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Old 03-31-2013, 11:11 PM
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this ain't no fun no more.

rented a tranny jack to take out my trans and transfer case, which i tried to do together.
it was a beautiful sunny day, just right for long postponed clutch repairs. so the trans comes out just fine and then falls off the jack, which wasn't made for what i am doing anyway. $35/day for this pos.

clutch is covered with oil, so i take off the cheap ***** oil pan to replace the gasket. i have had this one piece sbc gasket in the box for years.

so now i am dirtier than i have ever been. only got half way done, have to take off tomorrow to try and get it back together. i am sore all over, esp shoulder blades from the cement, even tho carpet covered. my shoulders feel like they are going to pop out of their sockets, and i just don't like how the day went. this crap used to be fun, i would always look forward to springing the clock forward for the longer days to actually do stuff. now i am thinking sell all the car crap, those new cars are looking like driving one of them is how i really want to spend my time. not working on old junk, esp when nobody is there to help, teach, or give a crap. 57 years old guys, just the thought of undoing those 100ft lb. flywheel bolts is enough to make me cringe. first thing tomorrow i have to take back the 11" clutch and pressure plate i bought because mine is 12". i think i had enuf.

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Old 04-01-2013, 12:01 AM
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I have a lot of these days, which probably lends itself to me being inexperienced compared to a lot of other guys on here. I guess the end justifies the means most of the time.
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Old 04-01-2013, 03:13 AM
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It's fun when you don't have to do it.
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Old 04-01-2013, 05:29 AM
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Bull...I am 60 years old....My shoulders feel like that every day now.....lol

I did an oil change on Sat and my SILs brakes yesterday....I can hardly move this morning.....I need a lift.
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You ought to try it on a gravel driveway on a slope. I'm 52 and feeling it more and more every day it seems. Really looking foward to another season of mowing/weedeating. NOT
But then what would we do with all those tools we bought over the years? All the knowledge we gained the hard way?
Don't you get a bit of satisfaction knowing that you took on the challenge, by yourself no less, and got it done the right way?
I don't know if its as fun as it used to be, but its better than letting someone that could care less get their hands on it, and do who knows what, for an outragous amount, not knowing if they really replaced a part, or just tightened a loose screw, and charged you for the part. And if anyone is going to hit my stuff with a hammer, its gonna be me.
By the way bullheimer, nice looking truck!
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Old 04-01-2013, 06:27 PM
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I feel your pain Bull.....Literally. Working as a Mechanic/technician is like taking your body to the demolition derby each day.It aint easy.
I still love working on the Pontiac , but I am getting closer to done....and real glad about that.
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My Camaro is in paint jail. The thrash to get it there almost killed me. Shoulder sockets, elbow joints, and my knees, OMG my knees. Only under car stuff left is changing front springs to lower it an inch. Ahhhhhhhh, I can't wait for the day. Like TI said, it's a lot more fun when you don't have to do it but want to do it. When I get it back, I hope somebody offers me like $35K for it. Watch how fast I bee line it to the Chevy Dealer and buy a new Z28
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Old 04-03-2013, 01:08 PM
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sucks gettin old yeah? crap! i hope i die before i hit 80. all my uncle did for 10 years was complain about everything! and he didn't do anything!

i agree, it is fun if you don't HAVE to do it, but i HAD to do it too, and have never done a clutch change on a 4x4. i really didn't know having an oil leak could spell death for a clutch. Mine seemed so well protected. not! But yes, certainly glad i don't have to do this stuff every day!!

Buster, you used the term, Paint Jail, that is what i called it when my camaro was there! check out my journal, its all 72 camaro. took him six months. I had to sell it to pay the painter: $8000 on a $4500 quote. Fortunately, back then the market was real hot, it was a true SS and i got 22K for it.
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Old 04-03-2013, 08:17 PM
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I do this crap everyday, for the past 40 years. Its not easy but If you have the right tools, lifts, jacks and knowledge you can do it. I love it when a guy says Ill do it myself and save some money. A man has got to know his limitations. I do what I know I can do. I dont do screens,body work, roofs or my own taxes. Sometimes you are better off paying someone.
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the only reason i do so much of the work on my cars these days is for one reason only.
i am poor.
if i had bucks i wouldnt do anything but an occaisional tune up.
my problem is.
i dont like working on cars.
but i simply LOVE driving unusual vehicles!
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before I start , I stretch and rub on some bengay or other ..
then when half way through. pop 2 advil.. the muscle med(bengay or 454) and the stretching help big time.. then I take a hot shower and another coat of the muscle cream.. makes a huge difference..
lots of guys sware by those cordless impact drivers, my biggest problem is getting back up.. lol
my creeper is so cozy I don't want to get up. just take a nap..
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:26 AM
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drink water and stay in shape. very important to do. I get exercise from playing basketball. It's so fun you forget you're working out. Much better and easier than jogging on a treadmill. I'm about to be 38 but still get carded for beer. When I stopped skateboarding for two years I did nothing to exercise and I felt it take its toll. So when I started playing ball the energy and cramps went away. As far as water goes, people seem to forget how great it can be and how it can give you instant energy. Sometimes when it's not hot I forget to replenish and on Thursday I start to feel tired and question my sleep but then just get water and it cures everything.
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Old 04-04-2013, 11:58 PM
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I use beer instead of water but I need the antifreeze, lol yep some exercise is a good plan too.

If I had to crawl under on cold gravel I would trough in the towel. There is no shade tree around here, for 6 or 7 months a year just a cold miserable frozen piece of earth. I can put up with allot of grease and dirt and sore back busted nuckle dirt in your eye but at minus 20 no thanks.

Bull I hope you get this thing beat before it beats you. Something tells me you will come out ahead
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Old 04-06-2013, 10:20 AM
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Bull I used to think that getting dirty was all part of the fun. I did something to my right shoulder shoveling fertilizer last spring so for over a year it has been bothering me. Sometimes it's just my shoulder and half my neck that hurts, sometimes the pain goes clear down my right arm and the pain gets very intense and sometimes my shoulder an half my neck is numb. Some days I can hardly shift my truck but it's with me all the time. The numbness is the weirdest feeling of all. I told my doctor, they took some x-rays and they say it's arthritis. All they can do is give me a shot at some specialist's office and I'm not real thrilled with that idea. I figured that I'm going to be in pain if I sit in a chair and complain or if I get out and do whatever I want to do so I might as well be getting something done. We aren't getting any younger and we are going to have pain along the way but I think it's better than the alternative as far as I know. I'm not in any big hurry to die and find out, I'm going to hang around as long as I possibly can. I'm hoping I can still turn a wrench when I'm 100.
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Jacks.....

I use a MOTORCYCLE LIFT to remove transmissions,bought at SEARS ,less than $125.00.pad is ABOUT 14 inches by 20 inches,(i did not measure) this is off the top of my head,BUT,it works great...
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