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Saturday, July 12, 2008


Still no Dart updates, but you may find this interesting...

Laysons has been known in the Mopar community for hard to find parts at hard to swallow prices. Well, it seems the police busted them at Chryslers at Carlisle for as of yet unknown charges. I doubt many Mopar fans will cry over having been denied the chance to buy overpriced weatherstripping.

Speaking of weatherstripping, the driver's side window seal on the Civic came apart today, binding up the window. I've cut part of the offending seal away and will try to get a new one from the Honda dealer next week. I'm not aware of any Honda restoration shops out there just yet.

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Ordered a factory service manual for the Civic

It's kind of become standard procedure for me whenever I buy a new vehicle: I just went and bought a factory service manual for my Civic. This time I ordered it online from the publisher, Helm Inc. Right now the only motor vehicle I own that I don't have a factory service manual on is the Dodge Ram, and a manual for one would cost more than what I paid for the truck anyway...


Saturday, July 05, 2008


Not again!

I can't believe this: On July 4th, the Civic had a second valve stem failure, exactly a week after the last episode. This one very nearly snapped in half. And this time, my wife was along with me, so we had to call a friend to give us a ride home.

I'm planning to have the remaining two valve stems replaced, but I've also ordered a complete new wheel and tire set from Edge Racing. An overreaction? Well, sort of, but not quite. It currently has a set of "Warrior" tires on it. Finding information about these tires is pretty difficult, as even places that sell Warrior tires don't say much about who makes them. But I did turn up this article which identifies the manufacturer as Shanghai Michelin Warrior Tire Co., and they are definitely marked as "Made in China." They have full tread, but they have about as much grip as you'd get by wrapping your rims in strips of bacon. Slamming on the (non-ABS) brakes can be scary as the Worrier, er, Warrior tires let go way too easily. So I'm replacing the rubber. And the alloy wheels? Ok, that's just a luxury, but I felt like upgrading.


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