Originally Posted by TeJay
Many thanks for taking the time to write that interesting run down. I have never professed to be trained in those areas. All I did was read tech magazines attend clinics and did the best work I could with the info we had during all those changing times.
Am somewhat aware how things changed in the area of engine metals with the newer engines. That's the primary reason I don't rebuild anymore. No shop tools and because I'm retired I don't have to. Having gone through the 80's until retirement in 2006 where learning NEVER stopped I'm glad to be away from all the constant changes and understand how very specialized things are today. That is IMO good for us the consumers. We are getting a much better product than we did before getting in to this crazy world of constant change.
I have been Lucky to have been around some great people, My dad was a DIY guy and he always was there to show me.. LOL and I had a quest for asking, being that pain in arse kid..
My first real job was at a nuke plant, my uncle got me in, I dropped out of Pennstate, I was a mail boy in the electrical engineering department, he said I got u in but it is up to u..... All I can say that 5 years later upon turning over the plant's unit 1 to the client I was the 4th person left in the department that had over 130.... but I then had to make a personal choice that sent me into my hobbie of automotive.... still wrenching and painting and being a jerk in the DIY world..
Glad you have a good run at it...
I know this is off topic and I apologize.. one last story as my passion gets going.. Back in 1980 I got a set of 428CJ/427LR heads for a 406 Tri power I was building. I moonlighted at a local machine shop while at the nuke.. anyway, the heads has new ford valves and ford race titanium retainer.. my mentor did not have the guide reamer so he sent them to a local ford guru. It cost me $80 back then to have valves fitted and spring set up. I did get the motor build and broke it in, did some burn outs etc.. then time went by, hobby became business, then married, a kid,,, fast forward to 2010ish.. My son was in a motorsports program and took an advanced cyl head flow class. He asked if he could take my motor to school and play with it, hell it sat for years now on a stand,..
Well it was 11pm and he was not home from the school. yet I texted him.. he said can I come down and bring the paperwork you have on motor.. I get dressed and off to the school.. I walk in and 2 older guys are looking at those gold/orange retainers .. The one old guy says, I have only seen them once many years ago, Junior says well here is my dad. I was like hey. Buzzy, the old dude. he goes, yep that is your boy, i can tell. I said they should be familiar , you did them for Sal as a favor for me. I have the reciept here in my box. I did , he about crapped himself. .. We all I can say is that motor sits on a stand again to be placed into a 68 torino GT.. He and a guest teacher, ex ford enginner/race builder... and my son did a number on that bad boy,
I finally have made time to enjoy it.. as buzzy is almost 80 and finally retiring for good except helping a young guy with a diagnostics business for cars..