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blckwolf

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Message Posted: May 20, 2013 10:14:01 PM

I do. I can do everything except engine/transmission teardown/rebuild and sheet metal repair/paint. What skill(s) do you have?
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RamDRW
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2014 8:53:57 PM

I do some of it. Things that involve fluid draining I really can't do because of the incline my vehicle is parked at (I know how, but it's steep enough that I'd never get all the old fluid out).
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2014 9:11:17 AM

no
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Message Posted: Sep 1, 2014 8:46:40 AM

Over the past years I tackled most repairs, have slacked off a lot, still as a automotive enthusiast on certain occasions I break back into the routine. Saving much repair dollars that way.....
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heyman_31036
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Message Posted: Aug 27, 2014 6:51:57 PM

About the same as you - can do some engine repair (alternators, starters, remove head so machine shop can refurbish) but only clean or change filters + fluid in an automatic trans,..
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2014 8:40:50 AM

NO
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Yes
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 9:33:39 AM

Yes.
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no
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contiki
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 7:15:43 AM

Did years ago....not anymore.....
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dchawk81
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 2:04:12 AM

I pulled an abandoned Escort Wagon from under a guy's tree and resurrected it. He got $250 and I got a car that saves me a ton of gas compared to my SUV (32 vs 15 mpg). It needed $750 in parts so far but that takes care of virtually all wear items, including tires, timing belt/water pump, brakes, etc and it also accounts for everything no matter how small.

It sat for over a year and I had it on the road a few weeks after getting the title.

When/if the transmission and/or motor goes I'll rebuild those too.

I also did a good deal of work to my SUV. Rebuilt the front suspension/steering parts, new suspension in the rear, etc. It was going to be abandoned too but I got it cheap as well.

I'm willing to do anything that doesn't require a special, obnoxiously/prohibitively expensive tool/machine. Sadly that means I can't balance my own tires or do my own alignments or machine a head or block. But I can still do a helluva lot.

I tore down another Ford Escort completely and scrapped the chassis and am in the process of selling the good parts. It helped me learn a lot about the good one I have now and give me the confidence to try anything.

[Edited by: dchawk81 at 8/21/2014 2:07:25 AM EST]
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Message Posted: Aug 21, 2014 1:43:43 AM


some of it
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What I can
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No.
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Message Posted: Aug 20, 2014 10:55:11 PM

Cars are too complicated now days. Typically would take to dealer.
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Some of it.
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Not any more.
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not much
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some
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Depends. Air for tires/car wash/detail...you betcha!!!!!
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not anymore........
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some of it
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