After selling the beater Beetle, I spotted this thing for sale cheaply. It was really cheap, and it looked OK aside from the rocker panels…an opportunity to make a few dollars. So I bought it.
I got it home, and looked it over. It worked good, and didn’t have a ton of kilometers on it. I figured I’d fix it up and just pound around in it until I sold it. It, like the 2005 Civic I owned previously, was not a terribly fun car to own, but was very good on gas, and reliable. This car had a few issues to be addressed, though.
Having a MIG welder is so handy. A Hobart 135 model built by Miller, it’s given years of service, with the control board relays dying this past spring. I picked up a set of premade rockers, and set out tacking them on. They turned out OK, and with a coat of rocker guard and some black paint, you couldn’t tell the difference. Anyhow, with the floor and rockers welded up, a new set of shocks on the back, and a decent set of tires, it was all set to go. I set out driving to and from work. With the fuel prices at $1.40 per litre of gas, it was much, much better than the F150 on fuel.
Alas, it was no more fun or interesting than the 2005 I had. It was also a step down from the Beetle – it didn’t handle as well, and the 1.7 lacked the wide power range that the 2.0 in the VW had.
Eventually, a young guy contacted me via the ad I’d posted on Kijiji, and he bought the car. I made a few hundred dollars in the process, and was happy to sell the car.