Since my last post much has transpired, I bought a different car.
I am totally against buying new cars. It goes against my thinking. Actually, that is a lie, I would love a new car, but my check book screams, “Don’t look here for any help.”
When I was young, I attended a technical school to become a car mechanic. Because of that schooling, I think I know things and that I think might be a problem. Thinking you know things when you actually don’t know things does not make you know things. And, taking action on things, you think you know, when you actually don’t know things, can lead to learning things you thought you already knew but really didn’t, and that doesn’t always mean you will actually learn things that you thought you knew but didn’t. By the way, I bought this car without having a real mechanic inspect it – why should I? I know things. Are you keeping up?
The number one cylinder was not firing clean but I had the compression checked so I figured a tune up would fix my problem. Well I bought the car and gave it a tune up. Yip, you guessed it, the tune up did not fix the problem. That was not really a problem for me because I know things. I was able to figure out my new old car had a vacuum leak at the number one cylinder. I could fix it myself for $23.00 (the cost of the gasket). This repair is a bit of work, so I got a price from a real mechanic, and the price was $400.00. The big mechanic book that real mechanics have, says it should take 4 hours to make this repair. So, here is the deal; there should be another book for guys who think they know stuff about fixing cars. This book should say in big bold letters on the front, ‘If you try to do any repair listed in this book, you are dreaming, if you think you can do said repair close to the suggested time. Rule of thumb for guys who think they know stuff: take the suggested time and multiply it by two and if your initials are GQ multiply by four or maybe six.
In the past when the book said four hours I would double the time and I figured that would be about the time it would take me to do the repair. Now, that I am older and actually do know things. I know it will take me more than likely 3 times what the book says – no I am not in denial.
Can we talk Grayquill logic for a minute? If I spend $400.00 dollars to get my new old car fixed, I must remember that $400.00 is after tax dollars. So, I will have to earn maybe $500.00 to pay that $400.00 bill. So, if I fix the car myself it is $500.00 I am saving not $400.00. Now I am more motivated. See how that works?
In buying the car and thinking I know stuff, I did not take the car to a real mechanic for an inspection. Yip, there was another problem that I did not catch. But heck, it was only a $36.00 dollar part and the book called for only 1 hour to repair. And so I went right at it. As par for the course I had it repaired in two hours, a bit better than my average. I am all smiles. Oh, that’s right I had a small problem. The repair I did was replacing the electric fan. To get the old fan out I had to remove a transmission cooling line. That was not the problem. The problem came into play during reassembly. Somehow I neglected to reconnect the transmission cooling line. Oops!
Naturally I wanted to see if the new fan would click on when the motor got warm. So, that meant starting the motor and letting things get nice and warm, which of course I did.
I have no idea what I did for the next ten minutes but the fan was not coming on so I decided to take the car for a drive and put a load on the motor – totally logical. I walked around to the driver’s side of the car and what did I find but a large volume of transmission fluid coming out from under my car that stretched from the front tire all the way to the back tire – Yikes!
This could have upset me, but being the positive guy I am and fully understanding the principle that, ‘troubles are nothing more than brilliantly disguised opportunities.’ I decided it was a great opportunity to change the transmission fluid, which of course I did. The book says fifteen minutes. I will let you do the actual calculations for Grayquill time on this one. I will only say this…I started at 9:00 in the morning on the original one hour project (book time) and finished 11 hours later. Just think of the money I saved.
I have to decide before Saturday if I am going to take on the four project, surely the law of averages are now in my favor; don’t you think?
Anybody want to hire Grayquill to do some side work on their car? He works cheap.