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 Post subject: Re: I took the plunge...
PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 9:55 pm 
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That sux, jeepgirl; When you find the purple traitor, waterboard thier ass with everclear and stick a sparkler in thier nose....That burns waaaaay cleaner than the gasoline/bleach combo. :twisted:


Oh yeah, and red isnt such a bad color; I like to think (my daughter's car) turned out pretty well. Tell me whatcha think- its in my album-And above all keep your spirit up!

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 Post subject: Re: I took the plunge...
PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2009 10:38 pm 
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I HATE MY COWORKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Some asshole decided to vandalize my little car! I now have a ton of scratches across my hood (yesterday) and across my trunk (today). WTF?!!

I can't believe people are that immature...well I can, but still. Damn. I am pissed. It's not although I have been bragging about it. I have invited certain people to look at it and all, but they are not the immature babies, so I am not worried about them.

Poor Squishy...

All I know is if at all possible and I find out who it is....there may be a chemical accident with bleach and gasoline. Course, you know I won't because I will get caught.


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 Post subject: Re: I took the plunge...
PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 12:44 pm 
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If they legalized retro-active birth control, I wouldn't be here :-P I would have been eliminated a long time ago!

I talked to my boss, he doesn't suspect malicious vandalism cause the scratches are too light to be keys...it looks like someone put their pocketbook on the trunk and dragged it across, and slung one across the hood...I made out an incident report, and he said I could call the cops if I wanted, but chose not to. I never thought about surveillance footage...maybe I will ask about that...

It is pretty upsetting still. I still believe someone did it, I know a few people don't like me very much.

I changed my parking spot to the same place I park the Jeep...I am next to my friend's car, so there would only be one person near me, and normally people don't like to park over there. So we'll se. I started checking my car over before I leave work.

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 Post subject: Re: I took the plunge...
PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:38 pm 
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Some People,,,,will be envious of all the fine work you guys put into "little Squishy", because they wouldn't have the determination to see the job through to the end. I hope that who ever did this is ashamed of themselves for acting so childishly. Will the scratches buff out? If you can't feel them with your finger nails...they will buff out. :D :D :shock: :shock: :oops:


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 Post subject: Re: I took the plunge...
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they are way to deep to buff out If i was to spray over them they are deep enough i would have to sand them out and feather the paint. A few of them are right down to the primer

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 Post subject: Re: I took the plunge...
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Maybe a good old wet sanding is in order? :D :D :shock: :shock: :oops:


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Got a new muffler...sounds great. Much quieter now. The old one had a small hole in it. I still have a bit of a noise, but I think that is a combo of the missing cat, and the likely piece of cat in the resonator...But overall, a much quieter ride. And c4 installed it correctly so it doesn't bang when I go over bumps and around corners anymore!!

Taking it to the local county fair today...my mom's first ride in it!

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 Post subject: Re: I took the plunge...
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That's great, you got her into your car. Kudo's to you. Aren't you the one that said she probably wouldn't be caught dead in it?

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 Post subject: Re: I took the plunge...
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I am sooooo, sooooo sorry to hear this terrible news.
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Maybe you could use your old bumper to put similar scratches in, practice rubbing paint (with paint thinner in it) in them and the wiping off the excess paint on the surface of the bumper so you could perfect a technique for filling in the scratches on the hood and trunk?

I don't know... I feel like they've done it to my car, and I only have a fraction of the effort into it that you two have... it makes me even more terrified than I already am to to take Dust Bucket anywhere where I have to let it out of my sight. I've only driven it to work a couple times, and I just wasn't comfortable leaving it out there for the day even though there were plenty of other verts out there.

Ugh...


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 Post subject: Re: I took the plunge...
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Mmmm...Pillsbury shape cookies (the cat ones) are delicious...

Took the Squishy "wheeling" twice yesterday...once at the fairgrounds, and then at a cruise in. It did quite well actually! Poor little car wasn't supposed to see dirt, or rain...hmph.

The mom didn't really have much to say. I think her only comment was it isn't a Mercedes. She did like the GTi seats though.

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 Post subject: Re: I took the plunge...
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Well... since she prefers big boats, maybe this vert would be more to her liking?
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 Post subject: Re: I took the plunge...
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mom's right - it isn't a mercedes.

that's probably why i love mine. :-P i don't like big, heavy, mushed out cars. :lol:

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ya its not a Benz the dam thing starts every day LOL

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 Post subject: Re: I took the plunge...
PostPosted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 12:21 pm 
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Well, Squishy survived the break in period. The oil was in awesome shape...and it is now good to go! We'll see how much fuel economy I can squeak out of it. I got 44 during the break in period, and that was keeping the tach above 2000 and less than 3000 all the time.

Got a 4 wheel alignment and tire balance, that went well. Town Faire Tire did a good job, and respected my car.

Squishy is in major need of a bath, but I haven't got around to it. Poor car.

We'll see, we are supposed to take it to Foxboro, MA this weekend (assuming I still have a bf...it is his club meeting)

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 Post subject: Re: I took the plunge...
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44 mpg is very respectable for a vert with a manual tranny. you have the gt nose on it and that's a wind catcher (increases the coefficient of drag.) you also have wide rubber on it so, actually, your mileage is pretty stupendous. :D

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My goal is to beat the 44mpg...It must be possible as I will be driving more efficiently now...

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 Post subject: Re: I took the plunge...
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Looks like your having fun.

I've got a yellow 91 that I have been collecting parts for. Got a Swift hood and tail lights, trunk wing, and front and rear bumpers to change out on mine over the winter. Mine was not as bad as yours, but both rockers were completely gone. My hubby welded them in, did a great job. I'm the take apart and put back artist of the two of us. He has no patience for plasic clips! Pulled the engine out and had it rebuilt this summer, so next year and lots more to come should be lots great fun with minimal work, just great mpg.

Picked up two more part verts last weekend, might be able to make one out of the two, but the floor and rockers are completely gone on both. One is past being fixable, but it had 14" swift rims on it, so those will go to my vert that I am keeping.

Have fun and do as much as you can yourself!

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For sale:
i have a 90 vert. auto transmission, working ac. running condition and a new top just put on for sale in los angeles.
any interest?

asking $2k, but slightly negotiable.
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Hey Amber? What did Chris use to paint the damaged and later repaired panels of squishy? I am looking at a complete respray of my 94 and need ideas!

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Hey Amber? What did Chris use to paint the damaged and later repaired panels of squishy? I am looking at a complete respray of my 94 and need ideas!


paint? :shock:

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What's the latest on the paint scratches?

I've been out of the loop, so to speak, since I got hammered by the flu a little over a month ago. Just starting to get a little bit of stamina back now. Poor Dust bucket has been neglected, languishing in the carport, and probably will not get much attention until the weather gets better next spring - there's a ton of other higher-priority projects for me to deal with between now and then, including the overhaul of the block in Cell Damage's original Metro (he's had to drive the Mt. Vernon project car since the rings burned valves for the 4th time this last Summer).

You two have done an incredible job on Squishy and have been an inspiration to me for sure! :)


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Thanks Elpee, I can always rely on you for that shot of reality when the stupid jar head says something dumb!

What kind of paint???

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Your going to laugh but for the real important stuff we had them make up a can at the local auto paint supplier. what they do is match the factory paint and then pressurize it in a can with some acetone so you can spray it. For the parts that just needed to be sprayed but not perfect match I found that rustolium enamel in bight red worked real well. I have real paint equipment but I Just didnt have it in me by the end of the project to go all out on it. For real paint i love the chroma base nason base coat clear coat set up it sprays awesome but will cost you a good chunk of coin.

if you have any questions feel free to hit me up with a PM and ill get the email

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I also had some cans mixed at our local auto paint store. They work great. I had a few made up at one time for matching purposes. They can also make up a little touch-up bottle for you.

When I had the whole car painted they used DuPont paint with a clear coat on top of that. It has held up well for around six years, now.

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Squishy had his maiden highway voyage Sunday. Did awesome! Went a total of 240 miles round trip. It has absolutely no issue keeping up with traffic...we averaged 70-80mph. The only problem was in Massachusetts because the highways are more autocross course than highway, There are potholes and "jumps" that could swallow a semi practically! There was some major tire rubbing as I have the oversize tires and rims...But other than that, a very happy Squishy!

@vertgirl...congrats on your vert! Have fun! They are wonderful! Hopefully you can resurrect another one!

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