Two guys, a dog, and a repair shop
Welcome. This little part of the web will be my life at Willie's Repair. Not really the day to day work but the other things in life. Projects, past and present, special goings on, info about the automotive world or anything else I care to associate automotive.
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
Noises. They are the toughest nut to crack. Sometimes you just can't narrow down what it is the person is hearing. What is abnormal to them might seem perfectly fine to you. Noise diagnostic without the customer riding along with you, so they can point it out when it does happen make it even tougher.
Some rules I like to live by.
I want info, lots of it, I want to be a journalist. Who, What, Why, When, Where and How. The more the better.
TSB's help, looking them up is one of those first steps you should do.
Test drive with the customer. When they say it happens "all the time" then have them drive and show you. When they don't have it happen all the time then more information will come out.
There is more, but usually these three will help you get on the right track to find it after it is racked.
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Lego, yes, I am a AFOL.http://vimeo.com/9581676 and enjoy the hobby with the boys. With the whole car scene a little pricier than I can afford right now I can just as easily build a MOC of a hot rod or make silly comics about life at the shop, like the one above. Very rough draft, I threw it together one afternoon after a frustrating morning. I'll make some more in the future if people do enjoy them.
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
It's gone, bu-bye. I've keep from posting to get over the fact that I have sold the Camaro. Yup, down the road it has gone. I hope the new owner is happy with it, I let it go for less than I had hoped to get but more than I needed to get. So a lot of bills paid off after a long year of different, crazy events that have basically left me getting up, going to work, family, sleep, repeat all over again.
2012 will be gladly gone and forgotten in a few weeks and hopefully 2013 brings some better times with cars.
I did actually fire up and drive the '60 this fall. It has been a long time since I did that which I should be ashamed about. My hopes for 2013 is to get some new tires on it, replace the buckets with a bench seat and try to put some miles on.
We will see.
Friday, July 06, 2012
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Why Seatbelts are good
A few weeks ago on my way to work I came upon this accident. A high school age girl hit a Turkey, lost control and rolled the car into the ditch. She and her passenger walked away with not a scratch. The Taurus? Well, let's just say there is one less clogging the roads.
Again, nobody hurt, seatbelts on.
Friday, March 23, 2012
Monday, February 20, 2012
Just a Trailer
That is it. Slow month, not much going on. So a trailer we have had for 30 some years gets dragged out of storage it has been in for the last 20 and is back in service. For what? I haven't a clue. But it is a excellent example on why you pack your trailer bearings before storing it. They looked clean and fresh when I inspected them. The tires on the other hand, whoa.
Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Where have I been?
I figured I needed to get a post in December or everyone would think I was dead or in jail...or both.
First, why I haven't been posting. I have had a enormous amount of personal issues in RL that I have been dealing with which has meant I have basically set my automotive hobby to the side. I haven't done anything gearhead related since the Summer car show for Mazo. Life has been overwhelming. In this day and age many will understand the why so there is no reason to get into details.
Second, I have been kicking around selling the Camaro. That has got me not wanting to think about doing anything gear head related since every time I think of it I start to wonder about selling the Camaro. The car doesn't have a emotional attachment like everything else we have in the fleet. Every other custom or toy car we have in the family or shop has a certain attachment which would make selling them very hard to do. The Camaro, not so much. I don't dislike the car, I just need to go a different direction in life with a few things and selling the car would allow that. So if you are interested in it, send a email or respond below. I'd be happy to talk about it.
Third, the kids. This I am not angry about so don't take it that way. Their needs trump everything else. William's sports have taken me totally out of the car seen. If I am not taking him to practice, coaching, or traveling to games then I am doing everything else I need to do. So I haven't hit any cruise nights or car shows this past year because I am focused on him. Brock is going to start getting into these sports also, so the spare time will be short.
Lastly, I'll try to post more but I am going to steer the topics back to a few things that I am doing often enough. Working on cars and family stuff that might have a auto theme to it.
If you are still bothering to check in on me, thanks, I'll try to keep things rolling.
Friday, November 04, 2011
Friday, August 19, 2011
Convertibles Invade Mazo
I couldn't get or grab many details about the road rally. I did bump into one driver who mentioned it was a Convertible club that started their rally in Middleton and were heading towards Lacrosse. I would have talked longer but the County Mounty pulled up behind me and I wasn't in a "make the local cops mad by blocking traffic" kind of mood.
So, play "ID the 'verts" if you'd like!
Monday, August 01, 2011
BMW Art Car
I am happy to report that our little project of turning our 320i BMW into a "Art Car" was a success. The prepping, priming and work paid of big time. We had roughly 27 different kids stop by during the Mazo Car show to try their hand at painting the car. One particular young boy keep coming back again and again and again. He just about did the entire hood himself. Our favorite moment of the day was when my brother Troy explained to a young boy to paint flames on the hood. So the kid painted the word "flames" across the hood. I guess he had never seen flames painted on a car before. It was very funny and got a lot of thumbs up and laughs.
Friday, July 15, 2011
The following body options are listed in my Carquest and Weaver online parts ordering for the 2008 Honda Pilot
Value Package? WTF? That is actually the one I have racked. Now to investigate the Value Package. Does it mean I have Wal-Mart seat covers? Target cup holders? Curious I am.
Monday, July 11, 2011
For the upcoming Mazo Fun Dayz car show Troy and I are donating our 320i BMW to become a "Art Car". What is that you ask? Here is a nice link to explain it all but if you'd rather not travel around looking what we are basically doing is this. We sand down all the paint on the Bimmer. Then tape off anything we don't want painted and after that let any kid 12 and under have at it. They can paint whatever they want with the paint we will supply them. Of course we will have a "Sponsored by Willie's Repair" sign and try as much as we can to get a few new customers from the idea.
It will actually be the first car show I will be attending this Summer. With the kids at the age they are now sports for them has taken precedent over my fun.
Here is the before, can't wait to see the after.
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The '57 Is Out The Door.....Finally
I really wish I would have had this car done sooner but circumstances be as they were. It wasn't. My little mishap with my right arm really set things back but it is now ready to rock and roll.
What is in it? A 383CID stroker motor from Blueprint Engines. Edelbrock Performer Intake, Carb and then a Spectre CAI kit. Of course painted up in Chevy "Red" and dressed up with a little chrome here and there. It feels stronger than the engine that was in there as it should. That was just a regular old 350 with a set of "camel hump" heads and a older Edelbrock intake.
Friday, June 03, 2011
Are the Hoon's Dying?
If no one understands what a Hoon is here is a good definition. There is also Hooniverse.com where all things Hoon is celebrated.
I'm wondering if Hoon's are dying?" The kind of person who doesn't trust the catalog, computer or what is written in stone at the parts houses. The kind of car nut that loves learning as much as possible about their automotive passion. The kind of person who always wonders "will this work?" They won't wonder "Can I make this fit." They will wonder "How much Beer will be drank coming up with the plan to make it fit?" They will never say never for the automotive world. Anything is possible if you spend enough time and energy to make it happen.
I've been battling a dip stick. Haha, not myself. A actual Oil Dip Stick for the '57 Chevy engine swap that I am finally coming to completion on. The frustration mounts when you take different era parts and equipment and try to mold them into one. The engine is a "after '86" when they went to a one piece rear main. This is also later than '87 because it has the valve cover bolts in the center. It is a fresh build, 383 stroker motor from Summit.
I've made attempts to get a dipstick locally to no avail. It is frustrating when they just look at the catalog and say. "no". I tried and tried to explain to the last place I called that I had to have the smaller dipstick tube that fit that late '80's and early '90's SBC. They guaranteed this one would work because it worked it their SBC. "Is yours a late '80's early '90's?" The answer; "No, but I know it will work, it says fits '79-'91. "
I even started giving them applications for the era that I knew would have the dipstick I need. "No, don't have it, special order." "No, don't have it, warehouse would ship in 7 days." Arrrgh, one dip stick tube that no one can get easily.
Grrrrr....I finally bit the bullet knowing I would regret the '79 to '91. I knew it wouldn't fit but he guaranteed it!
So here is why the pictures are in. To the far left is the one that was in the old block. In the middle is the one that was guaranteed to fit. As you can see I got mad and tried to make it fit. Then calmed down and walked away for awhile. All the while bitching that again, someone didn't listen to me. There is a difference in the dipstick holes on SBC's.
Finally there is the one on the right. I went to the steel dumpster out back with a hammer and side cutters and yanked out the dipstick that was in a 4.3L from '92. I knew it would work because the 4.3L shared much in design as the SBC engines for that year. Just two cylinders looped off.
If you look close, see that orange paint? That is where it slide right in snug as a bug and is ready to rock and roll. I hooned it in.
So is the Hoon dead? Are to many guys just looking at the screen and thinking. "the computer says so, it must be fact" instead of maybe playing around with different applications? Researching a little? Ask the old Hoon in the corner who has BTDT?
I will openly admit I am as much to blame for my fiasco as the next guy. I had a part number squared away and should have pressed for it to be ordered. I just tried to get it locally. Tried to make it easier, cheaper. I know better. I really do. Anyway, I have a dipstick that fits. I'm getting this car fired off later and will post up some results of my work next week.
I didn't give up, I finally just said I'd make something fit. I want to see this car Hooned.
Friday, May 27, 2011
Soft Top Cobra
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Wednesday, May 04, 2011
Ya, another continuing discussion of paintball. Oh you will be fine. It isn't like anything I ever talk about is really that important anyway.
The RUKNK-4 performed wonderfully. Throughout the day it never skipped a beat and made the scenarios that much better. Some pictures of the beast from the day. Video will come down the road. Shawn, from Redhead racing (see how I keep the auto theme going?) was out to shoot with us also and mounted some Go-Pro cameras on the turret and windshield. Once those are in my hands I'll post them up!
Thursday, April 21, 2011
RUKNK-4 Is Ready
Saturday is coming up fast and the RUKNK-4 is ready to deploy. The group that shoots with us put a lot of effort into getting it ready and put up with my whining, complaining, bitching and moaning like champs. About all I have been good for the last six weeks. Hopefully next week we will have some nice video of the vehicle in action.
Other news, the cast on my right arm is off and now starts the process of building some strength and dexterity back into it. Through the last six weeks the pain slowly subsided and now it is a sharp, stabbing pain if I move my arm in the wrong direction. Doctor expects me to be on light duty for another month or so. This likely means my Saturday will consist of watching everyone else have fun.
Work has been tough to get back into. The load is increasing and keeping pace with it has been difficult because I am still using one arm. I can lift about a pound, maybe two depending on the angle my arm is pointed. Hopefully next Friday when they check me out they won't freak and want to re-cast or cut it open to fix any damage that didn't heal correctly.
Oh well, back to the old "Two speeds, don't like this one you'll hate the next one."
Monday, April 11, 2011
Progress continued and the "tank" started coming together. It now has a name. "RUKNK-4" which stands for, Ruland, Kindschi and Kindschi 4. This being the fourth tank we have fielded on our farm for games. Almost coming up on its debut and this damn cast being removed from my arm. One week left on the cast!
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Things progressed quickly on the "Stryker" or "BDRM"(side dependent) as the work started. It became obvious to us all that this would not be a Heavy Tank that was extremely tough and unable to be taken down with light weapons but it would be a Armored Fighting Vehicle. This gives the Infantry fighting it a chance.
Rear decking and framing are up and the choice for the gun turret was made. A old Gumball machine that Dan sourced years ago and stored in the Barn with the intention of one day using it for a Paintball Tank.
More to come with final pictures in April and video footage after it debuts on April 23rd.
Monday, March 21, 2011
So What Is Going On?
Not much on the custom car front. With one arm my fun has been cut right down but I have been slowly getting ready for a fun year of Paintball. You ask how that has anything to do with the shop and auto world? How about a S-10 pickup turning into a paintball tank? I've been mostly standing around, pointing and suggesting what guys should be doing, running my mouth and letting others spend time, blood, sweat and tears on the project. Players who play with us at the farm have put in most the effort. Kurt and Mike doing a pretty large amount of that work.
More pics of the Tank as the days go on, I'm not going to blow the whole wad in one post.
Cast comes off April 18th...Paintball on the 23rd and hopefully no cast on the 24th ;)
Tuesday, March 08, 2011
One Armed Bandit
Thursday, February 24, 2011
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
When Zip-ties Attack
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Protesting Near Madison
That is it. I can't take it any longer. I am protesting near Madison. You heard me right! I am going to protest this atrocity! It should not stand any longer. For far to long the people have been oppressed by this scourge! Who will stand with me? Who will join me in defeating this menace?
No one should suffer at the hands of the the lower intake gaskets of the 3100 and 3400 V6 GM engines?
Join me now, stand up and stop this evil before it destroys engines everywhere! If we join together and replace each and every lower intake set that leaks externally or internally...or both...we can save the 60 Degree V6 from a sure death.
//smile, it will help you get through it all.
///how am I near Madison? Mazo is 20 miles West.