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Sean_Burke 04-22-2003 09:17 AM

Re: JB's Mental Breakdown: Mechanical Nightmare #3,621
There is a time when the admirable thing to do is to admit defeat and pay a professional to restore domestic tranquility.

At least it wasn't an Alfa Romeo. Good luck running down to the dealer to source a missing widget.

Abe_Froman 04-22-2003 09:26 AM

Re: JB's Mental Breakdown: Mechanical Nightmare #3,621

Were you following the directions in the Hayes manual for this project? Do whatever you have to do to get rid of this piece and buy any model Jeep or Honda vehicle. They are reliable and dead-simple to work on. A Honda, in fact, can be almost entirely dissasembled piece-by-piece with a phillips screwdriver, a socket wrench, and 10 and 12mm sockets.

I can't put my finger on it but there's got to be some kind of cultural difference between German and American common-sense engineering. American cars are easy in my opinion, and I'm sure Germans think their cars are logically assembled, but there's a crossing of wires somewhere between the two.

rsheidler 04-22-2003 09:28 AM

Re: JB's Mental Breakdown: Mechanical Nightmare #3,621
Good Stuff, Burns!

Now I see why you have been ignoring our repeated requests for an update on the head bolts -- you were working on this story. Well worth the wait.

The story reminds me a lot of my misguided attempt to work on an old Alfa Romeo Gulietta Spider. Every time I turned around, I encountered some odball tool requirement or something that was done totally differently from anything else I had ever seen. As I recall, the ending was not so different either -- except in my case, the car just sat parked on the street until someone called to offer to buy it and my wife insisted I take the ridiculous offer, just to get the damned thing out of there.

Just to show that I am a slow learner, I bought 2 Fiats and a Ducati since then!

Steven_Verschoor 04-22-2003 09:32 AM

Re: JB's Mental Breakdown: Mechanical Nightmare #3,621
There there, Johnny, you put up a brilliant effort...

But it was you against a thousand German engineers who were bolstered by innumerable mercenary marketeers and salespeople.

Sure you could've licked any one of them - hell, any ten of them. But all of them?

Oh well, you've gained some character out of the deal. Now get on your bike and ride!

...and while you're riding, how about a naked bike shootout? :-)

longride 04-22-2003 09:43 AM

Re: JB's Mental Breakdown: Mechanical Nightmare #3,621
I always have the 20 lb sledge handy in case the other tools and me mess up the job sufficiently. Damn sounds like one of my projects, where you want to cry and smash the living crap out of the vehicle at the same time. JB I feel your pain.

caderider 04-22-2003 09:47 AM

Re: JB's Mental Breakdown: Mechanical Nightmare #3,621
Gotta love the 'Percussive Maintenance Implement" - the good ol' fix-it hammer! It'll make your intermittent problem no longer intermittent!

theDuke 04-22-2003 10:09 AM

Re: JB's Mental Breakdown: Mechanical Nightmare #3,621
I used to carry a big rock in the trunk of my MG to "unstick" the start bendix that randomly decided to freeze whenever I was in a hurry to get somewhere. On a car that simple, a hammer would be overkill... except to take off the wheels, that is.

fizzchem 04-22-2003 10:15 AM

Re: I love that moment
Where you realize you've just gotten way too deep into a mechanical project and it's too late to turn back...frustration and distemper rolled into one.

Really I love it.

Sure do.


It's why God invented alcohol. For me at least...

fizzchem 04-22-2003 10:16 AM

Acetylene. C2H2.

KPaulCook 04-22-2003 10:21 AM

Re: JB's Mental Breakdown: Mechanical Nightmare #3,621
Been there bought a Honda afterward. My Dad still loves to fiddle and is patient with his fine GM products. Like Longride he works on everything he can. He remembers fondly his 67 Impala. Simple and sweet. Although he was going to get a BMW but Mom talked him out of it. Never to generalize I say that American products are simpler but cheap, have poor fit and finish, and have inferior designs sometimes. But look cool. German products are overengineered . Japanese cars and motorcycles are the best thing that happened to the world in the 20th Century. Never buy a Beemer or Benz when you can buy an Accura. My Accura Integra had 130,000 miles on it when I got rid of it. 0 problems. Bought a Chevy Blazer what a peice of junk, in the shop every 2 months, sold it 2 years latter for a Honda Accord.

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