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And... I hit the first snag. I dropped it off to have UHaul put a hitch on it (installation for $17 - yea, you guys fool with it) and they called back and said they won't put it on, too rusty. It took another look, it is pretty rusty! Not sure if I'll put the hitch on myself or maybe rebox the frame there.

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Just continuing to chronicle this car a little bit for those that may be interested. I ended up buying and installing a hitch myself. After a good hard look at the rear frame it really didn't seem too bad - it for sure was rusty, but mostly surface scale. Certainly the integrity of the frame was ok. I've seen done some pulling with it, including pulling my 1,100lbs side-by-side a couple of hundred miles - and it works just fine.

The delayed/harsh forward from the transmission continues to present itself once and a while - typically when cold or when very hot. I'm going to drop the pan, change the filter, and add some Lucas transmission fix, and just see how far I can get. Sounds like the lip seal just keep getting worse, or just stay kind of a nuance - we'll see.

First week it was on the road I had to replace an alternator, and within a few days the fuel lines from tank to engine. The alternator was a complete surprise, but the fuel lines were expected. Just the price of ownership.

I did an oil change over the weekend, and handled the oil pressure sensor while I was at it. That cured my check engine light, I was pleased with that for sure. Overall, the car has been running really good. It tows my trailer nicely, gets pretty decent gas mileage, and is in real nice shape for the most part.

I will say I am glad I bought it and kept it - my friend passed away last month from complications with the graft vs. host disease she's been fighting for years. It was a bit unexpected, but maybe for the best as she's really been suffering. So, I am reminded of her when I drive the car, and that definitely makes it worth it to me.

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Very cool story, these cars may have their quirks but honestly these things are pretty damn reliable and versatile...

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I do like the updates, and the story behind it all. Thanks for sharing.

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