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The skinny on this car: its pure 2002 spirit... (archive)

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Posted by please read all. long and babbling.X on June 30, 2001 at 04:03:54:

In Reply to: FS: '69 02 (early) in Seattle, $1800 posted by X on June 28, 2001 at 18:43:44:

To be absolutely honest about this car, it has so much sentimental value, I hate to pimp its sale on the board. It belongs to my best friend Bill. We have this auction house we go to on various occassions to look for parts cars. I had already bought 2 and had a daily driver that were late models (74-76). This car (69) was in the dead pile, so we took a look at for shits and giggles.
At first glance it didn't look like much to me, but Bill had a strange gleam in his eye. It dawned on him that it was the same age as he, so he was instantly fond of it. The windows were filthy and the drivers seat was as comfy as Having Satan's pitch fork up yur arrss!!!! Come on, you know what I'm talking about!
Anyways, when the bidding was said and done he got it. This heap of an '02 that was in the junk pile. ---Did I happen to mention that he is the best damn Mechanic probably any of you have ever seen! I marvel at him, but he says he's just average, part of what makes him great--- We went to the autoparts store, got a battery and some fresh gas. He broke out his tool case, re-wired some connections under the hood, AND IT FIRED UP!!! Countless numbers of, "Holy shit! that guy got his to run!," followed.
This car had a dead alternator, a hair's worth of clutch disk left, a seized left caliper, an exhaust that sounded like it actually took a road trip through hell, and of course a pitch fork. He drove it from Olympia to Edgewood on pure battery, and the car never faltered. We even stopped to see his wife on the way! It smoked some, but no worry, I sucked it up as I followed.
The car is tough. It shows the pure spirit of a 2002. We found it after it had been fuct hard, and put down wet (sorry, was the first remark I made upon seeing it). He drove it out that day, and it still runs to this day. And it kicks my ass on the road!!!
I guess all in all, I hate to see it go. Its a true diamond in the rough story. The "wlfklr" has sentimental value that none of my cars ever had. Just boils down to a matter of respect. I respect the car and what it stand for. I love it not because its an engineering marvel, but because it looks delicate on the outside; and would "kick St. Peter's teeth in as it stood before the pearly gates of heaven on judgement day. "

So it is written, my .02 cents,
Ryan Oravitz

Goodbye friend.

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