This update is a little overdue, mostly thanks to a harsh winter that buried my town in multiple heavy snowfalls, and a few inches of solid ice one day which broke pretty much every tree in town. I wasn’t able to work on my cars much since we had snow on the ground for two and a half months and the temperature rarely got above 40 F. But spring is coming, and with it another season of tinkering with cars.
My Porsche has been immobile since before I swapped the engine a year ago, and while it’s mostly put together and ready to drive again, it still isn’t running. Which you might expect after yanking out the entire engine and putting a different one in. As I write this, it’s at the foreign car shop for electrical work, and I’ll write another update when I can finally drive it again. This post is about my third vehicle, which is also red like my truck and Porsche. I’ve owned ten red vehicles out of 29 total, which seems kind of excessive.
As terrible as 2016 was for the world, I had a good time. A look back at my photos from the year tells an interesting and almost chaotic story. Here are the most unusual, exciting, and memorable moments from my 2016.
The night of New Year’s Eve 2015-2016 also featured a white elephant gift exchange in which I got a literal white elephant.
I have another Porsche story to tell. This one starts with a 1901 US $5 gold coin, and it will probably end with profit. But first, I have to tell an old story about the time I got a 1984 Porsche 944 for free.
On my 22nd birthday in October 2013, I happened upon a post on the Rennlist forums by a guy in Portland, saying he wrecked his 944 and whoever could haul it away within a couple days would get it for free. Otherwise, it would be scrapped.
I’d recently bought a $900 Chevy pickup so I borrowed a trailer hitch from a coworker, a trailer from a different coworker, and the next day I hauled my free Porsche home.
I recently bought a 1992 Nissan Sentra coupe from a coworker for sixty dollars. It came with some fun features such as a dead twelve-year-old battery, no muffler, a bad fuel injector, an incorrect throttle cable held in place by vise grips, and mold in the carpet.
The interior actually cleaned up really well, but the exterior needs some help. It’s missing about half of the white paint in large gray splotches, which gives it the effect of being draped in an image of a Holstein cow from a giant laser printer that’s running out of toner.
Today’s free advertising goes to Subaru and their beautiful BRZ Coupe. See the pictures. No need for more words.
What’s on my mind, Facebook? I’m curious if anyone has any guesses about when and where the Subaru BRZ might hit the bottom of its depreciation curve. I would expect that the depreciation is determined by some fairly quantifiable factors, such as:
how favorably the car is rated by owners
popularity vs number produced
reliability and build quality
…and perhaps several more. If you could find patterns in data from cars that have already depreciated, couldn’t you construct a reasonably accurate forecast of any given car’s future depreciation? This could be applied to relatively low-production but popular vehicles, to project when they will be at the bottom of the depreciation curve, where they have nowhere to go but up.
You could also apply the same principles to monetary appreciation of classics by examining the common features found in them, and how the culture affects the appreciation of certain cars. Sometimes they were used in movies, famous races, commercials, posters, media, basically anything automotive we saw in our childhood that appealed to our sense of wonder…and appreciation for, shall we say, coolness.
So in conclusion, Facebook, I think what’s on my mind is that it must be possible to mathematically predict which new cars will be most likely to become valuable in the future market, and when they will hit the bottom of depreciation.
The Volvo went to my brother after a few repairs and is running very nicely. One interesting feature we discovered is that the passenger side engine mount was missing the long bolt through the center, thus hanging only from the rubber. So that was the source of the weird knocking sound during acceleration.
The Miata went to a guy with a beard. I’m sure he’ll love it.
The Tacoma went to a local young guy who needed a good daily driver. I’m sure he’ll be annoyed by it, but it’s reliable.