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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?