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.
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.
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
Modern cars coddle the human form with supportive seats, 3,500 (or more, much more) pounds of metal and plastic, airbags galore and decades of research and development with regard to safely slowing the body in case of a catastrophic change in speed. Perhaps we as drivers have gotten used to that concept, and have assumed that all vehicles are going to be that way – seeing the way some of you drive, well, yeah.Older cars – not so much. The Prizm, being of a certain age, is not like the car above. It’s small. Light. Lacking airbags, side impact beams, LATCH system for child seats. It does have ‘automatic’ seatbelts mounted to the front doors. Shoulder belts in the rear outboard seating positions. But that’s about it.