As a posted in another thread, I put new brake pads on my car last night. A coworker was shocked that I knew how to do such a thing. For me, this is a very small project. I grew up in a car family and for me, something like this has little to do with saving money, but more to do with knowing my car. I have spun a wrench on every vehicle I have ever owned and have even done some substantial modifications on one ‘project’ that I had for a while. It was a 2 wheel drive S-10 blazer that had 350 cc. (V8 motor for you non gearhead types) Right now I am looking for a 53 or 54 Chevy 2 door for my next project.
Some guys who call themselves gearheads don’t know the difference between a pipe wrench and a torque wrench. A real gear head not only enjoys his car, but finds pride in working on it himself. This is a good clip that explains gearheads, (although some would say fiberglass body is cheating)
It is true that there are things that I can’t do, mainly because I don’t have all the tools needed, but mostly, I like to do my own work. There are also things that I will not do… like change my own oil. I don’t want to deal with proper disposal.
Are you a gearhead? Do you do work on your own car, or source it out to someone else?