I have a business trip scheduled this month in Texas. 6-days straight of 18-hour days. As the kids are still on summer vacation, I managed to plan to have them go with me and stay a week with their friends, with the caveat that I would then be bringing the two friends home with me for a week or so afterwards. Which is no problem. Except my Tiburon won't comfortable hold 4, let alone 5. And certainly not all that luggage.
My wife therefore starting reacquainting herself with my clutch. Having grown up with one she does amazingly well, and as she drives very nearly as I do, enjoys taking full advantage of the weight and maneuverability of my vehicle, if not the full range of immediate gears the 5-speed transmission offers over a fully automatic one. The upside also being that she'd save a metric ton of gasoline driving into Wichita every day for her internship. As for me and the kids? We'd be traveling to Texas in style! The Hippo is a beautifully crafted vehicle and is a true joy to take on the open road. "Touring" model and all that.
My wife also steers with her knee, drinks her coffee, brushes her hair, eats breakfast and flosses her teeth - enroute. Its an enormous time-saver performing these numerous tasks while commuting - something she would decidedly NOT be able to do whilst shifting. And honestly, she doesn't have to do these things, but without coffee she's turning my vehicle into a 170-horsepower guided missile, and the clutch is $2000 to replace, an expense I'd rather not incur.
And that's just about the time michelle1963 and suzanne1945 said, "We have this land yacht we need to unload, can you think of ANYONE who might have a use for it?"
I blinked twice, stunned into silence.
My grandafther-in-law Bill, signed it over to us on the 4th of July. He probably won't be requiring it any further :(
Enter the six-seating 2001 Grand Marquis GS with more than enough room to hold my own brood + two, myself, my gear, and their hoard:
I am far too young to be seen driving this car.