Well before I used to just pay people to do whatever for me, but now with this project 156 I want to try and learn as much as I can. Whether it be cosmetic or mechanical. Fitting that bloody leather was mental, :lol:
I do it all myself. I did have a matey machanic to do all the heavy duty stuff (gearboxes) and electronics but he hurt himself (electric shock and then a gearbox fell on him ) to he's given that up now..
Did a fairly big repair myself (took 5 weeks), including all bumper off, headlights outs, radiator and fan assembly out etc, but I had a lot of help from my grandad, who stopped being a mechanic sometime in the seventies! :lol:
I normally do brakes myself, not done an oil change on the V6 yet, and little things I do. Re-fitted my own sideskirts, I enjoy messing around with the air intake.. But I wouldn't touch anything big. I don't fancy trying to fit my own shocks and springs when I come to replace these coilovers. I could maybe do it, but I really don't fancy it. I'll probably pay for someone else to do it.
Would never do a clutch or cambelt myself on the V6.
My Dad and I avoid garages at all costs so all work is done at home Its become a great hobby but you can love and hate it. Love the results and the money saving but hate the difficulty of some of the jobs.
I take a pride and pleasure in working on my own car, sometimes I do take cars to a garage, but only when I can't do it myself, usually because I don't have the tack.... Like a cambelt on a V6 - Even with the tack I don't fancy that one...Plus if it goes wrong.
So far I have changed bulbs, oil (but couldn't get the filter off) fitted a st/st exhaust, Maf, power steering pipes, removed the towbar that offended my sense of aesthetic, pollen filter, radiator and messed around with the induction pipes.
I have on previous cars rebuilt the heads and fitted a new camshaft on my Vette, fitted 6 spitfire engines, including a strip and rebuild the last time, to the same car, swapped my Manta 2.0 to a 1.6, rebuilt the 2.0, fitted a Weber carb, and re fitted the engine, oh and resprayed same twice, both times badly
Lots and lots of welding, sills wings floorpans
Swapped engines in an old Chevette, done a clutch on my own in the drive on a Frontera, heater matrix in my Punto, cambelt in the punto, a few assorted starter motors, lots of radiators, brake rebuilds, brake lines, power steering pumps....
My old man was a mechanic, and from age 13 I worked with him a lot at the Garage where he worked, In my first summer holiday working there I swapped, under heavy supervision a Dolomite engine, so I've done a bit:cheese: