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Car show/ cruise night pet-peeve
#1
Seems there are basically two kinds of guys that have cool old collector cars at most car shows and cruise nights:

1) The "died-in-the-wool" gear-head guys who know thier cars inside and out...the guys that do almost all of the tuning maintaining and repairing themselves.

2) And then there are the guys who may have finally got to a point in thier life where they can financially afford to buy a restored example of the car they have lusted after thier whole lives.


The second guys...These are the guys who typically don't know much about turning wrenches. If you ask 'em about some mechanical thing on thier car, they say :Yeah, I gotta' get my mechanic to fix that up for me."
These guys can spout off all the "salesman brochure cool facts" about thier cars; horsepower, production numbers, supposed collector values, etc...
They may claim that "It's got 400 horses, this thing is a beast!" But they may actually be driving around in a 200-horse-er without ever knowing the difference simply because they have never driven a real 400 horse car before.
On cruise nights where all the cars cruise slowly through some streets to the appreciative crowds, I sometimes get stuck behind one of these guys with a car so badly tuned it barely runs or idles correctly. Raw gas being dumped down a poorly-adjusted carb then chokes the crap out of anyone following him.

Anyone with a collector car should know how to work on 'em. Just my opinion.
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#2
except for the Paint, top and seat covering, no one has ever worked on my car, I have touched every bolt in the car.

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Kit Sullivan;183657 Wrote:On cruise nights where all the cars cruise slowly through some streets to the appreciative crowds, I sometimes get stuck behind one of these guys with a car so badly tuned it barely runs or idles correctly. Raw gas being dumped down a poorly-adjusted carb then chokes the crap out of anyone following him.

Mmm...that gloriously poisonous smell of Kruse International, Auctions America, Barrett Jackson, and Mecum!

Wink

That said, most people are idiots and fall into category #2. Which comes first, I do not know, but it applies to everything.

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#4
I even know some idiots who belong in category #1..... That's because they work on chevvies! Hahaha!!,

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#5
I love cat 2 folks, they HAVE reached a point in life where they will pay me way too much to make gas stop dripping out of the tailpipe. I just listen to there tales of smoking a 1987 V6 Camaro off the stoplight and burning the tires of for nearly 37 feet then say "Wow, that's awesome, that'll be $300.00 dollars for the tune-up." Smile
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I think there is a category 1.5. Guys that are willing to tackle most things themselves but know what they can't do so seek the help of those that can. Also some of the younger guys that are coming up fit here too. They may not come from a place where the have the skills to do it all yet. These are the guys you want to steer toward cat 1

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#7
I would be in category #2, only I try to avoid being a douche.
Nobody in my whole family was technically skilled (in regards to cars that is) and nobody was into cars in the first place, so I did not grow into this.
Combine that with being all thumbs and not being able to memorize stuff it leaves me at the merci of my wrenching buddy who will take care of everything.
I learned to do simple stuff like changing ball joints, wheel bearings, do oil changes etc. but don't make me work on something that requires knowledge of technical stuff or even worse: electricity! I never grasped the concept of electricity.
I also tried to read the distributor recurving thread but I had to give up halfway down the road.

So I'm definitely in category 2. Sorry! :-(
I could live with being in Luke's category 1.5, though. That one I like.

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Luke;183686 Wrote:I think there is a category 1.5. Guys that are willing to tackle most things themselves but know what they can't do so seek the help of those that can. Also some of the younger guys that are coming up fit here too. They may not come from a place where the have the skills to do it all yet. These are the guys you want to steer toward cat 1

I tend to agree with Luke, I don't fall into either category due to the fact that my first car (73 Coupe) I personally worked on myself for years, sold and regretted it ever since. Due to family and career I chose to pay top dollar for a finished 73 Mach which was everything and more than I ever wanted except for the 521 stroker I have sitting wait in the garage for it. I don't think that puts me into either category which I don't take as a bad thing.
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#9
i stopped going to car shows about 6 years ago.

I've had stuff stolen at car shows but what really did it was going to the local cruise night, and it was packed i pulled up to the guy at the barrier to pay my 5$ to get in and he tells me, look forget it the place is packed there are no spots left, just pull through and come around again, keep doing that until i get a signal there is an open space and then i'll take the 5$. so i pull forward slowing inching in a big circle. All the food places are packed i'm in a traffic jam, cars. cars cars. i come to the end to make the right to go back to the barrier to start the circle again, and made a left instead.... i went on a 60 mile drive on the back roads just listening to tunes, went to 7-11 got some coffee with that 5$ i would of given the cruise guys and went home. never went to another car show or cruise night after that.
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#10
On a personal note, If someone from category 2 buys and pays whatever it takes to get their car, (or anything else for that matter) fixed to a level which makes them happy, then full kudos to them! We love our 123's equally and do what we can under the circumstances to make them right...

Is one millionaire dad a better dad because he sends his kid to a private school vs the dad who adores his kid just as much but sends him to a public school?
All technical abilities or lack of thereof, have absolutely no bearing whatsoever to do with the love we have for this hobby...

That's what makes this site special.... There are so many people willing to help so many others at the drop of a hat just for a g'day and a beer....

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