I kinda hoped to hit the 809k kms target set out here
but the Mother(fokking) Nature had yet another go at my Rolla. I cannot understand what do trees have against my car.
A branch broke off and swung right up her front when she was parked in the woods while I was out hiking.
That is the second time this kind of sh1t happens to her. First was back in 2012 when the rear hatch got whacked.
Fortunately she was still driveable (oil lines and radiator survived) so I could make it home after just some emergency repairs to secure the broken headlight.
So her flawless record of never letting me down remains intact.
I was dreaming of turning her into a sleeper with a Blacktop or even a 4AGZE swap, but with the whacked front, messed up A/C lines and other rust damage that needs fixing, it will be too much for me to handle, both technically and financially.
The clutch is starting to slip a bit, I guess either because of slightly leaking oil pan gasket or leaking rear main seal.
The clutch is somewhat irrelevant if one is considering a swap anyway, but the rust is just too advanced and as far as I can tell it has started to rust from the inside.
This is where the left fuel tank strap used to be.
And the right one, right next to where the rear crossmember bolts up to the body.
Then there is the front crossmember that starts to fall apart and presumably the rest of the body is not that far behind.
As much as I hate it, I guess I will have to say goodbye and take her on the last journey to the yard.
I have pulled out the front and straightened her up the best I could and put a junkyard hood in, to make her look at least half decent for that last ride.
Ehh, somehow I was hoping she would survive until the end of times.