What’s yer MOST embarrassing Mechanic attempt episode?
Come on... ! Everybody needs some humor these days............. Here's mine:
Once I had a next door neighbor I did not particularly like. He owned a Ford Granada, 302 auto, 2 door with all the bells and whistles for what it was. It had the 4 wheel disc brake option. I lusted after the rear disc 9inch rear end to have for a 65 Mustang build I was doing. One day he gets towed in to his house. He’s completely flustered at the car, says that’s it, I selling that POS car…I ask what happened. He took off a little hard, the car bucked, backfired, died and when he cranked it ,it spun over real fast but would not fire off. Hummm, plastic timing gear busted I think.. waited a few days of him tinkering with it. He says I’m done, 500 bucks and it’s gone.
I give him 500 bucks, push the car into my yard. He asked what I’d do with it, I told him I’d have it running that following afternoon for about 50 dollars. He went nuts, telling me no way, BS !
Pull distributor top off, spin motor over, no spinny to rotor,,, I smile, go to parts house buy a timing set. Following afternoon, friday after work, grab some tools, buddy comes by with some screwdriver mix, we having a nice cool drink on a hot day, fixin’ to twist wrenches. Neighbor comes out, says you fix that car this evening, I buy it back for 800 bucks,, please….?? An’ I’m really wanting that 9 inch….. Hummmm ? ?
Jack up front end, drop all the steering junk outta the way, unbolt motor mounts, tranny mount, loosen up radiator shroud, then jack motor up enough to get the oil pan off,,,, a PITA little job,,, but we got cool drinks flowing.. The pan was full of broken plastic timing gears.. Alrite !
Take off oil pump to give her a good cleaning, clean out oil pan, drop front side off motor to replace timing chain, have another cool drink. Sit a spell , enjoy my new found luck on a 500 dollar car. Another friend comes over, we have a couple more nice drinks, thing iz looking more better all the time now… And I still have plenty daylight left.
Throw on new timing set, put front end back together, new oil pan gasket, reattach all the crap I had taken off, dropped motor back down, connected tranny/motor mounts, reinstalled fan shround…….DONE!!!!! Go over to the table by our chairs, to grab my cool drink, and WTH,,, there’s a friggin’ oil pump and shaft laying there…
Ended up firing the thing off later that night and letting the guy have his friggin’ car back to shut up the pizzin’ and moaning….charged him the 500 plus parts and 100 for labor and made him take his maiden voyage to the store for another bottle of good vodka and OJ…… He became a better neighbor after that. I did not feel real good that next Saturday morning….. had to have been the oil pump that caused my bad head.