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    CelicaSupra.com Member ddd228's Avatar
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    I think that I was 19 when I watched a drive shaft guy do some joints and it blew me away!
    He blew through that thing in no time! Used a hammer and was really fast I thought,at the time.
    It's good to watch an expert!
    It's the "stakes" part that takes away my confidence.
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    I've done crazier stuff and I've spent most my life behind various tools, but I'm in no hurry. We have snow on the ground and I am NOT taking this baby out in slip-n-slide traffic. She'll be rocking by springtime.

    For now, the research will move ahead. Other than the drive shaft I just need to plug up a couple oil leaks and decide what tattered old running gear gets redone first. My 22RE is rock solid but the 5M fires up even better than my truck. It's a wonderful thing.

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    Trust an expert. We don't need any EX-perts,we have plenty of them dudes.
    I used to be one: Suspension and alignments.

    Like I have said to my Dudes:
    If you want something done correctly,go to a professional.

    No,really.
    The 'pros' do it best.
    "I fixed the problem and I'm very proud of my FIX!"

    OK,this has gone beyond PG-13.
    The mods may DELETE this post and I understand.
    Do you want it done right? Go to a professional.
    Boy,do I have stories.

    "Hey ,can you un-F#ck this, after I worked on it?"
    Calipers and U-joints and a hub bearing and the list goes on.
    Aluminum welding? I need help.
    Press a bearing,control arm bushings,machine work.
    Trust a professional to know wtf they are doing,
    correctly.

    Sometimes,I will not trust anyone to work on any part of my car!

    It's really easy to critique someone else's repair work to make yourself feel better about how YOU would do it. It may depend on how accurate and picky you are about how you want the repair work done.

    I would prefer the repair work done the right way.
    That's what these forums are for.
    We can share what we have made mistakes on.
    If mistakes makes ME better,I must be pretty good by now.
    Only if we use those mistakes to learn. Every day.
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    Ha! Not the response I expected in a car mod forum, but to be honest, it's much more my style. Pay the man with the specialty tools and a lift while I sit at home and listen to records over a gallon of coffee.

    My mechanic of choice since my first ride (82 Tercel) is two blocks from my house, putting his shop six whole blocks from the driveline specialists. Some call it a ghetto, but I live in a good area

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    Perhaps some of my comments will apply.
    Pick the ones that apply.
    Choose coffee over beer.
    My main point is to trust an expert. Peace,out.
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    Over the phone the drive train shop owner gave an enthusiastic "oh yeah I have those" when I brought up the staked U joint, so there's that. Taking her in after the new year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mutantcolors View Post
    Ha! Not the response I expected in a car mod forum, but to be honest, it's much more my style. Pay the man with the specialty tools and a lift while I sit at home and listen to records over a gallon of coffee.

    My mechanic of choice since my first ride (82 Tercel) is two blocks from my house, putting his shop six whole blocks from the driveline specialists. Some call it a ghetto, but I live in a good area
    BINGO!

    I'd rather buy the tools I need so I can do the job, BUT I know my limits, of both my skills and my budget. I'm sure I'd enjoy doing my own front and rear alignments, but I can't afford a proper rack, I don't have the space to install one, and I don't have the budget. The "Yardstick and String" method works well enough for me to get the car drivable so I can take it to the alignment shop.

    Pullers and a press to remove and replace things? Sure, I can do that, and afford the tools.

    Paint my own car? Well....I used to have the skills, but no space or budget to build a booth, buy a GOOD compressor and a GOOD spray gun, along with the dryer cannisters, hose, fittings, and other stuff, so when the time comes for that, I'll disassemble and strip the car down to where the body and paint shop can do their job without adding the cost of doing the things I know I can do.

    Life is full of compromises and trade-offs. Knowing how to evaluate them is an important skill.

    Like listening to other people that have "Been There and Done That", something I've always been fairly good at. It's saved me a lot of $$ and grief by realizing "I just can't do that".
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    It's been hovering around 20 degrees for days and snowing. I bought her with a nearly full tank and don't want to have everything just sit all winter, so I figured after limping her home from the rear end diagnosis I'd idle the engine every couple days just to keep things moving.

    It took all of 2 seconds to fire up this evening. This motor sounds fantastic. I sat in the cockpit and just took it in for a good 30 min, watched the temp, ran the defrosters, investigated all the little doodads, checked out the stereo. I'm really glad I adopted this beautiful machine.

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    20*? Crap,I worked on my car last week in 35* and froze my fingers,so I had to run back into my shed to warm up!
    I was rigging up a better reverse light. LED'S,of course!
    Wired it in and it was tested today as I backed into my car port.A little better.
    NO pix of that,just the unit that I used. $10 for two strips of COB's.

    That reminds me,I need to change the oil to 5W-30 for this cold weather. It tends to rattle on start up for 2 seconds with 10W-30.

    I Shoe-Good magnets to test the placement.There was room for may 3 of those strips,if I cut a longer 3/4" aluminum angle.4 would be better.
    I used the same strips for my under hood ghetto fabra-cobble install(3).

    Those are too bright to look at!!!!!

    Someone asked Bob Shapton for some parts,but he was snowed in and couldn't get to his barn!Ontario ,Canada.
    I hate snow! Not much of that in Seattle.
    I use "Hot Hands" inside my gloves,to keep my fingers from freezing.
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    It was 1 degree outside when I got up Saturday. In 6 months it'll be 101 degrees. Welcome to Idaho.

    I've read some talk of LED upgrades. These type of things are on my growing list of ideas. New tires, freshen up suspension/fix the stance, mechanical moonroof, couple spots of rust to look at. Really she's in better shape than I was aware, until I read about some of the cars people pick up on this forum. I could have done much worse.

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