I work on cars, therefore I hate myself

B

bootlegdsm

#1
anybody else here punish themselves for living by working on cars? just when i think my life might be worth living, i find myself under the hood of my car again....usually accompanied by bleeding, crying, sometimes passing out. sometimes i think, this is punishment for something i've done to someone back in school, or at a former job. maybe it's some japanese guys way of sticking it to the USA by making cars that have to have the engine pulled to change spark plugs. any motorheads in here have a good story to share?

my friend josh and me were working on a 90 240sx. needed an engine change, tranny had to be swapped for a manual from auto, fuel line repairs...etc. no biggie. everything went fine...by fine i mean no more busted knuckles than normal. the day we finished it up, i was itching to take it out to see what it had. i hopped in it, turned the key...nothing. wtf? we went over everything. had gas, getting air, spark. next we towed it, to pop start it, nothing. over the course of the next week i racked my melon. i stopped up on day at the garage and looked at the car, smoking a cig, and had an epiphany. i wonder if i hooked up the fuel lines backwards....hey look it runs. how about that.
 

Beldar

Don't croke smack
Jul 15, 2005
1,450
0
0
27
Inside your face...
#4
anybody else here punish themselves for living by working on cars? just when i think my life might be worth living, i find myself under the hood of my car again....usually accompanied by bleeding, crying, sometimes passing out. sometimes i think, this is punishment for something i've done to someone back in school, or at a former job. maybe it's some japanese guys way of sticking it to the USA by making cars that have to have the engine pulled to change spark plugs. any motorheads in here have a good story to share?

my friend josh and me were working on a 90 240sx. needed an engine change, tranny had to be swapped for a manual from auto, fuel line repairs...etc. no biggie. everything went fine...by fine i mean no more busted knuckles than normal. the day we finished it up, i was itching to take it out to see what it had. i hopped in it, turned the key...nothing. wtf? we went over everything. had gas, getting air, spark. next we towed it, to pop start it, nothing. over the course of the next week i racked my melon. i stopped up on day at the garage and looked at the car, smoking a cig, and had an epiphany. i wonder if i hooked up the fuel lines backwards....hey look it runs. how about that.
My uncle did the same thing when he had to install a new fuel pimp. He marked the lines but ended up cutting part of the lines, along with the marks. He sat there for 45 minutes and couldnt get it to crank. Then he decided "lets switch them around" and it worked.

I haven't really had to work on any cars. My other uncle was pulling the tranny out of his F150 when the back of the tranny came loose and grazed his tooth/chipped it. That was like, 6 years ago and he still has that same chipped tooth. lol
 

kevinsmith

Well-Known Member
Dec 8, 2004
9,343
109
0
38
Arizona
#6
anybody else here punish themselves for living by working on cars? just when i think my life might be worth living, i find myself under the hood of my car again....usually accompanied by bleeding, crying, sometimes passing out. sometimes i think, this is punishment for something i've done to someone back in school, or at a former job. maybe it's some japanese guys way of sticking it to the USA by making cars that have to have the engine pulled to change spark plugs. any motorheads in here have a good story to share?
It's how they get back at us for nuking 'em to end WWII.
;)
 

Spank666

Clinically proven
Premium
Jun 15, 2004
10,549
242
0
30
The beautiful city of Flint
#7
maybe it's some japanese guys way of sticking it to the USA by making cars that have to have the engine pulled to change spark plugs.
I'm fairly sure American car companies do that too. Have you ever tried changing the spark plugs on a newer GM?

I, too, do it as a hobby. I have to do a shit ton of maintenence on my '74, as autocrossing isnt exactly easy on it. I honestly prefer to do my own work on cars, rather than taking them to the shop. Taking them to the shop is a last ditch effort for me (only done it once to this day).
 

Papero

Yum
Premium
Sep 24, 2005
8,752
245
0
PA
#15
No sir, I love every minute of working on cars. It's even nicer when you start making 100 grand a year or better doing it. I like working on my own cars too. Relieves a lot of stress believe it or not.
Are you speaking for youself? Just wondering! Build and sell your cars? Master mechanic + own a shop? $100,000+ seems like a lot for a mechanic, it comes to my understand a master mechanic will make around $55,000 a year if he's lucky.

I have life choices to make soon, I like cars, might be something I will enjoy especially with that income.

Anything you could tell me?

I'm fairly sure American car companies do that too. Have you ever tried changing the spark plugs on a newer GM?
Holy shit tell me about it! It wasn't the MOST TERRIBLE thing in the world but it was so much fucking more complicated then it needed to be. Number 5 spark plug is right infront of the steering column, getting out that son of a bitch was hell.
 
Last edited:
Nov 4, 2004
11,377
235
0
35
Massachusetts
www.darcsystems.com
#16
I'm not speaking personally no. Infact automotive is my second job. I'll be moving to Florida soon and working at a place that has a "100,000 club" which is all the mechanics there making 100,000 or more a year. Most of them have been there for almost 2 years or more. My buddy started working there in June, and he's projected to make around 78,000 his first year, which is pretty good. Fortunately for me, I'm quick. Flat rate is great. You make as much money as you want to make pretty much. I could work 40 hours a week, and get paid for 100 hours. Simple as that.

Another buddy of mine up here makes about 130k a year wrenching. Hes been at it for a while though. Longer than I've been into cars. It all depends on how good you are and how much of an asset your company see's you as. I have a friend who really kinda sucks at working on cars. He takes too long, makes too many mistakes, ends up buying a lot of parts because of his errors, and doesn't usually make par with flat rate, so he makes maybe 35 grand a year. I told him he should find another profession, but he insists that he loves working on cars (he doesn't...you can tell) so I just let him do his own thing.
 

El Jarretto

Horror Business
Aug 13, 2005
2,774
0
0
26
Decatur, Illinois
www.mindistortion.net
#17
I'm all about bringing back the days of the carb.
Oh hell yes. Working on cars would be great if you worked on cars you likes. I could work on older VW's, Porsches, and Fiats all day long but having to work on the cars on the road would be hell. Oh and has anybody tried take the spark plugs out of a boxer engine? You got to have "dem handz"
 

elliott678

Kenneth Howard hates you.
Mar 7, 2005
3,868
3
0
31
#18
Tell me, does transmission fluid taste sweet?
Nope, any hydraulic fluid tastes like ass, I have no frame of reference, but I am pretty sure brake fluid is ass flavored. Oil, on the other hand tastes good and it's taste can be used to tell the condition of the engine.

Right now I am technically unemployed, but my friends are keeping me busy on the projects they are too busy to do. I have at least 1 motor swap lined up on a '92 4.3 TBI Chevy, maybe putting a 305 + T5 into an S10 after that. I am doing drum brakes on everything from a '26 Model T with '40 Ford juice brakes to a '70 Cadillac Eldorado, all of which are 4 wheel drums. I am also swapping '40 Ford juice brakes and steering onto a '29 Model A chassis along with an S10 rear end. I am trouble shooting the power steering in a '95 Caprice and should have that done tomorrow. There is much more up in the air right now, these just need to be done first. I am also working in my friend's body shop when I'm not doing anything else, very little pay, but it is for experience and the connections.

I love every minute of it, I love cars and can't live without them. My friends love me because I am a mechanic that makes house calls.