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Merkur is Back on the Road! UPDATED (AGAIN)

The snow has melted, the ground has thawed, and our yard has returned to its natural shade of brown. This can mean only one thing, it's time to break out the Merkur XR4Ti. After several months of snow, salt, and ice, and an even longer period of telling, begging, and pleading my father to allow me to collect it, today was the day.

In case you are unaware of the car I'm referring to, you can about it here, here, sort of here, and here.

As she awoke from her winter slumber, I knew the drive home was going to be fun.

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What I should actually say is I anticipated it would be fun, and for the most part it was. Beautiful, sunny day and crisp, cool air. Perfect for making boost. The trek home however was hampered by 2 things. The first being some of the ridiculous speed limits in the part of Michigan the car was stored.

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The other being the farm equipment being driven by people who believe it is their God-given right to drive in the middle of the street at 20 miles and hour.

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So this year should be pretty great. Tires are the first thing that need assistance. These 3 Bridgestones and a Firestone just aren't cutting it any more, and it's time for some new rubber. Apart from that, this year will be one of driving and fixing as needed. This summer I am planning on making a video review highlighting some of the finer and weaker points of owning such a car. Very exciting.

So in the mean time, you can keep up with all the things happening with the car on my instagram.

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That's all I got for now, happy driving!




UPDATE: So after pretty much a solid day of driving, there are 2 other issues that have been discovered that need to be resolved. The first being some detonation under hard acceleration. Retard the timing a bit and we should be in good shape. The other issue is that the car every once and a while thinks it is acceptable to idle at 2,000 RPM. This makes for some interesting braking scenarios and a noisy trip up the drive way. Oh the joys of owning an older car! Never know what you'll find!

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Some pics from today


So I had a break down. First one in my year and a half of ownership. While testing out the fix on one of the other issues we were having, I accelerated gently up to about 50, the tach plummeted then surged back up to stay alive, the car backfired, the power steering quit, the revs dropped to 0. I was able to coast to a side street that was either gravel or very poorly maintained. A Christmas Tree of all the idiot lights glared in my face including, strangely, the one that comes on when the driver isn't wearing a seat belt. Strange.

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A very scenic breakdown it was

I immediately tried to re-fire the engine which led to the engine revving to about 2 grand, then coughing and dying again. At least the car stopped just in time to block the driveway of a man flying a Confederate flag off of his porch with 5 diesel Ram pickups scattered about his lawn.

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After an hour of waiting the tow truck arrived. The trip back to my house was almost exactly 2 miles and $80.

I'm fairly sure the issue is the VAM (Vane Air Meter) which is a pretty cheap and easy fix. Never a dull moment with an older car thats for sure!

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