Weather called for rain today-thankfully we were spared. In my last post, I reported that spring had sprung, but sadly my 911’s battery was dead. If my garage had electricity, I’d have a battery tender, but that’s not the case. A call to AAA was made and within 15 minutes they were at my home. We pushed the 911 out of the garage, hooked her up, and with one turn of they key (and plenty of throttle to keep the revs up) she awoke from a long winter slumber.Ã‚Â
Once the smoke cleared (an old 911 that sits has a LOT of oil that settles and burns off on start up), the vitals looked good. The tires looked OK, but had them checked. Left rear was a little low, and that was easily taken care of. My priority today was to recharge the battery, so a good run on a highway works well. I take CT Route 15, better known as the picturesque and historic Merritt Parkway. History says that after Nikita Kruschev famously banged his shoe on the podium during his visit to the UN, he was taken for a ride on the Parkway in a Mercedes. Fans of David Letterman have heard countless tales of him getting pulled over for speeding on this road as well.
Running north of the Gold Coast of affluent Fairfield County, on a nice weekend you are guaranteed some sweet car sightings. Naturally, I’m keeping an eye on the 911’s gauges. This is what you want to see:
From left: Oil level is good, engine temp right where it should be, and good oil pressure. The three ingredients to assure a classic 911 driver all is well. The steering wheel leather is beyond worn out, I know. I have a replacement I bought from Mid-America. I just need to find it, and a shop that can do the job for me.
Sadly, I didn’t get to engage with any exotic cars today. I spotted a yellow Lamborghini Diablo heading opposite me, and a late model Jaguar XK coupe. And the usual assortment of Corvette’s, Miata’s, BMW and Mercedes coupes and convertibles. Most annoying award goes to the guy in a BMW 645i convertible, top down, chatting on a cell phone. At 80mph.Ã‚Â
So the cobwebs have been blown out. Now a little work. She needs a good spring cleaning, and more importantly, an oil change. Other details I want to work out, but I’ll keep you all posted.