My dad’s masterpiece: FIAT Night Before Christmas

‘Twas the night before Christmas, and out in the shed Sat a tired old FIAT, its battery dead

Its fenders were rusted, the floorpan had holes The seats and the carpets had been eaten by voles

The tires had dry-rot, the gas tank was leaking A turn of the wheel sent tie rods a-creaking.

So I put on my coat with a weight on my heart, And went out to the shed to get it to start.

The engine turned over–there arose such a clatter! I knew from the sound it was water pump chatter.

From under the dashboard there came a bright flash: The wiring harness had just turned to ash!

“I’ve had it with Spiders!” I finally swore “Enough is too much! I can’t take anymore!”

When what to my red, teary eyes should appear But a little Italian (hell, I need a beer!) “Buon giorno,” he said, poking me in the belly. “You needa my help? I’m Gianni Agnelli.

“This one can be saved; there’s no reason to grieve. All you need is some faith–Man, you gotta believe!

“A hammer! Some duct tape! Get me more tools! When you work on these cars, just make up-a da rules! We’ll get her cranked over—no way that she’ll stall (But stand over there wit’ you back to the wall.)

A cough and a sputter, the cacophony stunning– I couldn’t believe it! The damn thing was running!

The ghost winked at me and said, kicking a tire, “Whatever you do, DO NOT TOUCH THIS WIRE!”

The old man then vanished amid sneezes and farts But when the smoke cleared he had left me some parts.

So I opened the shed door and let the top down Put pedal to metal and went out on the town.

And I thought to myself as I missed second gear Merry Christmas to All and a Happy New Year!

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It’s Monday now and I checked this morning and I could see that the reservoir is completely frozen solid. I topped it up with some neat winter fluid. I know nothing about cars. Is there anything I can do to hurry it along?

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I totally understand his point but if I was the buyer I would want to test drive it before I buy. Yet, I also don’t want to be driven around in my car by some stranger. What should I do?

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