Last Call: Monster Mechanic Edition

I’ll just tighten this one last bolt with the 16 millimeter and… clang, clang, clang, clunk. Aw man!
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29 responses to “Last Call: Monster Mechanic Edition”

  1. JayP Avatar

    Is this OT?
    Driving to work in the Vic today I felt the engine shudder and it got progressively worse at 70-80. At one point I was eyeing the phone, wondering what a tow 30 miles would cost. Made it to work, shutdown and restarted – same shudder.
    I did almost no work at work today. Youtubing and googling.
    Left early, no codes on OBDII. Almost bought $250 of coil packs but the Autozone guy said to take it home and look for weirdness. Ended up replacing the plugs. $30.
    So far, so good. I had visions of $600-$1000 bills to the Ford dealer.
    I feel satisfaction.

    1. ptschett Avatar

      I’m amazed it didn’t at least set a P0300 code (multiple/random misfire).

      1. JayP Avatar

        The CE light flashed 14 times when it came up but never stayed on.
        It ran rough enough to make me concerned, not enough to throw a code.

    2. Alff Avatar

      What engine?

      1. JayP Avatar

        4.6 Mod… surprisingly easy to work on.

    3. Sjalabais Avatar

      Congrats! How did the plugs go bad so suddenly though? Just detoriating over the edge?

      1. JayP Avatar

        I’d noticed some stumbling and the car wanted to shift at odd times. Not often but it all went downhill within 20 miles.
        76k on the plugs… the ones were original to the car and it’s a 2002 model.

        1. Sjalabais Avatar

          Well plugged then, I’d say!

  2. ptschett Avatar

    I’ve never been a confident brakes/suspension/final-drive guy. I can handle rotors & pad changes, non-coilover shocks, and the occasional wheel bearing; but that’s about as far as I usually go.
    I don’t know why I’m about to embark on a project that touches on two of the three. The Dakota’s needed parts list, just at the left front corner, currently reads:
    -front left brake caliper hose (there’s a nick in the hose cover near one end that I don’t like)
    -front left brake caliper
    -set of front rotors & pads (I at least understand these)
    -front left half-shaft
    -new half-shaft to hub nut
    -front wheel bearing / hub / ABS tone wheel unit (the old one has to come off the vehicle, so if a new one is cheap enough there’s no point reinstalling the old one)
    -tools required for the above (the half-shaft needs to be snapped out of the axle gear unit, & takes a 180 lbf-ft torque on the hub nut; brake line wrenches; etc.)

    1. Batshitbox Avatar


  3. 0A5599 Avatar

    The dog must be an excellent jumper.

    1. Kiefmo Avatar

      I wonder what the truck’s normal driving height is, when the airbags aren’t fully inflated.

  4. Alff Avatar

    1. Batshitbox Avatar

      Those aren’t Italian drivers. Real Italian drivers would have taken an espresso break after 4 and a half minutes.

      1. theskig Avatar

        Ahahahah I’m reading your comment while having an espresso 🙂

    2. wunno sev Avatar
      wunno sev

      why did the (presumably bad) guy in the BMW shoot those people at the bus stop? (did he assume the angelic nature of the (presumably good) guy chasing in the Alfa would compel him to stop and help? because it seems like he considered it for a brief moment.

      1. jim Avatar

        Yep. In this kind of movies, Maurizio Merli (the guy in the Alfa) always played the stereotypical tough cop, you know, the one that plays by his own rules.

    3. Wayward David Avatar
      Wayward David

      When the guy in the Alpha is kicking out his broken windshield with his right foot, the sound effects clearly indicate that the car is accelerating. As soon as he gets his impeccably shoed foot back in place, he shifts. While I suppose this is all technically possible – move left foot over to the accelerator while kicking out broken windscreen with right, then after windscreen chunks fall neatly away [with none getting blown into the passenger compartment], move left foot back to the clutch as the right foot lands n the accelerator for the upshift, all while maintaining an upright posture in the drivers seat and without getting feet tangled up in with the brake pedal – it seems more likely than not to end in disaster.
      Or at least it would if I tried something like that. Just trying to get a foot up to the windshield would probably defeat me – how tall is that guy, anyway? I guess this is just another in the long, long list of reasons why I am not an action movie hero {sigh}.

  5. Sjalabais Avatar

    I’m not a fan of burning perfectly good rubber, but one has to admire the artwork left on the ground:
    A video and lots of photos in the link. Norwegian police is an oxymoron, “couldn’t prioritize this” is their favourite answer.

    1. HuntRhymesWith Avatar

      I love it when other countries out-America America.

    2. Alff Avatar

      From Google translate, “Both young and old in the village thinks this is funny. Jeg vil påstå at 90 prosent av innbyggerne på Øvrebø setter pris på denne tradisjonen, sier mannen i 20-årene, som ønsker å være anonym. I would say that 90 percent of residents in Øvrebø appreciate this tradition, says the man in his 20s, who wishes to remain anonymous”
      sure, kid.

      1. Sjalabais Avatar

        I guess all his cars are “99% rust free”, too.

  6. theskig Avatar

    How can he get in the car?

  7. GTXcellent Avatar

    So I’m waiting my turn at the barbers, and start chatting up the old guy sitting next to me. Turns out he grew up in the area, but moved away and was only visiting (hence why I didn’t know him). So he learns my name, and asks if my grandfather’s name was Nick. It was. He then proceeds to regale me tales of my grandpa’s 1956 D500 Royal Lancer. I’d heard a lot of them from my Dad and my Uncle, but still pretty cool to have a guy, who doesn’t even live here, remember that clearly a car from 60 years ago. Apparently made quite an impression on him.

  8. P161911 Avatar

    Still bubbles in the master cylinder. Press the pedal a few more times Rover.

  9. nanoop Avatar

    So I own a rolling baseball cap called Skoda Roomster now, registered on temporary plates.

    1. Guest Avatar


      It’s always awesome to hear stuff about cars not sold in the North America!

      1. nanoop Avatar

        I’ll bless the interwebs with words and pictures as soon as I have nerves again. As hinted yesterday, this was an emergency purchase to get the family home from vacation.