As time passes, you can expect more and more quality posts about car repair here on MikeDiDonato.com. My mother continues to
incessantly nag calmly recommend that I get a new vehicle, but I think this car has plenty more life within it.
Let’s recap this month’s fiasco.
Here is Rod Zapa post deer impact
I had a few options.
1. Buy a brand new hood.
2. Buy a used hood.
3. Bang out the dents in this hood.
After a short amount of deliberation, I decided to go with option two.
First destination? The salvage yard. Roommate Brian was kind enough to come along for the trip, and lend his truck to the acquisition of a new hood. We searched the yard, finally finding a 98 Mazda Protege. We took the hood and the IAC valve, sadly the front headlights were missing. Still, like the vague smell of milk just past the expiration date, something seemed awry.
When we got home we realized that my hesitation was more than purely psychological. I don’t have a 98 mazda. It’s a 97.
So… amazingly… dumb.
Brian was kind enough to return to the salvage yard yesterday while I was at work, and picked me up a hood off of a 97. Strangely, the IAC from the 97 still didn’t fit. The hood however? Perfect.
Oh man. I bet you never thought it’d look so good! Now all I need is a new IAC valve, air intake hose, and driver’s side blinker and light. With these modifications, Rod Zapa will safely bring me into new eras of epic driving.