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The 1st time you ever did anything to a car

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  1. hosmer

    hosmer I made the millionth post VIP

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    the very 1st thing I ever did to an automobile:

    It was 1993, I was 15. I had my permit and I had already bought a car (for when I got my license). It was a 1986 Olds Cutlass Supreme coupe. 305 V8, black on maroon velour..hott shitt

    While it was in my driveway, with no help or any knowledge of anything mechanical, I decided to install an aftermarket CD player (Boss) WITHOUT an adapter harness.

    Step 1: figure out how to get the "woodgrain" trim off the dash

    Step 2: remove double-din GM paperweight

    Step 3: completely cut harness

    Step 4: realize the CD player is significantly smaller than the old radio

    Step 5: go in the house and figure out WTF happened

    Step 6: go to garage and get some plywood, cut to fit, and spraypaint black

    Step 7: randomly touch wires until I get power

    Step 8: figure out which speaker is which color

    Step 9: electrical tape everything together

    Step 10: reinstall everything w/drywall screws


    the thing worked pissah too...
     
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    Battle Pope New Member

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    It was shortly after that you realized that your calling was working in a salvage yard, am I right?
     
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    hosmer I made the millionth post VIP

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    92civicb18b1 The Trisexual

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    The first thing I ever did was tackle the electrical system in a non running 79 Rabbit when I was 12 or 13. The harness was FUCKED, but I rewired it and the car ran great for the first time in 2 years. I got the car for free because the lady was having issues with it randomly not starting, one day she couldn't get it to restart so it sat in her driveway forever.

    Before the mice got to the harness, it was simply a short in ignition wires. I did get it to start before I redid the harness by fixing the ignition wires, but it had some other electrical issues, so I redid the whole thing. Painted it flat black. Then one day I drove it to the bus stop, returned and some of the village idiots thought it would be funny to put it on it's roof. I don't remember what happened after that, the roof was a little dented and I never could get it to run after that. I gave it to charity a couple years later and let my grandmother write it off.
     
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    i remember helping my old man way back in the day, way way back
    cv joints etc etc
    i remember it always ALWAYS took longer tham he said it would...

    first things i did on my own was pull the plug out of my go kart to clean it to get it running...

    my car was a nissan pulsar and it got low oil pressure, turned out to be the pulley that drives the oil pumppp somehow ate itself apart...

    pretty easy job...
     
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    B16 Super Moderator VIP

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    I don't remember what the first thing was? I know it was in my HS autoshop on my 85 jeep cherokee.
     
  7. pissedoffsol

    pissedoffsol RETIRED

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    first thing i ever did was convert my z24 to the euro 1-wiper mod. lol
     
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    Battle Pope New Member

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    first thing I ever did myself was try to fit 5.25" speakers into 4" mounting places, and fix the butchered stereo wiring in my 84 crx.
     
  9. 92civicb18b1

    92civicb18b1 The Trisexual

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    LMAO...

    I don't remember what car I had that euro wiper on, needless to say I put it back to stock. I hated that shit with a passion. It just pissed me off.
     
  10. B16RacerN2NR

    B16RacerN2NR Working Hard VIP

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    in 99, when I turned 16, I took the corner lights off of my 89 4 door civic to replace them with Clear Corners (fuck you guys! :p ) So while I was their I decided to go ahead with the quick signal "mod" Cut the wires, hooked them up backwards, and 'viola'(sp?) it worked!! still works with the same bulbs with the guy who has my car now lol it's actually changed owners 3 times since I traded it for my CRX 2 years ago :ph34r: [​IMG]
     
  11. EGProject

    EGProject YEEEEAAHHHHH

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    Did most of my work with my dad until I got to the age that I could weild tools by myself. Modded a perfectly useful Snapper ride-on. Took off the cutting deck and belt. Changed over the drive pulley. Cut off the exhaust. Added a nice shiny extension. Cleaned up the carb, and my friend whos dad was a major muscle-car guy got me the jet opened up. Threw it all together with a shitty old mini air cleaner cover. That thing was the bain of my neighborhood for that summer. It went okay, but did a cool clutch-drop wheelie manuver that was quite hilarious.

    The next thing I undertook was my Civic - been wrenching on it since day one.
     
  12. MikeBergy

    MikeBergy Blah blah blah....

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    Replaced the stereo in my 84 beater t-bird turbo. That car sucked.
     
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    jamesA Well known pissed off telephone guy VIP

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    The time I put my deck in my Escort. I had completely forgotten to get the deck puller bars, and everything we tried to use didn't work... so we took a screw driver and ripped the stock tape deck apart, pulled it and installed my Pioneer. Fun shit.

    Then I put the intake in the Escort, actually it was just a cone filter. after that I put in indiglo gauges... what a pain in the ass. After that I spent too much money fixing shit that kept breaking.
     
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    reikoshea HS Troll...And Mod Moderator VIP

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    umm...tune up (rotor cap wires plugs) on my protege....i hate that car Still sits leakin oil on my driveway.
     
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    BodyDroppedNikes ...PENDEJO.... VIP

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    first thing i ever did was put some cheap ass Pioneer speakers in my '73 Volkswagen Super Beetle. it still sounded like shit...lol.
     
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    brian11to1 Senior Member

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    91 escort 'gt' - added a cameleon (sp?) head unit. drove it everywhere. til the timing belt broke, i replaced that. and we traded it to a friend for the car below.

    95 altima 'gxe' - added a pioneer head unit. it blew the tail light fuse. i hooked up the 'dimmer' light wrong or something. oh well, shortly after i drove the shit out of the car

    had no plans for either car, but for how i was when i was 16, both were damn good cars.
     
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    First thing i did, was help my buddy pull and put a turbo supra fuel pump, in his 78 Celica GT that we got for $250... i was like 14 maybe?
    I prolly did small shit before that.. but that's the first thing i actually had to figure out i guess.
    It scored an awesome 98miles per tank. (yea it worked)
    $300 car, total POS, one of the coolest cars you'd ever see/drive/slide.
     
  18. tylonalsnifnfool

    tylonalsnifnfool Senior Member

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    I can't really remember my first mechanical thing I did so i'll skip to age 10 with the funniest. My friend used to race microds so we tried to make out own racecar outa parts we found laying around. Long story short, we mounted a motor off a 6hp water pump to it useing plywood motor mounts. We didn't use a clutch either we had to pop start it, or pullstart it off the ground and drop it.

    First automotive thing on a real car was a ebay CAI on my 88 crx Dx when I was 15.
     
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    TurboMirage YEEAAAHHH VIP

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    ask clayton...

    we did a clutch on my 85 crx dx.
     
  20. Airjockie

    Airjockie Watanabe Whore!!!

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    Ahh the frozen bloody knucles.....


    I did a water pump on a 59 Studebaker Flatbed truck...my first car...bought it when I was 14...drove it 7 miles...it sat for a day and sold it to a farmer for $1000...I bought it for $550 from my dad...and a $50 waterpump...

    Then bought a 74 Jeep Grandwagoneer LTD Ed. Blew up the motor...via dropping a valve...and got a rebuilt AMC 360..and bored and ported it when I was 15....blew up axels all the time..and trannies...but the car was bought for $2000, engine was $3000...and my bill at my dads shop was...uhm...unknown...I just gave it to my dad when I went to Japan..he sold it and gave me back like $500 for it...my bill was paid, and that was what was left over...

    Bought a JDM Nissan Bluebird....crashed it twice.

    Bought a JDM Prelude...blew the clutch, added a turbo....traded it for an old Toyota Town Ace.

    the list goes on and on....

    and dont get me started on how many things I do to aircrafts....it would be a few pages here.....
     
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