Winter Hibernation – AKA Worst Day of the Year

It’s that time again… To put our cars away before the white stuff falls. It’s actually not so bad anymore but it’s still depressing having to see your car tucked away in a corner everyday as you come and go for work.

It’s a little easier for me knowing that it’s almost aesthetically complete – just a few more additions here and there but nothing mind shattering. It’s in a state where I just love to drive it now and with a few more toys here and there, it’ll just be more exciting to drive.

Anyway, just some super simple shots just to fill the blog a little bit… Hopefully I’ll have some time to gather some parts over winter and update you all. I’m sure there’s plenty of other things I can post too 🙂 Happy parking!

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Before I put it away, I wanted to get a shot of Aria in the Recaro. It’d be nice to see what a difference it will be when summer time comes next year, and I take the same shot. She wasn’t too pleased about the whole idea, but I’m sure time will change her mind 🙂

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After a sudsy bath… Doing this in -2C is not fun. A lot of people ask me why I put it away so early… I agree, it’s a bit early considering the roads are pretty dry, there hasn’t been any snow, and there still isn’t any gravel on the roads. A big reason I put it away earlier is because it’s much easier to clean and dry and make sure all is good in warmer weather than it is in cold, snowy weather. Even in -2C, it was a bitch to dry the car properly.

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The last booty shot of the year.

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All clean finally. The next piece is to tuck it away tightly in the corner, hook up the trickle charger and let ‘er sleep for the next few months. I have a feeling these winter months will go by quick since I’m spending less time thinking about when I can drive it next, and more time with Aria. Not a bad thing, I suppose!

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And one last shot of the cockpit… Until next year!

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!

Regina George Hibernates

That time has come. It’s that one day a year where you painstakingly clean the car, but this time with sadness rather than excitement that the car will be clean once again. I stopped driving the LS at the beginning of October but didn’t have enough time to clean it or anything so it’s kind of just been sitting there. Today I had a few hours to finally clean it up nicely and make sure it was all clean to tuck away into the corner of the garage. It’s bittersweet because it’s sad to have to go back to driving the Civic again but my wallet loves me a little more because the tab at the gas bar isn’t so bad. $45 every 2 weeks is wayyyy better than $75 every week lol.

Huge thanks to Jackie Tong at Zero Limit once again for hooking it up with this battery maintainer. Usually I just park it and pull the battery and store it downstairs and then install it again when it’s time to drive again. I’ve heard about trickle chargers and such but I’ve been too lazy to go get it. I know – I’d rather go through all the work to take the battery out rather than get a trickle charger… Crazy.

However, during Jackie’s shoot he asked me how I would park the LS with the air and such and eventually he suggested this battery maintainer. Simple hook up to the battery, plug it into the wall, turn it on and select a mode and voila! When you’re ready to drive it again, all you have to do is unplug and go. The cool thing about this is that it cycles the battery through several cycles making sure that it charges, discharges, pulses, etc. We’ll see how it goes next year!

Dirty ass wheels that haven’t been cleaned for weeks. Chrome wheels are such a pain in the butt to clean.

Raised up looks so dumb lol… but getting ready for a wash.

Nice and clean!

Tucked away as far over to the side as I could get it and aired down. I air it down mainly because the bags are assumed to lose air over time and it’s just going to end up sitting aired out anyway.

Hooked up and good to go.

The maintainer showing which cycle it’s at.

Easy connect. Nice and simple.

Good to go for the winter. lol @ the jack stand in the bay – it’s to hold the hood up so that it doesn’t come down and clamp the wires or unhook it from the battery terminals.

Well… So far, I’m doing OK with the transition… I know once it starts snowing and getting cold, I’ll be itching to drive it again. Until then, I got big people stuff to worry about. I think that’s why I’m OK with parking the LS away for now…

Until next year!

Hibernation Time

October 1st… The saddest day of the year for me – mainly because that’s when the car gets parked every year. I know it’s kind of early to do so because we still have nice days and there isn’t any snow yet but for me, it’s usually because it’s too cold to hand wash it and that’s what I usually do… So by that time, it’s not worth it to keep out anymore since I’ll be too lazy to keep it clean anyway.

Last night was the last drive of the season and it was bittersweet. Mainly because I’m sad that I have to put away the car, but the other half of me is relieved that I don’t have to pay for its drinking problem every week. It gets pricey! haha

Just the last few shots before the shoot last night…

All alone.

Then JC and Punit showed up and this will also be the last pic of the three of them together until next year. I suspect there are big things in store next year for many builds once again…

Until then, I have a bunch of awesome shoots lined up over the next week because I’m on a photoshoot frenzy!