Last edited by Accidental L8 apex; 08-20-2012 at 08:22 AM.
So we've had the thing here for four days and I'm already thinking of where I want to go with it. I think it'll need paint eventually if I want to replace the dinged-up front fender and address the little bit of rust that's poking out of the rear fenders. I don't care much for the Maaco "Apple Red" color and I'm thinking of going black (NOT FLAT BLACK).
Many years ago my dad was an ice racer in upstate New York and ran old Hondas. Most of the Hondas were basic black but for the last few years he painted stripes on as well, like this Photoshop:
I'd like to pay homage to those cars by incorporating those colors on the CRX. Here's the first draft I whipped up and so far I really like it.
I'm sure I'll have some other ideas in the not-too-distant future as I get input on this (the wife is not necessarily on board with this particular design). Lucky doing it in Photoshop is a lot easier than actually doing it on the car.
I can almost guarantee that the black repaint will not be a great job as I'll be tackling that myself. I might wimp out and have my dad spray the paint after I do all the prep, since I've never laid paint on myself. But the prep will all be done in my driveway.
It seems to be that my specialty is to ruin the resale value of cars that showed up here with no resale value already, so why stop now?
Once the car is legal, we'll give the wife a couple weeks of using it to make sure she can live with it and its lack of creature comforts. If she says it's OK with her, then the FOR SALE sign goes on the 3.
500 mile update
Car sailed through inspection, no worries there. I've been driving it almost exclusively looking for possible issues but finding few. It rides hard but not much worse than the MSM or my '90 Miata on Tein Flex coilovers. The wife's biggest hangup was that the radio got pretty much zero reception; ten minutes later the dash was apart and I found that the antenna simply wasn't plugged into the head unit.
38 MPG for its last tankful. I can live with that.
There are things that will need attention. The tires on the stock alloys are antique (2006 date codes) so we'll fire on some all-seasons before it gets too cold. Oil doesn't want to stay in the engine with a suspected oil pan gasket leak. Not sure if I'm willing to tackle that now or wait and see just how much is leaking. The heater control panel in the dash is disintegrating (24 year old plastic FTW) and there is still those funny behaving gauges.
I autocrossed the car a week or so ago and I got smoked by the wife in her Miata, with most of the difference being straight-line speed. So we don't need to spend any money trying to develop this car further, we'll remain in the Miata fold.
The car already paid for itself as far as Metro parking. I went to a Nationals game last Monday and the Metro lot was very full. I followed three cars that all passed up one tight spot; I said I didn't care and jammed it in there. I had to suck in my gut to squeeze out the door. The best part was that the car was still there when I got back from the game.
The wife made her maiden commute later in the week and made it there and back in one piece with no complaints. This crazy experiment just might work out.
Some will recall that the primary motive behind our picking up a CRX was to help us reduce some debt and open up a parking space among the fleet. We wanted it to replace our 2010 Mazda3 as the primary commuter car.
The experiment has gone well. The CRX has been the primary commuter for the last couple months without any major hiccups (knocking on wood). While it has, we effectively parked the 3 to see if it really was possible to live without it, and we really did manage to not drive it aside from a scant few short rides into town.
And today (yesterday actually, seeing the clock) the 3 has been sold and is now out of our life. We still have plenty of vehicular options available to us, so we won't be up a tree in case the CRX needs to stay home for repairs, but I viewed the 3 as a good safety net that's no longer there.
So now we have seven cars here at stately Claffie Manor. Six of them are two-seaters. Five of them are convertibles. Only one of them is FWD. Only one has an automatic transmission. And the neighbors still look at us funny.