My 1988 Toyota Corolla AE82 has taken a turn in recent weeks - the head gasket has blown. My long serving (greater than 90000 km, almost six years) companion is in trouble. I am faced with a tough decision:
Cost to repair the blown head gasket ~ $500 Value of the Corolla at the wrecking yard ~ $50
She is booked in to have her operation on Tuesday, but I am taking the weekend to deliberate over the decision. I find it tough not to be sentimental about vehicles, and I have made a real effort to be rational about my decision.
Here are a couple of my other vehicles that departed before their time.
1981 ZJ Ford Fairlane:
1970 LC Holden Torana:
Also there is the case of my 1983 GB Ford Meteor which I bought and sold in 2000 after it blew its head gasket. I sometimes wonder if I should have just fixed it and hung on to the car... A pertinent consideration for my current situation?
I am a chemist from central west NSW who recently finished study at the ANU in Canberra. I have taken up a position as a postdoc now at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. I endorse individuality, rationality, capitalism and liberty and "Arrested Development". I oppose religiosity, the modern environmental movement, communism and statism and "Two-and-a-half Men".