R.I.P Allan Simonsen
AO Silver Member
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: United Kingdom
depends on the car and the job. i've done (with help of some very good friends) an engine swap on a late model ford mustang, and it started first turn of the key with no leaks, or error codes, but I wont even attempt to change a V6 buso cam belt. (yet)
i'm definitely interested on picking up an old 156 or GTV twin spark to learn on though. I've been tinkering with cars since I was 17, now 32 and never been unable to complete a job. some have been unpleasant (for example making a chevy camaro trans cooler line from scratch on the driveway in the snow on new year eve) or nerve wracking (starting my old escort after doing my first ever DIY cam belt change) but all have been successful. the one thing i learned is that if you have a reasonable understanding of the job in hand, and are methodical and careful, you're generally better than you think.
I'm actually more at home working on bikes, but i've always been a petrol head, its in my blood - there is nothing I can do about it! my finest work was my GPz - it even won an award at a show!
the greatest influence on my mechanical ability was a genial friend of mine, Fat Carl. Carl simply wouldn't help me with a single job, what he'd do is tell me what tool to use, how to use it and what to do, he was an absolute master of the V8 engine, and a supreme hot rodder. having someone with such an encyclopedic knowledge over my shoulder gave me great confidence to tackle jobs larger than i otherwise would. its a fantastic way of learning.
Be judged for the man you are, and the actions of your life, not the book you read or the statue you pray to.......
Never hold a grudge, its a sign of a small, petty person.
Last edited by philoldsmobile; 20-06-10 at 19:34.