Hello All: Like to reply to PontiacJim Post. I really had a dumb mechanic. Now I got a smart mechanic he fixed the dumb mechanic bad brake job. As for me doing any work I wish I could. Disable Vet. I won't be doing any heavy work. I just do a lot of reading and buy parts. LOL
Like to Thank you all for your great advice.
Have a Happy 4th of July.. Let's make Bobby's GTO great AGAIN.... LOL
OK, glad to hear you really had a dumb mechanic, but finally found a good one. People are sometimes embarrassed to be forthright when they feel they don't know something but should, screwed up, or are asking a dumb question - so they use a "third party" voice or person. There are some forums, and I am a member of one of these, which are controlled by arrogant people who make you feel like an idiot or really don't know anymore than you do but have the money to own the cars and pay others to fix them.
Most of us here are more than willing to help and do our best to answer any problem if we have had the experience or can direct you into solving the problem. However, sometimes the question just isn't that simple to answer or it is an honest "unknown."
It is always best to equip yourself with knowledge about your car and or its mechanics. So many questions posed on the forum can be answered by referring to your vehicles Service Manual. Seems many don't want to invest in these and you can get them quite inexpensively on CD if you don't want a hard copy. If you at least have the manual, you can get an idea of what you might be speaking of and then it can sometimes make it easier to follow along with your request as many of us may know exactly what you now mean.
It is also good to be versed on your car's mechanical items and how it all goes together in order to protect yourself from the unscrupulous mechanics out there just looking to prey on the "unknowing" who just want to fix their car and will swallow the bill without question. People today don't seem to have much of a conscious anymore and guilt or shame doesn't seem to enter the picture. There are Chilton manuals out there (like on Ebay) that are flat rate manuals used by service shops of the day that tell you the amount of time given to fix, repair, or replace mechanical and body parts. It may take some "clown" 2 hours to change the points in the distributor when in fact it is probably a 1/2 hour job. BUT, because you have no understanding of point type distributors or how to change or set them, you are grateful that the "clown" who knows how and accept his $250 bill graciously in replacing them. I think all these TV shows feed into that so you expect to get raped and think it is the going price of old car ownership.
My point is, educate yourself as much as possible. Buy the material needed specifically for your car and how to maintain it. Read them. Expand out with books on rebuilding engines, carbs, ignitions, transmissions, rear ends, etc. if you think you are going to be keeping the car long term. Visit a local machine shop a time or 2 to watch and learn. Join an organization - local or national. Visit car shows and cruise-ins and mingle - lot of us old geezers who enjoy explaining or telling stories. BS'ing with one of my customers from work and he was complaining about his girlfriend and working on his GTO. I stopped him right there and asked what year? He has an original '69 Judge RA III 4-speed he bought as a kid, '71 Judge with built RA IV engine, '65 GTO convert, a 1700HP turbo 1970 Trans-Am drag car, RA IV stuff, RA V heads, GM experimental blocks, and more. Showed me a collection of photos to back it all up and he invited me to his house to see it all. Would have never known if we had not gotten into conversation.
The more knowledge you have, the less chance you get the "dumb" mechanic and when you do, you recognize it quickly and pull him off your pride & joy and go looking for the "good" mechanic. These are our cars and you have to take charge of them as such or you will get raked over the coals and the person doing the raking will sleep easy at night because his pockets are lined with your money.