My $500 Cadillac has been a fantastic winter car. Granted, it helps when you happen to have a set of winter tires sitting on your tire wall that happen to fit, but the car hasn’t needed anything in the 3000 kms of snow and ice so far. In the 50cm dumping we got a few weeks ago, the 5000lbs rear-wheel-drive Coupe DeTank powered past all the struggling Civics Corollas and Accents in it’s path. And then there’s the heater; 425 cubic inches of low compression, EGR’ed, wheezing big block that even leaves a bit of energy left over to power the wheels.
There is one little issue however. After the last snowfall I was driving home from work and the giant heater was doing it’s thing defrosting the car. Then some of the ice around the roof started to melt and drip through the windshield onto the steering column. “Not a big deal” I thought, “it’s just a little water.”
Now when water freezes it expands, as I’m sure many of you know. When said ice expands inside the steering wheel of a 1978 Cadillac Deville it pushes in just the right places to blare your custom installed train horn at 2:00am on a Tuesday night.
Just one of those little quirks of having an old winter car.