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Are you a self mechanic?
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32 / M / Singapore
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Posted 12/8/08
used to be one for 2 years. fixed all sorts of vehicles.
Posted 12/8/08
Not yet, but I am going to college next year and going for a certificate in Automotive refinishing and upholstery, It also deals with some engine work and suspension, but mostly exterior/interior customization and rebuild. So basically it teaches you how to make cars "look" brand new. Making them run brand new is a completely different ballgame, but the certificate does make you a legal mechanic.
Posted 12/8/08

InZanity1254 wrote:


Xx_ItsAngelo_xX wrote:


InZanity1254 wrote:

i can't afford to pay mechanics hundreds of dollars to work on my cars so i do it myself.
now even if i can afford to pay them i'd rather just do it myself.
gives a nice feeling putting your own sweat and blood(sometimes literally haha) into your car.


your right, why spend the money when u can the same thing there doing. i had bloody nuckles cuts everywhere, but its fun, and it makes it more of your own ya know


exactly, i forget where i saw it but there was a quote that said something like "if you didn't build it, then its not really yours."

also with the money you save you can put back into the car.
so really its a win win situation.
So these underwear I am wearing right now are not my own? I get what your sayin but it is pretty figurative.

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25 / M / colorado
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Posted 12/8/08

varnlestoff wrote:


InZanity1254 wrote:


Xx_ItsAngelo_xX wrote:


InZanity1254 wrote:

i can't afford to pay mechanics hundreds of dollars to work on my cars so i do it myself.
now even if i can afford to pay them i'd rather just do it myself.
gives a nice feeling putting your own sweat and blood(sometimes literally haha) into your car.


your right, why spend the money when u can the same thing there doing. i had bloody nuckles cuts everywhere, but its fun, and it makes it more of your own ya know


exactly, i forget where i saw it but there was a quote that said something like "if you didn't build it, then its not really yours."

also with the money you save you can put back into the car.
so really its a win win situation.
So these underwear I am wearing right now are not my own? I get what your sayin but it is pretty figurative.



its a quote meant for cars, duh.
obviously its not meant for underwear, be odd if it was though.
i don't know if you've done extensive work on a car or not but when you do you get this great feeling about the work you've put into the vehicle. if i ever had others work on my car it didn't feel right, just felt like i was taking the easy way out. i don't know, maybe its just thing only i have.
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Posted 12/8/08
i pretty much do mostly all boltings and alittle bit of welding but if its like major amount of welding needed then ill go to my friend to do it but other than that I have built mainly all my recent project cars from my hands and tuned a few friend's integra's here and there. If i had the money i would get my car alittle tuned from the shop but its better to learn if you want to become a mechanic in the future.
Posted 12/8/08 , edited 12/8/08

InZanity1254 wrote:


varnlestoff wrote:


InZanity1254 wrote:


Xx_ItsAngelo_xX wrote:


InZanity1254 wrote:

i can't afford to pay mechanics hundreds of dollars to work on my cars so i do it myself.
now even if i can afford to pay them i'd rather just do it myself.
gives a nice feeling putting your own sweat and blood(sometimes literally haha) into your car.


your right, why spend the money when u can the same thing there doing. i had bloody nuckles cuts everywhere, but its fun, and it makes it more of your own ya know


exactly, i forget where i saw it but there was a quote that said something like "if you didn't build it, then its not really yours."

also with the money you save you can put back into the car.
so really its a win win situation.
So these underwear I am wearing right now are not my own? I get what your sayin but it is pretty figurative.



its a quote meant for cars, duh.
obviously its not meant for underwear, be odd if it was though.
i don't know if you've done extensive work on a car or not but when you do you get this great feeling about the work you've put into the vehicle. if i ever had others work on my car it didn't feel right, just felt like i was taking the easy way out. i don't know, maybe its just thing only i have.


I guess, but as long as I get somebody with good skills to work on my car I am ok, I make my car my own by how I drive it, and my car likes to go fast, so I let my car get what it wants and it goes fast.

Its like having your daughter go into the nurses office for a "physical" You are no less her father for not giving her the physical herself, and in fact if you did give her a physical, something would go terribly wrong and she would be taken away. And you would go to jail. Well that is my car in people terms.
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25 / M / colorado
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Posted 12/8/08

varnlestoff wrote:


InZanity1254 wrote:


varnlestoff wrote:


InZanity1254 wrote:


Xx_ItsAngelo_xX wrote:


InZanity1254 wrote:

i can't afford to pay mechanics hundreds of dollars to work on my cars so i do it myself.
now even if i can afford to pay them i'd rather just do it myself.
gives a nice feeling putting your own sweat and blood(sometimes literally haha) into your car.


your right, why spend the money when u can the same thing there doing. i had bloody nuckles cuts everywhere, but its fun, and it makes it more of your own ya know


exactly, i forget where i saw it but there was a quote that said something like "if you didn't build it, then its not really yours."

also with the money you save you can put back into the car.
so really its a win win situation.
So these underwear I am wearing right now are not my own? I get what your sayin but it is pretty figurative.



its a quote meant for cars, duh.
obviously its not meant for underwear, be odd if it was though.
i don't know if you've done extensive work on a car or not but when you do you get this great feeling about the work you've put into the vehicle. if i ever had others work on my car it didn't feel right, just felt like i was taking the easy way out. i don't know, maybe its just thing only i have.


I guess, but as long as I get somebody with good skills to work on my car I am ok, I make my car my own by how I drive it, and my car likes to go fast, so I let my car get what it wants and it goes fast.

Its like having your daughter go into the nurses office for a "physical" You are no less her father for not giving her the physical herself, and in fact if you did give her a physical, something would go terribly wrong and she would be taken away. And you would go to jail. Well that is my car in people terms.


well being as how i don't see my car as a person or my child but rather as an extension of myself its ok if i give myself a "physical".
what vehicle do you drive if you don't mind the inquiry?
Posted 12/8/08

InZanity1254 wrote:


varnlestoff wrote:


InZanity1254 wrote:


varnlestoff wrote:


InZanity1254 wrote:


Xx_ItsAngelo_xX wrote:


InZanity1254 wrote:

i can't afford to pay mechanics hundreds of dollars to work on my cars so i do it myself.
now even if i can afford to pay them i'd rather just do it myself.
gives a nice feeling putting your own sweat and blood(sometimes literally haha) into your car.


your right, why spend the money when u can the same thing there doing. i had bloody nuckles cuts everywhere, but its fun, and it makes it more of your own ya know


exactly, i forget where i saw it but there was a quote that said something like "if you didn't build it, then its not really yours."

also with the money you save you can put back into the car.
so really its a win win situation.
So these underwear I am wearing right now are not my own? I get what your sayin but it is pretty figurative.



its a quote meant for cars, duh.
obviously its not meant for underwear, be odd if it was though.
i don't know if you've done extensive work on a car or not but when you do you get this great feeling about the work you've put into the vehicle. if i ever had others work on my car it didn't feel right, just felt like i was taking the easy way out. i don't know, maybe its just thing only i have.


I guess, but as long as I get somebody with good skills to work on my car I am ok, I make my car my own by how I drive it, and my car likes to go fast, so I let my car get what it wants and it goes fast.

Its like having your daughter go into the nurses office for a "physical" You are no less her father for not giving her the physical herself, and in fact if you did give her a physical, something would go terribly wrong and she would be taken away. And you would go to jail. Well that is my car in people terms.


well being as how i don't see my car as a person or my child but rather as an extension of myself its ok if i give myself a "physical".
what vehicle do you drive if you don't mind the inquiry?

Currently I am driving a 1990 Plymouth laser RS Turbo, I bought it modded and dyno testing puts it at about 350hp. Quite alot of give for a commuter
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25 / M / colorado
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Posted 12/8/08

varnlestoff wrote:


InZanity1254 wrote:


varnlestoff wrote:


InZanity1254 wrote:


varnlestoff wrote:


InZanity1254 wrote:


Xx_ItsAngelo_xX wrote:


InZanity1254 wrote:

i can't afford to pay mechanics hundreds of dollars to work on my cars so i do it myself.
now even if i can afford to pay them i'd rather just do it myself.
gives a nice feeling putting your own sweat and blood(sometimes literally haha) into your car.


your right, why spend the money when u can the same thing there doing. i had bloody nuckles cuts everywhere, but its fun, and it makes it more of your own ya know


exactly, i forget where i saw it but there was a quote that said something like "if you didn't build it, then its not really yours."

also with the money you save you can put back into the car.
so really its a win win situation.
So these underwear I am wearing right now are not my own? I get what your sayin but it is pretty figurative.



its a quote meant for cars, duh.
obviously its not meant for underwear, be odd if it was though.
i don't know if you've done extensive work on a car or not but when you do you get this great feeling about the work you've put into the vehicle. if i ever had others work on my car it didn't feel right, just felt like i was taking the easy way out. i don't know, maybe its just thing only i have.


I guess, but as long as I get somebody with good skills to work on my car I am ok, I make my car my own by how I drive it, and my car likes to go fast, so I let my car get what it wants and it goes fast.

Its like having your daughter go into the nurses office for a "physical" You are no less her father for not giving her the physical herself, and in fact if you did give her a physical, something would go terribly wrong and she would be taken away. And you would go to jail. Well that is my car in people terms.


well being as how i don't see my car as a person or my child but rather as an extension of myself its ok if i give myself a "physical".
what vehicle do you drive if you don't mind the inquiry?

Currently I am driving a 1990 Plymouth laser RS Turbo, I bought it modded and dyno testing puts it at about 350hp. Quite alot of give for a commuter


ooo :o
not too shabby.
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Posted 12/9/08 , edited 12/9/08

varnlestoff wrote:


Currently I am driving a 1990 Plymouth laser RS Turbo, I bought it modded and dyno testing puts it at about 350hp. Quite alot of give for a commuter


I thought you told me you were bone stock with a rebuilt motor? What else did you have done to it to have 350hp?
Posted 12/9/08 , edited 12/9/08

lasthope05 wrote:


varnlestoff wrote:


Currently I am driving a 1990 Plymouth laser RS Turbo, I bought it modded and dyno testing puts it at about 350hp. Quite alot of give for a commuter


I thought you told me you were bone stock with a rebuilt motor? What else did you have done to it to have 350hp?


Got K&N Filter Charger
2.5" Upper Intercooler Pipe
Apexi N1 Exhaust
2g O2 Housing
Power Slot Rotors
Boost gauge
Turbo XS Boost Controller
R.R.E. 3" Long Downpipe
OEM Blow Off
Greddy EGT Gauge
Walboro 255LPH Fuel Pump
RC 550 Injectors
I took back seats out and removed my 80 pounds bass setup.
And a few others I dont know about that where there when I bought car. There where actually a couple of mods on the car I didnt know about when I bought it, so instead of 190hp stock, I was actually running around 210hp after purchase. I dont know that much about installing so I had a mechanic do alot of it, but I think I need to lower my suspension now because stock suspension is too high for optimal airflow. With my current HP I still have trouble running a solid 14 because I think I still need to increase my boost PSI next. I also think I am pushing my turbo too much with the boost controller, so I will stay off that till I get a new better turbo, and with a better turbo, I will probably need a second stage engine.

Recently took out 4psi on my front tires for a little more grip as well, because whenever trying a pull, even on dryroad, I couldnt not start at even 3k rpm without tires spinning like crazy when then pull kicked in. And go figure, my PSI in the tires was actually 2psi over recomended for car in the front. So hopefully it will help me stick to road a little better and not be too soft. When I am done with this I am hoping to have a solid foundation for a buildup even beyond 350hp. With the new engine and turbo, hopefully turbo I get on Xmas XD, The HP capacity will be at around 700. But then I half to think about getting a new radiator because my car is running a little hot as it is.
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27 / M / Philadelphia
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Posted 12/9/08
I still really dont see how you can have 350hp with no power mods and only running 10psi. From a fellow DSMer to another im going to have to break it down to you and tell you you dont. And you really bring you back down to earth and be realistic about power goals. 10 or 14psi whatever your running now to make that kind of power you would need atleast a 67mm turbo or bigger.

95% of dsm owners hardly ever go over 500 even with built motors. And anything over 550hp is impractical on the streets and much harder to obtain than you think. Its not just about slapping on a turbo and going. Im a hair under 500hp now and I easily have 8g's spent on my car.

To launch easier in a fwd at the track bring you tire pressure all the way down to 25psi to start and go down to no lower than 18psi on street tires to get a feel for what works for you. And ride height wont really effect you in any real drastic way. The all the full drag dsms run stock height or slightly higher, but since your fwd you would only want to lower the fronts and leave the rears at stock height so your fronts wont lift as much. As a matter of fact since your fwd you should really be looking more into suspension/traction work more than anything since thats going to be your number one problem after you really get past 300hp.
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26 / M / Ohio
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Posted 12/29/08
I do the basic bolt-ons and tune-ups. Technical stuff like ECU tuning and major installs like engine internals, I go to other people. But luckily I have a cousin that is a certified Honda tech and a buddy who knows everything about my car by heart.. And I mean everything. All the bolts and it's required torque to tighten--everything!
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Posted 12/30/08
I am new to this site... just registered and saw this auto link.

Yes, for whoever ask who can capable to do their own car. I would put my hand up.

-I graduated as an Aircraft Jet Propulsion Specialist. But never wanna work on planes or cars, i took the course becasue i am in love in fluid, thermal and aerodynamics. I work for a little while for airline and i move over to start my own businees in Canada.

What i do is to restore classic car, stripe them off and completely build from the base including Chassis, Engine, Suspension, modification, and just turn it in the old car.

Well, write me if you guys are into car building or whatever.

cheers and wish everyone a happy new year and best wishes for all

this is my company website

URL: www.bluetechhk.com



I have done 1979 Mini Cooper , and a 1978 Toyota Land Cruiser Diesel BJ40, and have another 1976 mini cooper to modify for race.

I am into all sort of automobile, especiallly in Diesel, and Japan or Germany Imports. I start doing cars since i was 19 and now i am 30. I have around 11 years of experience in welding, (all taugh from my school and self), metal working, engine building, metallurgy fundamental..painting. body work...etc. Fiberglassing, .. and just anything that relates to automobile technology.

I wish some of my friends will have the same hobby as i do, so i dont' work alone. The feeling of accomplishing something to drive around town i bet people who have money can't buy. Let see if i can upload some pictures of my past and recent work...
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Posted 6/9/09 , edited 6/9/09
I work everything in my car, the engine the suspension the brakes the body everything ^_^. if i don't have the tools to do it i buy them ( less expensive lol)
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