Getting Roxie Back on the Road

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Noticed the licence plate light wasn't working....found out why. There was a mouse nest above it, thankfully they didn't chew the wires. LED kit going in when it arrives.

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LED licence light I put together. Used a piece of vinyl flooring sample to fill in the hole and mount the light to the original fixture.

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Safety is done, now for some paperwork and she's legal for the road
 
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LED licence light I put together. Used a piece of vinyl flooring sample to fill in the hole and mount the light to the original fixture.

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Safety is done, now for some paperwork and she's legal for the road
Looks great!

Now what is that "T" sticker on the licence plate about? I pulled the stack of stickers off my plates since we no longer have renewal stickers.
 
Looks great!

Now what is that "T" sticker on the licence plate about? I pulled the stack of stickers off my plates since we no longer have renewal stickers.
We still had Ontario stickers when I bought Roxie and drove her home. When you buy a vehicle that doesn't have a valid safety you can get a T temporary sticker at MTO when you change registration and pay taxes, it's only good for 10 days, which is usually enough time to get something safetied.
You must not buy too many questionable vehicles and try to get them home, I've done it a few times over the years, Roxie is just the latest.
 
We still had Ontario stickers when I bought Roxie and drove her home. When you buy a vehicle that doesn't have a valid safety you can get a T temporary sticker at MTO when you change registration and pay taxes, it's only good for 10 days, which is usually enough time to get something safetied.
You must not buy too many questionable vehicles and try to get them home, I've done it a few times over the years, Roxie is just the latest.
Ok, I understand now. When I bought the Murray, the previous owner took it to Borrmann's and had it safetied as part of the deal. So when I picked her up, I had the Safety certificate. My other vehicles have all been new.

One issue with the "no renewal sticker" is your plated portion of the ownership still shows a valid date, even though we don't get issued a new one. We drive to Mexico every year and heard other's were having issues at the border because it appears the licence is no longer valid and the Mx border people do not have access to the electronic records. So I got a new ownership from the MTO, so it still costs me $35 per year for that.
 
Ok, I understand now. When I bought the Murray, the previous owner took it to Borrmann's and had it safetied as part of the deal. So when I picked her up, I had the Safety certificate. My other vehicles have all been new.

One issue with the "no renewal sticker" is your plated portion of the ownership still shows a valid date, even though we don't get issued a new one. We drive to Mexico every year and heard other's were having issues at the border because it appears the licence is no longer valid and the Mx border people do not have access to the electronic records. So I got a new ownership from the MTO, so it still costs me $35 per year for that.
I haven't bought a new vehicle since 1990, found the "new car smell" to not be worth the price of admission.

I think you can print a receipt of some sort if you renew online, but what you're doing might be safer to try in Mexico.

I heard some folks were getting hassled in other provinces because all our vehicles now have stickers saying the plates have expired and police can't easily check if they're valid. Also, many thousands of people in Ontario have been fined for not having renewed their plates or licences because MTO doesn't mail out reminders and many people don't know you still have to renew, even if it's free.
 
I haven't bought a new vehicle since 1990, found the "new car smell" to not be worth the price of admission.

I think you can print a receipt of some sort if you renew online, but what you're doing might be safer to try in Mexico.

I heard some folks were getting hassled in other provinces because all our vehicles now have stickers saying the plates have expired and police can't easily check if they're valid. Also, many thousands of people in Ontario have been fined for not having renewed their plates or licences because MTO doesn't mail out reminders and many people don't know you still have to renew, even if it's free.
I believe when I renewed there was an option to be sent a reminder email at renewal time. I guess we will see if that works in another year.
 
Roxie had a mouse nest in a cabinet when we got her, there was a digital clock in the hole, pulled it out and it was quite stanky. Sprayed lots of oxidizing cleaners, Nature's Miracle, etc., but couldn't get rid of the smell. Last month I bought a ozone generator, first tried it in the trunk of the Miata, which also smelled vaguely of mouse, and it seemed to work. So tried it in Roxie, aimed it at the hole, set the timer for 20 minutes and closed the door, left it for an hour or so, then aired it out. Repeated the process next day and the smell is maybe 90% gone now.

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I pulled the cover off Roxie last week because it was great weather, flowers coming up, lawn turning green, so of course winter decided to come back and it's cold and snowy again. Thought I'd try and move her while the ground was frozen, started up nicely enough, as she was warming up I raised the rear end up and took the blocks out....then she stalled and won't start again. I think she's low on fuel, could raising the rear cause fuel to be too low for the pickups?
I'm charging the battery to try again, but wondering if I should pour some fuel in?
The gauges stopped working last fall after I was playing behind the dash fixing other issues so don't know
how much is in....but it's certainly kinda low.
 
I think she's low on fuel, could raising the rear cause fuel to be too low for the pickups?
It's possible. It would have to be fairly low for that to make a big difference. Did you try switching tanks? Of course, priming an empty mechanical suction pump takes a LOT of engine cranking.

This is one of the many reasons I'm excited to be in the middle of a TBI upgrade with in-tank fuel pumps. I'll be adding a fuel pressure gauge to the EBL system for on-screen display as well. I've been in your shoes, and look forward to fewer guessing games trying to figure out what's happening with fuel delivery.
 
So tried it in Roxie, aimed it at the hole, set the timer for 20 minutes and closed the door, left it for an hour or so, then aired it out. Repeated the process next day and the smell is maybe 90% gone now.
I've used my ozone generator a lot over the last four years. It's really great getting cigarette smells and "musty" smells out of cars. But as you've experienced, it's only about 90% on certain mouse pee smells. I had one van that had stubborn ductwork. I just couldn't get the smell out of the ducts, no matter how much ozone I used (even sitting it in front of the intake, with the blower going).

I eventually used one of these, and it did the trick. The van smelled great after that, though we only owned it for about another month afterwards. I can say the smell did not come back during that month though.

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Used car dealers method to get stink out of cars, (cigarette smoke, mold etc).

Get a plastic container large enough to hold an old bath towel. Pour white vinegar on to towel until well soaked and set it in the back seat for a few days (or in our case, near the source of the pong)

Sounds like you may have flooded the engine when she wouldn't re-start. Easy to do.