: Went to Kansas again, picked up a discarded Honda.



Jesda
12-01-09, 01:36 AM
This poor Civic... my stepsister got it new after graduating in 1998. She took it down to San Francisco only to discover that it was nothing but a magnet for parking tickets and an overall burden in an urban environment. The Civic soon found itself back in St Louis and has been an extra car for guests, but my stepbrother took over a couple years ago and took it to Colorado.

On Thanksgiving day, a front tire burst in the middle of nowhere, just outside of Hays, Kansas. AAA was taking a long time to send a tow truck, so the car was left on the side of the road and he, his friend, and two dogs crossed the highway on foot and walked a mile to a motel in the cold.

The Civic eventually ended up at a tire shop. Stepbrother got a 2001 Accord coupe to replace the Civic, so I was tasked with going out to rural Kansas on Sunday to retrieve the old car. Mom handed me a couple hundred dollars for gas and said "Good luck." I took a friend and we hopped in the Caddy.

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*shrug*

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After 17 years, the rubber door seals on the Seville are showing wear. A plastic drink straw worked perfectly as a quick fix for wind noise.

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Equine cupholder

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YAY SCHLOTZKY'S!

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NO BUGS!
Got to Hays and picked up the Honda at 11pm. I only made it an hour to Salina before I was terribly tired and found a little motel in town. The room was $35 but I got them to rent it to me for $30 including tax.

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I freaked out in the middle of the night because I rolled over in bed, looked up at the ceiling, and saw myself looking back at me. Creepiest thing ever. I slept the rest of the night with the covers over my head.

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Mystery door with padlock

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Unlike Motel 6, shampoo was included.

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No spiders.

Jesda
12-01-09, 01:37 AM
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Apparently they steal their soap from the Econolodge.

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The only place in town open late that had food.

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Blech. I threw most of it out.

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The inside of the Civic was just disgusting.

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Low miles for being 11 years old.

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Oh dear. In addition to the front end shake, it makes all kinds of terrible noises. The bumper flaps around in the wind and a weird rattle appears at 45 and 62mph. Other than the bad alignment, it drives fine otherwise.

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Driving through Kansas isn't THAT bad. There's hills and curves and a giant wind farm.

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I thought I would be clever by taking I-24 to avoid a traffic jam on I-70 through KC, but ended up in the ghetto instead.

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The GPS offered good advice, but as a man, I refused to make a U-turn as that would have been an admission of error.

Jesda
12-01-09, 01:37 AM
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More cheap road food. The offerings from QT are tolerable.

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OM NOM NOM



After 14 hours on the road, I was so happy to get home and enjoy a home cooked meal. The Civic will be traded toward a new (used) car for my brother. He's currently driving the Seville, so I'll be very happy to have it back.

greencadillacmatt
12-01-09, 01:44 AM
You never cease to amaze me with the random trips, Jesda. KEEP IT UP!

ga_etc
12-01-09, 02:00 AM
Why trade it in? A '98 Civic with only 113k? That thing as got 200k left in it. I say new bumper cover, fender, wheels, alignment, and a through scrubbing and drive it till the wheels fall off.

Stingroo
12-01-09, 02:12 AM
Eh, ga's got a point, but I think I'd trade it too.

I love your roadtrip threads. They're so random and epic. :thumbsup:

Jesda
12-01-09, 02:13 AM
Why trade it in? A '98 Civic with only 113k? That thing as got 200k left in it. I say new bumper cover, fender, wheels, alignment, and a through scrubbing and drive it till the wheels fall off.

It could be serviced and kept on the road for another 20 years, but who wants to drive a base model Civic for that long? Plus... manual windows, manual locks, no cruise. Maybe if it was an older generation hatchback with a manual, or an Si...

Aron9000
12-01-09, 02:25 AM
It could be serviced and kept on the road for another 20 years, but who wants to drive a base model Civic for that long? Plus... manual windows, manual locks, no cruise. Maybe if it was an older generation hatchback with a manual, or an Si...

I agree, that car would drive me nuts with no options and an AUTOMATIC trans. A manual would make it somewhat fun and a lot less sluggish.

Stingroo
12-01-09, 02:26 AM
Yeah, a car that basic with no manual doesn't serve much purpose IMO. If it had a stick, it could be a good beater for someone to learn on. Otherwise, it's commuter fodder. Boring.

ga_etc
12-01-09, 02:29 AM
It would make a great little car to run around town in and save gas. Something that you wouldn't have to worry about getting messed up in parking lots. Granted it is boring as all get out, it's still a damn decent little car.

Stingroo
12-01-09, 02:30 AM
Yeah, but because it's still a fairly decent little car, he might get something okay-ish on trade in toward another decent car he'd enjoy more. It would be better to trade it and let someone buy it for their kid so it can live on and be driven than to sit in the back of the driveway for random pointless trips.

Look at it this way, he's helping the community. :p

Aron9000
12-01-09, 02:30 AM
I'd be worried about it getting stolen and stripped. Older model Hondas are one of the most stolen cars, because the demand for parts are so high. People don't junk them, they keep fixing and driving the older Japanese cars.

ga_etc
12-01-09, 02:35 AM
Yeah, but because it's still a fairly decent little car, he might get something okay-ish on trade in toward another decent car he'd enjoy more. It would be better to trade it and let someone buy it for their kid so it can live on and be driven than to sit in the back of the driveway for random pointless trips.

Look at it this way, he's helping the community. :p

All true. It puts a smile on your face knowing that it will piss off and bore some 16 year old brat to death in the near future.

Stingroo
12-01-09, 02:40 AM
Exactly!

And what Aron says is true too. A buddy of mine had an older POS Civic Hatch in high school that he got handed down from his older brother. He was always having trouble with people breaking into his car. I remember one time we went to see a movie, and when we came out, and this is no lie, somebody stole the driver's side door. The thing already had no radio, but hell, if it did, I bet they'd have taken that too! South Florida is a very dangerous place. lol

ga_etc
12-01-09, 02:47 AM
That's funny... Hey look, there's the door I need for my car. I'm sure they won't miss it for a min or two...

Let's see someone try to do that with a Cadillac.

eldorado99
12-01-09, 02:49 AM
Hahahaha that glasses pic had me laughing for a few minutes!

I too stayed in a motel that stole guest supplies from other motels. They gave us matches that were from the motel across the street.

Thanks for these threads Jesda, I wish I was able to have as many random road trips as you.

dirt_cheap_fleetwood
12-01-09, 04:07 AM
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The GPS offered good advice, but as a man, I refused to make a U-turn as that would have been an admission of error.


:histeric:

Stingroo
12-01-09, 07:51 AM
That's funny... Hey look, there's the door I need for my car. I'm sure they won't miss it for a min or two...

Let's see someone try to do that with a Cadillac.

I know right? lol We ended up going to a junkyard and replacing it for $50, since (much like this example) it didn't have power ANYTHING.

However, I can say I remember laughing my ass off the whole ride home that night, and the looks people gave us were priceless. We toyed with the idea of taking the other door off and running it down some dirt roads for a few hours and driving around after, to see if anyone challenged our "trail rated" Civic abilities. :lol:

Stingroo
12-01-09, 07:53 AM
Oh, and not to double post or anything, but when I read the thread last night, the glasses pic never loaded. Now that it did, I have this to say:

Holy shit, you look like my grandmother. I am afraid. No lie.:histeric:

Aron9000
12-01-09, 08:04 AM
I know right? lol We ended up going to a junkyard and replacing it for $50, since (much like this example) it didn't have power ANYTHING.

However, I can say I remember laughing my ass off the whole ride home that night, and the looks people gave us were priceless. We toyed with the idea of taking the other door off and running it down some dirt roads for a few hours and driving around after, to see if anyone challenged our "trail rated" Civic abilities. :lol:

Reminds me at age 17 riding around in my friend's 1996 Civic EX coupe, 5 speed of course. He had that thing stripped to nothing, two racing seats in it, a ton of suspension mods, an intake, a noisy muffler, and some serious sticky tires mounted on 15" alloy wheels from a different Honda. ****ing noisy as hell, but stuck to the road like glue.

Then he got a ride in my new 1999 Z28 Camaro, LS1 V8 with an aftermarket higher stall torque converter for the auto trans. Damn he was pissed on how much faster my car was. He said it "felt like a rocket taking off" It was about 4 seconds faster through the quarter mile, and handled a lot better when I replaced the stock shocks with a set of Koni's and installed fatter roll bars. When I did the suspension mods it was pretty damn comprable to his little Honda auto-x special.

Stingroo
12-01-09, 10:44 AM
^ It would also make a better chick magnet. :thumbsup:

dkozloski
12-01-09, 12:20 PM
^ It would also make a better chick magnet. :thumbsup:
The Honda is good enough for the girls we go with.

RightTurn
12-01-09, 01:13 PM
Oh, and not to double post or anything, but when I read the thread last night, the glasses pic never loaded. Now that it did, I have this to say:

Holy shit, you look like my grandmother. I am afraid. No lie.:histeric:

Ahahahaha. :lol:


Jesda--you shoulda crashed RP's place. :alchi:

Stingroo
12-01-09, 01:19 PM
SERIOUSLY! With the glasses, he looks just like my dad's mom. It's freaky.

RightTurn
12-01-09, 01:23 PM
:suspense:

billc83
12-01-09, 04:38 PM
Who doesn't look like someone's grandmother with glasses?

Night Wolf
12-01-09, 04:57 PM
Heh, very similar to my step mothers car. A '98 Civic LX (power options, but also auto :( ) you said the 113k is low.... hers has 25k on it and she wants to sell it because it just never gets used.

Fun trip tho :) Roadtrips are a great way to pass the time.

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-01-09, 08:25 PM
Roadtrips are great when you've got someone to chat with, when you're alone they suck.

Yeah, when I saw the gauge cluster in the Civic and saw it had no tachometer, I knew it was a base model DX. A friend's mom had a Civic like that, except it was a 5 speed, and he got it so he'd have a reliable daily driver so he can keep his TSi Talon for fun.

greencadillacmatt
12-02-09, 02:32 AM
That's funny... Hey look, there's the door I need for my car. I'm sure they won't miss it for a min or two...

Let's see someone try to do that with a Cadillac.

They'd probably break they back trying to lift the thing... :lildevil:

ga_etc
12-02-09, 03:06 AM
My whole point. You don't really remove ANYTHING inconspicuously from a Cadillac. Most of all prominent body panels, like a door.

DILLIGAF
12-02-09, 02:20 PM
Ahahahaha. :lol:


Jesda--you shoulda crashed RP's place. :alchi:

No shit!

Could of hung out with my step kid in Hays!

WTF?

Night Wolf
12-02-09, 04:55 PM
Roadtrips are great when you've got someone to chat with, when you're alone they suck.

Yeah, when I saw the gauge cluster in the Civic and saw it had no tachometer, I knew it was a base model DX. A friend's mom had a Civic like that, except it was a 5 speed, and he got it so he'd have a reliable daily driver so he can keep his TSi Talon for fun.

I enjoy going on roadtrips alone, just like I enjoy roadtrips with friends. Then again, as a whole I don't mind being alone either. Just this past weekend I took the Jeep on a 1,200-mile roadtrip - it was fun.

Jesda
12-02-09, 07:26 PM
I'm always short on time when I take this impromptu trips, unfortunately. Not much time to visit with school in the way. :( You all need to come to the Chicago meet in February!


As for lone road trips, I definitely enjoy them. Its nice to have one person, sometimes two, but when you're alone its a nice relief, like active meditation where you can be completely at peace. No cares or worries in the world for the time that you're driving.

You + Car + Music = Bliss

Stingroo
12-02-09, 08:14 PM
Jesda, can I call you grandma? Please? lol

Night Wolf
12-02-09, 08:19 PM
As for lone road trips, I definitely enjoy them. Its nice to have one person, sometimes two, but when you're alone its a nice relief, like active meditation where you can be completely at peace. No cares or worries in the world for the time that you're driving.

You + Car + Music = Bliss

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Jesda
12-02-09, 08:26 PM
Jesda, can I call you grandma? Please? lol

Tempted to make some dirty jokes about dentures, but I better not lol

Stingroo
12-02-09, 08:27 PM
LOL Yeah, probably not.

77CDV
12-02-09, 08:30 PM
Roadtrips are great when you've got someone to chat with, when you're alone they suck.

Oh, I don't know. I've done plenty of road trips alone (coast-to-coast, to Iowa and back, up the Pacific Coast, etc.) and to be honest, I really like them. No one P&Ming about how fast or slow you're going, or when you're going to stop to eat, or the route you're taking. Just you and the car and the open road. It's a beautiful thing. :cloud9:

Craig

orconn
12-02-09, 09:03 PM
I thoroughly enjoyed my solo 3000 mile jaunt to central Illinois and back several years ago. A long twisty driv through the beautiful mountains of West Virginia and the hills of eastern Ohio then blasting out onto the prairies of the Great Mid-West. Wall to wall corn from Columbus, OH to Decatur, IL straight arrow American interstate. The '98 Regal with the Touring suspension made the trip very enjoyable. It was a Fall trip to remember, and while I don't mind company, made all the more unique having been driven solo!

DILLIGAF
12-02-09, 09:22 PM
I'm always short on time when I take this impromptu trips, unfortunately. Not much time to visit with school in the way. :( You all need to come to the Chicago meet in February!


As for lone road trips, I definitely enjoy them. Its nice to have one person, sometimes two, but when you're alone its a nice relief, like active meditation where you can be completely at peace. No cares or worries in the world for the time that you're driving.

You + Car + Music = Bliss

Agreed,but dude, serious.Hays is a shit hole,you could of crashed here,5 extra beds.Really not out of the way if you head into KC on 35 and then jump back on 70.Next time you get close pm me.

Destroyer
12-02-09, 09:29 PM
Why trade it in? A '98 Civic with only 113k? That thing as got 200k left in it. I say new bumper cover, fender, wheels, alignment, and a through scrubbing and drive it till the wheels fall off.Why is it that the most mundane, boring and generally "sucky" cars are the ones that last forever? I would'nt want to drive a '98 Civic for 200k miles. :bonkers:

I~LUV~Caddys8792
12-03-09, 12:43 AM
As for lone road trips, I definitely enjoy them. Its nice to have one person, sometimes two, but when you're alone its a nice relief, like active meditation where you can be completely at peace. No cares or worries in the world for the time that you're driving.

You + Car + Music = Bliss

I suppose if it's once in a while, then yeah. But for me, spending 8-9 hours on the road alone every day SUCKS! But, it makes me all the more happy to come home to my family and friends every day.

It's funny, when I got this job, my coworker asked me what my favorite part of it is, and I told him it was the driving. Now, 11 months later, it's the opposite, I love talking with clients and prospects and actually making money and progress instead of be-bopping along some back road with nothing on your mind.

But I suppose if I still had some desk job where I was stationary for 8 hours a day, then I'd love to get out and cruise endlessly, like I used to.


Jesda, speaking of odd beater cars, do you still have that Mustang?

gdwriter
12-03-09, 01:05 AM
I don't have much choice on road trips by myself, but I enjoy them as long as I can take Hoover along. He's the best road trip companion you could ask for.

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eldorado99
12-03-09, 02:05 AM
I love it when you post pictures of Hoover! :) I love golden labs!

RightTurn
12-03-09, 02:30 AM
Gary, Hoover's collar looks too tight!!

Jesda
12-03-09, 02:32 AM
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With Hoover, who needs radar?

gdwriter
12-03-09, 02:39 AM
Gary, Hoover's collar looks too tight!!Just checked it. I could get a couple of fingers behind it with room to spare. But thanks for noticing!

Jesda
12-03-09, 02:39 AM
Jesda, speaking of odd beater cars, do you still have that Mustang?

Yep! Just got a couple tires for it and spark plug wires. It gets driven quite frequently. Its legitimately good fun.

My mom is pretty angry that my stepdad chose to keep the Civic. She thinks the neighbors think they're a bunch of trashy foreigners for parking the lightly rusted GMC van and the damaged Honda in front of the house.

gdwriter
12-03-09, 02:42 AM
With Hoover, who needs radar?He can't snoop out speed traps, but he does know the words "rest area." :rofl:

ga_etc
12-03-09, 02:48 AM
Why is it that the most mundane, boring and generally "sucky" cars are the ones that last forever? I would'nt want to drive a '98 Civic for 200k miles. :bonkers:

I didn't say I would WANT to drive it for 200k, I said it would GO for another 200k. I have gotten too spoiled by the ETC to drive a base anything anymore lol.