10 years agoDemonwing
If there as anyone left who still reads my journals?
If so then would anyone care to drop some advice my way?
I'm dating this girl and next year she is moving away to go to a different college. Not far away, just far enough that we could only see each other on our days off whenever that may be, if at all.
I'm old enough now that it doesn't bother me much. I'd rather her live with me, but I'd rather her do what she wants even more. I trust her and she trusts me and all that jazz.
Problem is she doesn't trust herself. She says she is the scared because she is afraid of doing something dumb. Thus my faith in her has faltered.
Just wondering if anyone that has me on their watch list ever comes on anymore and even more so what you think.
12 years agoDemonwing
I told myself I wasn't going to get into it, but I am. A little bit. I was asking for car advice about things to improve my gas mileage. I was mostly asking about my exhaust. I think some people missed the point. I don't mind chopping my car to bits and killing it in a year. I just want good gas mileage for the 5-6 months I have to drive it. Someone said that you can't lower the engine speed without lowering the wheel speed without chaning the gearing. Umm.... so if I throw a bunch of crap up his exhaust he'll still have the same rpms at whatever speed as he did before? I don't think so. If you make your engine more efficient it can and will run at a slightly lower rpm at any speed.
But I've learned my lesson here at RvB, everyone is a pro, don't argue with them.
At just a side note, if it was financially worth it, switching the 3-speed auto out for a 5-speed manual would be the best way to get better gas mileage, but not the only way.
I love my DS lite, can't wait for FFIII to come out.
My cat beat up a coyote, I'm impressed.
I'm quitting my second job. No more 60+ hour weeks.
That's it, not really a quicky because of my large rant up front, but there you go. My life is boring.
12 years agoDemonwing
I got that night shift that will really help out my college budget. The only downside, I got it way before I was expecting it. So I literally had one day to find a car for 800.00.
Well, when it rains it pours. My spontanious decision to take the position with no car payed off. Sorta. I found and car, and yes for 800 dollars and yes in one day. What is it? Well I'll tell you. A 1992 Ford Tempo. I know you're thinking, "WTF?! Those pieces of shit aren't worth half that!" Well here comes the surprises. First, it was owned by the city of Chattanooga. It came with all the maintanence papers. Second, it has 44k miles. Third, it is a V6. (Albeit a small, crappy one. The v6 decals are an embarrassment.)
It runs like new. The only thing broke on it was the box that holds the air filter. Nothing a couple of zip-ties didn't fix. I don't think it minded sucking air for the trip home either. (I'm sure it can live with a couple of scratches in the cylinder walls) Bran new front tires. Oil was still gold when I got home. It is in frighteningly good condition. The V6 provides little to no torque with the 3-speed auto, but decent hp. So passing on the highway/interstate is quick and easy. Racing at the light would be a joke. I'm not even going to try.
This also answers my Sunfire/Fiero question.
Since I have a reliable car. (Albeit a very, very ugly one) I'm going for the Fiero again. This time I'll just go ahead and put plenty of money into it up-front. New, bigger V6. New hoses and clamps. New clutch assembly and so on. If something breaks, which is likely, I'll just use the Tempo till the Fiero is ready to go again.
By the way I'm at my new shift right now. Listening to the music I want to and spending a min updating my journal because I'm the only one from my department on nights until business picks up.
12 years agoDemonwing
The first is not-so serious, just personal. The other I've decided to think about before typing it up and I will do so in a seperate journal later.
Question 1: Fiero or Sunfire? Let's start off with some side-by-sides and then move on the the monthly totals as a summary.
Fiero: Not a chick car.
Sunfire: well sorta. . ., but still not as bad as a Miata or a VW Bug
Fiero: 130 hp
Sunfire: 200 hp
Fiero: Full insurance for a year is 1277.00
Sunfire: Full insurance for a year is 2372.00
(500.00 deductables for both)
Fiero: No montly payments. I'd buy the car with cash I've saved.
Sunfire: 200.00 monthly payments for the next 4-5 years of my life.
Fiero: not so amazing gas mileage.
Sunfire: amazing gas mileage
Fiero: If it breaks it is a lot harder to fix myself and parts cost more and are harder to find
Sunfire: Other than computer stuff that only GM can fix, I can fix it. Parts are relatively cheap.
Once I move out total living cost (approx.) will be $650 a month with the Fiero
and 1000.00 a month with the Sunfire.
Working a decent part-time job I'll be making about $800.00 a month. Sometime very soon I should find out if I can get on the second shift at my current full time job enabling me to stay there while going full time to college heavily boosting my monthly income to about 1300.00 Either way I'll be moving out with 3000.00 dollars saved up. (Allowing me to go over my monthly budget by 200.00 as needed if owning a Sunfire and working a part-time job.) Then every summer it would be back to working two jobs and saving another 3000.00 for the upcoming year, if I owned the Sunfire and didn't get the nice second shift.
Fieros are my personal favorite when it comes to cars. I just love them. I've also owned one and realize that they can become quite the money pit. I will own a v-8 equipped Fiero decked out with all the nice suspension and cosmetic touches I could dream of. But that will have to wait for after college. But why not own one right now and keep it running until I'm out of college?
The sunfire would be an attention grabber and in my budget I've already alloted for the supercharger, exhaust(magnaflow), struts (agx), and springs(skunk2) to turn the mild Sunfire into a nimble sports car that is still good on gas. (provided I drive appropiately) It will also last and all the upgraded parts will have warranties. Visiably it will look like a stock Sunfire at a glance. So during just normal driving I won't stick out. If I drive crazy then the exaust and sound the supercharger adds will give it away and then I deserve to be singled out. And it would be fun to tune a car into something semi-fierce while I'm still young and in college. I'll still end up with a Fiero, but when? Now or later?
If you're even still reading through my boring crap than tell me what you think I should do.
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