Join Date: May 2009
Location: America's Auto Heartland
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"whatcha got against station wagons??"
Absolutely nothing... before they morphed into tall, ungainly, butched-up, front-driver Mommy wagons.
Seriously, I appreciate your observations.
In my case, the finisher (bottom panel of the lid) is fine; it's the pesky screw posts that have disintegrated beyond salvation. This is particularly frustrating as its not like I cranked on the bleeding screws regularly. I think I've only taken it apart twice in almost 40yrs.
My problem is that I like the original lid just fine, with the exception of the engineering. I'm on the trail of a solution (think BIC Stick barrels), but the priority of the pursuit is not terribly high. The object here is to get the Trusty Z back on the road and working on the second 200K mi. above all else, so I've time to try a few things later.
As for the referenced personality quirk, I think I was clear about being a "self abusive automotive enthusiast" myself. And yes, there are certainly more unseemly habits, like paying $69K for a questionable Z on BAT, for example. Besides, "busy hands are happy hands", the philosophical adjunct to "no problem left un-fiddled".
I too, try to be a good custodian of worthy old crocks. My personal metaphorical Golden Rule is "drill no holes", a philosophy I feel is being responsible in a larger sense, but which also leaves a fair sized window of opportunity to "personalize" my rides. I sense you understand this; laudable, as this subject doesn't seem to have struck a responsive chord hereabouts.
Thanks for your input.
Maybe I'm working with a different kind of lid, as mine sits square and distributes its load evenly around the perimeter.
Its a personal thing I suppose, but it baffles me why anyone would spend the time and money to produce clumsy emulations, when it would cost little/no more to fab a better version of what is a very simple casting. A 3-D printer could crank out a mold in an hour or two, and a hidden ABS casting could be butt-ugly and functional at the same time. And in the end, one would have a very marketable and honest repro.
Yeah, I know. The demand is not great for a 2 year item, but Z production was peaking at this point, and its a cinch there aren't many usable survivors.
As for other aftermarket options, I can only note my belief that cupholders just get in the way and encourage bad habits.
But thanks for taking the time to write. Your patronage is appreciated.
Keep 'em flying...
Last edited by ensys; 08-23-2019 at 11:01 PM.