Smart move Sam, ask for help and then insult most of those capable of
actually helping. It seems you didn't learn much from your last ordeal with
the cylinder heads. As I remember you were pretty happy to have some "wrench
monkey" finish the project that YOU started but were unable to finish.
You must be one of those high-priced wrnech monkeys. Sorry if your feelings
are hurt by that.
You're right, I didn't know enough about my truck to properly adjust the
valves, I'm guilty as charged.
Now, in this case, the wrench, no matter who he is, will most likely just
throw the same parts at my truck that I will, except I can get a lower price
and my labor doesn't cost $100 an hour.
As I remember you were very happy when your local "wrench monkey" put your
truck back together. I also don't remember any pissing and moaning about
what he charged. It seems to me like he did what you couldn't, even though
several people here gave you detailed instructions of what to do. So why is
it you have such a low opinion of repair techs? Maybe a better question
would be this.... If the local parts swapping monkeys are making $100/hour
and you are capable of doing just as good of a job as they are why not just
open a shop? $100/hour shop rate and a healthy markup on parts.... think
about it. On the other hand if you don't have a clue what you are doing you
will quickly go broke.
Bob, being happy about him geting it running(just a valve adjustment), and
being happy as shit that he decided to R&R the intake and charge me $1K to
do it are two separate things. I'd almost feel good about paying for the R&R
if he had actually REMOVED the f-in intake instead of just unbolting things,
lifting it up and inserting new gaskets(even though I installed it
$1K for the intake? Christ, I've done it with more than one V-8 in an hours
So, for the third time, for me to go to a local mechanic and have him charge
me $100/hr. to throw the same parts at it is ludicrous.
P.S.- I have no desire to be a mechanic. Why the fuck would you draw such a
I didn't buy one.
I thought about it, and figured if I stuck the money that
the Modis would have cost into a laptop and software, I'd
have a hell of a lot more tool for the money.
(plus I'm leery of Snap-Ons claims)
I bought a new laptop instead, which is going to/is being
loaded with all sorts of neat software.
Ease scan software
Service management program
Pico scope if I can get it without the low amps probe which
I already own 3 versions of.
I just finished up the wireless network last night...
The laptop is going into my custom built diagnostic cabinet
which will have (from top to bottom) my Counsellor 2 on top,
the laptop on the second level, C2 accessories in the top
drawer, the red brick in the second drawer, my LS-2000 and
accessories and timing light in the third drawer, with the
bottom (deep) drawer holding the fuel pressure gauge set,
the smoke machine, my speedglas helmet and a few other odds
and ends. I got to remember to forward a picture of all
this to Jim Linder cause I believe he collects
pictures/examples of mechanics versions of their diagnostic
Given the price difference and similarities, the Genisis is
still in consideration though.
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