My Caribbean Blue Chevy Spark

Growing up in SoCal, cars didn’t just take me from point A to point B. We often spent more time in our cars than we did in our homes. In many ways, our hom had quite a few cars over the years. The first car I ever drove became my first car. That white on blue interior 1983 Buick Regal took me to so many places. After that, I drove a 1993 Regal, a 1988 Chevy IROC Z/28 Camaro (black on black and I dearly miss those T-tops!), a 1988 Ford Ranger, 2001 and 2002 Chevy Cavaliers, a 2008 Chevy HHR, a couple of 1990s vintage Suburbans, and a 2004 Honda Odyssey. Each has their own tale to tell and each has powerful memories from my time with them. Yes, I connect to cars emotionally.

I got sick and tired of dealing with repairs or purchasing a new car when I had a couple of days off the road during my time in trucking and decided to get something with a warranty. This car only has a 1.4L engine, but it also has a clutch pedal and the fuel economy is outstanding! It drives like a little go cart LOL! In keeping with tradition in my automotive adventures, this is another base model with crank windows, manual door locks, etc., but it’s not bereft of tech. No, this little car that was built in Korea has a 7″ touchscreen infotainment system, traction control, Stabilitrak, ABS, OnStar, a backup camera, and TEN AIRBAGS. The only option it has is the Caribbean Blue Metallic paint which I love, but I only paid the extra because it’s all that was available when I needed the car.

So far it’s been a great car and I look forward to teaching Ember to operate a manual transmission and probably passing ownership to her as well.

Hazy Shade of Winter Today

Today reminded me of one of my favourite 80s songs. It’s a cover of a Simon and Garfunkel song called Hazy Shade of Winter by The Bangles.

As you can see, the terms hazy, drab, gloomy, icy, and snowy all describe the weather and overall feel of the weather in central Utah today.

Now, for those not familiar with the song, I invite you to click above and see what a difference a song makes 😉 This is what I think of anytime the weather turns like this and it always brightens my day 😎

A Bit of Nostalgia

My 1988 IROC Z/28
I miss my 1988 IROC Z/28

Yes, this is a scan of an old Polaroid from around 2000 or so. That car is my now long departed 1988 Chevrolet Camaro IROC Z/28. There were quite a few times when I thought about wrapping a chain around the bar between the T-tops and using it as an anchor, but I had some awesome times with it, too.

I bought it from a supposed friend who said it was perfect. Then I did an oil change and the oil came out looking like a chunky chocolate milkshake. It turned out that my alleged friend had overheated the engine and there was an eight inch crack in the lifter valley. I had the motor swapped with a little help from my friends. There were still problems with the “new” 305 TPI V8 from a 1989 Firebird. The check engine light wouldn’t go out and the engine leaked approximately two to three quarts of oil a week. I just used 20W50 and changed the filter occasionally.

I needed to figure out a way to smog it in a few weeks when a 17 year old driver who’d had her license for 10 days hit this car and totaled it. I broke even overall with the settlement.

I’d love to get another ’88 IROC, but there’s a few issues. All I find are either the equivalent of a wrecked WWII fighter in the jungle of a south Pacific island that needs a total rebuild or I find a 5,000 mile garage queen with a bunch of trophies with an asking price that’s more C8 Corvette than ’80s Camaro. I can’t seem to find another daily driver with minor issues.

Maybe someday…