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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 10-19-2008, 01:22 AM   #21
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So in a sense you've swapped your automotive tools for HB tools.
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Old 10-19-2008, 07:23 AM   #22
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That's right by me.

I'm a fully qualified mechanic and spent 5 years professionally restoring classic cars.
I prefer to pay someone else now.
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:59 AM   #23
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From years of owning a POS car that I spent way too many hours working on and swearing at, I have found that I absolutely hate cars and will gladly pay to have someone work on them for me. The frustration is too much for me to handle working on the goddamn things.
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:13 AM   #24
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I take care of all the maintenance on our vehicles and have done brakes, shocks, etc. Easy when my dad has the lift and all of the tools.

 
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Old 10-19-2008, 12:54 PM   #25
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It may come as a surprise to everyone that I am a professional mechanic...

The only thing I won't do myself is body work... just don't have the 'artistic eye' for it. I am a master tech & GM World Class Technician so mechanically, there isn't much I can't do. I just don't trust other people with my cars. SWMBO likes to tell her friends when the discussion turns to buying cars, that she is only allowed to buy a Chevy(we have leased new cars for her for the last 9 years) because I wouldn't be able to do the warranty work on it!
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Old 10-19-2008, 01:01 PM   #26
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From years of owning a POS car that I spent way too many hours working on and swearing at, I have found that I absolutely hate cars and will gladly pay to have someone work on them for me. The frustration is too much for me to handle working on the goddamn things.

I think I may have some masochistic tendencies. When I was a kid, I had this 70 Camaro that put out waaaay too much torque for the weak secondary sprag in its TH-350 transmission.

A normal person would have purchased a TH-400 or would have replaced the sprag with a steel one. My solution? Continuously replacing the sprag with a stock one.

On the upside, I can change the transmission in a 70-81 Camaro in exactly 60 minutes.
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Old 10-19-2008, 02:45 PM   #27
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I've done engine rebuilds in the past and used to do most of the work on my vehicles. I still do the motorcycle, lawn tractor, post master, and other small engine stuff. For the van, I'll do purely mechanical stuff; but I'm not messing with a 30,000 psi computerized, common rail injection diesel.
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Old 10-20-2008, 02:32 AM   #28
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Ive done all the work on the cars Ive owned (3 at this point) and on my motorcycle. I got my first car at age 14 for free and had to do an engine swap, which wasnt that big of a deal (my sister and Id been rotating tires, fixing belts and doing oil changes starting at age 8.)

Lack of a lift in my fathers garage prevents us from doing major undercarriage work, but we can basically do as much work as our free time allows us. We also have a top notch VW mechanic for when we dont have time to maintain the fleet, but my parents will be sending my mom's Prius to the dealership for any work other than oil and tire changes!

 
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Old 10-20-2008, 06:06 AM   #29
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Engine, transmission, axle, suspension and a big brake conv.

I have a little over 20,000 in tools.

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Old 10-20-2008, 08:22 PM   #30
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Do all my own work, my workbench actually right now is covered in a dismantled manual trans that i'm rebuilding for my daily commuter car. Pretty much the only thing I don't work on is my wife's volvo just because they are very picky about who does what to preserve the warranty. But once it hits 36k it's all mine.
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