After handing over a large check, Rob and I headed back
to the airport to turn in the rental car. Did I mention, that Pantera owners are really nice people, and really help their friends to indulge their car passions? Who else would drive from Florida to Austin Texas, grinning like crazy. On the way to the airport, someone tried to get me to sell the car. That is one of those pivotal moments where I might have been able to make a quick buck, but would never have such great memories. After turning in the rental car, Rob and I headed to his parents in Louisiana. I'd be able to have the car parked in a locked garage overnight
and a place to check it out further if problems developed. I took it pretty easy, but the few times I did rev it up, it had a bad miss over 4000 rpms. Oh well, motor problems I can deal with, it's rust I don't like. After a pleasant night, Rob and I drove the rest of the way home. I owned a piece of history! As we headed into Texas, the outside temps really started to warm up. The AC was working, but was less than effective, so we opened the windows. As luck would have it, that's when the drivers side window switch decided to stop working. All the wind started rattling the headliner, from which the backing foam promptly disintegrated. After a what seemed like a very long time, the 26 year old foam bits stopped blowing in our faces, and coating our arms and legs. I'm hoping there will be no need to repeat that fun.. Ugh. I also noticed an occasional shift where the gears ground, despite the fact I was being careful with the clutch. Hmmmm... With a large smile on my face, Rob and I made it home safely and a whole new adventure had begun.