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People with no mechanical skills buying old cars

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by junkyardjeff, May 1, 2012.

  1. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
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    I frequent alot of car forums and there have been many times I have read that every time something goes wrong they have to take it to a mechanic to get it repaired,I know I cant do everything like front end alignments,auto trans rebuilds and setting up rear ends but I can do everything else but I am having a hard time imagining someone wanting a old car but has no mechanical abilities at all. I know there are a bunch out there in the world that has more money then brains who can afford to pay to have everything done but I cant see average folks being able to afford to have every repair done by a mechanic on a old car they just bought,if I had to pay someone to get every old car I drug out of a field drivable I would be in debt as deep as this country is in so what I am I missing here.
     
  2. tb33anda3rd
    Joined: Oct 8, 2010
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    1. Connecticut HAMB'ers

    i have customers stop to have me check oil for them.
    these people ARE my stimulus plan.
     
  3. sawzall
    Joined: Jul 15, 2002
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    gotta agree jeff..

    and while its neat to see new folks learning.. sometimes its just plain hard to watch..
     
  4. jcapps
    Joined: Dec 30, 2008
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    from SoCal

    Hey they like cars............I like computers and hi tech. I do not build or fix computers.........live and let live.............
     
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  5. metal man
    Joined: Dec 4, 2005
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    I love those guys. They pay my bills.
     
  6. badshifter
    Joined: Apr 28, 2006
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    Fuckin A Right!
     
  7. jcmarz
    Joined: Jan 10, 2010
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    jcmarz
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    from Chino, Ca

    You just thought of this and all on your own?! WOW
     
  8. For some successful hipster young people a old car is part of their image.
     
  9. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
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    What got me wondering about this subject is I am on the AACA forum and there is a guy that has a 37 Pontiac that has to take it to someone every time something goes wrong and is having a hard time finding anyone who can repair it correctly,I wish I lived close by so I could stop by and see if I can help but I am thinking about posting that he should probably sell it and if he wants a old car buy one that is a little newer so he could get it fixed easier. If I dont know about something I usually dont mess with it since I know I will be spending too much money and have too many headaches trying to deal with it.
     
  10. TxRat
    Joined: Dec 22, 2004
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    I was going to make a smartass comment but damn man, You nailed it..

    I will say this, I would rather them bring it to someone than go out and build some deathtrap abortion...
     
  11. LeaveItToBeaver
    Joined: Dec 5, 2007
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    from Ennis, TX

    Amen to that! Don't know what I'd do without them!
     
  12. silent rick
    Joined: Nov 7, 2002
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    always seems to be an influx of ladies coming here after viva every year, looking for help on a car they just bought.
     
  13. I Drag
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    JY-Jeff, you are describing what is called a business opportunity. Get to work!
     
  14. mastergun1980
    Joined: Oct 18, 2010
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    from Alva OK

    I didn't know jack about cars when I got my first old car ( 49 chevy pu ) but I was 13 . If I hadn't got that truck I might not have ever learned anything about anythihg mechanical .. I might have ended up bing a sports guy.... Thank God for old cars!
     
  15. go-twichy
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    good answer.
     
  16. Hot Rods Ta Hell
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    For that matter, most people that own ANY model year car don't know how to perform any type of repair.
    Millions of people own homes but don't know (or care to know) the first thing about maintenance or repairs. If the toilet backs up; "I don't care if it costs $300, just fix it"!
     
  17. The37Kid
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    I would never ask a customer what he makes in a year at whatever he does, but having a high paying job for the most part doesn't require them to know how to tie their shoes. i'm glad they know their limits and take the cars to shops. Why do so many TV shows feature hard working people with mechanical skills, but never one on desk jockies pushing papers and pulling in 6 figure saleries PLUS the Christmas bonus? NO envy, just wondering? Bob:rolleyes:
     
  18. 390kid
    Joined: Dec 29, 2004
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    some people would rather drive them than work on them. its these guys that keep shops open.
     
  19. junkyardjeff
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    Maybe it is time to open a shop.
     
  20. Dirt Dobber
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    "If I don't know about something I usually dont mess with it since I know I will be spending too much money and have too many headaches trying to deal with it."

    That statement is about as anti-hot rod as it gets!
     
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line-height:115%; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} </style> <![endif]--> I know it can get frustrating to people that know a little something about cars when some dumb ass gets a car and can barely put gas in the thing without help. But for all the mechanics that help these kids out... stick out your hand and take their money.
     
  22. jcapps
    Joined: Dec 30, 2008
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    from SoCal

    A sisters friend was probably the most successful record producer of the late 80's early 90's. I used to hang with them once in a while. One night he was having a party and I was invited. He was short on ice and asked me if i wanted to go for a ride. While driving he played me some stuff he was working on with big artists. later that night he told me he wished he could do what I could do, houses, cars, just good abilities. I told him I wish I could do what he does then I could have twenty shops building me bad ass cars and not worrying about money.

    Tehy are all good people, just different abilities. Two cars i have in my shop right now, one is a lawyer and one is a guy who repairs hi tech imaging equipment in hospitals. Everyone has their abilities
     
  23. junkyardjeff
    Joined: Jul 23, 2005
    Posts: 7,256

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    How is that statement anti hot rod,I would love to have a 30s or 40s wooden boat but I am not a carpenter nor do I have the cash to buy one finished (not going in debt to buy one either) so I know my limits and will stick with the fiberglass and aluminum versions.
     
  24. Flat540
    Joined: Aug 14, 2009
    Posts: 8

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    My kids always give me shit when I ask for help with my computer or smartphone...I ask them if they can weld....or paint a car...or build a engine...I'm honered to teach them...like my dad did for me...:)
     
  25. dmikulec
    Joined: Nov 8, 2009
    Posts: 532

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    I do both. Software engineer by day, wrenching and welding on weekends. Lots I don't know but I'm learning as I go. And, most important, I'm having a blast. :cool:

    Of course, having common sense and knowing your limits helps too. ;)
     
    Last edited: May 1, 2012
  26. Dirt Dobber
    Joined: Mar 23, 2008
    Posts: 107

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    I guess some people just don't limit themselves to what others think they should or should not do.
     
  27. onadosen
    Joined: Apr 17, 2012
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    You have to start somewhere.
     
  28. Jake H.
    Joined: Sep 16, 2003
    Posts: 489

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    A renaissance man! I know there are gearheads of all walks of life. That's what makes hot rodding the great American melting pot that it has always been.

    On an off-topic note, what cartoon is your avatar from, dmikulec? I remember the opening sequence of it so well, but cannot remember the title! Some kind of early-seventies monster rock band kinda' thing, right?
     
  29. dmikulec
    Joined: Nov 8, 2009
    Posts: 532

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