I talked in this post about wanting to get a Hyundia Accent as my next car. I still liked the VW (New) Beetle fine, but I haven't been really excited about it in years. The air bag light came on and stayed on recently. And I had a couple of stressful days about things that I couldn't do anything about. So I decided that was the day to go swap out cars. I searched for a Hyundai Accent with cruise control, and came up with one. So we went and bought it and swapped cars out.
Here's the last Beetle odometer reading when we traded it in at the
and the new(er) Accent at startup:
And parked at our house:
It has a real live key to start, and the only genuine "ACC" position
on a key cylinder that I've seen in a modern car in a very long time!
It has a built-in satellite radio, which I got configured on
which is nice in that there's many fewer wires around than I had in the beetle.
Here's my view driving. I do still have the power wire for the dash
I worked on a couple other infrastructure problems this week. I've
had a ink stamp that I've used for putting our return address on
things since we moved here. I got a new ink pad recently, but I also
needed to replace a couple of the characters. I do that, and I also
wanted to create a place to hang up the stanp. I decided to do that,
and then 15 minutes later, I had one made out of double-headed nails
and a piece of scrap wood:
which now sits at the desk where I pay bills.
And I'm going to try to carve out the time to put the vintage Beetle
back together and get it running. On Monday I used over cleaner to
clean some of the carbon off the cylinder heads:
(I forgot to take an "after" photo.)
And I've been getting all the engine pieces together in the garage.
Here is Pangur, inspecting my work:
In the foreground you can see the freshly reground crankshaft and the new camshaft. In the background, engine mount sets, seals, hardware, and way at the back the clutch.