Yes he’s talking about that 1996 Honda Civic again, talk about Paul being that “One Trick Pony”. I know, new tires, old Kano’s dinging it up. Well here is The Rest of the Story. It’s been over two years since it’s been painted and un-dinged; those trips to any market are the death of a paint job. So I put it in the body shop for two weeks to make it new again. The body shop is owned and run by my son-in-law’s cousin, and Chris and my daughter stop by daily to view the progress.
Chris and Hanna came up to the house on the 26th of March, with the repairman and a driver. I’ve found here that a lot of car mechanics do not know how to drive a car. But in the Navy I met Jet mechanics that couldn’t fly. So I guess it makes sense?
Unlike the states where they use masking tape on the car, here they strip all chrome, lights, and trim off the car, labor being cheaper than masking tape. Then sand it down (by hand) almost to the metal to smooth it out and prime it. Next they paint layer after layer, to build up the paint and improve the shine.
My factory mags were removed and buffed back to a new condition again, and for some reason they painted the rear brake drums and the front brake calipers a bright red. I have a feeling my son-in-law; Chris had a hand in that. The engine’s valve cover was removed and it was painted with heat resistant black paint and the lettering in red. Again, I think Chris was involved. I checked, they did use a new gasket when putting it back on.
NOTE: If you change the color of the car, you will spend days if not longer, putting together the paperwork to submit to the LTO. So unless its puke green or baby crap yellow, leave it alone. I’ve just saved someone from a hassle with this information. I once had to submit the dreaded “Letter of Color Change.” Something I would not wish on anyone. Well, one or two maybe!
But for two weeks I’ve was car-less and riding public transportation back and forth to town. It hasn’t changed; the music on Jeepney’s is still loud and bad!
As I’ve pointed out before, it might not be a new car, but I see no reason why it should look or run like a 15 year old car. Especially, because it cost so little, to keep any car in top condition here in the Philippines Islands.
So now it’s May 11th, the phone has rung, and those words, I’ve been waiting so long for, have been spoken, “Kuya Paul, your car is done.” My pulse quickens, I feel palpitations from my heart, and I head out the door to bring home my long lost friend. My camera is in hand, because some auspicious occasions, must be documented for future generations, and of course LiP readers. Remember in this bad economy a picture is now only worth only 500 words. That was something I posted on FaceBook, but it fit here also. It’s good to recycle.
My next project is to rework the interior, new headliner, upholster the seats and new carpet. Again, Chris and Hanna were best collage mates with the man that does that, and he does custom work. I remember we used to drive in to Tijuana Mexico, to get that done, this is a lot closer.
So there it is, shinning like a new peso in the tropical sunlight. Any Japanese guy walking by would mutter to them self; “Damn, we make great looking cars.” So that’s the rest of the story, and I know someone will ask the cost, it was P 16,000.00 complete.
I picked up the car and went to the Pancake House on Subic Free Port, while backing in to the space I hit the foot high garden fence they had there. After I got out of the car I was seen ripping it out of the ground, I thought; “Thank God, I’m the first one to ding it.” But lucky for me, the black rubber molding prevented any damage to my hour old paint job.
The Pancake House was not as lucky, they have to re-plant their fence. My best estimate is that by next week, there will be a new ding in the paint. To think otherwise would be foolish!
A strange thing happened to me last week; my puter would not allow me to upload any pictures. Luckily I had “Down on the Farm” already set to go, in case something like that ever happens. I’m a firm believer in Murphy’s Law, and at best Murphy is an optimist. Now two weeks have passed, and I’m still waiting for that first ding. Wish me luck!