Archive for July 26th, 2003

Alfa Cruelty

So I'm home happy and refreshed, but with an empty refridgerator. I grab the keys for the AlfaRomeoMilano and head outside. “Gee, the driver's side window seems clear…”, I think as I pass my hand through the opening where the glass should be. That's when I started swearing.

The whole time I was away, my driver's side window and sunroof were open. And of course it was Indian Monsoon season here in Pittsburgh. I didn't see a drop the whole trip, but my car practically a swamp.

It's not like the damn thing needs any help rusting. *sigh*. I also got a call from the guy who's storing my AlfaRomeoSpider. Good news: I'll be getting my spider back soon. Bad news: My storage bill was negotiated down to $2000. Fuck me.

So there will be even more car work for me to do, more competition for the garage, and another month or two extra till we pay off the vacation & related expenses.

Shipping a motorcycle

My bike's here. I used Forwardair to ship it home from California. Total cost was about $425 + $12 for tie-downs, +$6 for 2 combination locks + $18 for a quick-release fuel fitting I broke while draining the gas tank.

Draining the gas tank was the biggest pain in the process. I siphoned most of the gas out (into my friend's Subaru WRX) and removed the tank. Once I figured out how the quick-release fittings work (slick!) I was left with a tank that still had about 2l of gas inside. It took me about 2 hours shaking the gas out, using some rags to soak up the rest. I didn't want to remove the fuel pump access panel and deal with replacing the gasket.

Of course, no one even bothered to check when I dropped off my bike. I probably could have shipped a 100 kilos of dope while I was at it. I appreciate that I didn't have any hassles, as the website seemed to suggest a pretty rigorous inspection.

The ship date was supposed to be the 22nd, but since I dropped it off early they apparently shipped it early. I got a call yesterday saying “Hi, did anyone let you know your bike is here…” It apparently beat me home (SFO and CMH are hubs which probably made for a quick trans-US shipment.) My mother happened to be in town, so she drove me to the airport to pick it up. It was easy to unload, and in the same condition as when I shipped it. I rolled it out, reattached mirrors & windscreen, and added some gas. I was very pleased when it started right up. (I love fuel injection.)

So it's home, I'm home and we're all happy.

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