- 11:54 AM, Sunday,
March 15th, 2015:
- I attempt all
sorts of shit by myself that would generally require
multiple people. I should probably put that in
the past tense... since having children? I do think
twice. I'm a bit more aware when I'm alone and no
longer attempt the ridiculousness of my 20s and
- In a million years
it never would've ocurred to me however, that
siphoning gas was one of those things. Something
I just did in January to get the car into the San
Diego gig. It's unpleasant, sure, but deadly? What?
- Let's just say
that March 11th was one of the most stressful days of
my life. Prepared the entire day before, cleaning the
car, making sure it ran well, packing all my stuff for
the trip to Newport Coast where I have a rental doing
a video shoot at a $37,000,000 home. The place is
stunning beyond measure and I intended on being
there long enough to get some great shots for the site
- I go out to
start the car early (something you just always do with
a Delorean) and it won't turn. Figured it was the
battery and hooked up my Camry and the SUV to it with
no luck. I started to panic. It was already a 90
minute drive and even leaving 2 1/2 hours I was now
pushing it. I had to write to the guy and tell
him what was going on.
- Thankfully, Martin
of "Martin's Movie Cars" sat on the phone with me for
over an hour helping me troubleshoot. Turned out it
was the fuel pump and I raced to Delorean Motor
Company in Huntington Beach for the part. Sadly, $500
later, I now know the fuel pump was fine. A leak
of some gas into the electrical portion of the pump
just shorted it out. Pump worked fine once I took
it all apart. But time was of the essence and this new
pump actually fixed my gas gauge issue and is
specifically made (literally just released by Delorean
in 2014) to take modern fuels as the ethanol is kinda
killing old fuel systems. It's just one portion of an
infamously bad fuel system, but eventually it will all
- Putting in this
new pump required th draining of the entire 13 gallon
tank (which of course had 11+ gallons in it - lol) and
even after siphoning needed to be cleaned by HAND. The
instructions were pretty intense about this necessity.
Which of course required siphoning into three 5-gallon
buckets, then siphoning those into a 2-gallon gas
container 6 times to put back INTO the tank after
the fuel pump was installed. Just a gloriously fun day
all the way around.
- After my
"incident" I sepnt the next half-hour sneezing up
more mucous than I've ever seen. Sadly, it cleared
nothing as I was stuffy the following morning from
whatever type of sick I seem to never get rid of.
I devised a system of using a shop-vac to create
some suction which worked perfectly. I'm gonna end up
buying one of those siphoning kits to keep in the car
because whenever this baby goes indoors, it needs to
be at 1/4 tank and it's an impossible thing to time.
Though now that I have a gas light and a working
gas gauge, I just may be able to pull that off a bit
- The car still
doesn't run well. Something is off in the fuel system.
It'll start but when you hit the gas it nearly dies
unless you let it idle for several minutes. The good
news is I was able to reschedule the shoot for
tomorrow and it has been starting all weekend. Of
course now I have to leave at 5:30 am... with
NO FREAKING CUP HOLDER FOR COFFEE GODDAMNIT.
I may just devise one, because it could be a very
pleasant drive. Sunrise, Time Machine, Coffee...
knowing that the car has already started and I'm on my
way? The peace of that compared to the stress of the
past couple days seems unbelievable.
- And Vienna is just
insane right now. The screaming. The ever-loving
screaming. She woke up in the middle of the night from
a nightmare screamind:
"NO CAM!! MY WATER! MY WATER!" I
jumped up like she was dying out of a dead sleep anid
calmed her down, half-giggling at the insanity of it.
Cam doesn't specifically take her water. She leaves it
on the floor and he picks it up. And she breaks the
fuck down. I mean MELTS DOWN. So she keeps
repeating water bottle water bottle water bottle water
bottle as I'm trying to get her to calm down and go
back to sleep. I said "shhhhhhhh" so she then WHISPERS
water bottle water bottle water bottle - which
actually gave me quite a guffaw. Smartass. It's a good
thing we love her so much. Seriously want to sell this
kid sometimes. I hope that offends people without
children to no end. God I hope that one does.
I've been up since 4am and I just don't give a
- But I am alive.
And that video reminds me why. ;-)