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kinda OT - Father\'s wrenching wisdom

Like a lot of guys, I picked up a lot of what I know about cars and trucks from my dad. Standing in the garage when I was young, I soaked up the stuff my father said like a sponge.

A few of his bits of wisdom that have stuck out recently...

#1. If you get frustrated with a project, walk away. Frustration leads to broken parts and scraped knuckles. Often a stuck bolt will magically release after a few hours on its own.

#2. Never use a cinderblock to hold the weight of a vehicle. It doesn't take much to crumble one.

#3. Read the directions twice (and understand them) before installing a new part. Lay out the required materials and tools before starting.

#4. Nothing in the world will help like having the right tool for the job. If a job requires a special tool, buy the tool or don't do the project.

#5. Over maintain every engine, especially one that doesn't get a lot of use (chain saws, lawn mowers). Change the fluids, filters, & plugs religiously.

#6. Major project? Take a few Polaroid snapshots at various stages of disassembly for reference.

#7. Cheap tools suck. Buy good tools once, and take care of them.


Any others you would care to share?
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Re: kinda OT - Father\'s wrenching wisdom

My dad taught me how to link all the swears together when things don't go your way.

C----S---ingMothe-F---erG--Da--So-ofa--cking--tcha-sh---sl--....... you get the idea...

Funny thing is I rarely swear but sometimes when the blood sugar is low enough and the situation is stubborn enough; that lesson (perhaps a bad one) rears it's ugly head.
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Re: kinda OT - Father\'s wrenching wisdom

my dad used to always preach to me "don't [email protected] with it if it ain't broke yet".

i never listened to him but over the years i realized what he was getting at and yes it makes sense now....very very clear.
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</font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
my dad used to always preach to me "don't [email protected] with it if it ain't broke yet".

i never listened to him but over the years i realized what he was getting at and yes it makes sense now....very very clear.


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Funny, the one thing I never listened to that my dad alway preached about was "never take a vehicle off road".

I think he had a theory that all vehicles would implode moments after leaving pavement. My first 5 years of wheeling was done in secret, just because of how upset he would get! He could never understand why guys would "take perfectly good trucks and beat them up in the woods".
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Re: kinda OT - Father\'s wrenching wisdom

1) If its stuck, and you don't want it to be, use WD-40 or Liquid Wrench

2) If its not stuck, and you want it to be, use Krazy Glue or Duct Tape.

3) If you're pissed off at a project, and MUST hit it while swearing, use a rubber mallet, as it won't leave dents when you miss your target (Drum brakes especially).
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C----S---ingMothe-F---erG--Da--So-ofa--cking--tcha-sh---sl--....... you get the idea...



[/ QUOTE ] I wonder if your Dad and mine are of the same mold. I learned that very same art form from him at a young age as well.
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Re: kinda OT - Father\'s wrenching wisdom

Maybe there's a kind of inverse proportion here. My Dad taught ne never to swear and never swore himself. He also taught absolutely nothing about wrenching. [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]

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Re: kinda OT - Father\'s wrenching wisdom

I learned the swearing from my Dad and Grandpa (he was an old time heating and cooling guy).

I also learned unfortunately that special tools are over-rated, so you must spend 3 hours trying to get something apart without the special tool [img]images/graemlins/chair.gif[/img]

He is slowly coming around, i think i have actaully taught my dad just as much as he has taught me, Owning a few Unique autos can do that. I also have corrected some of those things like Using a torque wrench, etc.

But i really only learned the basics from my dad, Swearing and Maintance, but the more Major Projects i learn by myself. [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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Re: kinda OT - Father\'s wrenching wisdom

I didnt learn much about wrenching from my dad. He kept telling me it was stupid to put a V8 into a Toyota. Then, I would always catch him showing it off to his friends [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

I get inherit his temper... [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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Re: kinda OT - Father\'s wrenching wisdom

only thing i remember about my dad work on vechiles was he was better at killin people 4 a livin than tryn to fix something thats where id got started he was always screwing the ridinglawn mower up and i b damned if 1 was going to mow a 5 acr yard with a push mower i started to learn how to fix things quick LOL!!! i remember he tried to rebuild a quadrajunk carb 1 time that was the funnest thing i ever saw [img]images/graemlins/cussing.gif[/img] power truck didnt see him coming
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