Got my car back today from our local carb guru. The guy ONLY does carb work and timing of distributors, and he is swamped with work. Experience of 30 years, and it shows. The '65 is running like a champ. Didn't know this car could run that well. Little list of what I have done since I last talked to you all....
New Alternator/starter solenoid/voltage regulator
Now its time for a little more maintenance. New shocks all the way around, new fuel filters and fixing a couple trans leaks.
Its coming along nice, I am really enjoying this car now.
Sometimes it is the case that newer mechanics don't have a clue, but sometimes its just a more efficient use of time to let a "pro" do his thing, and use their time on something else they can actually make money on.
Took my jeep to a shop once...it's an 88 grand wagoneer, the guy was doing an alignment on it. I tried to ask him about a carb issue, he didnt know a thing. The only guy here that can work on a carb is a man about 65 years old and an barely move. Thats why i am learning myself.
There's been nothing to fix on cars for twenty years but replace parts. While a slide ruler is cool, but I want my kids learning to use a computer...
You're right....who rebuilds alternators and starters anymore? Who "overhauls" an engine? All these once serviceable parts are now simply replaced. Water pumps, brake calipers, power steering equip, the list goes on.
My daughter just turned 1, and while I want her to learn to do math in her head, I also do not want her to fall to the digital divide. I want her to be tech savvy and know her way around computers, tablets, and mobile devices. And Hell who knows, maybe one day she'll learn how to tune a Holley!
This took a lot of liability out of the mechanic's hands. Imagine how hard it would be to get quality technicians with the youth that is growing up now. I am not that old, 31, but I notice a huge difference in common sense and intelligence from when I was their age.
I bet if you went back 50 years, 150 years, and 500 years the adults of the time would say "Kids these days arent gonna amount to ****." I was a tech for 10 years and left the field recently. I only ever did the basics with carbs. Getting a carb to run really right and getting it dialed in "just right" is mostly art from years of experience. If you were a computer guy would you spend a lot of time learning punch card computers just in case somebody wants you to fix one someday? Of course not. You would put that effort into learning about the things you will work on everyday. And there are still people who rebuild alternators, starters, engines, and transmissions. But thats a specialist job now. Garages nowadays realize that they should stick with what thet are good at (i.e. profitable) and they dont try to do everything for everyone.
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