Is it just me? I constantly hear certain automotive repair myths that just are not true. They send people off to do work that will cost money and time and never produce a successful result.
1 Replacing the stock 190 degree thermostat with a 160 degree thermostat to try to fix an over heating engine. This is like turning the thermostat on your AC down to 60 when it already can’t bring your house down to 78.
I just put over $600.00 worth of new parts on my Miata, VVT actuator, Up stream O2 sensor, Down Stream O2 sensor, both Coil packs, Spark plug wires and not to clear codes new spark plugs, Oil change and a new valve cover gasket. Each of the first 4 parts cleared a code, then went for a drive, no codes on the way out, but half a block out it started missing. got a code for Cylinder #3 misfiring. It took the coil packs and wires to clear that code.
Now runs like a champ again. It scares me how much it would have cost to have a shop take care of all that. Mean while both old Cougars are running like tops.
So i get a call, guy needs the 70 ignition switch. I make one up. He delivers it to the restoration shop. The kid working on the car calls and wants the old shorted & melted switch back.
I ask why?
He states I gave him a left hand switch & he needs a right hand one.
He insisted on “rebuilding the melted switch”…
The car is now here. Delivered with the dash torn apart & harness dissected. Steering column trim is removed.
!! both bright head lights are blown (white at top inside both matching pattern) !! My guess, they pinched the headlight harness?
Oh, did I say the shop just painted the car. The tow truck driver pointed out 2 nicks in the dr door when he picked it up & documented them.
More to come… New top already lifting at the rear window bottom pass side?- Incorrect trim too!
Those items have a place. A DUI GM style HEI distributor in a Ford does not. It’s a mammoth overbearing waste of space that gains you NOTHING over a Ford Duraspark. To make this non-Ford non-sense work you need full length GM style cowl induction just to shut the hood over that garbage can with plug wires.
Yeah, cold air intakes aren’t a gain. They just make more noise and in a perfect scenario might give 5 hp on top that you wouldn’t notice. Plus, It uses a cotton gauze type of filter which is o-k. But, when people over oil the filter it puts oil deposits in the Mass Air Flow insulating the heated wire causing erroneous information to the computer, wrong calculations then poor commands to engine and transmission operation. Sometimes transmission damage.
The biggest of all for classic cars… “Yes, You can drive your car to our paint shop and we will disassemble as needed, paint it and reassemble after paint”. Unless his name is John Benoit, Scott Taylor, Marcus Anghel or Ed Myers you will be in for a huge heartache in most cases. When you deliver your classic it should have 4 rollers and vise grips for a steering wheel and NOTHING else. Want to leave your wiring harness in? Go ahead if you want it body color. I have heard countless stories of missing, swapped or damaged parts. Often you have to show up with a sheriff just to get what you can back. Nobody but you will take the time needed to reassemble it the right way. This is why many folks look at a car needing paint as “totaled”. Also why the “patina” look is so popular.