… 3 months ago Battlecruiser passed inspection. I never got it registered, I needed to drop the insurance on it and park it for the winter. So, today I brought it out to get inspected. With old cars, there’s always the anticipation of it being rejected, for a number of reasons, and even though it passed only 3 months ago, and hasn’t been used since then, I was a little anxious. So when I saw the REJECTED stamp on my paperwork, I was running through my mind the things that could go wrong while just sitting, and guesstimating how much it was going to cost.
… Imagine my surprise when it failed because the wiper-washers weren’t working. As a matter of fact, most of the system was removed by the previous owner in order to install a second, backup battery. It’s not something someone would steal out of the car.
… So, tell me why, two years in a row it can pass inspection without any wiper-washers, and then all of a sudden this time they notice? Guess it all depends on who is doing the inspection, and what kind of day they are having.
… I brought the car home, jumped in the Subaru and went down to Pep Boys to see if they had the stuff to fix it. I knew pretty much nobody would have original equipment parts for that system, so I just wanted to get a universal, after-market system. The guy at the counter looked at me like I was growing a 3rd arm out the top of my head. I had to explain the whole situation to him before he figured out enough to send me to someone who actually knew cars*. This is how I discovered CarQuest down on 3rd East and about 22nd South. I walked in there, looked around and immediately felt like these guys knew what they were selling. I asked one of the guys on the counter about and after-market wiper-washer system and he said “Jes a sec.”, wandered off and came back 5 minutes later with exactly what I needed, short one piece. I found a vacuum hose T which looked like what I needed and asked him if it would work with the washer system. Instead of “dunno”, he said that it sure would, since the systems are basically the same. $55 later I have just what I need to get the car to pass inspection, just need daylight back so I can see what I’m doing when I install it.
*My brothers and I have often discussed how to work in a car parts store these days all you need to know is how to read a computer terminal. The days of “Well, I got the part for a 1971, but if ya just drill an extra hole in it it’ll work for a ‘68” are long gone.