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Cory Wolfe

Oh Beast, Wherever May You Be?

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This is turning into a little weekly series. :D

Where's it at this week? Dubois, 20 miles away. Imagine this... Idiot lights flashing, clouds of steam trying to escape from the gaps of the hood and the wheel wells... It's quite a sight.

It overheated. I was on my way to Dubois, driving along I80 peacefully when suddenly the temp light comes on. "What?!" I look into the rear view mirror to see a nice trail of steam. "You've got to be f@#king kidding me." Luckilly, I was coming right up to my exit when it happened. Pulled onto the off ramp and pulled over. Steam is rising from around the hood, especially the back. I pop the hood and upon it. Oh, the steam. Coolant had sprayed everywhere, too. It's freezing outside... I was stranded for a good hour until my parent's showed up. Attempted to refill it with coolant and drive home only to have it overheat once again after just a few miles. Before anyone says, since I know someone will, the coolant was fine before this... Fresh and filled to the correct level. I'm thinking the water pump went... but nothing would surprise me anymore. I did find something that occurred from this experience funny, though. It was an ironic statement from my Dad. "This car is a pain in the ass." You can say that again.

So, this is what? The third straight week the Cutlass has had a problem. What do you call that? I mean... I've heard "POS" applied to similar situations, but it's a special car, right? Wait, I suppose it's my fault, right? Just like every other problem it's had... It's never the car. Well... Who wants it? I sure as hell don't. I'm getting sick and tired of this car. It's next stop is going to be at the bottom of a f@#king cliff. I'd rather drive the Sunfire... Atleast it runs on a daily basis. :P

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well, i know G Body's make exceptional drag cars... so maybe you should drop in a 355 and a turbo 400 trans... mix in a 12 bolt and i think you have your drivetrain fixed! :P

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Remind me to never get another 23 year old car as a daily driver. That was a stupid choice, no doubt. :P

I wonder how we're going to get it home. It can't see to go very far without overheating and I'm not paying for a tow truck, I doubt my Dad will either. Then again, worrying about what I'll drive to work might be more worthwhile. Diagnosing and fixing this issue probably isn't going to happen before Monday, especially seeing as how all our attempts to fix the other issues were unsuccessful.

Is a reliable car really too much to ask for in life?

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Is a reliable car really too much to ask for in life?

Maybe you need a J-Body :P

*Runs and hides*

lol /JK

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Remind me to never get another 23 year old car as a daily driver. That was a stupid choice, no doubt. :P

my daily driver is 36 years old....

hell if i could, i wanna daily drive a 75 year old '32 duece

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Remind me to never get another 23 year old car as a daily driver. That was a stupid choice, no doubt. :P

I wonder how we're going to get it home. It can't see to go very far without overheating and I'm not paying for a tow truck, I doubt my Dad will either. Then again, worrying about what I'll drive to work might be more worthwhile. Diagnosing and fixing this issue probably isn't going to happen before Monday, especially seeing as how all our attempts to fix the other issues were unsuccessful.

Is a reliable car really too much to ask for in life?

No, but you do have to pay for it one way or another.

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Remind me to never get another 23 year old car as a daily driver. That was a stupid choice, no doubt. :P

I wonder how we're going to get it home. It can't see to go very far without overheating and I'm not paying for a tow truck, I doubt my Dad will either. Then again, worrying about what I'll drive to work might be more worthwhile. Diagnosing and fixing this issue probably isn't going to happen before Monday, especially seeing as how all our attempts to fix the other issues were unsuccessful.

Is a reliable car really too much to ask for in life?

I'm surprised you or your family don't have a AAA membership.
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AAA is the best investment you can make.

P.S. Want a nice Sunfire? Or a low-mileage 5-speed SC2?

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Sorry to hear your plight. I am currently using my 1981 Bonneville in the snow because my sister needed my Equinox. I dont like doing it at all but it has taken it in stride. It actually drives VERY well in the bad weather we have had. I wonder if it is overheating or if it just doesnt need a new radiator and hoses. Had that happen to me a few times on my old cars. GM radiators arent the top of the line on these. As much as I love my RWD GM's there are no doubts they were trying to make them as cheap as they could. So some of the parts are pretty cheap. Again blackviper, good luck in what you do. It may be time to cut your losses and get rid of it. Fix the Mazda in your case. Thats just a little friendly advice from a fellow 1980's GM lover.

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That's what happens when a car sits a long time then becomes a daily driver.

*scratches head* wait, where have I heard that before? Viper, you knew that before Camino said it, so I won't scold you for starting another thread. A car like this is something you can't just press into daily service hoping for perfection. Problems will surface due to the car's age and being parked longterm, but once they are all fixed, it would still make a fun car to preserve and drive on weekends. Which means... yes, it is time for you to look into getting something more worry-free. We're all behind you on that and wish you luck with car #4.

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AAA Plus rocks...plus the discount you receive being insured under AAA while having a membership is greater than the cost of the membership...it's win freakin' win baby.

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Well... We figured a way to get it home: Drive it anyways. :P

Before doing so, we attempted to try a few things like a new thermostat and a new radiator cap. All while its sleeting and the car is sitting in a Sheetz parking lot. In removing the bolts to get at the thermastat, one breaks. Replaced it, hoped the glue would hold to get it home. Refilled it with coolant for the second time. Jump started it, since the Alternator issues have been impossible to diagnose and fix. Went on my way while my dad went to get a water pump since it wasn't as expensive as he thought. Turns out, the new thermostat isn't working, probably due to the hose that holds it is only being held on with one bolt. I keep on driving, having not realized this at the time, while I continue to freeze. As I'm looking in my rear view mirror, I can't help but think there's more than just road spray coming from the back, as I'm leaving a trail thats about 1/4 of a mile long. Call my dad, tell him, he figures I should just keep on driving anyways as its probably spewing coolant for reasons other than overheating... or both. Oh well, I'm not about to stop and freeze my ass off waiting for him anyways. I get home, steam billowing from underneath the hood. Coolant is literally everywhere, with puddles of it collecting in dips of the engine.

Atleast its home. Now.. who wants to come to my Beastworks showing? It involves one Beast, packed full of explosives, and one rather large cliff. It's going to be spectacular! :D

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Not cool. I hope you didn't do permanent damage to the engine.
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I stopped caring about this car the moment it left me stranded... And it's certainly not for a petty reason like a flat tire.

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Sell this car to somebody instead of destroying it. It looks to be in pretty solid shape. Does it have the 3.8L in it? These cars are awesome to put a GN drivetrain in tho. Same car, just looks more unsuspecting. Best cars out there are the Buicks. They may not be cool, but they are usually driven by older folks who take such good care of the cars. They may not look cool at first but once they keep on going and don't leave you stranded, they are pretty cool. With my experience, the 3800s seem to be pretty bulletproof. My Reatta sat for 4 years and drove 70 kilometres without the oil being changed. The car has 156k miles but still runs excellent. My Lesabre runs excellent too except the fact that the transmission is extremely sluggish on it.

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I stopped caring about this car the moment it left me stranded... And it's certainly not for a petty reason like a flat tire.

I wouldn't call it a reason to stop caring...

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Please don't destroy this car, Viper. Won't your dad sell it to someone who is interested in preserving it?
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if i had money id be there in a second with some cash and a trailer... G Bodys= awesome platform!

try posting it up on Racingjunk.com... its a classifieds website and you should be able to find someone wanting the body/frame for a project...

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I'll join those who are saying "Please don't kill it". Here are the facts:

1) The car is 23 years old.

2) It cost $400

3) It was sitting for a long, long time without being used, and now needs to fill the role of bulletproof daily driver

The car needs TLC, plain and simple. It needed it when you got it, and it needs it now. Whether or not you care about it, it's a classic that deserves a better fate than being run into the ground. Put it up in the Member Marketplace and watch how many people tell you they're interested in it. Just make sure whoever you sell it to doesn't donk it. Hell, if I had the space I'd offer you $100 for it and barrel down I-80 with a trailer in tow to take it off your hands.

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BV:

What's the history of this Cutty again?

Milage?

my daily driver is 36 years old....

My summer daily driver is 49 years old & my "MODERN" winter beater is 23.

hell if i could, i wanna daily drive a 75 year old '32 duece

That's predictable and unoriginal. :P

How about a '31 Cadillac V16?

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