I’ve been doing this for a long time, and over the years I’ve run across quite a few nutty things that people who shouldn’t be working on cars have done while working on cars.
Some of these fall into the ugly category where the main crime is that the finished job looks like it was farmed out to the Braille Institute, but others are just plain unsafe. As Harry Callahan said in Magnum Force, “A man’s got to know his limitations,” and it’s true. You need to know what you don’t know and not try to do things that are beyond your skill set, especially when it affects things that involve safety. If you don’t have experience with brakes, then find someone who does to steer you down the right path. Unfamiliar with drivelines? Well, seek out a professional to help, or at least go over your work. None of us know everything, myself included, which is why we need to put pride and stubbornness aside when it comes to seeking help from others.
There’s also the crime of being lazy. Yep, sloth is one of the seven deadly sins and some of the things I’ve seen reek of corner-cutting “I just want to be done” workmanship. Don’t be “that guy.” Do it right even if it costs a few more bucks or takes an extra day. Here are three of my favorite finds when messing with other people’s Chevys. I could write a book on all the crazy stuff myself and friends have come across, but you get the idea.
Photos By Steven Rupp