Not breaking news but I haven’t told the tale.
Saturday night I found this 1991 Civic for sale about 80 miles away in Wilmington NC. The price was too good to ignore. So I messaged the seller right away. And asked my brother in law if he could come with me and drive the X3 home.
Things didn’t go as planned Sunday afternoon. I needed to get cash out of my checking account. Well turns out my debit card has a limit. And I only had 900 in cash. Talked to my bro in law, and the seller, and she agreed to let me pay the rest on CashApp if need be. And we’re off… an hour late. Now leaving at 3 for a 2 hour drive to look at a car in December.
Be it pragmatism or superstition you’ve probably heard some one say “never look at a used car in the dark.” So the race was on to get there before dark.
We made the drive found the condo complex, navigated through it, found the car juuust as the sun was setting and had about 5 minutes of day light to check it out.
After looking the car over, I was not disappointed, not impressed either, it was just what I expected.
The seller had already warned me that she tried to jump start the car, and it wouldn’t turn over fast enough to start.
But I brought a jump box, let it sit for a few minutes and tried to start it.
No dice. This battery was clearly TOAST. The car had been sitting for 3 months so not hugely surprising.
So I told the sell I was willing to go buy a battery, but I wanted to talk price first. We agreed on 1600 of it starts and runs, or 1000 if it doesn’t, and if rent a Uhaul dolly to get it home.
With a hand shake on that we ran to the Advanced Auto down the road, and got a battery.
Came back threw the new battery in, and it started right up.
Went to back out and it died, and died and died. It kept falling on its face anytime you have it throttle.
I noticed the gas gauge was on empty, had no clue of the gauge works or not, butI figured “might as well try to drive it to a gas station, and put gas in it.”
Put 3 gallons in, and it slowly started running better, and better.
Got back to the condo. And realized we need to find a notary. At 6pm, on a Sunday.
We contacted 3 24 hour services and finally got a hold of one. At an office 12 miles away. No biggy. Figured it’ll be a good test drive before the deal is finalized.
The office park the notary was in had big speed bumps, which was how I learned how low the Civic is.
Didn’t get stuck, but rubbed the belly on the speed bump that’s for sure. Lol
Waiting for the notary to show up me and the seller had a good chat. She talked about how she planned to wrap it pink, and she had wheels already, and she was super bummed she wasn’t going to be able to make it what she wanted. I told her I wouldn’t make it pink but I’ll get a link sticker for the back window in her honor.
After getting the title notarized, exchanging funds, having cashapp flag the transaction as fraudulent and going with PayPal instead. We went down town and got dinner.
My nephew road with me the whole time. He loved it. On the way to dinner we had to try out the subs. Not that I doing say sound system. I’m pretty sure the rest of the speakers are 30 year old paper cone speakers.
Anyway, they slap. Too much. They are obnoxious. But it was fun driving around a city center in a lowered Honda bumping stupid amounts of bass. I was grinning the whole time.
After dinner it was time to make the trek home.
And thankfully it wasn’t eventful!
There was one point where we got separated from my bro in law in the X3, which was brave racking it’s always nice to have a support car when your on the Highway in a 31 year old car you just bought. Plus all my tools were The other car! We did some how meet back up tho.
The civic had working headlights, but horrible LED things that were as effective as strapping those 99 cent flashlights to the hood. That got scary a few times, but I either follow the X3 or had him right be hind me. Either way it’s modern headlight made up for the Civics lack there of.
The car got home in one piece, didn’t get pulled over for the multiple blinker out, taillight out, brake light out, or the fact that it has expired out of state plates.
Oh there was the oh gas overflow thing. gas didn't come back up the fill tube, so the nozzle didn't shut off. either the base of the fill tube is cracked, or the vent tube. My money is on the vent tube.
Today it got an oil change, a good inspection, all the light bulbs it needed, and air filter, and I picked up spark plugs, and a valve cover gasket set. Oh and I ordered tires too. It’ll need them to pass inspection.
Here’s the list of things it needs.
Valve cover gasket set
Engine bay cleaning so we can maybe figure out if there’s other oil leaks.. let’s be honest, there’s more
Something has to be done about the exhaust. Has to be quieted down
Gas tank vent tube I think? I believe thats what caused the gas overflow.
Outer tie rod ends
Eventually passenger side CV
Driver’s seat belt. Some ones dog chewed this one.
Honestlyl that’s a pretty short list of needs. But they really are just the needs. The bare minimum to make it a legal, and livable car.