Well, she's legal.
Took it in for an inspection, the guy noticed a blown strut. It was good a week before when I did brakes, but very definitely blown.
In the "good news" dept, I had one sitting in my basement, with a spring still on it. Came home, did some nascar type stuff with my impact gun, had a legal car.
Took it back in, mechanic thought I had just cleaned the old strut up with brake cleaner because I did it so fast.
Service writer offered me a job.
I "broke cover" and told him how I worked at another store in his chain until I busted my ankle.
I also had to correct them on price; my car being an uber-rare non-OBD-II is, by statute, three bucks cheaper for a state inspection.
With this all handled I got to thinking that the snow tires I borrowed from my stash should go back in my stash. Also had some scrap metal banging around taking up space. Might snow soon and all. So I packed up a (good) saturn engine block and cracked head, half a dozen rotors and drums, dead tecumseh snowblower engine, and head off to my favorite junkyard.
This car is supposed to roll on 175/70/14s but everyone uses 185/65 now. This thing came in on 195/60/14 which seems like a weird size and I was concerned I wouldn't find any more.
Concern ended! As I walked into the metal barn/ outbuilding at the junkyard I came face to face with a stack of 195/60/14! Pick out two favorites and carry them into the cashier.
Talked over with cashier chickie who wanted me to drive over to the scales, unload my aluminum, then drive again, unload my ferrous, etc.
An older guy was hanging out in there too and I said, "here's the deal..." and we agreed on the trade without any further paper chase.
Future plans: The AC pulley still squeaks at times so I'm getting a shorter belt, and might be ripping the AC junk out to save weight and have a cleaner appearance. Stay tuned...