front? The original wheel is hub centered in back, lug centered in front. Makes changing front wheels a crap shoot on balancing. Have to go real slow and they missed some this time. Got some shakes about 80 so will have to play with it. Last week they hit the right front right on. Smooth to 100 anyway.

    Trip back took almost 2 hours but that is better than the three it took last week. Good 2 and 3 lane freeway all the way. All OK until Carpentaria. Next ten miles were stop and go until I hit Sant Barbara and the three lane roadway going to Goleta. No accidents, no construction, no problems anywhere, just stop, get up to 40, stop, repeat. Must be the Looky-Loo tourists coming to SB for the weekend. Today is the Solstice Parade and the hotels will be full again. Solstice Parade consists of half naked costumed revelers pulling booze laden homemade floats. They go up State Street from Cota to Sola, go over to Manning Park and party till midnight. Lots of cymbals and drums for rhythm. No lack of lubrication. All are welcome to join in. BYOB. Another Santa Barbara tradition. Held on the closest Saturday to the Summer Solstice, June 21.

    Candi hasn’t had a new car in 25-30 years. Kids and her business called for a wagon or a mini-van. She bought 5 years old vehicles, drove them 5 years and repeated. Her current Nissan mini-van is still sound but she wanted something fun and cheap to run around in when she had a light load. Looked at a Miata but too small. Found a brand new Honda Fit, drove it and fell in love. The trick seats fold FLAT. She can haul a pretty big box if necessary but with no load the thing can be thrown around just fine. Plenty of pep, lots of audio, etc., good heat and AC. Adults can sit in the back. Light blue metallic! Compliments the Dino very nicely. She will keep the Nissan but it will have to live outside the car port. She has not had a manual transmission car for the same 25-30 years and remembers just fine. No problems so far. Little car goes up anything.

    Banged my foot up some and doc said to rest it. Not much in the picture department. A few will have to do this week. Should have 4 shiny wheels next week and the foot should be back in business..

    John
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  3. GoFerrari28

    GoFerrari28 Formula 3

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    What sort of MPG does the Fit get?
     
  4. John Corbani

    John Corbani Formula 3
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    May 5, 2005
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    Should be in the high 20s. Be smarter in a month.
    John
     

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