Saturday, May 28, 2011

Milestones don't appear without surprises.

Today, my trusty (?) Miata rolled over 250,000 miles. Regular readers will remember when I hit a fifth of a million miles. Now that I've done a full quarter mil, the miles will be racking up much more slowly. I've moved to Florida and am working about 5 miles from where I live (as opposed to 60 miles back in Illinois). This is all on the heels of an engine overhaul, which uncovered many, many more broken parts. The car made it the 1200 miles to Daytona Beach without incident, but now that I'm here -- almost as though the car knew its odometer was reaching this particular number -- a fuel injector O-ring lost its will to seal and the cooling system sprung a leak somewhere on the back of the cylinder head.

This afternoon I got a new set of O-rings (to be installed when the engine and sun both cool) and added some chemical stop leak to the cooling system. Hopefully these will take care of the problem. For now, I'm going to enjoy one of the perks of living down here: fixing my farmer tan and getting sand in my shorts.
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  1. Excellent. Try to find a cheap replacement engine out there Alan!

    BTW, where the hell were you this weekend? We went to the Alexian Field autocross, Rood was there and... Oh yeah... That's right. :( Not the same without you bud. And those damn greasy fries, couldn't find that restaurant.

  2. Yeah, I've been thinking about that. I saw everyone post on Facebook that they were going, and it made me sad to know I may not ever autocross with you guys again. It's a shame. I miss all you guys too.

    The place with those fries isn't far. Take a left on that main road out of there; it's a little ways up on the right. Just your basic hot dog joint. Good stuff. I have yet to find *any* hot dog places 'round here.

  3. never? that's a but steep, i bet with your new gig you'll end up in town one weekend. as long as i'm living here you can auto x one of my heeps of crap. one exception though... i'm keeping my r1r's away from ya, i would hate to come 2nd behind my own car :P.


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