My dad’s car is now done (which is good, because I go back to work tomorrow). It just has to go back to Albuquerque next weekend.

Today it got a light Svending. Besides being dirty from the trip down on the trailer behind the truck in the snow for 100 miles, it wasn’t too terrible. Svending isn’t something he’ll ever do, but he does wash his cars nearly once a week and over the years I’ve gotten him in the habit of always using a wash soap instead of rinsing them off with just water and drying and giving them a coat of cleaner wax once a every couple of months (I took over the car cleaning and waxing when I was about 12 until I moved down South).

My apologies for the pictures from a potato that struggles in anything less than full sunlight.

First up was the interior clean and detail.

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Then it got a two bucket wash, wheel detail, claybar, headlight polish and a coat of wax. I had planned on the possibility of giving the paint a mild polish, but it turned out to not really need it. Things proceeded straight to wax.

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I wrapped up the timing belt and tune up service over the weekend. I even got my dose of gasoline on the arm via the fuel filter replacement. It got the full deal timing belt job with new belts, valve cover gasket (even the seal plug on the back of head) water pump, cam and crank seals, thermostat and all cooling system hoses replaced. Even the deeply unpleasant to change with the engine in the car hose that runs from the oil cooler to the back of the engine block.

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It was also ready for new air and fuel filters, new plug wires and some fresh spark plugs. It got a set of magnecor plug wires, which should last longer than the car.

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What I think of changing that hose, especially when someone at the factory left the spring clamp with the tabs on the oil cooler fitting facing the engine block (which tells me that hose was installed before the intake manifold at the engine plant):

All told, I’m glad to be done with this project. The car looks and runs nice. With 61k on it, in many ways it feels like a brand-new old miata.