QotW: How do you “baby” your JNC?

I once knew a guy who would wash his car every Sunday, rain or shine, whether the car actually crawled out of the garage or not. Another refused to bring “outside” shoes into his car and would swap shoes ala Mister Rogers when getting in his car. These may be on the extreme side.. or may be not? I want to know:

How do you “baby” your JNC?

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Last week, Bert shut the door with his concise but witty answer. Copying his strategy may be the only way I’m going to ever own a Nissan Pao. After all, it’s easier to ask forgiveness than permission. Good luck, Bert! We hope your insurance is in order (medical insurance, that is).

Question: How will you purchase your next JNC?
Answer: Without my wife’s knowledge!

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14 Responses to QotW: How do you “baby” your JNC?

  1. Jamal says:

    I always say Hi with a grin to my Roxy(77 Kenmeri) every time I pump the gas peddle three time and turn the key.

  2. Brian Foo says:

    One thing that triggers me the most is getting my car wet n dirty in the rain, I’d wash it everytime after it rains (it rains very often, say once every 2 or 3 days, sometimes daily even) there’s just that feeling and connection to the car till it feels as if the dirt collected in the rain feels as if it’s on my own body lol… uncomfortable ?

  3. Negishi no Keibajo says:

    I admit I don’t. My Suzuki Samurai Tin Top is asked to pull its weight, especially in the winter.. It’s been repainted 3 times over the years including a little sheetmetal surgery. My former 240-Z had 2 resprays, 1 due to extensive finish damage when it was stolen (& recovered). I guess I run my cars hard but keep them healthy & clean more than babying them. I admire the work people put into maintaining thier cars at a high level. One major factor is that I have never had a proper garage/ shop. Oh how I would love waking up with a cup of coffee in the morning & wandering out to the garage to dust off my cars. Maybe some day…

  4. Lupus says:

    My Daihatsu has become a pre-retard. He’s old enough to be considered “Classic” by my local law, but i still haven’t get the official yellow plates for Him. So He is in a kind of stasis in His lair. Standing on jack-stands without wheel, under dust cover, i haven’t brought Him outside for over a year. I don’t want Him to be eaten by rust, and the climate in Poland is veeryy rust-conductive.
    The garage that I use to call “Golems Lair” has become a warehouse where i store parts for my daily Subaru, my mom’s Corolla and other equipment. Every time I visit the Lair i’m sitting into my Gray Daihatsu, speak a little bit to Him and such. Especially i like to convince Him that He has proabobly the best life from all of His brothers. I don’t think that any other Daihatsu Applause in the whole world is beenig threated like He is.

  5. Taylor says:

    I’ll be honest, I’m not sure that I baby my 87 300ZX all that much. It’s my daily driver and I put about 300 miles a week on it (give or take). So I suppose I make sure not to romp on it and make sure to get the oil changed every 3k miles. The most I do to “baby” it is to do Fluid Check Friday…just go down each Friday at lunch and look over all the fluids, belts, etc. More for peace of mind than anything else.

  6. Rizqi Dawami says:

    My jnc is called “Red box”. He is rarely used, though I always wash him almost every day. And not quite there yet, I polish it in full from the exterior, interior, engine bay, and while checking for leaks and rust on the car

  7. marcreco says:

    I have owned a two-tone blue 1986 corolla gts for almost 10 years now. It is pretty much OEM+ modified with all OEM interior, full Cusco suspension including the pillow ball front control arms and RS LSD, Yayoi 14×8-13 pink wheels and Recaro SPG, etc, etc, IMO one of the best here in the NW Region.

    It gets driven about 1 mile a year, and before I sit inside, I will change my clothes to all black pants and a T-Shirt to prevent any “lint” from getting on the new Recaros. I also put on TRD gloves just to shift my TRD old shift knob and I take off my shoes before stepping inside the car…I just walk barefoot to grab my shoes.

  8. Ant says:

    Recently I’ve been leaving mine out in the wet and cold and not driving it as often as I should. Probably just as well I don’t have an *actual* baby to baby.

  9. Jayrdee says:

    Ehh … Babying a car is like having a smoking hot girlfriend but not getting a little dirty in the bedroom, completely defeats the purpose.

  10. Socarboy says:

    …well future JNC…by overhauling the front suspension and entire brake system on my ’99 Toyota Tacoma reg cab RWD

  11. Jeremy A. says:

    How do I baby my JNC? It’s weird, I both do and don’t. It’s a beat up old Datsun. So it’s asked to rev out to redline between shifts regularly, driven hard on mountain roads and driven in all weather, save for the ice and snow. But at the same time, I park it under cover, sometimes run my hand along and give it a pat, say thanks. Stand and stare at it for a moment just to remind myself that “Hey, that’s -my- car.” I put 89 in it even though the manual says the turbo can live with 87. I try to use OEM parts where I can, patch and paint rust when I can. Basically, I baby my JNC by doing everything I can to ensure she stays on the road forever, and doesn’t become a trailer queen, locked in a garage where her wheels may never spin again.

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