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View Poll Results: How much mechanical work do you do yourself on your car?
The Whole Thing: I cast the block myself. 17 19.10%
The Majority: Brakes, radiator flushes, tranny service, timing, etc. 25 28.09%
The Minority: Oil change, Air filter, Spark Plugs, etc. 37 41.57%
The Nothing: I don't even air my up my own tires. 10 11.24%
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Old 10-20-2008, 09:25 PM   #31
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I do the minority, but can do the majority including body work. A shop and tools are what hinders me. That and I have a mechanic a mile away that is experienced, honest and charges (imo) less than what he should.

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Old 10-20-2008, 09:36 PM   #32
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Pretty knowledgeable. I'm on my third Jeep now I've built from stock to crawler. Rebuilt axles, engines, xfer cases. Can weld fairly decent now.

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Old 10-21-2008, 01:46 AM   #33
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My buddy has a 1952 Willys CJ2A. I have helped him do all kinds of work on that old thing. Gotta love the old jeeps.

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Old 10-21-2008, 02:12 AM   #34
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Just sold my 72 Scout II on friday ... hate to see her go!

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Old 10-21-2008, 04:51 AM   #35
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I have done this work myself:

Transmission
Clutch
CV joints
4x wheel bearings
Replacement intake
replacement ecu
replacement exhaust
replaced interior (seats and door cards)
replaced all lights
installed fogs
All oil changes
installed new cam and followers
installed new suspension (coilovers)
replaced stereo system when it failed

And a bunch of other stuff I'm sure I've forgotten over the years.

It's my first car. I got it when I was 19. I've had it for four years, now.

Here's a pic or three.


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Old 10-21-2008, 01:48 PM   #36
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Thats pretty funny, my commuter is a Mk3 Golf

Pretty darn easy to work on, actually been working on rebuilding the head this last week but I haven't been able to find the right valve spring compressor.

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Old 10-22-2008, 08:13 PM   #37
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Thats pretty funny, my commuter is a Mk3 Golf

Pretty darn easy to work on, actually been working on rebuilding the head this last week but I haven't been able to find the right valve spring compressor.
Do you go on VWVortex? That forum is the only reason that I still have my car. They are really easy to work on.

You can use a nylon rope to compress the valve springs.
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:15 PM   #38
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Look at this DIY for a good HOWTO
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Old 10-22-2008, 08:29 PM   #39
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I used to do it all when I owened a Beetle. My payment for the car to my father was doing the engine restore myself. Some sort of appreciation conditioning he considered it.

Once my income level was high enough to buy new and had, untily my current vehicles, never kept them long enough to go out of warranty.

As for the Oil changes it's just a cheap to take it to the $15.00 oil change place. For another $10 they re-charge my air filter too so I don't even do that.

The only real maintenance I do myself is on the Aero. Checking and tightening cables and such, changeing the oil, etc... nothing major. It's just a PITA to drop it off or wait a half day for them to get to it.

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Old 10-22-2008, 08:31 PM   #40
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just routine stuff, oil changes etc. anything that requires the car to stop or go forward, i leave to the guys who know what they're doing.

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