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Yesterday 07:58 PM
mud.man.rj Found that fitment problem w a China door for my 79 Bronco build, had to cut 1/4" from door handle up all the way to top of vent window then weld the door back up to make it fit, never again. learned a leason the hard way, cheap is cheap.
Yesterday 07:28 PM
1971BB427
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Originally Posted by adantessr View Post
The first set of aftermarket new fenders my buddy got for his '67 Camaro fit like they were made for a Ford Pinto. He had to pay a little more but the ones he put on fit right .
When I was rebuilding my '71 Camaro, I needed to fix the passenger front fender, as I nosed it in an accident. I figured I'd be putting a cowl hood on also, so why not do both front fenders, so the chance of aftermarket fitting would be better. I bought both front fenders, hood, upper valance, and radiator support all from the same supplier.
The fit on every part was absolutely horrible, and even holes that mated to each other were so far off that when I bolted the fenders to the upper valance they were 1/4" off from flush. The tabs to mount to the fenders to the firewall were so far off that I couldn't even see the hole through the huge 3/4" hole in the fender bracket! I had to hog out holes, and cut tabs off and relocate them in order to make it all fit.
Then I closed the hood and when I pushed down to latch it, the hood dented in with the pressure of my hand! I had to cut out the support on the back and weld a thing steel sheet behind the hood latch area to enforce the hood and prevent it from bending when I latched the hood after paint!
No matter how bad the original metal is, I'll do whatever it takes to straighten it before I buy aftermarket ever again!
Yesterday 06:47 PM
mud.man.rj
Computor controlled.

On todays cars their are so many grounds and all are important, they are the size of a hair and sooo many, all important too.
Yesterday 04:37 PM
Northstar T computer engine management isn't that complicated to me anymore. but when they start having the lights, radio, brakes, heat/cool system and everything else attached to the computer, THATS when it gets crazy for me

Russ
Yesterday 03:10 PM
mud.man.rj I agree, that is the only way I found help with the caddy we had and my daughters Pontiac G5, just to new to figure it out.
Yesterday 03:00 PM
boothboy All I can say is thank God someone else had the same problem I'm experiencing with my vehicle and posted about it.

BB
Yesterday 02:54 PM
mud.man.rj
New school and old skool.

two totally different lives, new and old school, hard to be both and good at each one, there are a few out there. I build old rides, not hard, engine building, lots of welding, lowering, lifting big mudracers, a lot of work and years of knowledge and many builds of all types but the new school computor work is totally amazingly difficult, even for those that know it. Anything I figure out is mostly from online help, a whole new level. My brain is to old and not large enough for both, appreciate both worlds.
Yesterday 12:42 PM
BOBCRMAN@aol.com
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Originally Posted by deadbodyman View Post
a great mechanic would know the computer is just another tool and have one also..but still how to trouble shoot. the problem is troubleshooting takes time and patience ...rare qualities.

Time after time.. I watch vehicles come into the repair shop and first thing is connect them to a computer.. Only way to diagnose the complicated issues on every system of modern stuff.. Without it these guys are lost.. (so am I!, usually) Some of them don't even know how to start or work on a carbureted car.

Tho I work mostly in the machine shop operation at this business. If it gets slow, I go to the service shop to keep busy..

I tell the boss, I only work on stuff that has the engine mounted in the right direction and no computers.. So I get all the old stuff that the regular repair guys want to pass on..
Yesterday 12:14 PM
shine my brides 2008 chrysler 300 started having starting problems. after being told half a dozen things i decided to reboot the computer. been fine ever since. it is the first thing i try with any computer car .
Yesterday 11:51 AM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by deadbodyman View Post
a great mechanic would know the computer is just another tool and have one also..but still how to trouble shoot. the problem is troubleshooting takes time and patience ...rare qualities.
I am certainly no mechanic but I agree, today, you MUST have a computer to diagnose problems. Hell, you need one to diagnose body issues! Everything from a latch not locking to light not lighting, no kidding, a headlamp not working may be a computer issue!

The days of working on cars without one are OVER. Unless you are only working on pre-computer cars.

Hints the reason I drive a '59 Rambler.

Brian
Yesterday 08:30 AM
boothboy
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Originally Posted by dsraven View Post
you definately should buy some lotto tickets. man, you only win at a tool lotto once. that is awesome. last time i won something was in high school and that was when I had to walk uphill both ways to school and sometimes sleep in a snowbank overnight cuddled up to the horse that i would have to ride to school....by the time we got to school it was time to go home again, ha ha
Same thing here only barefoot.

BB
Yesterday 06:26 AM
deadbodyman
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Originally Posted by adantessr View Post
There is a guy locally touted to be the best auto technician in the country. He says if you don't have a computer you are not a real mechanic. I have fixed many many many things that a computer couldn't help me with. Hence, refer to what you said.
a great mechanic would know the computer is just another tool and have one also..but still how to trouble shoot. the problem is troubleshooting takes time and patience ...rare qualities.
Yesterday 12:07 AM
dsraven you definately should buy some lotto tickets. man, you only win at a tool lotto once. that is awesome. last time i won something was in high school and that was when I had to walk uphill both ways to school and sometimes sleep in a snowbank overnight cuddled up to the horse that i would have to ride to school....by the time we got to school it was time to go home again, ha ha
12-20-2014 10:37 PM
boothboy Bit**hin Kitchen my man! Did you buy any Lotto Tickets?

BB
12-20-2014 09:12 PM
MARTINSR I hit pay dirt today in the man Christmas present dept. I have been looking at one of these cordless impacts and ratchet for a number of months, checking prices shopping the net, different stores, basically just putting off cracking open my wallet. My wrist hurts after twisting screw drivers and ratchets all day long at work, hurts a lot.

Today I went to my favorite REAL hardware store (so cool, it's just a few blocks from my house) and the Milqaukee rep was there. First off I got educated a bit on what I should buy, then the went "thinking about it" (I am so damn cheap). It hit me that first off the place was having a special they pay the sales tax, that would save me about $25, then I thought how when I am 80 if I couldn't hold my coffee cup this $250 wouldn't seem like a whole lot!

I got the cash out of the stash and went back and bought the two. Because I bought a tool the rep had a box of goodies I could pick from, I got a nice set of drill bits for my box at work (all my good stuff stays home). Then I put my name in for a drawing for a work radio. I got home a few hours later and was telling the wife about the present I bought myself and she now doesn't need to get me anything and telling her about the drawing when my cel phone rings, slam bam baby, I won the radio! WHOOO HOOOO!

Brian
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