Well,we returned from the trip and I have gotten the laundry done and the bills paid that came in while we were gone.We are looking forward to the Webb Wilder show comming up.Does it look like its going to be a do-able thing for you?Both Jeanne and I are recovering from head colds that we picked up from Jeanne's grandkids.We had a real good time-went into San Francisco one day and did the cable car hop-on,hop -off tour for the day.We ate like pigs the entire time-we had two turkeys on Thanksgiving!What a great problem to have.Live it up---Jeff C.
I'm just doing the last day before leaving stuff--laundry,bank,hold mail,pack.I've got a cave meeting tonight too.I'll go only if I get mostly pre-packed this evening.Be back on December 2nd.We will have to show you some killer pizza when we get back.I will be monitoring the boards from San Jose to keep up with the progress.Live it up---Jeff C.
WTF?What is happening on your end?Now that it is rainy and crappy,we have not been out in the Red Rocker.I am doing the prep stuff for our next trip out--the laundry,doing errands and getting stuff ready to go.
Live it up---Jeff C.
As a matter of fact,I did.The long and the short of it is this:I spoke with her and she gave me the info that we already know about what is in the owner's manual.When she couldn't answer anything other than the company line,she refferred me to a tech there at Smart in Plaza Motors.He attempted to give me the same song and dance.He said -listen to this--- that Smart does not re-imburse Plaza for using ANY transmission oil becouse what comes in the Smart is intended to be there for the life of the car.He claimed that IF for some reason that a service tech had to drain the oil in the tranny,they were to collect the oil and then REUSE that same oil.I explained(as if I had not done the switch out yet)that I felt that it was an advisable thing to switch out the gearbox oil after break-in.Although he seemed to act as if he was baffelled at the thought of anyone doing this,finally he said that as long as I was using aSINTHETIC gear lube that was a 75w-90 he couldn't see as how it would be a problem.We talked about the GL-4 vs GL-5 rating and he said that he couldn't see as it being a problem ---as long as it was a SYNTHETIC.He kept saying that over and over.It sort of sounded like he may not be either too bright or he thought that I may not be too bright.I can see that someone who is talking to the general public might have to stress stuff in order to make his point -not knowing who the hell he is talking to.But,it came accross like He might not be the sharpest knife in the drawer.The take away from the whole thing is that Mobil 1-75w-90 LS synthetic gear lube is okay and not to worry.I think that we both are relieved to know that the GL-rating doesnt seem to be THAT much of an issue.Live it up---Jeff C.
No problem with the delay at all.As for the pizza-yeah,its good---but I can show you pizza that is GREAT.To be sure,there is not too many places is St.Louis that offer pizza that is the way it is SUPPOSED to be.Imo's pizza has most of the natives confused as to what pizza is supposed to be like.I hope that you can m,ake the Webb Wilder show.Keep me informed.Live it up---Jeff C.
Thanks again for your guidance on the tranny thing yesterday.We hope that you enjoyed the pizza--its pretty hard to beat.Like I said,its the way God intended it.Sorry to push you out the door last night.I hope that you got home without incident.Check on that Webb Wilder date at the Gramophone.Live it up--Jeff C.
Jeanne and I went to BB's Jazz ,Blues and Soups last night to see a favorite blues act of ours from Boston.It is Paul Rishell and Little Annie Raines.Great stuff and we got out CDs signed .Tonight we are going to the Sheldon to catch Chad and Jeremy.This is a first British wave act that was sort of folky.Paul McCartney wrote at least one of their big hits.This was Paul McCartney before he turned to humus.I am anticipating going back to visit my parents on Monday.I will be gone for a week so that will account for my non-response to any posts.Live it up----Jeff C.
The dowel rod idea is a good one.I might resort to that if there is not a reasonable and do-able solution as to re-attaching the ring of carpet-like material to the original mat.Hopefully there may be other responses as I have also posted a request for info on the general discussion area.Thanks and live it up-Jeff C.
The oil filter and drain plug were just as difficult to get off yesterday as they were the first time around.I certainly wasnt expecting that to be the case.I ended up using a piece of pipe that was probably eight inches long to slide over the end on the ratchet wrench to add leverage .Even so ,it was a real bear to get off.At one point I was beginning to get panicked that the tools that I had were not going to be adequate.I ended up breaking that belt-type filter wrench.At Auto Zone the guy there said that those belt type jobs are a piece of crap anyway.I'm glad to have fresh oil in the Red Rocker as we move into colder temperatures.There may not be too many ideal days left for that kind of fighting under the car.Hopefully ,the trasmission fluid replacement wont be THAT much of a challenge!
I did have a surprising thing happen.To get into the engine compartment,part of the proceedure is to attach the rear "carpet"by means of a little plactic hasp or hook into a small rectangular notch.When I finished up the change-out and was trying to unfasten the plastic hasp from the notch I found that it was very difficult to get the hasp unhooked.As I was working with the hasp I ended up tearing the hasp and a small portion of the "carpet" off from the main remaining "carpet".So what I now have is the hasp with maybe an inch or an inch and a half of the torn "carpet" that is attached to the hasp that is a separate piece.The material is NOT substantial at all. I couldnt believe that it came off so relatively easily.The problem now is to re-affix the torn off part.I'm certain that there would be appropriate cements of glues that would do the job.Would you have any suggestions?I am also going to post an inquiry to the boards as well.Multiple heads are better than one.Live it up--Jeff C.
Today I am doing the oil change.Also,Jeanne has a few things that we need to do.Take the deck chairs down and put them away for the winter.I know--it seems like its early for that but I would rather do it while it is pleasant rather than having to do it when it is turned cold.Also I'm shutting down the outside water for the season and bringing in the hose.Btw,right after we used the hose to wash the cars Jeanne had a guy come and do some work in her garage.He put the hose down on the floor and I brought the Smart in for the evening not realizing that he had put the hose down in the proximity of where I would wheel in the car.As you might guess,I ran over the hose and as bad luck would have it,the part that I ran over was the metal end.So now what we get is the same real bad delivery of water and water squirting all over you ---just like we had before
I replaced the old hose.Maybe the transmission fluid should be changed this soon after all.I'll pick up some fluid and we can work on that.I really do appreciate your willingness to turn me on to the finer points of Smart preventive maintenance.Also I suppose I should act on that high end air filter you was telling me about.
I hope you get to enjoy the day today.Get out and take a pleasure drive .The weather is going to be wonderful both today AND tommorrow.Live it up---Jeff C.
We ended up going to the art museum for this new display of Japanese screens.I had seen screens before but had really not paid any attention to them.Then too,the ones on display were extrodinary examples.We then went to the science center to see the Imax on Van Gough.We finished off the very busy day by going to the Sacred Music of the World Festival.I had seen this sitar player named Imrat Khan about 12 or 15 years ago.I was expecting it to be the highlight of the heavy cultural hit day.He came out and talked for about 20 minutes and then played for only another 20 minutes and left the stage.I was really dissappointed.In retrospect,the festival was a showcase for different types of music so it wasnt a "concert" type of thing-but I was certainly expecting more than THAT.
I am glad that the proceedure for the gearbox is as simple as you are saying.I've only got 4,000 miles on the car now---should I put it off for a little longer.Also,there has been postings recommending changing out the brake fluid as well at about 10,000 miles.What is your stance on that?
Oh,yes--I almost forgot to mention that at the History museum there is a display called Treasure.I have not seen it yet but I think that it involves displays of gold and silver.From a coin collector's point of view,it may be real interresting.Just sayin'.Live it up(a lot)--Jeff C.
Today we are going to go to the art museum early and then possibly the history museum later.In the evening there is an Indian music offering as part of the world of sacred music festival.The guy is Imrat Khan.I've seen him before and he is really impressive .Maybe when we get together,you could give me some pointers as to the changing of the gearbox oil.I would say that it is a worthwhile thing.Yeah,I'm glad that the gloominess and wet weather is out of here for now.It gets a little depressing when it is so dark.Have a great week end.Live it up(literally)--Jeff C.
Jeanne and I have been travelling quite a bit.We had intended to go to Helena,Arkansas last week end but it was raining here when we were to leave.We checked the on-line forecast and thunderstorms were anticipated so we decided to pull the plug on the trip.It was not the decision that I wanted to be forced to make but I have to say that it was the correct decision.It looks like we are finally going to get a few nice days next week.Both m
Monday and Tuesday are going to be nice.I am planning to do the 4,000 mile oil change on Tuesday when it is planned to be 69 degrees.We have been seeing some good music and we have recently checked out a few movies from the library to watch during these cold,rainy days.Maybe we can get together soon.What is your schedule looking like?Live it up-Jeff C.
Hello,I saw that you were interested in an intake . I still have my .50 modded intake pipe if you are interested because I cant use it since I modded the top of my air box.I'll try to bring it along to Applebys on the 8th.I'll bring some of the other intakes I made that I know give me better mileage.If you are interested , let me know.
I was listening to the weather radio report of the forecast today they were saying that this horrible heat is going to be here through Saturday.Who knows if beyond Saturday it still sticks around.I really cant get too excited about the thought of trying to do the car thing during a heat alert.Hey,I'm an old man-----I dont want to die out there washing the car!
Jeanne and I were originally planning to go to a cave.We had not been to one for quite a long while.We were originally thinking that the optimal way to appreciate the "coolness" of the cave is when there is a heat alert.The problem is that it is too hot to travel the one and a half hours to get to the cave.We will probably end up just going to the library today and check out a few movies to watch.It isnt at all the way I wanted it to go today but the heat is too much.I dont know how the workers who are on highway repair work and roofers do it.You cant live long if you live like that.
I'm happy to hear that the Impala pulled through for you.I still shudder at the thought of even thinking that it would be POSSIBLE to take the smart to New York.
Yor mentioned that you have a nice collection of CDs.What kind of artist representation do you have?Also,do you have the capbility of burning CDs?If so,I would really appreciate it if you were to burn a few CDs to turn me on to your favorite stuff.Did I mention that I am a music freak?
It sounds as if your vacation was a great success.Hey,being on a lake during summertime is ALWAYS a good thing.As a matter of fact,we are planning to go to Wisconsin for a visit to Jeanne's brother.They have a lake cottage as a week -end getaway.We are hoping to be there over 4th of July week -end.The plans are not completely nailed down yet but it does look like it is going to happen.Her brother is an interesting character.He does EVERYTHING in a big way.I had never met anyone like him previously to meeting him but I like it a lot.It would be great if everyone had SOME of those qualities.
Let me know what you are up to and above everything else,LIVE IT UP-----Jeff C.
I trust that you have returned from your trip to New York.I do hope that the visit was fruitful and that you got to do all the ancellary things that you wanted to do while you were there.The Blues Fest was as enjoyable as it usually is--despite the fact that there were so few really huge names as historically has been the case.In the last five years,the blues community has lost so many of the first and second generation players that were remaining.Its so sad that of the old masters,only a handful are still living.There is always a new group of emerging players but the music changes with each successive generation coming on.
Wow,it certainly is hot.Jeanne's thermometer is showing 98 degrees.Way too hot to be doing anything.And then she wants me to grill something for dinner!I love grilling but it makes it harder to have fun grilling when it gets THIS hot.What are ya gonna do?
Two days ago we took a buzz out to Merimac State Park.It would have been nice to go in the Merimac Caverens but we didnt have a sweatshirt with us.Caves are typically about 55-60 degrees and while it might feel pretty good initially,after ten minutes of so it can begin to feel not so comfortable.We do intend to make the trip again real soon and actually go into the cave.Then yesterday we took a trip out to Carslyle Lake in Carslyle,Illinois.Both trips ended up being around 150 miles round trip.So at this point in time I can see that we have reached the point where the initial break-in is fully behind us and we are taking longer trips than before.On both days there were spot showers that only lasted about 5 minutes or less.We will have to be doing the wash routine again fairly soon to keep the bright,new toy appearace going for us.
Let me know what is happening and when you would be available to get together.Live it up------Jeff C.
I can relate to the mysterious grass accumulation in the car.While we are out and about with the top down,it is a little more understandable with the Red Rocker.It STILL is irritating-especially right after spending time to clean up the car.
As you know,I try to not have the car out if rain is expected.Eventually I'm sure that we will be caught out in a shower.I know what you are saying about the rain spotting after spending time to get the car up to show-car standards.That is why I drink(at least in part).
You will be relieved to learn that we went to True Value yesterday and bought a replacement garden hose so now (I am hoping) that future car washes dont result in ending up looking like we just got out of the shower!One has to accept whatever degree of progress that comes one's way.
We are going to be going to the Chicago Blues Festival on Thursday.I've been going for aroung fifteen years.Always a good time and definately a highlight of the year's activity.
As to the price of the gyros at SoCo-I'm not sure-maybe $5.99.But typicallySoCo runs ads in the local paper flyers that are buy one and get the second at half price.It really makes it even more tasty if you can get the deal.
I'll take you up on the root beer run.We will get it all figured out when both of us return from our trips.Live it up-----Jeff C.
I had a good time doing the car beautification thing with you the other day.Since then,I have re-done the wash and wax thing on both my 2002 Chrysler Sebring and Jeanne's Honda Accord.The weather was great today and we took about a two hour jaunt down to Pevely.Initially we had hoped to go to Kimmswick for their strawberry festival but when we got there,the wanted $5 to park the car and wouldn't let you drive into the town.We decided to just keep driving so we tooled around for a while and then we came back .I did Jeanne's car-I must say it does look very nice.I wanted to get a couple of coats of wax on before it gets too hot and humid.I will do the Red Rocker on a monthly basis during the summer and fall in order to keep the luster up.I dont think it requires too much effort being such a small car.
Let me know whem you return from New York.Possibly we can meet for a root beer at Carl's Drive Inn some day soon when it works into your schedule.
The computer enhansements that you performed seem to have solved the slow aspect of the computer functioning.Thanks so much.We really do appreciate it more than words can convey.
We are hoping to check out a state park tommorrow(Sunday).Maybe even a cave .I'm sure that Jeanne will come up with something.Live it up------Jeff C.