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September 18, 2006

i need a garage

like, really need.

i noticed that spacepod's windows had fogged up again so i decided this morning to open them and let him air out.

i was a little startled to find that his battery is apparently dead. i guess i let him sit too long.

i was startled to find that every porous surface in the interior (except perhaps the headliner) is covered in white mold, with a three-dimensional, yellowish growth on the leather steering wheel cover.

i almost cried when i saw this. in fact, i should be out there right now cleaning him up and not writing this.

the problem that originally grounded him is that the lower engine shield is dangling by a single bolt and scraping the ground. it had come partially loose and i'd removed two bolts, but could not get my screwdriver angled correctly under the third. faced with indecision: jack the car up, or get a shorter screwdriver, i let the issue slide for, i don't know, two months? the driveway is so dirty, i get filthy whenever i have to get on my back to get under the car. plus rain makes it worse, so i let it slide...

so let's recount the problems:

car is leaking and turning moldy: a garage wouldn't fix the leak, but it would prevent the car from getting wet and moldy inside. i've ordered a car cover as my best current solution to this problem.

battery has died, probably due to lack of use: a garage would allow me to keep the car on a charger. i will find a way to jump-start it, although this might be a real pain if my jumper box isn't strong enough, which it has not been in the past.

need to get under the car to remove engine shield: a garage would make this a heck of a lot less unpleasant, and feasible to do after dark.

i need a garage.

i don't want to photograph the mold, even though it's extraordinary, because i'm afraid i'll become known on the internet as the woman who let her beetle grow fungus.

Posted by lisa at September 18, 2006 07:14 PM


Ick. Yuck. Sorry to hear.

Posted by: Phil on September 18, 2006 09:02 PM

Take the photos -- at least for yourself -- because that will probably become kind of humorous at some point in the future.

I have Phoebe on a Battery Tender, which has a 12V attachment. If you could run it into your side door with an extension cord, it might be possible to arrange it so the connections are out of the weather.

Posted by: Stephanie on September 18, 2006 09:12 PM

Also: Do you (or does anyone you know) have long enough jumper cables to connect him to Creampod if you put her right behind him in the driveway? I think mine are that long, and I'd lend 'em to you, but it's a long drive.

Posted by: Stephanie on September 18, 2006 09:14 PM

i did some cleanup tonight. mopped a couple of inches of water out of the passenger rear footwell. i think the sunroof is the culprit although i thought i had cleaned that side's rear drain pretty well.

i tried my jumper box and the lights on the dash didn't even light up.

i realized i might be able to pull a car up in the yard alongside spacepod. my mover put his truck in the yard (with my permission) and it didn't do any lasting damage.

i should also put my voltmeter on the battery to be sure that's really the culprit. i've never seen spacepod so utterly dead. there's a fog of moisture behind the glass that covers the speedo, so i wonder if some electronics got waterlogged.

Posted by: lisa on September 18, 2006 09:56 PM

Poor Spacepod! You're welcome to try my charger if you think it would help. It had enough power to jump my truck when its battery died.

Posted by: Sarah on September 18, 2006 11:41 PM

Hi, I'm wondering if you have a trunk luggage rack for your new bug. I've been looking for one. I just bought my new bug convertible and i'm downgrading from a pickup, so i know i'll need more storage space. any info would be awesome! thanks! :)

Posted by: Lu on September 19, 2006 03:25 AM

i do have a hatch lid rack for my hardtop bug, and i've been very pleased with it.

the same company makes a rack for convertible bugs, but i didn't like the look of it as much so i have not gotten one. if i were going on a long road trip i'd seriously consider it though.

go to aiwana.com and you can see it there. the hatch lid for the hard top bugs and the trunk lid on convertible bugs are different sizes so you can't use the same rack on both.

Posted by: lisa on September 19, 2006 07:48 AM

hey- I'm so sorry to hear that! I have been having car issues myself lately (in fact, today, I was rear-ended. lovely). Anyway, I hope you get Spacepod fixed up. If you need any help on an ol' fashioned garage raising, let me know...

Posted by: marie on September 19, 2006 11:49 PM

oh no! poor spacepod!
i have super-long jumper cables... let me know if you need help!

Posted by: xta on September 20, 2006 03:16 PM

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