Fixit Day:2001, a Z3 Odyssey



At the end of the day, I had a few moments before they closed up shop to do a quickie wash of Saffy. Much much better, eh? As I was finishing up, I noticed that someone had written something onto my rear bumper. I saw something along the lines of "R I Y" on the right side of the bumper, as if someone write it with their finger. Regardless, I was upset! Who could do such a thing?

It wasn't until the next day that I remembered that *I* had done it - I think I'd written "I AM DIRTY" as a joke, and the only remainder of that after washing were the three letters that I mentioned previously. What an Idiot! Do yourself a favor, and NEVER write in the dust on your car! I guess I can have it buffed out later, when I find Carlos to have him give my car the once-over with Zaino.

The last team of mechanics were still at it around 3:30. Rob was having his woodgrain interior bits replaced with brushed aluminum. It was a lot of work, and I heard they had to saw off the wooden handle of his parking brake to get it off. I wish I had seen the finished product - I can see how brushed aluminum would work better than woodgrain in a Silver Z3.


At this Fixit Day, we had not one, not two, but THREE Turquoise Green Z3s. I jokingly said that maybe we got all three of 'em, but I'm sure there are more out there, somewhere! I've seen someone outside of this area, so there's gotta be more out there :-)


Interestingly enough, all three were slightly different! There are minor color variations that you can't see until you have several examples side by side.


Ed Scuba showed up with his Turquoise Z3 later in the afternoon, and demonstrated his new Z3 Accessory - a small device that screws in to your tow hook location, where you can attach your now-flat tire rather than carrying it inside your passenger compartment, once you've put on the spare. Great idea! A copy of the device (what's its name, by the way?) is sitting by Ed's knee. One side screws in to the tow point, and the other side has two bolts for you to hang your tire on. Looks interesting, no? I'm thinking if I had one of these, my new SuperSprint exhaust may interfere with hanging a tire in the rear, however, there is another one of these tow points up on the front bumper. Hmmm...


Let me tell you, those Colors on Parade guys worked tirelessly throughout the day. Fixit Day was pretty much over, and these guys still work working outside the dealership on Pat's rear bumper, and Rachel's front. They were still at it by the time I left.

Pat's bumper had a bunch of scrapes. The Colors guys filled 'em in with this pink filler material before repainting the whole thing.


Here's a picture you've seen throughout these pages, as the background image.


As the day wound down, we made our way across the street to the sports bar to tell our stories of the day, and to finally sit down! I don't know about the rest of the attendees, but I was standing pretty much since I arrived, and I couldn't keep still. There was so much to see. When I finally did, it all hit me. I stayed for a bit, but I realized that if I stayed any longer, I'd soon fall asleep. So, I bid my adieus, and hit the road. On the way back home, I didn't notice wheel vibration AT ALL (see page 11). Hallelujah!!! Lou was a genius! I'm told that it takes some time for the SuperSprint to break in, but I could tell it's gonna be great!

The next pages deal with the work I had done. Lou, my tech, was pretty patient with me. I took a lot of pictures, but I stayed out of his way. I hope he didn't feel I was crowding him. Anyway, on to the work.

End of page 8


 Page 1 - An Early Start  Page 2 - SuperSprints and Zaino  Page 3 - Inside and Out of the Service Bays
 Page 4 - Seat Swaps and an Executive Color  Page 5 - Xpel and our gift to Daniels  Page 6 - Miscellaneous bits and Some Aftermarket Addons
 Page 7 - Daniels and the Third Street Alliance Thank us  Page 8 - Wrapping it all up, and Turquoise Turquoise Turquoise!!!  Page 9 - Saffy gets Inspection II
 Page 10 - Bring on da Noise!  Page 11 - Life (ok, just wheels) out of balance  Daniels' Garage Panoramic

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