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Old 12-31-2013, 04:06 PM
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I'm at work now twisting up some metal for the trunk.
Nice when the shop is empty and no one is in the way.

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Yes it's very nice to see you doing your beautiful work.

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Old 12-31-2013, 04:41 PM
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I played around most of the day,, But did start to fab up the ladder bars for the 57..

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not a mechanic but man, I've been reading so much on this stuff because my car is acting funky. I remember the old mentor of mine once told me, "To be a good mechanic, you have to know how to read, follow instructions, and get a little experience under your belt. To be a good body tech you have to have the talent to do it. Don't waste your time if you don't have the talent and patience." He was a straight shooter. Always talked the talk but always backed it up with his work, and I think that's important. Anyhow, I'm dying to get to the bottom of this issue with my car but will wait til later this week when I'm at work with the tools to diagnose everything. Now it's basketball and old downtown for a fireworks show with the baby. They have two different fireworks show too. One for family at 8pm and one at midnight for all the drunks and gang bangers-lol
Hmmm? The next time I get a Mercedes in with a automatic air combined with the hydraulic automatic suspension system thats a intermittent problem I'll give you and your mentor a call. Maybe you'll be able to use some of your talent to help me out. Sometimes just having a little patience and book learning just isn't quite enough.

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not a mechanic but man, I've been reading so much on this stuff because my car is acting funky. I remember the old mentor of mine once told me, "To be a good mechanic, you have to know how to read, follow instructions, and get a little experience under your belt. To be a good body tech you have to have the talent to do it. Don't waste your time if you don't have the talent and patience." He was a straight shooter. Always talked the talk but always backed it up with his work, and I think that's important. Anyhow, I'm dying to get to the bottom of this issue with my car but will wait til later this week when I'm at work with the tools to diagnose everything. Now it's basketball and old downtown for a fireworks show with the baby. They have two different fireworks show too. One for family at 8pm and one at midnight for all the drunks and gang bangers-lol


A LITTLE talent and your a mechanic i think not.

a little talent you can get a job at Maco ,but that doesnt make you a painter or Bodyman either,
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I've been a mechanic all my life and still know very little in the great scheme of things even though I have enough work coming in I really don't need to go looking for a "job" because most people in my town know me and refuse to go to the garages/ dealerships. If you feel you can just open a book and miraculously become a mechanic, You've got a lot to learn and need to be taken down off your high horse. The most dangerous mechanics out there are the ones who feel as you do and go tackle some major problems leaving a mess for a REAL tech to fix after you have screwed up royally.

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Torque plate honed a BBC 512 CI for a customer build.
Will power wash for final mock up and then start assembly.
Getting ready to ring in the new year latter this evening.

Happy New Year to all!!
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Old 12-31-2013, 06:13 PM
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You can tell I am hard pressed for something to brag on tonight.

I did spend some time cleaning up my filthy shop and made a cover for the bead roller drive motor. It needed to be done for both electrical safety as well keeping dirt and grit out of the plastic worm gear.

Five minutes spent in the wrong place.

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Spent some time outside in - 20* C working on electrical issues on a friends '92 GMC. Wiring is hacked all to bits on the old girl along with the distributor being loose, but I was able to get it to a point where they will be able to drive it
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You can tell I am hard pressed for something to brag on tonight.

I did spend some time cleaning up my filthy shop and made a cover for the bead roller drive motor. It needed to be done for both electrical safety as well keeping dirt and grit out of the plastic worm gear.

Five minutes spent in the wrong place.

John

Looks awesome John. I need to get my wheel mounted (what exactly I will do with it I don't know) and my planishing hammer. As of right now on the truck I won't be doing much fab work so it isn't a big priority but darn after watching you I want to see what I can do.

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Old 12-31-2013, 07:18 PM
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Hmmm? The next time I get a Mercedes in with a automatic air combined with the hydraulic automatic suspension system thats a intermittent problem I'll give you and your mentor a call. Maybe you'll be able to use some of your talent to help me out. Sometimes just having a little patience and book learning just isn't quite enough.

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I don't own a Mercedes or plan too. I just care to do minor repairs on my cars, and for that I do think I got a handle on it.
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A LITTLE talent and your a mechanic i think not.

a little talent you can get a job at Maco ,but that doesnt make you a painter or Bodyman either,
Thank god I don't work at Maaco. Crappy techs don't last at my shop.

Keep in mind, I'm not a mechanic, just doing what satisfies my needs.
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I've been a mechanic all my life and still know very little in the great scheme of things even though I have enough work coming in I really don't need to go looking for a "job" because most people in my town know me and refuse to go to the garages/ dealerships. If you feel you can just open a book and miraculously become a mechanic, You've got a lot to learn and need to be taken down off your high horse. The most dangerous mechanics out there are the ones who feel as you do and go tackle some major problems leaving a mess for a REAL tech to fix after you have screwed up royally.
good for you. Who said I wanted to be a mechanic? My mentor is a mechanic and a tech. He seems to think being a body man is more harder and less rewarding.

I recall posting something up about the shop we do work for, which is the best restoration shop in Sacramento(it makes a couple people mad to say that), and a couple haters, I mean members, were talking about them just being "part swappers". I don't recall any mechanics on here getting mad about that.
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I made up a few steel panels for the trunk today.

I wasn't happy with the beads so I made up a new die as well.
The one on left was the cobbled together die.
I will check it out tomorrow.
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I made up a few steel panels for the trunk today.

I wasn't happy with the beads so I made up a new die as well.
The one on left was the cobbled together die.
I will check it out tomorrow.
You are definitely cheating Pugs. You are spending way more than 5 minutes a day in the garage. You are really making some of us look bad!

Keep up the good work. Thanks for the pics.

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Old 12-31-2013, 09:16 PM
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there are only a few masters. The rest just think they are masters. I didn't mean to offend anyone but this is the same site where people said the guys I do restorations for are "part swappers". They are also mechanics but none of you guys said anything about that.

I should have just called mechanics part swappers just to see how you guys would react. that would have been telling.

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