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post #11 of 15 (permalink) Old 08-08-2014, 04:27 PM
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Nuse, i can completely relate with the cleanliness (i'm super OCD). It drives me nuts getting me or my tools dirty, so my car is always clean. I keep a bottle of Gojo Orange and shop towels around so i wipe my hands probably every 10 or so minutes of actual work haha.


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Same as philrab... Start organized as hell... Supplies and spares ... Half way it's getting a little confused and by the time I wrap up it's like the hulk took a lamp post to the gaurage .... + it's hard to find shit


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I would have to say i start out organized and make sure i study my jobs beforehand. Im quite good with electronics and soddering so those jobs take me no time at all. only issue is when i do any type of cleaning im super ocd with it. after a job though i tend to lose all my tools.


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I try to read up as much as I can on unfamiliar jobs. The stuff I know how to do goes quickly.

I always start out with the tools I need. My box is clean and organized. Tools as well. On unfamiliar jobs I always bring out extras to avoid extra trips. I'm pretty inclined and can easily understand and analyze what has to be removed to get to what I need and I go slow and pay attention to what comes off and goes where. It's rare for stuff to fly but when it does its a spectacular show.

I distinctly remember one project. I bought a bumper, hitch, four shocks, and a rear wiring harness for my truck. Front shocks took an hour and went smoothly. Rear shocks as well. Bolts broke due to rust but I kept the hardware from. The ones I pulled from the yard (couple weeks old at most) from A suburban that had all new parts for towing and they smacked a tree dead center.

Started the rear parts change. Hitch took a little cussing but nothing severe. I have a sailors vocab so it's nothing new. Finally got that off. The bumper and and brackets were next. Again more swearing but whatever. Then the real fun hit. The harness apparently is backwards on a suburban. It only fits one way. And the rear turn signals were opposite. Not a huge deal. Put the old one back on and fixed the bad wires. Sweet. Three hours in and I'm cruising right along. Went to put the bumper on and it fit. Great so far. And then the hitch was all I had left. Tightened down the bumper and everything else cause I can't reach some of the bolts with the hitch on. Home stretch! And it didn't fit. Was hitting the bumper. Not even close.

Uh oh. I'm now five hours in. The gf is getting a little ornery about me not being done yet. She'll live. Ok so remove new bumper and brackets. Put old brackets on. Wrestle with them since they were rusted and bent out of shape from a dent before I bought it. Finally get all the bolts in and tight. Hitch still hits the bumper. What. The. Fvck. Start googling pics. Turns out the suburban rear body has spacers between it and the frame whereas the truck beds sit right on the frame. Therefore the hitch doesn't drop as far on the burbs. Great. Now seven hours in and I have to pull the bumper a third time and put the new brackets back on. Tools are flying out into the driveway now. The gf comes out again to remind me I've been at it for seven hours and I said it wouldn't be much longer. Yes I know. I'm not enjoying this anymore I wish it was done already. No you don't she replies. Bumper currently is hanging down with one bolt left holding it on. I scoot out and say Ok I'll just drive it like this then. To which she replied you can't do that and slams the door going in the house. I creased my tailgate in the following couple minutes and cracked a heel in my double H boots. The tailgate was shot already. I could fist two of the rust holes in it so it wasn't in good shape to begin with. After I finished my fit and walked it off I swapped brackets and had everything battened up in less than an hour. Tools clean and put away as well. Some reason I work faster pissed off. All said and done I replaced four shocks and a rear bumper in 8 hours. No break for dinner or anything. 90% of the time I keep a level head though. That was just one of those really bad jobs.

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I used to be the kind of person that likes to take it slow (do it once and do it right).... But as of late I don't even want to get anything done... age, weather and family is all I can think of.
Ha, I hear ya, this is me recently! In fact, I purchased the Fusion because I was running out of the energy and the time to keep working on my 91 Volvo 740 Turbo. Needed something a little more reliable that I didn't have to wrench on every weekend just to keep it going.

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Im the "brain surgeon" kinda person. I always have to tell myself that i'm not going to break anything when working on things; since it seems that i treat it a little too delicate. Of course i don't tackle anything without extensive knowledge beforehand so your average project may take me twice as long.

I guess it comes from working on electronics and RC cars too much
This is my approach as well. When I started working on my cars, I was living in Brooklyn, and had no private parking spot. It was street parking with alternate side rules. So that meant whatever project I was tackling on the weekend, the car would have to be buttoned up and moved by 8:30a Monday or 8:30a Tuesday, depending on the side of the street I was parked. So I always would read up on the project I was doing multiple times on the weeks leading up to it, also make sure I had all my parts and tools ready.

One time, I was changing the timing belt on my Volvo 740 and doing the front engine seals at the same time. I somehow messed up one of the seals, so wasn't able to finish the project as it was a Sunday and the dealership was closed, and AutoZone doesn't carry parts for rwd Volvos. So I had to get to the dealer really early Monday morning, go to work, then head home and finish up the project as I lucked out and was in a Tuesday spot.

Glad to live some place with a driveway now.

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