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Sep 26, 2022 - 2:36:09 PM
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Many years ago I took my chugging auto to a dealer and they said I needed a $4,000 new engine.. I chugged about 1/2 mile to a small shop and there I got my auto running like a top for $800.. That may have been 15 years ago. Since then, that is virtually the only place I go, my son goes, my daughter goes, my wife goes, some of my friends go..... The shop owner is a Sikh. He wears a turban (pagri), knows where I live, calls to chat about our car's repairs and is as honest as the day is long on June 21st.. How lucky can I get??? This guy, Gary, could only be a better guy if he played a banjo!!
How about you? Are you as lucky as me?

Edited by - TuneWeaver on 09/26/2022 14:37:49

Sep 26, 2022 - 3:29:33 PM
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Replying to my own topic.. This wonderful mechanic is just TWO BLOCKS from my house.. How great is that?

Sep 27, 2022 - 5:17:56 AM

Erock77

USA

140 posts since 9/3/2022

I've had my fair share of mechanics and it seems like they all get ya at one point. We've settled with one that is in (riding a bike distance) if need be. Probably 2 miles away. He also lives in our Neighborhood and because it's a small town, he's known me since I was a kid. So far, so good. It's an incredibly hard profession. I just wished I had the will and knowledge to do more tasks on my own.

My latest feat was tuning up my Husqvarna tractor...Tore apart the carb and cleaned the whole thing, replaced fuel pump, plugs, oil & filter, fuel filter, air filter and once I got it back together...it wouldn't start....next day, cranked on it again...and BAM! Fired up. Just needed to crank it a bit longer. We almost ordered a new one for 3k but instead I spent around$150. Just like the fiddle...it just takes some will and patience!
The year before I replaced all of the spindles in the mower deck and new blades.

Sep 27, 2022 - 11:24:08 AM
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Fiddler

USA

4216 posts since 6/22/2007

Finding a good mechanic is like finding a great partner or doctor or plumber or .... I think the important thing for each of these professionals is building a strong relationship and trust. I trust that my mechanic is honest and is doing a quality job with quality parts. He has saved me on more than one occasion. And, more than once, knowing that I worked about 50 miles away, loaned me is personal car for the day while he repaired mine! (Wow!!) After one nightmare breakdown on the highway and having to have my car towed, this guy gave me is personal (!!) phone number with instructions to call him if I ever need help - at any time of the night. (This guy is REALLY special!!)

Also, when I bring my car in for work, I give him accurate, descriptive symptoms that I was experiencing. I don't try to tell him what's wrong. Yes, I have suggested what the source of the problem was, but many times he just smiles and says, "Maybe". But he has told me how much my details of the symptoms help him in isolating and finding the problem and making the repairs quickly.

Finally, I do not demand that a job be completed in an unreasonable timeframe. I know how long some tasks take and I trust that he is doing his best to complete the repair in a timely manner.

Lots of folks here in town use him and respect his honesty and quality service. He has a great team of technicians who are very good at their job. Herein lies the problem - I can no longer just show up at his shop and expect service the same day. However, I am fortunate in that we have second car.

Sep 27, 2022 - 11:46:48 AM
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DougD

USA

10869 posts since 12/2/2007
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Back when I was having cassettes commercially duplicated I worked with a great small(ish) local company, who had a slogan "We offer price, speed and quality. Pick two." I think its similar for vehicle mechanics.

Sep 27, 2022 - 12:51:26 PM
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Fiddler

USA

4216 posts since 6/22/2007

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Originally posted by DougD

Back when I was having cassettes commercially duplicated I worked with a great small(ish) local company, who had a slogan "We offer price, speed and quality. Pick two." I think its similar for vehicle mechanics.


Doug, here's the model we used in industry. Yes, pick any two.  


Sep 27, 2022 - 2:13:25 PM
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I've often had them ask the question, "Do you want it fixed Right, or fast?"
and "Do you want it fixed cheap or Right?"

Sep 27, 2022 - 8:01:33 PM
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My husband has been our mechanic for the past 46 years...he's done amazing work with cut up beer cans, old margarine tub lids, and whatever parts and pieces he can find...otherwise we'd never have had transportation. We never paid for a car with money until we moved here...we used to "trade" for vehicles...got an old dog-gear truck for a long barreled six shooter pistol...traded various parts and pieces and usually threw in a gun for whatever piece of junk we could get to drive...lol...he's getting tired of fixin them now, plus the ones we've paid actual money for have all kinds of computer type parts, etc., so...it's gettin hard to keep up with our modern life...lol...maybe we should go see Lee's mechanic...we could pay him with a banjo and then he'd be perfect.

Sep 28, 2022 - 7:15:20 PM
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668 posts since 6/11/2019

My local mechanic is very local...it's me.

When a piece of equipment breaks in the field, only way it gets repaired is if yours truly hauls a generator and welder out there. Same with the truck, or any other vehicle we have.

Since moving onto our farm, I've been forced to become an electrician, HVAC, plumber, carpenter, stonemason, water-well man, in addition to your normal veterinarian stuff. Not that I enjoy learning all that, because most of the time there's enormous pressure to get the crisis resolved quickly. Weather, etc. It's just that it's part of the experience. The tradesmen in town have plenty of low-hanging fruit to otherwise fool with somebody way down a dirt road out in the county.

You end up getting pretty inventive with what you have--"rigging," we call it. Whatever it takes to "get by."

Sep 29, 2022 - 7:18:11 PM

668 posts since 6/11/2019

Lee, et al, I would also like to postscript that if it weren't for the internet helping out at "mechanickin", I would be a nutcase.

Before: drive to the nearest dealer or farm store, order a service manual and hope it covers your vehicle's affliction; if it doesn't, call a wrecker and bend over to receive the bill

After: type in your computer, "brakes lock up when it's 34.3 degrees", or in a later model, "diagnostic code says P204a" and you have all kinds of free videos on what to do

Totally cuts out the trouble-shooting phase

Sep 29, 2022 - 8:12:36 PM

2817 posts since 10/22/2007

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Originally posted by Flat_the_3rd_n7th

My local mechanic is very local...it's me.


I can truly relate. 100% But as I get older, I started picking my battles. Like, I won't do tires. I recon a tire machine is more than half way to making a fiddler, an ex-fiddler.

Amen, on the interweb. An electric window regulator on my pickup would've cost 6-7 hundred bucks. Ordered the part, watched a couple videos, ended up costing 60 bucks. That's value. 

Sep 29, 2022 - 8:19:58 PM
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doryman

USA

372 posts since 2/10/2020

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Originally posted by farmerjones
quote:
Originally posted by Flat_the_3rd_n7th

My local mechanic is very local...it's me.


I can truly relate. 100% But as I get older, I started picking my battles. Like, I won't do tires. I recon a tire machine is more than half way to making a fiddler, an ex-fiddler.


Same.  My motto now is, "I only do what only I can do."   

Sep 30, 2022 - 12:03:32 PM

2000 posts since 4/6/2014

Computers in vehicles Killed my enthusiasm for repairing my own vehicles. Even chainsaws have them now. Hold the break pedal down for 10 seconds, put the indicator on, then put the clutch down and press the horn. Or plug your car into a computer to see iff your emissions are ok. Egr Valves Ems's, limp mode .. What a pile of c**p we have sleep walked into.

Edited by - pete_fiddle on 09/30/2022 12:04:30

Sep 30, 2022 - 6:23:17 PM
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2817 posts since 10/22/2007

Just test drove a 1976 Corvette. I was quickly reminded I was dealing with 50 year old technology. My 10 year old f150 with 110k miles would smoke that vette.
We may have messed up when we went from horses to tractors. After all, if a horse broke down, or if we needed a spare, we would make another. Tractors forced us into buying parts. Thus dependency. You can't put the genie back in the bottle.

Sep 30, 2022 - 7:05:15 PM
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668 posts since 6/11/2019

70s Vettes were lame. A '76 probably had 130hp. Not exactly a muscle car. Chasing after the trends of the times--VW Rabbits, etc.

Any diesel after 2012 or so needs 2 things to run--fuel and BluDef. Hmmmm.

Surveying the times, I'm seriously considering selling off some cattle and putting those pastures into mares and jacks. Raise mules. My wife would say they wouldn't stand a chance at matching my hard-headedness.

Sep 30, 2022 - 7:42:45 PM
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668 posts since 6/11/2019

Reminiscing about muscle cars--my mom's '69 Buick Wildcat with a 430 4bbl had 360 hp--as many as my 1-ton. Used to sneak it out when the folks were gone and tear down the dirt roads when I was 14-15. Pretending I was Richard Petty, Bo Duke, Bo Darville, or Gator McKluskey. I'd always wash it when I got back home, so they wouldn't know--or did they?

Sep 30, 2022 - 8:46:03 PM

795 posts since 8/10/2017

I sold my truck and ride a 150cc Honda scooter or an ebike or I walk. Most of the time I walk or ebike.

The best service person I have is my dentist. He's really good. I haven't had a really good dentist until now. I have dental insurance so I don't get ripped off. The guy can do root canals. You watch movies while he works and there's no pain.

Oct 5, 2022 - 7:08:12 PM
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batterpries

Armenia

3 posts since 10/2/2022

I really understand. 100% But as I got older, I learned to choose which battles to fight. Like, I won't do tires. I think a tire machine is more than half of what a fiddler needs to stop being a fiddler.

drift boss

Edited by - batterpries on 10/05/2022 19:10:19

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