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-King-
06-10-2012, 10:00 PM
What's the most advanced thing you've ever done on a car? Are you a complete car genius and can rebuild any car, or are you a n00b who can barely put gas in the car?

I'm not savvy when it comes to cars. For the most part my dad fixes what needs to be fixed and I'm more of the helper doing the basics. The most advanced thing I think I've done is change the serpentine belt on a couple cars.

MOhillbilly
06-10-2012, 10:06 PM
I'm a rocket surgeon. Cars ain't Shit.

LiveSteam
06-10-2012, 10:11 PM
18436572 Thats the duration of it.

Baconeater
06-10-2012, 10:13 PM
The most extensive repair I've ever done probably was a cylinder head replacement on an '82 Ford Escort. Did a couple engine swaps in a GTO as well.

I do most repairs myself...brakes, starters, fuel pumps etc. We did take the wife's camry in to have the timing belt changed, NFW was I going to try to do that.

Baconeater
06-10-2012, 10:14 PM
18436572 Thats the duration of it.
Ah, the firing order of a breaker-point ignition V8. I miss those days.

Gadzooks
06-10-2012, 10:16 PM
The most advanced things I've ever done on a car have involved ladies. Much like them, I've never looked under the front hood thingy.

LiveSteam
06-10-2012, 10:24 PM
Ah, the firing order of a breaker-point ignition V8. I miss those days.

WTH was that thing I rebuilt in Greg's girlfriends garage? Tempo wasn't it? Everything but the crank cam out of that car.

Baconeater
06-10-2012, 10:26 PM
WTH was that thing I rebuilt in Greg's girlfriends garage? Tempo wasn't it? Everything but the crank cam out of that car.
If it's the car I'm thinking of it was one of those shitty Chevy/Toyota Nova things from the 80s.

LiveSteam
06-10-2012, 10:32 PM
If it's the car I'm thinking of it was one of those shitty Chevy/Toyota Nova things from the 80s.

It was a late 80s POS

Rain Man
06-10-2012, 10:37 PM
I know how to hotwire a 1965 Mustang and I know how to program stations into my radio. That's about it.

Kyle DeLexus
06-10-2012, 10:45 PM
18436572 Thats the duration of it.

Holy shit you have over 18 million miles on your car?

That should show how much I know about cars.

BigMeatballDave
06-10-2012, 11:02 PM
I can do all the basic stuff. Oil change, brakes, belts, coolant.

BigMeatballDave
06-10-2012, 11:04 PM
20 yrs ago I used to help my dad and friends change engines and transmissions but I doubt I could do it now.

On newer cars today, I want no part of it.

JD10367
06-11-2012, 06:12 AM
I know how to drive my car to the repair shop.

Seriously, I'm pretty sure I could work on a car, but I've always been a city boy and both a garage to work in and tools to work with have never been available. And cars today are so complicated it's ridiculous. Try to change the oil and you may find either a.) the filter is practically inaccessible without a lift and/or b.) there's no oil pan and you need a vacuum device to suck the oil out. It's ridiculous.

JASONSAUTO
06-11-2012, 06:44 AM
i know a little.

and if i dont know i can figure it out...

El Jefe
06-11-2012, 08:19 AM
i know a little.

and if i dont know i can figure it out...

Heh.


To answer the OP. My dad who owns our shop is the most gifted automotive tech I have ever seen or been around. It doesn't matter what it is he can fix it. He is the best transmission rebuilder out here. His modification abilities are unreal, he truly has a mechanical ability. I on the other hand, am better in the front office. Sure I can work on cars if I have too, but I am not gifted at it.

boogblaster
06-11-2012, 08:23 AM
used to do it all on the older cars .. new cars .. f *** that .....

MIAdragon
06-11-2012, 08:29 AM
I know enough to get me in trouble and make my repair cost 2X what it would have been if had just taken it to a pro to begin with.

Deberg_1990
06-11-2012, 08:30 AM
oh, ive done a few brake jobs, oil changes, and replaced spark plugs over the years.....mainly when i was younger. I know how cars work, but these days i just prefer to pay someone else to do the maintenance for me.

Old Dog
06-11-2012, 08:36 AM
used to do it all on the older cars .. new cars .. f *** that .....

+1

El Jefe
06-11-2012, 08:39 AM
used to do it all on the older cars .. new cars .. f *** that .....

Even though I work at a transmission shop, I agree with your sentiment. My 63 Buick or 79 Cutlass, I can stay after hours and work on. Anything new you really have to work on them a lot to be knowledgeable enough about a wide range of them.

rageeumr
06-11-2012, 08:39 AM
I have changed an alternator or 3 in my life. That's probably the extent of my mechanical prowess.

Frazod
06-11-2012, 08:50 AM
oh, ive done a few brake jobs, oil changes, and replaced spark plugs over the years.....mainly when i was younger. I know how cars work, but these days i just prefer to pay someone else to do the maintenance for me.

Pretty much this. The most complex thing I've done is replace the rotors and pads on my old Cutlass, under strict supervision. That was about 25 years ago.

ct
06-11-2012, 08:53 AM
If they work right, it gets me from A->B. I exaggerate a lil, but not much.

Saulbadguy
06-11-2012, 09:20 AM
I know enough not to get ripped off.

REDHOTGTO
06-11-2012, 10:00 AM
18436572 Thats the duration of it.

chevy's firing order ,
gimme any old car i can handle it, hate the computer crap on new cars can barely do anything. i rebuild old cars and do bodywork as my 2nd job, have for 34yrs, but this new crap is horrible.

Ultra Peanut
06-11-2012, 10:01 AM
CARS GO VROOM

cdcox
06-11-2012, 10:10 AM
I've done brakes, alternators, radiators, heater cores, water pumps, belts, hoses, radios, ignition switches, headlamps, tune ups, oil changes and a little bondo body work. I can still do most of this on my '94 F150, but wouldn't try much more than an oil change or brake pads on our Altima. Nothing too advanced.

tooge
06-11-2012, 10:42 AM
up until this year, mostly just brakes, alternator, a few belts, little bs like that. I'm now in the process of restoring an 1948 CJ2a. It is as simple as pie and easy to access compared to anything built in the last 40 years. Hardest part is getting 65 year old nuts and bolts freed up

El Jefe
06-11-2012, 12:14 PM
up until this year, mostly just brakes, alternator, a few belts, little bs like that. I'm now in the process of restoring an 1948 CJ2a. It is as simple as pie and easy to access compared to anything built in the last 40 years. Hardest part is getting 65 year old nuts and bolts freed up

Put some elbow grease on it Nancy!!!! /Frank Barone/Everybody loves Raymond.

MIAdragon
06-11-2012, 12:16 PM
up until this year, mostly just brakes, alternator, a few belts, little bs like that. I'm now in the process of restoring an 1948 CJ2a. It is as simple as pie and easy to access compared to anything built in the last 40 years. Hardest part is getting 65 year old nuts and bolts freed up


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tooge
06-11-2012, 12:17 PM
Put some elbow grease on it Nancy!!!! /Frank Barone/Everybody loves Raymond.

heh, thats what I started with, and ended up with lots of broken bolts and screws and alot of missing knuckle skin. I've been pretty successful with PB Blaster and have a torch if need be.

Radar Chief
06-11-2012, 12:21 PM
heh, thats what I started with, and ended up with lots of broken bolts and screws and alot of missing knuckle skin. I've been pretty successful with PB Blaster and have a torch if need be.

A pneumatic impact breaks them off with less lost knuckle skin.

El Jefe
06-11-2012, 12:25 PM
A pneumatic impact breaks them off with less lost knuckle skin.

Yeah, but he may not want to invest in that and a compressor.

MIAdragon
06-11-2012, 12:26 PM
heh, thats what I started with, and ended up with lots of broken bolts and screws and alot of missing knuckle skin. I've been pretty successful with PB Blaster and have a torch if need be.

a cutoff wheel works wonders on anything that those wont move.

Radar Chief
06-11-2012, 12:27 PM
Yeah, but he may not want to invest in that and a compressor.

Hes got an old Jeep, might as well start investing in good tools now because they will get used. ;)

MIAdragon
06-11-2012, 12:33 PM
Hes got an old Jeep, might as well start investing in good tools now because they will get used. ;)

and beer, lots o beer.

Reerun_KC
06-11-2012, 12:34 PM
Restore cars from ground up.

Have restored and sold
1984 Z28 Camaro
1972 Chevy 3 door surburban
1973 Chevy Pickup

Currently restoring
1983 Z28 Camaro
1969 Camaro

loochy
06-11-2012, 01:46 PM
Yeah, but he may not want to invest in that and a compressor.

A compressor is a very useful investment. You can attach all sorts of tools to that thing.

AndChiefs
06-11-2012, 01:50 PM
Let's see...I've replaced the headlights, taillights, changed oil, and put in gas. Whichever one of those is harder.

AndChiefs
06-11-2012, 01:50 PM
Oh. Also windshield wipers. :)

mlyonsd
06-11-2012, 01:56 PM
Restore cars from ground up.

Have restored and sold
1984 Z28 Camaro
1972 Chevy 3 door surburban
1973 Chevy Pickup

Currently restoring
1983 Z28 Camaro
1969 Camaro
73 Chevy Pickup? That was the first vehicle I ever bought. C10 3 on the tree. I've been looking for one.

Mr. Laz
06-11-2012, 02:22 PM
Basics ... fluids,brake pads,belts,radiator,points,plugs

some body work


although now with all this computer crap in cars i don't feel like i know much at all

HemiEd
06-11-2012, 02:52 PM
I would put myself in the "above average" category. :D Cars have been my main obsession sine I was five.

Starting at post 21 in this thread of radar's (http://chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=153891) I documented my thirteenth and next to last restoration. I am done with that now, scratched that itch until it became a sore.

I enjoyed the car show deal for a while, then got bored as heck with it and built a drag car. Won the money, and the Pro Points at Wichita International Raceway in 88. Had the 67 Barracuda running low tens on a pretty low budget.

Buehler445
06-11-2012, 03:24 PM
I'm not dumb but I don't do much. If you have to plug a computer into it or the heads have to come off or the transmission has to come open, I'm pretty much done. I don't have a computer, or a clean enough environment to do it in.

And if you bitches think cars are complicated, you should buy a goddamn combine.


heh, thats what I started with, and ended up with lots of broken bolts and screws and alot of missing knuckle skin. I've been pretty successful with PB Blaster and have a torch if need be.

I hate that shit. I've had A LOT better luck with about any other penetrating oil not named WD-40.

Munson
06-11-2012, 03:26 PM
I don't know sh*t about working on cars. I wish I knew how, though.

Baconeater
06-11-2012, 04:33 PM
I hate that shit. I've had A LOT better luck with about any other penetrating oil not named WD-40.Probably because WD-40 isn't really penetrating oil at all. It's a water displacement chemical.

JASONSAUTO
06-11-2012, 04:38 PM
Oh and kano kroil is the best penetrating oil out there... Followed closely by Gibbs.
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JASONSAUTO
06-11-2012, 04:42 PM
Basically if it runs I can fix it.

Cars, trucks, hell I fixed a couple tractors in the last few Weeks.

I can fix cars as old as they go.

I can fix a brand new car.

I have over a hundred thousand in tools, and that's not counting my lifts, alignment machine, tire machine, balancer, brake lathe, press, drill press, AC machine, compressor, the list goes on and on...

today I worked on a 65 impala, then walked over to a 2011 f150.

That's how my days go.
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Mr. Laz
06-11-2012, 05:31 PM
Basically if it runs I can fix it.

Cars, trucks, hell I fixed a couple tractors in the last few Weeks.

I can fix cars as old as they go.

I can fix a brand new car.

I have over a hundred thousand in tools, and that's not counting my lifts, alignment machine, tire machine, balancer, brake lathe, press, drill press, AC machine, compressor, the list goes on and on...

today I worked on a 65 impala, then walked over to a 2011 f150.

That's how my days go.
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i have a 89 pontiac trans am gta that's been in storage for several years.

it's doesn't start now

I should bring it to you

I assume it's just clogged fuel injectors

JASONSAUTO
06-11-2012, 05:36 PM
i have a 89 pontiac trans am gta that's been in storage for several years.

it's doesn't start now

I should bring it to you

I assume it's just clogged fuel injectors

Probably bad gas.

Or a faulty fuel pump from sitting.
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Psyko Tek
06-11-2012, 06:14 PM
I found out yesterday the shifting linkage from a 93 dakota fits a 74 Valiant
and is one hell of a lot cheaper

Valiant
06-11-2012, 06:20 PM
My skill ended with my 90 Ranger..

Too much electronic shit now.. Now my skill resides in a quality mechanic I trust in the Northland..

JASONSAUTO
06-11-2012, 06:43 PM
I will also say , after reading about torches and penetrant, that the induction heater with some adapters is one of the better items I have purchased in the last few years.

awesome tool
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HemiEd
06-11-2012, 08:14 PM
I will also say , after reading about torches and penetrant, that the induction heater with some adapters is one of the better items I have purchased in the last few years.

awesome tool
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I could never do what you have done, work on cars for a living and the general public's stuff. It is physically and mentally demanding, to say the least.

I remember at the time you joined, it was pretty ironic for me. One of my best buds owns Jason's Automotive in Kansas. In 20 years he has gone from his own garage, to owning a 5 bay shop, and all that goes with it.

Psyko Tek
06-11-2012, 09:53 PM
also found out tonight if you drop a rubber bushing that bitch is heading for a region between the frame and body nobody has ever or will ever see

Baconeater
06-11-2012, 09:55 PM
also found out tonight if you drop a rubber bushing that bitch is heading for a region between the frame and body nobody has ever or will ever see
That also applies to any tool dropped into the engine compartment.

ghak99
06-11-2012, 11:27 PM
I went through an automotive training course for a couple years in high school and competed on a couple national level ford mustang mechanics teams. Thank god my parents and a Chevy dealer shop foreman I interned with talked me out of that career path. The skills I learned have been very valuable with everything from restoring older cars, building my 87 stang, racing motocross, and inspecting my own and families vehicles before purchasing... but I'm damn glad they persuaded me out of that career path.

I enjoy the occasional mechanics job and tearing into the farm machinery when something goes down, but I would hate to be turning a wrench for a living. I could probably handle the electronic part of the newer cars, but some of the part replacement procedures pisses me off just thinking about it.

TinyEvel
06-11-2012, 11:33 PM
I owned aircooled VW's most of my life. Done just about everything on them except for rebuild the longblock. Done engine swaps, transaxle swaps, brakes, body work, electrical, etc.

When I was in high school we lowered my friends bug almost to the ground just by figuring out the suspension.

I've done basic stuff on my newwer cars, bulb replacement, battery replacement, etc.

I bought the stuff to change my own oil, did it once, then figured with the time spent shopping for oil/filter, doing it, then disposal, it was WAY easier and better just to go to JiffyLube. Only inconvenience is having to tell them f*ck no every time they come in asking me if I want a crapload of extra suggested services. "Automatic transmission fluush"... nlm