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Old January 7th, 2016, 03:00 PM   #4
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Default Re: Question for daily drivers

I drive my '60 Ghia 46 miles every day and have been for 6 years. My daughter drives her '71 Super 44 miles every day. Before that I drove my '62 Baja every day. They absolutely can be driven every day. (almost)

I say almost because occasionally something will happen (you should plan on it anyway) that takes longer than a couple hours to fix.

For the most part though - you can drive it every day and should be able to see/hear/feel issues that are starting and can deal with them BEFORE they deadline your car.

I would agree with the above and add a few things.

1. Check your oil level before EVERY drive.
2. Check your fuel filter at EVERY fill up. (once a week)
3. Install good air cleaners (I use K&N and clean them every couple of months)
4. Change your oil every 2,000 miles and check/adjust your valves at that time.
5. Check your lights, brake lights, turn signals every week.

Things to keep in your bug:

1. Spare accelerator cable
2. Spare bulbs
3. Spare fuses
4. Small tool set
5. Extra wire with a few connectors
6. Couple quarts of oil
7. Jack and spare tire
8. Spare coil
9. Helicoil for spark plug
10. Spare fan belt

Things to look for/repair after buying a bug that is "new to you." (Cuz the PO may not be a liar - but he also may not have a good memory)

1. Wheel bearings
2. Swing axle - outer seals/inner boots and transmission fluid (gear oil)
3. IRS - grease CV joints and replace boots
4. ALL wiring - follow each wire and check connections/grounds and that it has a purpose and is wired correctly.

*did I ever tell you about the guy that had his stereo wired from his coil - so that the louder the stereo was, the slower his car was? And that it caught on fire?

5. Make sure you have an oil pressure sending unit/idiot light or gauge and that they work.
6. Replace the plugs, wires, cap and rotor.

I am sure that there are a few things that I am forgetting - but if you are doing all the above - any other issues that your car has should be visible and you can fix as needed. Good luck!

Originally Posted by Unkl Ian View Post
Don't be Fucking stupid.

The bolt is Fucked, it won't fix it's self,
the Bolt Fairy won't fix it, and you can't fix it.

I know there is a Full Moon, but quit Fucking around.
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