"Saying goodbye, why is it sad? Makes us remember the good times we had"
Anyone who knows me knows I get attached to my cars, and I loved that little car. Before it, I'd had a Ford Escort (nicknamed the Frodomobile for being such a trooper) for 9 years. It was a great car as well, but I'd always wanted a sporty little car with a spoiler, be something I could mod, and to learn stick-shift. So in 2009 when my escort was getting near 100,000 miles, we decided we'd best sell it, and I narrowed my sights to the affordably-sporty cobalt coupe.
Sorting through used cars until I'd found 2 local manuals, it came down to a 2007 yellow (which would have been named Bombadil) and a 2007 white cobalt, but it was an easy decision after seeing dog scratches all over the yellow's interior, a burned clutch, and the smell of badly masked cigarette smoke.
|Shadowfax when we first got him|
Now I can say that I don't even have to think about what I'm doing while driving, as it's become as much a part of driving as using the turn signal. I had a lot of fun driving with him, and he never gave me any problems.
I also joined the My Cobalt forum and became friends with some great fellow cobalt owners these last few years. From them I learned how to take care of my car, got inspired with mods and showed off my work on Shadow, and just killed time chatting with them about life while bored at my former cubicle job.
Just for the sake of memory lane, here's some pix of Shadow and some of his mods (if you don't care about project cars, skip the pix):
|painted chevy logo white, capped the holes left by the front plate (also debadged the back)|
|painting the dash|
|installed short shifter with new TWM knob and SS boot|
|ditched seat covers, got rubber mats|
|the year he got 2.5 feet of snow dumped on him, and still got me to the film set for Infinite|
"Much to say, foolish to try, it's time for saying goodbye..."
Yes, a lot of memories, gained car knowledge, and people I've met through having Shadow. I'm grateful for that period of my life that lil car gave me, and how well he stood up to the impact in the crash.
As Karl headed back to the car we'd arrived in with the last of our items, I patted Shadow on his hood and thanked him for being such a good car, and that I'd miss him.
|One last pic with Shadowfax on his good side|
It's helps that I have some direction on what to look for with my next car now. We did some test-driving this past Saturday of various vehicles, and I think we have a plan on what to keep an eye out for now. Our check for my car also came this past week, so we're all settled on that front. More on car-hunting in another post!