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Nobody could ever convince my dad to wear a dust mask, or a pair of protective glasses, throughout his 40+ year career as an auto mechanic. The worst thing he's complaining about nowadays is his bad back.
I once made the mistake of owning a Renault 14 - long story.
To replace the spark plugs one had to remove the engine which was canted backwards at 72 degrees so the engine compartment bulkhead blocked access to the said plugs!
I learned a trick was to loosen the engine, lift it up just a little at the back using the flexibility in the front rubber mounts to tilt it up just enough that a special Renault spark-plug tool could remove and replace the plugs. This is apparently what they did at the dealers - although they still charged for removing and replacing the engine.
My brother worked for a short time at said dealers - which explains why I got stuck with this junkheap in the first place.
- I would love to change the world, but they won’t give me the source code.
Good luck! I despise anything to do with working in the tight confines under a dashboard...wires/harnesses/vents all in the way of everything.
As for mechanical abilities, I consider myself lucky to have had a Dad who could fix anything. I learned by watching/helping. My last major mechanical undertaking was replacing the water pump, timing belt, and both front CV joints in a Mazda about 15 years ago. Back then, we relied on Haynes manuals instead of youtube.
Your post also reminded me of when I replaced a clutch outside in the yard in the snow. The hardest part was keeping enough feeling in the fingers to get bolts started!
We are a two car family. A 21 year old Camry and a 4 year old Camry. (I love Toyotas.) Some 17 years ago, the older one started to make a clacking sound whenever I hit a slight bump in the road. The repair shop said there are rubber grommets at the ends of suspension tie rods that needed to be replaced. Parts cost would be minimal, but labor was over $600! It turned out they had to completely remove the engine-transmission assembly to replace the grommets. When the mechanic saw the shock in my face, he told me the only purpose of the grommets was to prevent the noise. I can drive the car as it was, if I am willing to live with the clacking sound.
Well, that was 17 years ago and we still go merrily clacking on our way. We don't even hear it any more!
I have this playlist with mostly fast-paced dance(able) electronic music.
I haven't listened to it in a while because I'm currently more into soundtracks and piano music.
But apparently I've been adding to the list which made me find this track by surprise.
OxiDaksi play psytrance, but apparently they call it dark psytrance or darkpsy (I've found these psychedelics love sub-genres).
Calling it fast-paced would be an understatement.
After the intro I immediately heard why I added this to my list and I thanked past me for adding this for present me
Not exactly my cup of tea, but it did remind me of some music that a guy I used to work with recorded vocals for. No singing, just spoken words. He's a big guy with a deep voice; DJs love him for the fact that they don't have to reprocess his recordings to take it down an octave, so he's actually turned that into a bit of a sideline. He's basically given a few written sentences and has to read them out in various styles. For a few hundred bucks. Not bad. Then the DJs mix that in with whatever they're working on.
Found it. They call it hardstyle. My ex-coworker goes by the name of Tekgnosis, so if you find something on Youtube with that name, that's probably him.
Disclaimer: While his vocals are interesting...the "music" is way too bouncy and repetitive for me.
According to what he was told (by actual DJs), he's got the sort of voice that DJs want for voiceovers, but they always end up recording some random guy but have to reprocess the audio to get the pitch lower - which tends to make it sound bad. But my buddy's already got this deep voice, so he can record exactly what they want without any further tweaking.
I remember his girlfriend saying she loves to rest her head on his chest and listen to him talk. I...have not had that experience; I'm happy just to take her word for it.