Got a car. 90% anyway. (Mountain of obstacles part 2)
Posted: Posted November 6th
Edited November 6th by Xhin
So Friday I had a long fiasco to get my tag and insurance:
[Xhin successfully adults, despite a mountain of obstacles]
Saturday my friend was going to give me a ride up to the car so I could get it, then we were going to go back and hang out over the weekend.
This is not the way things went.
We got up there, everything checked out. I decided I would pull into the gas station next to where the car was because it was pretty low (and we had a nice 30 mile drive to do).
Pulled into the gas station the wrong way. Okay, not a big deal, new car and all. Turned back around.
Can't find the gas release lever at all. Checked all around the driver side, in the glove box, and on the console. Nothing.
Called my dad, he said the gas release lever was in the trunk.
There's no button for the trunk either. Call my dad, he says I have to use the key.
The key won't open the trunk. In fact it bends almost to the breaking point instead. Call my dad, he says theres another key in the car.
Root around the seat, console, glove box. Find a little metal key.
This key won't open the trunk either. Doesn't fit either. On closer inspection it looks like a house key. Call my dad, he says the key is in a magnetic key thing behind the rear driver tire.
It's not there. He says it might be by the bumper. It's not there either. Tells me to look at the frame of the car, not there either.
He says "well I have a spare key on my keyring if you come up here (20 miles away). I can't make that on how little fuel I have so I get my friend to take me up there.
We get there, my dad has the key and says we should drive him back with us too so he can help try to get the trunk open.
New key works perfectly to get the trunk open. The gas release lever is in here. We get the gas door open. My friend has to go home because he has a dinner party to go to, I'm like cool things seem legit here. He leaves.
I get 20$ worth of gas (it has to be prepay). Now the gas cap won't unscrew. My dad tries and breaks it getting it off. But it can get gas now, so he starts pumping it.
I'm standing back and I start to notice that there's gas just pouring out into the ground. I tell him to stop. We get our money back and drive back to the car lot to see wtf.
Apparently the filler tube that runs from where you put gas in to the tank itself is crooked, out of the tube, and squashed in one place.
My dad says he can fix it but he needs his tools, which are 20 miles away where we picked him up. I don't have the gas to get there.
He devises a plan where he'll put gas directly in the tank hole and I'll look at the counter to tell him if it's working or not. We do this, the gas refuses to for most of the time, and when it does we get maybe 20-30c at a time so putting 5$ worth in takes like 15 minutes. It also dumps about half of it onto the ground, but we got some in there at least.
We get to where we picked him up. The door's locked. We wait for who he's staying with to get back while he shows he some really delicious edible wild plants.
She gets back and decides that she's going to kick him out. My dad calls around and finds a place he can stay temporarily. I agree to drive him there when we're done. We pack up his stuff, which takes up pretty much the entire car, and drive back to the car lot.
There, he works on the gas pipe, tries to bend it back into place. Is not successful.
He decides instead to take a different gas pipe off the parts car that's conveniently on the same car lot. We could take the gas cap too.
It's also missing a gas cap.
There's a bolt on there that he just can't take off no matter what he does. He doesn't have many tools with him. About this time we run out of daylight too and I forgot to bring my flashlight (I *always* bring it so wtf) so we decide to stay at my mom's house for the night and go back Sunday to finish the job, with some better tools too.
However my mom's house is 30 miles away and we used up all the gas getting to his place. So we once again do the gas directly in the hole as half of it spills onto the ground thing. Takes only 12 minutes this time.
I drive back, but at this point I'm *starving* because I didn't eat all day and hadnt been able to get to the store for a week. I decide to stop at burger King.
We get there, and he's paranoid about leaving his expensive cameras in the car unlocked. I understand (I'm the same way about my computer), so I lock all the doors. We eat.
Neither key will unlock the driver door. That's weird, but whatever I'll just go in through the passenger door and unlock it that way.
Unlocked, the door still won't open. We try lots of stuff but nothing works. I say fuck it and climb in through the passenger side. We go home and go to sleep.
To be continued in post #2....
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