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zomg idiots

Posted 01-13-2006 at 06:42 AM by cs-cam

I hate stupid people. They are everywhere and the number of them is growing at a freakish rate! Not even getting started about what I see online as a lot of people don't take that seriously, I'll start about people I've run across lately. I am a big car person, I have a great old little Ford RS Escort in fantastic condition. There aren't many of the original RS series getting around anymore down here so I drive mine occasionally but I'm continualy tinkering with it, my latest venture was converting it to fuel injection with a manifold and injection from a Ford Sierra Cosworth.

I got a Haltech ECU to run the injection system and after speaking to a Haltech rep, I was advised to take the car to Allstar Tuning to be put on a dyno, he reckoned they'd get the most out of it. They were about 30mins drive away so I booked it in for a Saturday, they were to dyno it that day, keep it (locked up they assured me) over the Sunday when they were shut and they'd do the cold start on Monday morning ready for me to pick up around lunch. Monday lunch came and went with no phone call telling me it was ready so I rang them about 2pm to find out what the story was. Well they hasn't started it. I gave them a bit of a serve and I was assured it would be ready to pick up the next day. Five mimutes later they called me, reckon the key I left didn't fit the door. It does, it just takes some jiggling, it's an old car. But hang on! If they're just trying the keys in it now, where did it sit over the weekend? In their f'ing car park! This is an old car but the reason I keep it rather than do up a newer Subaru (that would work out cheaper) is because of the attention it gets, I get an offer to buy it at least once a week and almost every time I put petrol in it someone at the servo comes up to me with questions, I love it! These guys don't have a clue though so we'll just leave it outside. Idiots.

Next day, they still haven't started. They're are the Haltech experts and they can't get their computer talking to my brand new ECU. Tuesday about 4:30pm they finally get the car on the dyno and everything working. Hurrah. Now I should mention, I tried tuning this ECU before we took it to them as putting a car on a dyno is not cheap and if I could avoid it I was gonna! It drove average but I had the cold start awesome, didn't need any throttle and it idled perfectly. Went to pick the car up and it wouldn't even start. He had to pull out his laptop and fiddle even more and the car just wouldn't start. Finally it started but then it wouldn't idle. I told them not to worry, I'd take it home and play with it, they'd done enough. Oh, and the whole experience cost me an extra $100 because of the mucking around that was their fault.

This is my second workshop (different place) experience and it'll be my last. The first time, they had to to some cutting around the back of my car to get the old leaf springs out, reset them and add an extra leaf and they cut a fuel hose with the oxy. That didn't cost me extra but it really REALLY pissed me off!

Now, I have the cold start much improved, it will idle great and it starts first go with a touch of throttle but I think I've even figured out how to fix that. I've found a place that is about 45mins drive away that will teach me how to tune my ECU for myself and I've decided that I'm never putting my car into the shop again.

Isn't that the way the world works, and doesn't it suck? There are people who are the "professionals" in their field, but if you want something done right you really do have to do it yourself.
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  1. Old Comment
    could be worse couple years ago i did survey

    I live in Australia
    the obsession lies with
    Ford Falcon Vs Holden Dunnydore (General Motors Holden)

    of the 100 people
    none of the 30 mechanics prefered holden,

    generally those who dont know even the basics of a car preferred holden
    women and fags were more likely to be boystrous Holden fans (bright holden clothing etc.)

    Ford Fans were more descrete (just a ford badge here and there)

    dumb people arent increasing , they are just spreading out and not bunched up inside one suburb anymore
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by cs-cam cs-cam is offline
  2. Old Comment
    Ahh yes, the classic clash of opinions. The Commodore boys are good entertainment value really, I work in a bit of a bogan suburb and it always makes me laugh when it rains. They come out in their cars doing skids on the wet roads trying to show everyone how cool they are. Maybe they can't get enough power to ground to spin the wheels on a dry road, who knows? Idiots.

    As I said, good comic value :)
    Posted 12-31-1969 at 07:00 PM by cs-cam cs-cam is offline


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