Monday, January 12, 2015

We Like Cool Things...

...like this awesome engine rebuild video Stretch sent in. I have no idea who these guys are, but they are good...



I may have mentioned a time or two that I am envious of folks with the mechanical aptitude to take something apart, rebuild it, and put it all back together again so that it works. It's not so much the mechanical aptitude I lack; it's more the patience required to double- and triple check every step to make sure I'm doing it right.

I love cars. Always have. Ever since I was a little boy I've loved everything with wheels and an engine. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, lawn mowers, tractors; you name it, I like it. Hot rods, jacked up pickup trucks, custom motorcycles; there's little out there that doesn't get my interest.

I've never been one for working on cars, though. I guess in a way it's because I know my limitations. I used to install car stereos (*that* I was pretty good at back in the day; I was pretty decent at re-routing wires and hooking up amplifiers and such), and one time, working on a friend's car in his parents' garage, I was having a devil of a time putting the dashboard back together after an install. At one point, I got out of the car and threw the screwdriver down in disgust.

And it stuck. In the concrete floor of the garage.

So yeah, there's a reason I don't do much more than change lights and batteries...

That is all.

7 comments:

Ted said...

Great video of a simple straight forward rebuild.

But I see they suffer from the same nightmare I always have ......... Those strange leftover parts........ Haunting me..... Just what did you forget...... Oh well..... I'll remember just before the large bang...... I hope.

Armed Texan said...

I worked in the service department of a dealership with a couple of marques that commanded premium prices. The heavy line mechanics had a deep drawer or two on their tool chests filled with nuts, bolts, retaining clips, pins, springs, and any other smallish part you can think of, all used. I'm certain that every one of those parts were replaced with new ones from the parts shelf. I also have a bridge for sale.

Evyl Robot Michael said...

I had to explain to our son that it's not strictly normal for a family's primary transportation to have undergone a ring job in the driveway.

Old NFO said...

If it runs, not to worry about those parts on the floor... :-)

John said...

But you do not start as an expert mechanic and repairman.

You start as I did by tuning up my parent's car. It was a very long time ago and involved points, plugs, rotor, etc. And then the car would not start. Quite embarrassing seeing your first tune up being towed to the garage.

And just last week, troubleshooting a small heat press. The element would not heat up. Took the unit apart, labeled all the myriad of wires, took digital photos, removed the labeled wires from the terminal board. Continuity tests and the careful writing down of the results. About two hours into this I find out the setscrew on the temperature knob needed to be tightened. Deep sigh.

And yet I would know far less about car engines and electrical systems if I had not bought that Fiat 850 Spyder.

John in Philly

doubletrouble said...

I hates it when there are parts left over & they don't go on the outside...

Goober said...

Which I think is sad. Good on you for not quitting on perfectly good transportation just because it has a little wear on it.