The cashier, some administrative duties and storage racking with Fiona Apple, Savage Garden and Oasis CDs was great work, but the salary wasn’t much. You need a car. I think my family and friends were tired of me cycling to and from the Santa Rosa Marketplace five times a week.
My way to the store had a lot of used cars along the way and I was window shopping as I drove. Since my financial reality was playing a strong role in my next car purchase, I noticed a nice silver Honda introduction at the Cars R’ Us show for $2000.
This wasn’t a king’s ransom, but it would completely wipe out the bare minimum of my savings. On my next day off, I took a ride from my dad to Cars R’ Us and checked out Prelude up close. It had a solid appearance, few scratches, some paint oxidation, automatic transmission, and it worked just fine. Most importantly, it has a CD player and an upgraded sunroof.
I bought it straight away and started my two year business with the 1984 Honda Introduction. As with many purchases from a lot of used cars, I had some mechanical issues, specifically the dual carburetors were a nightmare that should continue to be tuned, but it kept me going back and forth .
Pick of the Day is a 1983 Honda Prelude (click on link to view ad) advertised for sale on ClassicCars.com by a dealer in Cadillac, Michigan.
The listing seller says, “In very good original condition (original wheels and radio replaced with CD player) and looking for a Honda enthusiast to finish the restoration.” “Great, shiny R-46 Dominican Red paint.”
It has a gray and black interior with buck seats in the front and a foldable rear bench seat. As a fairly simple vehicle, it doesn’t have air conditioning or power steering.
Under the hood is a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine with a twin side carburetor, and the engine is mated to a five-speed manual transmission that sends power to the front wheels. The dealer notes it has 144,000 miles.
This introduction can be considered a work in progress and the merchant notes that it has not been restored and needs more maintenance.
Records say the timing belt was replaced at 88,000 miles, along with many other repairs along the way, alternator, distributor, water pump, headlights, windshield — I have the complete maintenance history from the first owner,” the list states. I recently replaced the battery. Last year I removed the carburetor, rebuilt it at a store in Denver, and reinstalled it – after that the car went through the emissions without any problem. It starts easily, runs without overheating, goes fast on the highway, stops, and all lights are on. ”
Nostalgia can be a powerful emotion. Blockbuster Music is gone, Trader Joe’s has replaced, and Cars R’ Us is no longer with us. You can never go home again, but I have the option of replacing an old Honda with a similar one. To complete this nostalgia, I will need to purchase this introduction and find my copy of be here now by Oasis. It was in heavy circulation at the time which is why the working CD player in my car was such a strong selling point in 1997.
For $9995.00 you can own a 1983 Honda Prelude and hope the next generation of car enthusiasts will take a chance to take back a car dear to me.
Make sure you have plenty of CD options for that. I recommend urban hymns by Verve , Tides by Fiona Apple, and master plan by Oasis. They were in heavy rotation when I had my introductions and they still sound great.
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