The past few months have been pretty adventuresome. One Saturday Kit, Stevanie and The Bird attended a Coffee and Cars gathering in the morning then drove a few miles to enter the annual Oregon City Auto show that featured hundreds of cars of all eras and styles. The Bird was awarded “Favorite 70’s” entry. On a couple of Wednesdays, they attended “Beaches” a huge event at Portland International Raceway. The Director told Kit if they came to the final show of the season, he would reserve a spot in front of the stage and interview Kit to tell his story. They did and it was a GREAT evening!
When Kit and Stevanie were growing up, she was the dancer/performer/stage personality and he was the sports guy and BMX racer. Since the Bird came in to our family, Kit is now the one in the spotlight, answering questions about winning the car and its technical/mechanical details. Even after his accident in ’92, he’s repaired every vehicle he’s owned plus those of friends and relatives. He’s studying Winged cars extensively and knows his stuff well enough to discuss details with the experts.
Stevanie is Kit’s Major Support Team and helps however needed. She is also becoming educated about the technical aspects of The Bird, loves driving it and has taken a few friends and a certain mom for short rides. (It is SPECTACULAR! to ride in. The 505 hp engine has a powerful purr that is both exciting and mesmerizing. People yell and wave and take pictures wherever she/we/they go. It’s kind of like being in a one-entry parade. Stevanie has Dinoco decals and made “eyes” so she can dress the Bird like Strip Weathers in the movie, “Cars.” She is also our “how can we make the Bird pay for its own expenses?” (For example, the Bird requires high potency fuel at about $4/gallon with a 20 gallon tank.)
When the car arrived in February, the Mopar specialist found some issues and later found more. It was ok to drive until the starter began overheating. The throttle needed adjusting, the side windows were installed crooked and didn’t roll up or down right, the clearance was too low to drive without damaging the fron end, and it started making grinding noises. Kit figured it was the fuel pump. Plush the horn wasn’t grounded and didn’t work. (Minor detail, but still…) Other issues came up every time they took it out.