Sunday morning. Everyone else fed and doing whatever it is they do on a Sunday morning – including the dog, snoring away in the corner after being awake for all of approximately 22 minutes.
On the table is a plate of fried eggs, flanked by two pieces of sourdough toast with perhaps just a smidge too much butter. No matter, the smart phone is queued up with a classified car search, something different today – the Toyota FX16. It’s shaping up to be a good way to wrap up the weekend.
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A while back, I took a 20% off coupon to my local purveyor of cut-price tools and bought myself a welding kit, mask, leather overalls and bubblegum. I’m all out of gum and the project I bought the welding rig for didn’t really require the fusing of metal parts.
So what now?
Continue reading “I've Got a Welding Rig, Now What?”
It’s been a while since the last painting project featured on these pages. Ironically, the new owner of the original red Prizmgsi.com Prizm GSi had that perfectly-executed repair painted over by actual professionals. And it looks way better, credit to those who do that sort of thing for a living.
Continue reading “From Scab to Fab”
Every once in a while, it’s a good idea to just sit back and relax. So put down the wrench and enjoy a few moments of zen on Washington’s beautiful North Cascades Highway.
Continue reading “Prizm GSi Theater – North Cascades Highway”
Remember when this extremely rare ’91 hatchback was listed, then again, and again? Well, someone did finally buy that 1-of-237 unicorn. And he’s made a very entertaining show about it. Continue reading “Super Rare GSi Theater”
In this second installment of Convince Me This is(n’t) a Bad Idea™, we see a couple of grainy shots of what appear to be Toyota Sprinter Trueno flip-up headlights magically grafted into the front ends of a 4- and 5- door Sprinters somewhere in Southeast Asia.
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Calm down, the long-awaited Prizm GSi app isn’t ready for launch. Nor will it ever be. The Prizm is definitely an analogue car in a digital world. But that doesn’t mean we can’t have a little fun with the digital side, right?
Continue reading “There’s An App For That”
Every once in a while, I plan to delve into a topic not entirely GSi-centric. There will be a GSi tie-in, but it may be a bit tenuous. So bear with me as we take a detour…
One of the key considerations for the various fixes and improvements I’ve planned and begun for the GSi has been whether to maintain factory-correct specification, go for a slightly updated “resto-mod” (as much as I hate that term), or go full-bore into a cone-eating weekend autocross warrior.
At this point, that decision is still up in the air, so the early-2000s aftermarket CD player still resides in its seemingly subterranean spot way down low in the center console. With elderly technology comes compromise and opportunity.
Continue reading “Period Correct Mix Tapes – 1990 Model”
If you’ve got an hour of free time, you owe it to yourself to check out this episode of This American Life – it provides a fascinating insight into the creation of the joint venture that formed the NUMMI factory where the Prizm GSi was built. Continue reading Know Your NUMMI