Wednesday, May 15, 2013



9am, call from auto parts place that I visited yesterday afternoon: your hood is in.

We have a really huge auto parts central here! Who'd a thunk it!

The front edge of the hood was rusted pretty bad and I was getting concerned about the latch giving way. I could rebuild it with bondo and stuff, but given the way I am these days, I decided to look into buying a replacement and this place had one for 175 so I went for it. Best I found on the net was 250.

Then this morning, I think, hey... I have a mechanic- can't take him more than an hour to put that hood on... and the way I am these days... and I want him to check the AC anyway...

Go back to sleep. Around noon, up and shower and call mechanic- do you want to? When? Sure, now. I say I'll go pick it up and come over. Did so.

Unboxed, it looked like a wing or spoiler after I strapped it on my roof. Drove back carefully, pulled over to let cars pass my slow driving... made it fine.

Guy asked if I wanted it painted, I said no. After 45 minutes, tells me AC is going to be 800 bucks: whole thing is shot. Or basically, the heart is shot and can't replace that without doing everything cause that would just wreck the new one... I had had him do a visual check a couple of weeks ago and top it off so the dye would show over time what was actually happening: that showed now, it was just leaking all over. But out of my budget so I said, thanks, but no thanks... Saw hood wasn't even off yet, so scooted over to Publix, talked to the cook lady there, demo's recipes- always good stuff, sometimes I can eat it (food allergies)- but we chat, a lot about food stuff, suggested the Publix Greenwise Beef, free range and no injections. Got some, went back to auto repair and car was ready and I loved the look!

Off in the distance...

Top of the hill on the left... 

LKQ of Crystal River. Main shipping and receiving building. (The highway is being widened here.)

Beside that, the other building where one goes for parts. 

My new hood (they didn't have black available so I went with white) securely strapped to my roof. The salesman saw my car and asked where I was going to put it: I replied, "The hood!"

Drove over to my auto repair shop- have used them a couple of times and am very happy with them.

Liked the "winged" look... Publix Plaza in the background.

 My new Black and White!



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