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Old 08-20-2010, 07:24 PM
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I've been a backyard/shade tree mechanic since I was a teenage. Always fixing just about anything that was broken, be it automotive or household.

One day a friend of mine called me to come over and advise him how to go about doing a valve job on his 67 Cougar.

I went over and point out what was what and told him "there are NO spare parts, if you didn't replace it, it goes back in the motor."

About 2 weeks later he called me in a panic. He'd finished putting it "all" back together and it wouldn't start. I asked him if he got everything set right, plug wires on the right plugs, etc. He assured me he had and asked me to come over and see what I could do.

I showed up and as I was walking around the front of the car I looked down and saw 3 push rods laying on a towel on the ground. I then asked him if those came out of the engine to which he said yes, but he couldn't find where to put them when when was putting everything back together.

I busted out laughing. We pulled the valve covers and sure enough there were 3 rocker arms laying there and no push rods. We put the rods in, made sure all rockers were properly adjusted and everything was fine after that. He was a very lucky person.

So, anyone got any funny repair stories to share?
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Old 08-20-2010, 07:33 PM
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Very nice RB (LOL)! I can't think of any right off the bat, but I will be racking my brain as we have done many jobs, electrical and mechanical.
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LOL, sometimes were just in too big a hurry to get it all back together.
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While it wasn't on a truck/car motor, when we were overhauling the KVSR compressors at a gas plant, these are 2 storeys tall and the cylinder is the size of an arm chair. We had removed the entire top end, all that was left was the crank case and shaft w/ counter weights. Well, needless to say, one of the machinists was half-inside the case on his back... when he 'got stuck'. He got himself wedged between the counterweight and the bottom of the cank case, but only to the point where he just couldn't get himself out. When we came around to check on him, he's got his legs sticking out and is pretty much doing the funky chicken trying to move his body out. Well, after laughing histerically and a few cell phone pics for black mail, we pulled on his legs and he was free.
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That's funny RB, and that's exactly what I was always told, if you end up with extra parts, you did something wrong. And Kurtis, you didn't have too much fun at that guy's expense now did you?

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had a guy tow in his camaro was doing a head job on it himself bought all the parts ,all the books and manuals started the job he took the valve covers off pulled the rockers and push rods removed the intake and all the drive assesorys pulled the head bolts but they wouldnt come off so after 3 days of pry bars and hammers he decided to bring it to us this tool had pried on the heads so much that they bent the head on a 5.7 v8 oh by the way it wouldnt come off couse he never pulled the exhast manifold and didnt know there were more bolts under them.so his money saving job ended up costing him 3900 bucks for the new engine ya the block was cracked from the pry bar .
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These are some great stories, keep'em comin.
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This wasn't so much a repair as it was an upgrade.

Last May I traveled up to the Seattle area to help my buddy Brad install a forged 392 stroked motor in his 300C SRT8. Prior to this fun, he had come down to my place near Portland to help with the shifter paddle install we did to both our cars. During that mod session you have to pull the console out and pull off the steering wheel, then get into the wiring harness. We did Brad's car first and when we got it all back together, just as he turned on the ignition, our buddy Hank clapped his hands really loudly from the rear seat. Brad just about came out of his thinking something had gone wrong.

I knew what was about to happen (Hank is a great prankster and quite the electrical wizard) and when I saw Brad's reaction, I LOL'd...Brad vowed to get us back for the prank.

Hank did the same thing when we started up Luis' new audio system after we had spent most of a day installing it. Poor Luis...

Anyway, back to Brad's motor install. While a couple of us were unbolting the stock engine and getting ready to remove it, Brad was cutting down some bolts for the engine hoist with his Dremel.

With his back to us, he started to scream, "My Fingers, My Fingers!!!" I just looked over my shoulder and said, "Nice try, Brad." and went back to work. But I figured I couldn't let it rest there...

We got the engine out on Friday afternoon and on Saturday it was time to put the headers on the new stroker and get it in the engine bay. So we had set up like this: Me and another guy on the engine hoist, another guy under the car to guide the engine into the right location and Brad was on the other side of the car, jockeying the transmission jack as we got this all into place.

So we are getting close to getting this engine lined up. Brad is up and down, running the jack and nervously checking progress of the engine into the engine bay, telling us to "Be Careful! Be Careful!" He was a nervous as a whore in church.

Matt, the guy under the car, said "One good push should do it, guys. Bring the engine down and in." As we gave it a good push, I pulled a box end wrench out of my back pocket and gave the engine hoist a good whack. "CLAAAANGGGGG!!!"

Brad came out from under his car faster than a Wyoming prairie dog trying to escape a rattlesnake in the burrow. The looks on his face, at first when he's looking for the damage and then when he realized he'd been owned, were priceless.

By the way, the car is one badass mofo with that stroker in it.

Here's a vid of the test drive...

http://www.photodex.com/share/maddog95/p8x46mg4
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