Hooniverse Asks: Are you getting any car maintenance done right now?

Now is the time to wrench on your project cars. Or so it would seem. I feel like I have less time at the moment and that’s because there’s a four-year-old kid running around here and my wife and I are trying to keep her occupied. Not with a wave of the hand and a device, but with some structure. Easier said than done at times, but it definitely limits the amount of work I’d like to be doing on other things. Like, say, figuring out my throttle issues on the Montero…

I’m further hampered by the fact that my garage is currently occupied by “stuff”. A literal day or two before COVID put us all in lockdown, my wife and I were about to list our condo for sale and put an offer on a house. The condo was staged for a pending open-house weekend, so I’d moved other stuff into the garage and kicked the Montero to the street.

We never listed. Our house is now half-staged, half back to normal. And I don’t have room to do work on my truck in the garage. Which is annoying because my idle sits higher than I’d like right now and… actually wait, I’ll talk about the Montero in another post today. For now, let’s get back to the original question posed by the title of this post.

Are you getting any work done on your project cars or daily drivers right now? It seems like a good time to do so. Let us know in the comments below!

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12 responses to “Hooniverse Asks: Are you getting any car maintenance done right now?”

  1. onrails Avatar
    onrails

    Both cars swapped to summer rubber and the SS is out of storage. Waiting on slightly warmer weather to be able to pressure spray the rubber floor mats and put the carpet ones back in. Tonight’s job is to put away the snowblower and wake up the lawnmower so it’s ready for when grass actually starts growing. Other than that, filling time in the garage with the mop and some much needed cabinet organization. I have some oil to recycle but that can wait until the madness is over. I’m lamenting not having a current big project going, but a little disposable income is certainly better than a smoking credit card at the moment.

  2. Batshitbox Avatar
    Batshitbox

    Well, work is getting done on the Econoline, but not because of spare time. After 3 weeks my mechanic said he’s done all he can and it’s inching closer to passing emissions. Now I’m looking for a shop to replace the catalytic converter, which was compromised by years of defective SMOG equipment and just might push the emissions down below the limit.

    Definitely getting more work done on the Laverda. Today I might put the rear footpegs on; that will take 5 minutes out of my day. Unfortunately, this may be a bad time to sell now that all the money markets have contracted.

  3. onrails Avatar
    onrails

    Both cars swapped to summer rubber and the SS is out of storage. Waiting on slightly warmer weather to be able to pressure spray the rubber floor mats and put the carpet ones back in. Tonight’s job is to put away the snowblower and wake up the lawnmower so it’s ready for when grass actually starts growing. Other than that, filling time in the garage with the mop and some much needed cabinet organization. I have some oil to recycle but that can wait until the madness is over. I’m lamenting not having a current big project going, but a little disposable income is certainly better than a smoking credit card at the moment.

  4. Tiberiuswise Avatar

    I brought my car in for an oil change today. I called ahead and got an appointment for “as soon as you can get here.”

    Aside from the fact that no one in the waiting lounge wanted to play spin-the-bottle, I’d say it went pretty well.

  5. nanoop Avatar

    No. I still work an 80% position at home, and I do the kindergartening. Spare time is scarce. My only “me time “ is late night. I realize I have a good life, but still…

  6. SlowJoeCrow Avatar
    SlowJoeCrow

    If it stops snowing and is halfway warm the motorcycle is getting serviced for the season and the fleet is getting cleaned. Otherwise my vacation has been taken up with Nordic skiing or mountain biking.

  7. Scoutdude Avatar
    Scoutdude

    Well I did change the cabin air filter on the DD as well as give it a good vacuuming. I am going to go out and plug in battery maintainers on a couple of vehicles. I do expect to get some oil changes done and through cleanings on some of the vehicles. I do have a couple of projects that I wanted to get done in the near future, but at this point I don’t know about ordering things to be delivered that aren’t really necessary. Mainly been working on projects around the house and cleaning out the garage really really needs to be done.

  8. Sjalabais Avatar
    Sjalabais

    Ugh, trying to sell a house now is harsh timing – I hope this blows over soon, with not too violent consequences for our comfy ways of life. The media here report about people who got caught in between, having bought a new house without having sold the old one. For now, banks are lenient and offer no-cost-loan-freezes.

    The first two weeks of isolation were quite fun, actually. Hanging out with the kids, getting work done on my new study in the basement, having good evenings with my wife…but now the same routine over and over and, especially, the eternally talking kids, sapping every bit of energy out of my head, are taking their toll. No car fixes for now. :S

  9. Sjalabais Avatar
    Sjalabais

    Ugh, trying to sell a house now is harsh timing – I hope this blows over soon, with not too violent consequences for our comfy ways of life. The media here report about people who got caught in between, having bought a new house without having sold the old one. For now, banks are lenient and offer no-cost-loan-freezes.

    The first two weeks of isolation were quite fun, actually. Hanging out with the kids, getting work done on my new study in the basement, having good evenings with my wife…but now the same routine over and over and, especially, the eternally talking kids, sapping every bit of energy out of my head, are taking their toll. No car fixes for now. :S

    1. 0A5599 Avatar
      0A5599

      A bad time to sell a house, perhaps, but it sounded like Jeff is upgrading. He’ll get a relative bargain on the bigger place (hopefully with more garage). And I bet interest rates next month will be lower than whatever Jeff is currently paying.

  10. outback_ute Avatar
    outback_ute

    Working from home but still not total lockdown here; things are very quiet when I have gone out to sites though.

    Good luck selling your place; at least you buy and sell in (close to?) the same market

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