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Old 05-08-2003, 10:57 AM
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Alright,(gotta love how I start every topic with that word)A freind of my freind's wants me to build this motor for him.Its a SBC 400. I'm really not sure I should be doing this.For one I'm not an engine builder,I'm just a Joe Blow who has built a couple motors for my self and I don't want to feel obligated to pull and fix this motor if it crapsout on my build.For two most of my work winds up taking three times as long cause everythings a fumbled circus of forgeting were I put things and forgeting to pick up gaskets and bolts etc... and usually winds up costing me 7 trips to the store.And for three lately I have no desire to evan work on my own car,which has a new engine in it that still isn't fired yet.
Problem is I told my freind and he seems to think I should still build this thing.I think they got a little more faith in me than they should.Not to mention by the time I get done forgetting to pick up parts and walking in circles looking for my ratchet that I just had in my hand 2 minutes ago,thay could have had it done right by a machine shop.
If they gotta b parts and have the machine work done any way how much more could it cost for assembly as compared to what I would have to charge??Machine work aside whats the going rate for disassembly and reassembly??Oh and of course I didn't mention that the motors seized right now with rusted cylinders from sitting outdoors.

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Old 05-08-2003, 11:24 AM
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hell, (i start every reply with that) you talked me out of doing it! forgetaboutit! if you dont have time for yourself dont take on work for somebody else! i think assembly runs anywhere from a hun to a buck and a half <img src="graemlins/nono.gif" border="0" alt="[nono]" />
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Old 05-08-2003, 10:13 PM
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Just apologize to them and say "You know, I'd love to be able to help you out, but I really don't have the time to do the job right now. I have several things of my own that I have left sitting on the back burner for too long"
Then I would refer them to a quality professional. Or you could also tell them that they should really try to do it theirself and offer (some) assistance if they get stuck with a problem.
You are asking for some headaches and possible loss of a friendship by taking on a rebuild with a seized motor.
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Old 05-09-2003, 07:26 AM
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Weimer's got the idea, offer to "give" advice if they need it. The neighbor kid wanted me to install a clutch in his 1999 Explorer, I told him I would "help" him. Went over to his house the morning of the job, showed him which bolts to take out first, told him to call me when he was done and walked back to my house. He made it to the header bolts (about 20 min) and gave up. I don't mind helping folks if they help themselves but I ain't doing it for them. Been there, done that. Dan
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Old 05-09-2003, 08:46 AM
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The same goes for computer repairs.

My standard answer is...

"Sorry, I don't know nuttin bout puters or cars. I can check the oil for ya though!"
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Old 05-10-2003, 06:22 AM
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My neighbor wants to buy my boat. One of the main reasons that I'm selling it is because I don't have time for it any more. His wife asked me the other day if I would help them fix it if it broke, I told her no if I wanted to work on it I would keep it. I hate to do that to friends, but I already have 3 different people that want to buy it & 2 of them are private buyers that don't know that I do mechanic work.

The main thing is why work on someone else's project when you have your own project that isn't even done yet.
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Old 05-10-2003, 06:37 AM
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I'm not gonna say that I haven't stuck my neck out here and there on a few jobs, much worse when I first started out because I was out to learn everything I could and being young I always felt I had to prove my abilities. As I got older I realized one day I didn't need to prove squat to anyone and started eliminating all 'charity' work. Nowadays I'll still help out my best friends when I can, but most of the people I help are those friends that have already helped me in the past. I just don't need the money or the headaches enough to lose what little free time I have in this life.


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you would have to do it in a week or so , so you dont loose parts.if you cant get it in and out , like wheel bearings, or brake pads, leave it alone, a few quick bucks is o.k.but dont get involved with someone elses nightmare. mike.
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I usually tell them the warm weather is my time, if you want something done ask me in November.
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