Quick Car Updates: Cheesecake Day, TL-S Visitor, RL Shots, & Red Velvet

Odometer (Integra Sedan):  73,323

I guess pretty much every day is a “food holiday” of some sort.  I found this list online which claims to be the “complete list” of holidays, including 13 holidays for the month of August alone.  This coming Saturday, August 10 is National S’mores Day, so get your marshmallows and Hershey chocolate bars ready for the occasion.  That’s definitely one worth celebrating.

I bring this up because July 30th was Cheesecake Day, and my favorite kind of cheesecake is key lime from the Cheesecake Factory.  My 1993 del Sol has a license plate that reads “KEYLIME,” so you can guess where this story is going.  I pulled the ‘Sol out of its slumber and headed over to the Biltmore Mall for some salmon for dinner and a slice of key lime cheesecake for dessert.

Notice, I even whipped out the green HONDA factory associate hat for the occasion. That hat was given to me as a souvenir during my April 2012 visit to the Greensburg, Indiana Honda manufacturing facility for the “line-off” event of the 2013 Acura ILX.  The hat is actually designed to have a hardhat inside it.  Clever wardrobe.

It’s been a busy few weeks at the house, with Ira’s recent visit and then a drop-in from my friend Naveed who has a 2008 Acura TL Type-S.  He was passing through town from Los Angeles to Dallas and spent the night.

Naveed’s car is a super-sweet example with automatic transmission and < 50,000 miles on the odometer – a one-owner car out of Carlsbad, California with immaculate service history and cosmetic condition.

It makes my day that other people geek out about old cars as much as I do.

Interior looked brand new for being 11 years old.

The RL got a few glamour shots that I’ll soon be sharing on Instagram.  The car is my preferred people-hauler, above everything else in the fleet.  It’s just such a smooth ride.  The only issue I need to sort out right now is an intermittent stalling that has happened twice.

I looked into it and it appears there may be a ‘known’ problematic area with the APP Sensor, which stands for Accelerator Pedal Position.  The part runs a couple hundred bucks but it basically tells the engine where the throttle is.  In both cases where the car has died, it was when I was off the throttle, either decelerating or coasting around a corner.  I’ll get it all sorted in due time.

The SLX is coming out soon with its 5th video episode in a YouTube series I’ve been putting together.  Of all my recent uploads, those been getting some of the most traffic / views.  It’s also been fun how many people I’ve “met” through it.  This week, I got an email from a nice gal named Roxana in North Carolina who uses her SLX to tow people out at the beach.  If you don’t believe me, check out her videos.

I’ve pretty much put a pause on spending any more effort or money on the SLX for the short term.  I’m running a Prolong engine oil treatment right now, as well as some fuel system treatment.  But it’s been rock solid.  The best news of the week:  I discovered that the cassette tape player works, so I can rock out to all my favorite 1990s jams in style.

With this summer heat in Phoenix reaching 115 degrees consistently, I was curious how hot my 2 garages (which aren’t climate controlled) get.  The smaller garage on the west side of my property is a single car space with no insulation.  It reached 121 degrees this week.

The other, larger, garage which is on the east side and has insulation, hit 101 degrees – a full 20 degrees cooler.  Still warm though.

The Legend sedan was picked up today for transport to Monterey, California.  It’s headed to the 2nd annual Japanese Automotive Invitational at Pebble Beach.  Here’s my article from when the Integra GS-R went there last year.

And speaking of the Integra – you might get a kick out of this.  I found out that Amazon sells red velvet ropes and stanchion posts for crowd control.  What better way to create the occasional VIP-exclusive area inside my garage (or inside the house, at a party).  This is 100% a joke, but I thought it would make for a fun conversation piece from time to time.

My neighbor Gabe is trying to sell a 1982 Corvette (auto).  He and his wife came over to chat the other day while we were irrigating our lawns.  This one belonged to Gabe’s brother.  It’s been parked / covered since 2008, when the tags last expired.  Does anybody want it?  Hit me up.  I have more pics, the VIN, and can snag a video or any other details.  Odo reads 26,000 miles, which is probably 126,000.

The only other update I can share is the the ILX needed its first alternator replacement.  I had just arrived at the grocery store a couple of weeks ago and got a “CHECK CHARGING SYSTEM” message, literally as the car rolled 216,000 miles.  I made it to my Hon-Man mechanic who got me into a new Denso starter for about $490 parts & labor a couple of days later.

Have a great rest of the week!  I’m off to explore some new turf soon, but I’ll save the details for next time.

13 Responses to “Quick Car Updates: Cheesecake Day, TL-S Visitor, RL Shots, & Red Velvet”

  1. Now, Cheesecake Day is definitely a holiday I will celebrate in the future! And I think driving the key lime Del Sol for cheesecake is a proper way to enjoy that day!!

    The RL is looking good- glad to hear the fix for the stalling issue is pretty straightforward. And one alternator in 216k of driving isn’t bad for the ILX!! Just curious- when did the starter motor go out?

    The SLX towing out that F250 made my night!!

  2. What year is that RL? It looks awesome with those rims.

  3. autoscribe1974 Says:

    Brilliant for the Legend and second JAI honors! Looking forward to your Pebble Beach coverage…

    • Can’t wait to get out there again! I arrive Thursday the 15th and I’m staying through Saturday the 17th, so it’ll be a super quick trip with lots of action. Thanks Mark!

  4. Ira’s NSX looked neat in the background of the RL photos, blue pearl really is such an amazing colour. I have to admit, the RL looks really good in your beauty shots. Amazing how nice a car can turn out with a good detail! Geez, your garage gets warm – that’s nearly 50 degrees celsius! Yesterday, the Catlins Coast Rally was on and we were outside spectating in 2 degree celsius weather (four coat territory). We had snow last weekend too, so certainly looking forward to some warmer weather over the coming months. P.S. Digging the matrix-style license plate on the Del Sol!

    • Haha, yes it is very Matrix! I liked how the colors match the ‘Sol perfectly. Glad to hear you’re doing your best to stay warm out there and hoping you’ll have some road trip adventures soon!

  5. lol, I want some cheesecake now. I love your little Del Sol, such a smart looking little car, and I fully approve of its’ number plate – classic!

    Great update too, I’m glad the SLX is still improving, and those ropes – LOLOLOL – that’s funny! 😀

  6. thank you Tyson for your hospitality, I feel like I was in the disney land of acura, I was thrilled to see your collection and acura history.
    Hoping to keep my TL-typeS clean and low mileage, I still need to show you my 1993 Legend LS with only 34k miles 🙂

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