I’ve been thinking about how to rewrite Queen’s Killer Queen into a proper automotive-centric song about my car. Here are the original lyrics.
I finished the paint job, weather conditions didn’t permit clear coat (too damp and cold), so I just touched up the silver basecoat in some places, and let it cure for the day. Mounted it now, and here’s the result.
I’m working on the PB400's silver paint. So I put on the clear coat. First two, three layers go just fine. Then suddenly, the last layer starts getting mottled spots and cloudiness in spots, not to mention runny. I’m gonna need a bit of help, y’all.
This time, it’s about ze pushbars. I’ve sanded the horizontal metal bars on the Setina PB400 pushbars using 250 grit on a powersander, and did accidentally go down to the metal surface in places. But that’s OK — this is an experiment to see how the new paint would look on Killer Queen.
See, the rear bumper on Killer Queen still has that annoying adhesive from when the Pierce County Sheriff’s website was lettered there. I’ve attempted Goo Gone on it, multiple times, and the adhesive is still there, in that mocking outline.
So I had gone on a beer run to get a 24-pack of Coors for the party last night, also picked up hotdogs and buns for cooking at the barbecue. Came back to the park, found that it had gotten even fuller. No parking available. However, there was space between the vehicles and the curb in the trailer parking area, and a…
No video. But I can tell you about it. After getting original wheels in good condition for my car, I came up on an intersection with an S10 that broke down in the turn lane. It’s a very busy intersection, one block off of Highway 99.
This is part of my nightly commute. This route is growing on me. Do pardon the vertical footage, it was my smartphone mounted to the dash.
The roads are all mine, on the commute home every night from work. Edit: I’ll probably do a short video of my drive on the Old Snohomish-Monroe Road tomorrow night, hope for a little fog. :D
Had a slow leak on the right front tire that I got plugged this morning. Also gotta baby the car for 200 to 500 miles until the differential gears are broken in.
The bank is not. My debit card was declined when I attempted to pay the bill, despite having the funds. It’s because the amount exceeded the maximum daily limit.
My agent at the service shop sent these pictures in. LKQ Powertrain. Does anyone on Oppo know anything about this manufacturer? The more I know, the better. I’ve greenlit the installation.
Axle is still on its way. The Chevy Cruze is growing on me - that’s bad. I found myself browsing the Chevrolet website and looking at options for the sedan.
And it was satisfactory. I think I’ve made a great impression. Tomorrow, I’m going to the bank to see if I can get an extension on my line of credit to make it easier to manage the expense of Killer Queen’s repairs.
And what a week it will be. Killer Queen’s axle is on the way. Three to five days, worst case scenario is that they fix her next week.
With Killer Queen laid up at the mechanic waiting for that PowerTorque remanufactured axle, I’ve spent a bit of my weekend working on some of my storywriting, reviewing some things for my machinist job, and of course, randomly spitballing ideas for what I want to do in my life.
Chevy of Everett gave me a total and complete estimate on repairs. $3660 plus tax. Calculating for a 10% sales tax, that comes out to $4026. This covers the axle, brake pad and parking brake replacement (they got ruined), adjustments, and labor.
That axle is gone, along with the housing. This means the entire rear end needs to be replaced.
I missed my turn after getting gas. Google Maps said, “no worries, go this way!”
She ain’t got Moet & Chandon in the trunk, but she’s got the goods where it counts. Nameplate is a little bigger height-wise than the original Police Interceptor, but that’s fine by me.