After a year where work and household chores took most of my “free” time (notice the satirical quotes), the approaching year-end is screeching to a halt. And not from the brake pedal, either.
As usual, this time of the year helps us to recognize our recent faults and encourages us to make amends. In other words, right all that is wrong with the automotive world.
Since last season was basically lost in terms of quality drive time, I’m declaring 2015 to be filled with way more of everything when it comes to cars. More wrenching. More horsepower. More rebuilds.
Call it selfish, even a bit extreme. But to re-balance the automotive senses, an excessive amount of indulgence is in order.
So, here are the Top 10 New Year’s resolutions for muscle cars for 2015:
Read more. No, we’re not talking “War and Peace.” A great way to learn more about classic cars is to study things you’re not so familiar with. My latest CarTech page-turner is “How to Rebuild and Modify Muncie 4-Speed Transmissions” by Paul Cangialosi. http://www.5speeds.com/cart/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=105
Shift more. Most of my project cars have been saddled with automatic transmissions. There’s nothing wrong with slush-boxes, but lately a few Muncie M20 4-speeds have been calling for a rebuild. Books, such as the aforementioned, inspired the change. Now, what project car will get the extra gears?
Weld more. My brother has been on a wire-feed kick, welding up anything he can get his gloves on. Though he’s learning as he goes, the only way to master it is to get after it. I want in.
Pump more. Don’t get cute with the innuendos. While sex isn’t a bad thing, this has to do with lower gas prices lately. We’ve been blessed to see it hover around the $2 mark. There are no excuses to skip a drive now. Hopefully the low prices are here to stay.
More test drives. I’ve yet to drive a new Camaro or Mustang. Hell, even a new pick-me-up truck. Probably can’t afford them, but why not try ‘em on for size?
More road trips. To just get away, and let the states pass me by. That’s what I’ve wanted to do for some time. Seriously have to stick to the plan.
More car shows. You can never have enough of these throughout Car Season. Unfortunately for us here in the Midwest, we’ve had horrible winters that melt into… summer. Having no spring definitely eats into your seat time.
More tire. I’m talking meaty rubber out back. I’ve been meaning to change my ’71 Vette’s 215-70-15 tires to a more performance-oriented 255-60-15. Finding tires in that size is another matter.
More car parts garage sales. Too many parts have been languishing on the shelf for too long. Those Ford and Lincoln odds and ends, why are they still here? The old Mustang is long gone. And that Mopar stuff, stored away for a rainy day? If you’re not using it, get rid of it.
More track time. Always dreamed of racing my C3 Corvette down the quarter-mile. Seems like I always end up making excuses to not race the strip. I promise myself, this year I’m going for broke.
Have a safe and Happy New Year!
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