I’ve started the countdown for my clunker (AKA The Green Hornet) to reach 200,000 miles traveled. You can see a picture of this beautiful piece of work HERE.
CURRENT MILEAGE: 193,728
In this series, I will be sharing some of my favorite features of The Green Hornet as well some favorite moments.
The JERK! Moment
I purchased this vehicle from one of my brothers, and he had purchased The Green Hornet (TGH) brand new. In the year 2000, I had traveled all the way to Canada for a fishing trip in this vehicle and really liked how it performed. I told him that if he ever wanted to sell it that I wanted him to call me first. In 2001, he was ready to sell, and I was ready to buy (I bought with debt – remember I was making BROKE-type decisions back then).
About a year after purchasing TGH, I was traveling north for our 2002 Canada fishing trip. When I arrived outside of Asheville, NC, I met the familiar bottleneck of traffic where I-40 and I-26 intersect. As TGH moved slowly through the stop-and-go traffic, the automatic transmission would SLAM! into 2nd gear from 1st gear. I’m not talking about shifting “kind-of” rough, I mean it literally lurched the vehicle forward. It was the JERK! moment. It is a familiar situation for many. I owed a lot on the vehicle, had zero savings, and had a lot of miles to go. I nervously continued on the trip and left it behind at a car repair place in Indiana while I went ahead with the fishing trip.
The end result of this stressful moment? The auto repair mechanic told me to drive it until it totally broke. I did, and would you believe that the truck went another SEVEN YEARS before the transmission finally gave out – shifting hard all of the way to the end?
Yet another special moment I have shared with TGH. On to 200,000 miles!
QUESTION: Are you driving a green hornet? I would love to see pictures and hear your story! Send to me at firstname.lastname@example.org