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The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« on: 27 January 2011, 09:30:24 »
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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #1 on: 27 January 2011, 09:32:38 »
For me, it's the same old same old.  Currently working on an Austin 10 that another shop has been "working on".  $900 for a carb rebuild?  Really?  And you should see what they did to the float. :o

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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #2 on: 27 January 2011, 10:45:58 »
What I want to know is this. I drive a Focus with a 2.0L that calls for my oil to be changed every 3000 miles, yet the EXACT SAME engine in a Euro Focus asks for it to be changed every 15000. Whats the deal? Do we use different oil here or have I just been Big Oil's B all these years?

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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #3 on: 27 January 2011, 14:32:46 »
3k miles has been the rule of thumb in the US for ages.  My Toyota is 5k.  15k sounds a little high to me.

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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #4 on: 27 January 2011, 14:39:18 »
Yes, but if the engine has the SAME PART # and Europe has it clearly listed as 15K, what other explanation could there be?

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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #5 on: 27 January 2011, 14:56:24 »
It probably has to do with the warranty.  FordUSA will not warrant an engine that does not change its oil every 3k miles, while FordEurope really doesn't care.

Even though they are the same car from the same company, each has its own policies and procedures.

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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #6 on: 27 January 2011, 15:03:21 »
Ergo, someone is Big Oil's B.  :P

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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #7 on: 27 January 2011, 15:19:39 »
Best way to know when to change your oil? Have an analysis done. Around here NAPA sells a kit that you put some oil in and send off and the company sends back an analysis. You get A LOT of data back, but it also tells you if your oil needs to be changed, or how much longer you should be able to go.
Myself (I have a fair amount of mechanical training) and my friends (2 mechanics and one teaches mechanics) all do 5K with conventional(Valvoline) oil. Synthetics are a whole different ball game.
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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #8 on: 28 January 2011, 12:57:21 »
I'd like to change oil on the car more often, but so far it hasn't hurt the few times it's gone a couple thousand over.... the van I drive so little that I change it just to freshen once I hit 3,000.

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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #9 on: 01 February 2011, 21:14:21 »
There's a pretty nifty article in Hemming's Sports and Exotic Cars March issue about our shop.

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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #10 on: 01 February 2011, 22:17:33 »
Currently working on:

1971 Challenger R/T - complete restoration - next step are restoring the brake booster, heater box and get the dash assembled and installed

1987 Porsche 944 Turbo - need to get whatever holds in the back of the sunroof and figure out the klunking that happens when coming to a stop

1975 Plymouth Trailduster Sport - transmission rebuild

1991 Mazda B2200 - need to figure out what is draining the battery while parked - suspect ignition switch

Mitsubishi Montero SWB (friend's car) - possible engine replacement

1972 Plymouth Duster (friend's car) - pro street conversion, installing mini tubs

Damn - the shop is a hopping

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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #11 on: 01 February 2011, 22:22:12 »
What I want to know is this. I drive a Focus with a 2.0L that calls for my oil to be changed every 3000 miles, yet the EXACT SAME engine in a Euro Focus asks for it to be changed every 15000. Whats the deal? Do we use different oil here or have I just been Big Oil's B all these years?

I would seriously question the part of being exactly the same.

The only ones that want you to change your oil every 3000 are the Jiffy Lube losers. 

Oil change is dictated by two things - how long until the molecular chain breaks down and how much crap it can carry.  The oil filter helps with the carrying and motor design and oil spec with the breakdown.

Some engines like Porsche and diesels use large capacity and superior filters.  Both my 928 and my Cummins Turbo diesel were changed every 7500 miles.

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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #12 on: 02 February 2011, 01:11:54 »
If I waited 3000 miles to change my oil, it would probably go at least a year and a half between oil changes.  As it is, I change it about every 5 months.
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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #13 on: 02 February 2011, 01:23:56 »
Just getting ready to repair/restore/modify a 1986 AMC Eagle Sport 2+.  I figure my 16year old daughter can and will be plenty embarassed when she has to drive it.
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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #14 on: 02 February 2011, 10:31:06 »
Hey, I like those things!!!  Is it the AWD?

And for the oil change thing, different manufacturers have different ideas as to when they need to be done.  Like I said earlier, Toyota recommends 5k, according to Wombat, Ford is at 3k.  Personally, I would not go over 6k without at least  changing the filter.  The only car the I stress that the oil must absolutely be changed every 3k without fail is the old minis and 1100/1300 series of cars.  Especially the automatics.  With the gearbox in the oil pan and charing oil, it will affect performance and shifting and can lead to failure.

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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #15 on: 02 February 2011, 11:48:29 »
Just getting ready to repair/restore/modify a 1986 AMC Eagle Sport 2+.  I figure my 16year old daughter can and will be plenty embarassed when she has to drive it.

My friend made his daughter drive an AMC Gremlin so your being a saint.  Plus that's actually a cool machine and rare. 

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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #16 on: 02 February 2011, 23:28:45 »
My buddies had an AMC Eagle for a "winter car" (the summer car was a recently repainted 74 Charger). Awesome car. Went through quite a bit of stuff, too. Too bad we were 17 and destroyed it... 
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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #17 on: 03 February 2011, 22:16:18 »
That's what 17 year old do.   ;D

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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #18 on: 03 February 2011, 23:31:03 »
Same sad story happened to my friend's '92 Eclipse GSX.  That car was fun, in a sadistic way.  Lots of go, at the cost of no human-shaped object capable of actually fitting in the driver's seat.
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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #19 on: 03 February 2011, 23:45:20 »
Car's that survived my teenage driving:

My mom's 1977 Chevy Monte Carlo (aka "The Mommy Carlo", "The Hawaiian Tropic")
My 1970 Plymouth Duster w/ 550HP 440 - how I did not kill myself I'll never know
My 1969 Plymouth Sport Satellite Convertible - it's 383 just wouldn't blow up
My 1971 Mazda RX-2 - that did blow up
My 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T SE
My 1974 Dodge W100 Power Wagon - blew up one tranny and 4 driveshafts
My 1968 Dodge Charger R/T - blew the doors off a Ferrari Testarossa  8)
My 1969 Plymouth Road Runner
My 1979 Dodge Ram Charger
My 1970 Dodge Challenger 340

That's a lot of cars for a teen and I'm leaving some out  :-\

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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #20 on: 11 February 2011, 20:47:20 »
'Cause I'm that kinda guy, here is a project I did today.

It's the oil strainer out of a 1934 MG PA.  The screen was torn and failing, so I replaced it. 8)


Fresh out of the oil pan, after a rinse in solvent.


All the parts unsoldered.


All cleaned up and with a new screen soldered on.

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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #21 on: 11 February 2011, 21:54:55 »
Very nice.  Feel like repainting my GTO?
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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #22 on: 11 February 2011, 21:57:41 »
Very nice.  Feel like repainting my GTO?

Pearlecent pink with pink ghost flames?

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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #23 on: 11 February 2011, 22:01:03 »
That car is so awesome it would still look good.   ;D
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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #24 on: 11 February 2011, 23:01:20 »
Very nice.  Feel like repainting my GTO?

Is the paint already failing?   ???

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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #25 on: 11 February 2011, 23:07:43 »
It's a GM, of course it is!! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D





I'm just kidding, Mattlov.

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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #26 on: 12 February 2011, 00:26:02 »
Is the paint already failing?   ???
No, it has a couple chips and scratches that I primarily blame on my wife.  I need to get them fixed, but ponder a complete repaint to a new color.
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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #27 on: 12 February 2011, 01:52:11 »
No, it has a couple chips and scratches that I primarily blame on my wife.  I need to get them fixed, but ponder a complete repaint to a new color.

Oh - a color change is against my religion

The paint is failing on my 99 Dodge  :'(

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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #28 on: 12 February 2011, 02:05:20 »
Oh - a color change is against my religion

The paint is failing on my 99 Dodge  :'(

Yeah, I normally don't color change either.  But in the end, they technically only made 876 of my car.  With a paint change I can make it utterly unique.

The paint on the truck is failing?
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Re: The Hall Auto Repair Shop and Mopar Hall of Fame
« Reply #29 on: 12 February 2011, 02:13:18 »
Yeah, I normally don't color change either.  But in the end, they technically only made 876 of my car.  With a paint change I can make it utterly unique.

The paint on the truck is failing?

Yes - it's common with these new crappy paints - clear coat over base coat.  The clear coat fails and flakes or peals off. 

Don't you guys have the sun out there?   ;D :D ;)