How much work do you do on your own car?

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How much work do you do on your own all-trac

Weak Sauce. i let my wallet do the work
1
1%
Beginner. oil change, spark plugs, etc..
2
2%
Intermediate. Brakes, suspension, turbo swap etc..
23
23%
Advanced. Engine swap/ clutch job etc..
40
41%
Jedi. Engine rebuilding, EMS wiring guru etc
32
33%
 
Total votes : 98

Postby muneo » Mon Dec 12, 2005 8:18 pm

I've gone as far as a motor pull and clutch change. Nothing internal on a motor and nothing ecu related.
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Postby silence » Mon Dec 12, 2005 8:56 pm

Yeah, I dont consider myself a jedi, but i've done a motor swap to my 165, and rebuilt the engine to my 185. Like many of you, I am self taught, only learning from experience and friends. i do read alot, and do a lot of research before diving into anything. I've designed a few one-off parts, like solid rear diff mounts, and the piping for my front mount on mt 185....Its fun for me...And like a lot of you, i dont trust my cars to many people...
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Postby grip addict » Tue Dec 13, 2005 5:41 am

i didn't know shit about cars until i got my camry. i learned how to change my oil on that car. then i got my celica... and i learned


how to do EVERYTHING.
well, in the process of anyways.
engine swap soon... so i'll probably be +1 in a bit.
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Postby toayoztan » Tue Dec 13, 2005 6:39 am

I put Advanced. I was thinking about the Jedi one but I really dont do my own ems wiring, haven't rebuilt the engine...YET :wink:

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Postby 2of81 » Wed Dec 14, 2005 4:56 am

I put down Jedi, I have turned every bolt on this white car except rebuild the engine, I have wired up an EMS on the engine side for the white car, also did suspension and the whole 9 yards.Only thing I stay away from is body work and alignment. I've dropped 3SGTE's in All-Tracs to the floor 4 times and get better each time. When you have 3 All-Tracs at one time and are always working on one you get to master the art. I do have everything to rebuild the engine to make it nuke proof, but thats down the road. I have rebuilt other engines though.

I learned how to wrench starting my Sophmore year in HS with Basic Car Care class, then Auto Tech I & II Jr. & Sr. Years. I have always been into cars and reading Car Craft and such before I could drive. After HS I went to one year of vocational school for Diesel Mechanics and have been working at my dads semi repair shop ever since for the past 4.5 years. I always learn something new everyday.
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Postby InitialD93 » Wed Dec 14, 2005 5:55 am

jesus... before i had the 165 i was probably only a 2-3.... now im a good solid 4 going on 5... but i guess thats why i got the damn thing... ive learned a lot and its all been worth while. Going to NADC (nashville auto diesel college) in Feb with Scandinavian Link so i should come out of that with some good training and be set up for a great career :smokes:

and by God's grace one of the All-tracs will be driving by this weekend, maybe 2 :wink:
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Postby Griffin » Wed Dec 14, 2005 3:07 pm

Degree in Automotive Service Technolody
ASE Master Certified
ASE L1 advanced engine performance certified
Toyota Master Diagnostic Technician certified
12 years in the industry

Call me Obi Wan :D
(Yoda would have to have an automotive engineering degree)
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Postby TomsGT4 » Sat Dec 17, 2005 12:48 am

Well I've had every panel off on the interior (including the ceiling material), done the bodywork & painting, R&R the entire rear subframe, and rebuilding an engine here & there as the $$ comes in.
Don't consider myself a Jedi though. One day when I get a stand alone & start tuning, maybe then.
And yeah this is been said before but you have to at least be an intermediate, have really deep pockets, or be very lucky & drive like grandma :) to own this car.
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Postby Stubble » Sat Dec 17, 2005 1:51 am

Griffin,
which one of those did you learn the most from?
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Postby Griffin » Sat Dec 17, 2005 4:36 am

Stubble wrote:Griffin,
which one of those did you learn the most from?


Definitely the degree program. The certifications are test & experience based proof of competency stuff, not a class in themselves. Well, actually the Toyota MDT test is a bit of a learning experience usually, but only a couple things a year. Its a bitch of a test - takes from 15 - 40 hrs to finish depending on how good you are
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Postby jzz30 » Sat Dec 17, 2005 11:18 am

im a jedi too! maybe Yoda? :P :lol: i have done most everything, started when i was 12 with my brother helping out rebuilt a whole motor and did a little automajic trans work with clutch packs and stuff before i got my licence. TIG welder by trade and hobby machinist also enables me to fabricate IC piping, exhaust, most anything actually. also can do minor body work, and i can spray better than most paint shops that i have seen. and i have done many an engine swap, so fairly comfortable with wiring. in the past 10 years that i have been doing this i have collected many different tools that small shops wouldnt have.
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Postby 124Spider » Sat Dec 17, 2005 11:03 pm

Interesting poll. If one assumes that those responding form an accurate cross-section of All-Trac owners (probably rash, but it's the best we can do), the vast majority do substantially all their own work. If this is accurate, that bodes well for the ability of a significant number of these to stay on the road for a long time.
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Postby EricGT4 » Sat Dec 17, 2005 11:21 pm

Griffin wrote:Degree in Automotive Service Technolody
ASE Master Certified
ASE L1 advanced engine performance certified
Toyota Master Diagnostic Technician certified
12 years in the industry

Call me Obi Wan :D
(Yoda would have to have an automotive engineering degree)



Damn. Well you are only one state away from me. Im going to have to start coming down for help :)
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Postby Griffin » Sun Dec 18, 2005 2:23 am

EricGT4 wrote:
Griffin wrote:Degree in Automotive Service Technolody
ASE Master Certified
ASE L1 advanced engine performance certified
Toyota Master Diagnostic Technician certified
12 years in the industry

Call me Obi Wan :D
(Yoda would have to have an automotive engineering degree)



Damn. Well you are only one state away from me. Im going to have to start coming down for help :)


Sure - always glad to see another alltrac.
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Postby AWDrifter » Sun Dec 18, 2005 5:47 am

i do it all my self its fun!!! i am doing a motor swap to. :shoots:
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