The car was sold with the full understanding that I only drove it 6 miles after it sat in a barn since 1996 without windows or paint. I replaced everything (EVERYTHING!) that had failed with the best parts I could find. When it left my garage it was fully functional. I provided all receipts and a zillion photos. The car was sold a bit unfinished and they were to take care of the final touches (trim, carpet, etc.)
The expectation set was, for the first year or so, many strange things will fail and especially at first. Machines do not like to sit. I have been fully available as a mechanic and teacher, and have been very willing to help and have been there on numerous occasions including teaching their first oil change.
"Do not trust this car for the first few months!!! Things will fail!!!" Yes. I don't think the new owners are ready for these situations, and the car is really stressing them out. Every new issue is the fall of Usher instead of a chance to get their baby dialed in for a happy life. It is hard to make them understand that I am there to help, but not stress out because the car has been sold and they are the new parents. There is a strange sense of obligation that makes me very uncomfortable. There were strong accusations of negligence which hit me very hard - I take immense pride in my careful precision, whether building an engine or washing dishes.
The failure list: The fuel pump went bad, an injector, and the starter. All worked well until the car was on the road. I will not take responsibility for these THINGS FAILING but I am (was) there to help, lying in puddles watching worms float by as I rewire starter connections. Also there were deep concerns about fumes that were fixed by Halsey duct taping the heater box tubes. Something is wrong with the brakes now, but I had replaced both calipers with new, repacked the bearings, replaced the flex lines, replaced a rear wheel cylinder and all the shoes and pads (geez can ya see what I'm saying here????)
Seriously, someone needs to buy this car. At this point almost everything is new, from seals to shine. It was a labor of love from many of the wise guys of IAC NW. I could NOT have completed this project without their help. It is not officially for sale, but I'm sure a nice cash offer would go over well.
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