Woood ...... speaking of that ... that's why I'm late to coffee this morning. Had to hook up my beat up cart & go scavenge some wood this morning. Luckily I didn't have to go far, as the 10 large storms we've had over the past 4 years provided plenty to pick from. Forgot what a pain in the ass this is. Loaded up the cart, then brought it to the house to cut it into Mark III-sized logs. I've got 5 bags of nut left, but with the forecast calling for 60's the next few days it would have been foolish to relight just for one day. Not used to seeing smoke pouring out of my chimney. Basement is a mess of splinters and bark, & the house reeks too.
House went from 70° yesterday as the outdoor temps hit 58°, to 58° IN the house this morning, as it hit 28° last night.
A good morning exercise though ... but I could've done without it.
Finally started to investigate the floppy shift lever the wifey has been dealing with the past 2 years in the Marquis. Figured I'd kill 2 birds with one stone, and yanked the instrument cluster too, so I can lube up the works inside. Was getting pretty noisy. After some swearing while trying to remove 3 bolts from the column with an allen wrench and a dental mirror to see WTF I was doing, I finally got the busted spring out ... or should I say, all 8 pieces of the spring.
Can't complain after 200,748 miles & 27 years of service. I'd like to see any car built in the last 15 years pull that off! Had to weld the plastic ring back together for the shift indicator. Damn plastic gets brittle after 27 years!
Fixed one of the loose doors with a canister from my asthma medication (inhaler). Drilled a hole to blow the gas out, cut the ends off, cut in half, then wrapped it around the door strike pin. Works mint!
Welp, time to get back at it. Swamped with work - that's the first sign of spring! Later folks!
Oh ... had to test drive it through a school zone to make sure the speedometer works. It does! >>>