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23 Mar 2017 06:27 - 23 Mar 2017 06:30 #7758 by Ephratah
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I have sen a lot of things come through the shop that just make you shake your head and say why. i had a 2015 Ram that got stuck on a job site and the customers guy's towed it out but the choice of where to attach tow chain was not good.



Then had a Guy came and said his buddy had helped him do his brakes and they did not feel right after here is why. I advised him to maybe find another Buddy next time to assist him L.O.L.


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23 Mar 2017 08:48 - 23 Mar 2017 08:49 #7766 by Andy.MacFadyen
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Seen both of these disasters -- I have seen two examples of the panhard rods on Mk1 & Mk2 Fiesta well bent due to puting a tow rope in the wrong place.

We used to see brake discs fracturing round the inner hub on the old 1960's early 1970's Rover P6 models the cause was the piston on one side of the brake caliper seizing solid,t as the pad wore the disc was under pressure from only one side.

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23 Mar 2017 18:01 #7789 by Ephratah
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Andy have you ever seen this one had this one come in for no start I guess some one was mad at my customer this is sugar in the tank and the filter





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23 Mar 2017 19:53 #7802 by Mugsy
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Roy in the movie KING PIN had sugar put in his tank by Big Ern :)

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23 Mar 2017 20:20 #7811 by Tyler
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Not my picture, but I have had vehicles towed in like this:

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23 Mar 2017 20:52 #7817 by Noah
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This is one of my favorites! Why even bother with the Kayak rack if that's how you're going to use it? :unsure:

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24 Mar 2017 04:00 #7833 by Andy.MacFadyen
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Mugsy wrote: Roy in the movie KING PIN had sugar put in his tank by Big Ern :)


The old WW2 sabotage method, when the Nazi's advanced through France in 1940 the petrol station owners were told to dump sugar into the storge tanks to slow the Nazi adance. Needless to say they didn't the Germans had planned ahead to refuel at French petrol staions and only ran low outside Dunkirk, the rest is history.

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24 Mar 2017 04:03 #7834 by Andy.MacFadyen
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Tyler wrote: Not my picture, but I have had vehicles towed in like this:


Nice ROTF you should sold him a starter as a dumb ass tax.

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24 Mar 2017 05:15 #7836 by Ephratah
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good have not seen that one yet

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24 Mar 2017 05:15 #7837 by Ephratah
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that is funny

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10 Apr 2017 20:03 - 10 Apr 2017 20:09 #8550 by Noah
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This 2000 'ish S10 pick-em-up is a case of lift blocks VS lift shackles.... literally, they're negating each other! (Sorry the pic loaded sideways. For perspective, this was taken from behind the driver's side of the rear bumper, looking forward along the driver's side frame rail)




The lift block only "lifts" the truck if the axle is BELOW the leaf spring. When the axle is ON TOP of the leaf spring, these blocks lift the rear end closer to the frame, thus LOWERING the truck!
Which is only serving to compensate for the extended shackle, which is supposed to push the axle away from the frame, RAISING the truck!

But hey, at least now it has a needlessly rough ride thanks to the tension on the leaf springs. And not to mention a wacky new pinion angle! :lol:
And those U-Bolts don't look dangerously close to the road (especially for a "lifted" truck!)

EDIT: And the best part, this is the second time in 10 years I've seen somebody do this and just completely not understand why the truck isn't taller :woohoo:

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10 Apr 2017 21:25 #8558 by Tyler
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:lol: :lol: So much effort to make your truck WORSE! It looks like the ground clearance for those U-bolts is measured in millimeters...

Let me guess - this botched suspension is not what the vehicle even came in for, is it?

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10 Apr 2017 21:28 #8559 by Noah
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Tyler wrote: :lol: :lol: So much effort to make your truck WORSE! It looks like the ground clearance for those U-bolts is measured in millimeters...

Let me guess - this botched suspension is not what the vehicle even came in for, is it?

Rocker panels!

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10 Apr 2017 21:32 #8560 by Tyler
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Noah wrote: Rocker panels!


Ah crap, I shoulda figured. :( I had money on A/C.

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11 Apr 2017 11:56 #8579 by Dylan
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:woohoo: :woohoo: That is nuts man!

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11 Apr 2017 13:46 #8580 by Andy.MacFadyen
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Back in the 1970's lowering block kits were the standard way of lowering leaf sprung Escots and Capris to lower the cg but then extended rear spring shackles came into fashion so you guessed it I encountered one with both lowering blocks and extended rear spring shackles.

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12 Apr 2017 06:10 #8601 by JeffBirt
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To be fair I have seen some 'professional' mechanics do some really stupid things too. Typically electrics are the worst, my biggest beefs are:

1) cutting a wire inch from a connector making it very hard to fix correctly
2) thinking electrical tape fixes everything
3) not knowing one end of a soldering iron from the other
4) stripping wires with a pocket knife or perhaps a hatchet in some cases

I put 'professional' in quotes as my Dad used to say that 'professional' only meant you got paid to do something not that you were any good at it. (He grew up in a garage, my grandpa was an excellent mechanic). To be equally fair I have also run across electrical engineers and electricians who also should find a new trade. My shop at the university was just rewired to correct for 50 years of poor quality work by 'professional' electricians and 'others'. The two electricians who did the job were true professionals and did fantastic work, it is not easy to rework a mess others created.

The things that drew me to Paul's videos was not only that he taught great troubleshooting techniques but that he is not afraid to say 'I don't know.' and then look for answers. Also, if he goofs he admits it and then fixes the problem.

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