The car needed a smog check and there is a light industrial area in the vicinity. Light industrial means wide roads and nothing to hit. Also on the weekend they are deserted. Perfect setup. Plus the BP meds were a tad too effective and I needed to drive up the numbers. NOT!
As per any normal first timer learning how to drive a clutch, he's having trouble with the concept of adding power with the right foot while the left foot adds load. We have to work on that. I only wish I could introduce him to the fully syncro-smash(tm) (e.g. unsynchronized) transmissions I learned with.
In addition to the previously noted anticipated repairs, I'd like to add the following:
1. A new starter. In 15 minutes training, we hit it 22 times.
2. A new battery. The reason we hit it 22 times and not 23 is because the battery was dead! It didn't have enough power to fire the Bendix. The SCSon learned another important lesson: the push start! That ended the lesson while we drove home and put it on the charger.
The SandCastle Queen adds her own prediction: Mucho Hair Dye to cover the grays!*
The good news of the day is the car passed the smog check with flying colors. 25% HC, 20% CO, 56% NOX (percentages of allowable limit, not total). Not bad for a 24YO car with enough miles to drive to the moon!
* Honest to God, her gray hairs do not register on my retina. I simply do not see them. But they bother her so, I'm OK with the colorants. Better living through chemistry! Rah!