The 1976 Dodge Aspen was bought final week. I am glad I used to be capable of finding a house for it fairly than ship it to the crusher. It served me effectively for 15 years and 160,000 miles . Right here she is up at my camp within the driveway and out & about in Northern New York. This automotive by no means let me down.
Again in 2017 I drove her out to Michigan to go to a motorbike occasion on the Gilmore Automobile Museum to attach with a pal there and decide up this candy little 1965 Yamaha 55 cc motorbike. I had certainly one of these after I was 16 , my first bike . I purchased it new the day I received my license .It was this similar actual motorbike. Now it sits in my store ready on me to revive it. Right here it’s pictured with my pal Dan after we strapped it on to the rear bumper of that previous Aspen for the 900 mile trip dwelling .
Numerous good recollections from this trip.She might be missed however now that she’s gone I am targeted on my wagon once more. Yesterday I introduced her again to life.Put in a brand new battery ,some recent fuel ,air within the tires ,gave it the as soon as over and off I went.She began proper up and ran like she was used an hour earlier. I’ve had this automotive laid up for many of the previous two years.I did handle to get it going final summer time after the issues I had with the transmission shifter and clutch.Even was in a position to get her inspected then so now I am on the street once more with my favourite automotive.
So ,at present I will take her right down to my pal Steve’s home and begin to get set to do the physique work on it. It is lengthy over due . There may be rust in all of the fenders and quarter panels. I’ve all good substitute sheet steel that I had purchased and took off elements vehicles I had years in the past and saved for this job.I all the time knew this was the keeper automotive out of all my vehicles.It is simply too cool to let it get away . The plan is to work the substitute elements off the automotive on the bench now in winter so when the spring rolls round we’re prepared to truly dangle these things on the automotive ,grind the welds down and do all of the filler work. If all go’s effectively we’ll have her in primer by the summer time. A brand new chapter begins within the story of this wagon ! In the meantime my spouse’s previous 2002 Honda with the unhealthy transmission is now on Craigslist as a elements automotive for 800 bucks .I will be a cheerful camper when that factor is gone from my work house . Then there’s motorbike work . That is retirement and I am loving it !