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I got the BlueTruck back from the shop... the new shocks have been installed, but DrWrench discovered another issue with the suspension, it seems that a connector on the rear sway bar had disconnected, a further explanation for its rough ride lately. The thing here is that this is the third noticeable issue of this sort that has gone undiagnosed by the local dealer where they perform my scheduled maintenance. Prior to missing the sway bar (which is hanging literally an inch from the shock they discovered was leaking), they also failed to notice any brake wear through several tire rotations and such until the brakes were irreparable and needed replacing, and they also missed a broken hose through at least one oil change that involved inspecting the hoses and belts. Strike three and they are out... I guess I can only blame myself for this, though, as there are certainly enough folks out there who will testify that the car dealer is probably not the place to go for repairs and maintenance. I guess I now qualify as one of them. Yeesh.

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126. Re: oh, Jethro... Jul 27, 2004, 02:51 Camaro76
 
Here's a quick tip on that (in case you don't already know this): if you're buying a little MIG machine for yourself, don't go for the cheap ones that can only use the flux core wire - in other words, they don't need the bottled gas. Believe me, it's worth the extra trouble and $$ to rent a small bottle of gas. That flux core wire is crap.

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> D'OH!!! <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Well, my reasoning was this - I don't know how much welding I'll be doing after the panels are done, so I didn't want to sink too much into a welder that wouldn't be getting any use (though I could always eBay it I guess). I didn't want to rent one because by the time I get good enough to actually do a decent job, I could have just taken the money and bought the equipment instead. And the guys around here that can do bodywork are usually booked solid, and again, for what these guys charge I could just get the equipment and try it myself. Plus it makes a nice skill to have just in case...

I was debating on whether or not to go with the gas. I'll slap myself later.

Other than that - practice, practice, practice.

Heh, I'll have to take a pic of my first trial runs... damn videos make it look so easy!

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