The FR-S Hibernation

This past Monday (Thanksgiving for us Canadians) was a bittersweet moment for me. I think I say that every year I put the car away… It’s bittersweet because I’m putting it away in almost the exact way I took it out at the beginning of the year. I get bored of things fast and when I don’t have anything major to put on it during the summer, it just becomes the “same old car”. Don’t get me wrong, I love this car to death – it’s still my favourite car I’ve owned – but I need a little more excitement in my life, you know?! I know it’s crazy to say, but I can’t be the only one that feels like this, right?!

Anyway, I spent some time in the early morning prepping the car to be stored. I’ll admit that I don’t put as much effort into it as I used to. In the past, I would polish the car, wax it, take the wheels off, put it on jackstands, and basically make it look like a brand new car again. I’ve gotten to the point where I basically just fill it up with gas, wash and dry, clean and vacuum the interior and then I’m done. I’ve opted to not polish and wax it anymore because I will likely be working on it through the winter and probably even taking it out to the body shop early next year, so all my hard work will be gone anyway.

Anywho, I took some pics of it before it goes away. Likely the last time you’ll see it before it gets a makeover. I’ll likely be posting teaser pics here and there and the occasional “Is winter over yet” pictures.

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Dirty and dusty. It actually looks cleaner than it really is in this pic.

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I assure you though, it’s dirtier than it looks lol. I think it’s been 3 weeks since I last washed it. I was holding out until I parked it.

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Up close of my matte red wheels. Courtesy of mother nature.

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All washed up. Now to dry… The worst part of cleaning a car.

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All dried up. Engine bay all cleaned and it looks brand new!

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For my next house, I swear I’m getting a 3-car garage.

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All tucked away in the corner with Kevin Hart on the big screen.

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Hooked up the trickle charger to keep ‘er warm through the winter.

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This was as close as I could get it to the wall without me damaging something lol. It also gives plenty of room for Diana to swing her door open and not hit my car.

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And finally – under my trusty bed sheets lol. I really want a car cover just cause it looks more legit, but knowing how often I like to just jump in the car, it probably isn’t the most ideal because it would just come off eventually. At the end of the day, all I need it to do is prevent dust from sitting on the paint.

It’s going to be a long 6 months, my friends… But she shall emerge better than ever next year!

3 thoughts on “The FR-S Hibernation

  1. No, you’re not the only one who gets bored with it. I haven’t had a spare dime all year to be able to put into the STI since we just bought a house so I’m bored with it as well. I wonder what it would be like to live in California or something where its year round, instead of plan and acquire parts over the winter, while anticipation burns a hole right through you, waiting for spring. Your plans far outstrip mine too, this is going to be a very long winter for you lol

    Quick question for you, how do you deal with getting in/out of your driveway without scraping anything? Curb ramps?

    • haha I knew it! That’s why winter is bittersweet, you get to acquire parts and just come out the next year all fresh and it’s nice to have the feeling of driving a “new” car again. I don’t remember a winter that was short lol!

      I’m actually lucky, I am able to get in and out with no issues if I’m angled as much as I can. Fortunately, my driveway allows me to do that. I think it’ll be a different story when I have my new bumper on because the stock bumper just barely misses the sidewalk.

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