QotW: What’s your automotive New Year’s resolution?

I’ve been pretty depressed since my 1986 Toyota Corolla GT-S was stolen. I’m glad I got it back, but there were some rare parts broken that I fear I’ll never be able to fix or replace. I’ll get into all that in a later post, as I really can’t bear to look at the car right now. The feeling of having something that I’ve cared for for 20 years treated so carelessly really hurts. But, my resolution for 2023 is to at least get started on bringing the car back. It might take me years to track down the parts, but in the meantime I’ll fix what I can.

What’s your automotive New Year’s resolution?

The most entertaining comment by next Monday will receive a prize. Scroll down to see the winner of last week’s QotW, “What automotive presents did you get this year?“.

I’m quite jealous of the gifts some of y’all got. Jonathan P.‘s new tools would come in handy in any garage (especially since the thieves who took my cars also took my tools). Jeff Koch‘s copy of A Quiet Greatness is something I got for my birthday, and absolutely love it. In fact, I was supposed to interview the authors on the day my garage was broken into and I haven’t had a chance to reschedule.

Okay, I promise not to make this whole thing about how my cars were burgled. I’m glad 555jay took advantage of the incredible recent dollar-to-yen exchange rates to nab some rare parts. And it brings me great joy that Taylor C.‘s got a whole damn car, particularly since a CB7 Accord Coupe EX 5-speed was one of my first cars and one I wish I had kept.

The winner this week, however, was HE HE, who is really capturing the holiday spirit with by following their inner child. I’m excited that he’s embarking on car-centric hobbies which I hope to follow soon myself as my son gets a bit older:

I got a 5-pack of HW cars & a 1:24 scale Le Mans car that I have to build and paint myself:

5-Pack of HW Cars: It’s definitely an interesting pack. All of them are almost fast or crazy fast. Sadly, none were JDM cars, which didn’t bother me that much, but I want to get into modifying HW cars, so then I could compete on Youtube Channels that host diecast racing. I believe that what I got is a good place to start.

1:24 Scale Le Mans car: Also, sadly, it wasn’t JDM, it was a Ford GT, a legitimate race car. This is a nice place to start for building scale models, but if it was a little more of my style, like an R35 GT-R or Mazda 787B, I’d be more into it. But it’s nice to receive access to something I couldn’t do before.

Happy Holidays!

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12 Responses to QotW: What’s your automotive New Year’s resolution?

  1. BlitzPig says:

    Well I have a two part automotive New Year resolution.

    1. To finally take delivery of a new GR86, and send my beloved, but altogether too porky Accord Coupe V6 Six Speed down the road to a new owner. Honestly Toyobaru, why can’t you get the “Twins” out the door faster?

    2. To have the differential on my 1960 Triumph TR3 rebuilt. Been putting it off for a long time, which has limited my use of the old girl to short trips around town.

  2. Randy Hone says:

    I cannot wait to get knee surgery next month so I can get back into my 1991 Toyota MR2 and drive it once more. It seems like forever since it was driven.

  3. Jim Daniels says:

    Sorry, Ben I did not realize the cars stolen were your personal cars. Both cars in my opinion should be brought back to their original glory and in the process you will blessed with the new people you meet in your search for parts and the restoration process.

  4. エーイダン says:

    Complete my Hot Wheels hunting list, finish up the 2023 hunting, which got off to a good start before we rang in the new year, The Nissan Patrol Custom and the MKII Ford Escort RS2000. So, already off to a good starting point.

    • f31roger says:

      I swear that Hot Wheels and Matchbox put out cars that keep me sucked in. I’ve tried to stay away from the same cars with different colors (unless I really like the car), but like now I’m hunting for the Sentra and that cool looking FC from Ronin Run.

      Of course I get anything I run across with Ryu’s logo.

  5. Brett says:

    Not to buy anymore cars; which necessarily means not spending hours online looking at and searching for cars, and certainly no more rationalisations along the lines that I’ll just go and look at this one. I’m an addict.

  6. KiKiIchiBan says:

    Oh this again. Same as the last 8, although I did drive my 510 last year finally! This year it is to make it to the track.

  7. Ian G. says:

    To get started on restoring my old ’86 MR2 back to its glory. This has been a decades long project but fortunately it is a possibility that I can get it going again this year.

  8. jan groenendijk says:

    i’ve just started my own company in Chassis upgrades.
    so far i’ve designed a lot of stuff for the NA miata.
    i plan on expanding to other vehicles and get my business going!

  9. f31roger says:

    For me, FINALLY get the Project Leopard completed. Finally got the motor together (just a few more additional bits to button up). But intercooler and piping done this month. Also got the transmission together.

    My VIPstyle M30 – got the interior gonna be redone and add my DAD Garson accent pieces with those fake diamonds (I’m going 90s VIP style). Also swap my basic S13 suspension for the S13 ABS pieces.

    And my passion projects:
    – finish up my old skool website that tries to document old skool parts/tuning/import culture
    – update my projectleopard page too.

  10. Jonathan P. says:

    Hopefully by the end of the year, I can get the Z back on the road. She took a hit to the LR and CR last August. Haven’t done a whole lot yet to get her dents out. But one day, for sure. Not letting that dream die. So, in the meantime, I’m working on the purchase of a first gen Scion xB.

  11. HE HE says:

    My Automotive New Years’ Resolution is to compete on diecast tracks hopefully. I’ve got the cars, now I need to modify them to be eligible for racing. Where do I plan to head first? King Of The Mountain by 3DBotMaker, of course! When they hosted the JNC Tournament, I got interested in wondering what JNC is, so I checked out the website, and now I’m here.

    The current King of the Mountain is an Evo X, indeed indeed my favorite car, but apparently, for this season they’re only allowing 80’s cars, which sucks. My first thought of a car to send was a Galant VR-4, the Evo’s daddy, but I can’t find any. The one I really want to do is the next best thing: a VR-4 GTO (Or 3000GT), but that started production in 1990. Dang. My best shot is something I already have: https://www.flickr.com/photos/colinsdiecast/50732343857/in/photostream/
    A Skyline R30 is probably my best bet to do well if I were to compete next time. I can’t wait to start modifying everything. I hope this all works out in my favor.

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