We need a new subject heading.....Moron

Discussion in 'Discussion Forum' started by carl, May 16, 2019.

  1. carl

    carl True Classic

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    Virginia
    Everyone loves to read threads about what an idiot we can be. Here is the idiot of the day post.

    Now that I'm driving the Fatrat, I was hearing a metal on metal sound whenever I got on the brakes. Yesterday I pulled up the hand brake lever while coasting and heard the sound so I knew it was a rear brake. Looking at the nice grooves on the back of my new rotor on the passenger side narrowed down the problematic corner. Removing the caliper showed I am a true moron as I had put the backside brake pad in backwards...a true metallic pad! I have never in 50 some years of car and motorcycle use, done that.

    Maybe it's time to play with boats, they don't have brakes...…..Todd, I'm available to work on your boat, buddy.
     
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  2. toddr124

    toddr124 Hagerstown, MD

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    Boats have brakes. They are called docks. When you hit them you stop. :cool:

    I now have move motorized watercraft than Fiats. :eek:
     
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  3. Andy

    Andy True Classic

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    Medford, Oregon
    Stay away from boats... I just gave mine away last week. When a 460 makes a bad noise and stops spinning it's not good. When it's in the middle of a lake with the wind blowing you away from the launch ramp it's worse.
    Thankfully a kid with an 8HP outboard towed me in.
    They say the two happiest days of a man's life is the day he gets a boat, and the day he get rid of the boat. I have now experienced both of those days.
     
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  4. Dan Sarandrea (Phila)

    Dan Sarandrea (Phila) Waitin' On Parts...

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    Philadelphia, PA
    Boat engines can be VERY expensive to fix, if you take them to a boat engine guy.

    Other than the newest stuff, generally speaking boat engines are automotive engines with marine-specific hang-ons like water pumps, manifolds, etc. The oily bits inside are often nothing special, or sometimes nothing different from what would have been used in the same engine in a high performance car/truck application. Compared to a marine specialist, engine repairs at a general automotive machine shop will likely be significantly less expensive. Of course there is still the task of R&R.....


    PS--Then there's the old line about a boat being a hole in the water you throw money into.....:)
     
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  5. carl

    carl True Classic

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    Virginia
    ……...I'm sorry I mentioned boats.
     
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  6. Andy

    Andy True Classic

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    Medford, Oregon
    Been down that road. The engine was rebuilt about 4 years ago, but had not been run other than in the driveway with a hose hooked up for cooling.
    The reason for the boat to be on the water was to get pics to list it for sale. Price went way down after the "incident".
    No worries Carl, remember this caused one of the happiest days of my life! I really am very happy to have it gone from my driveway. Room for more cars!

    BOAT = Break Out Another Thousand!
     
  7. JimD

    JimD Waiting for Godot... Moderator

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    Missouri, USA
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    :cool::p:D:)
     
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  8. Dr.Jeff

    Dr.Jeff True Classic

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    Jim, great pictures.

    When I was much younger I had a flat bottom V-drive drag boat with a huge Arias engine. Tons of fun and it was surprisingly reliable; never gave me any trouble, including after the time it flipped and sank to the bottom of the river (true story). That boat eventually went to Sweden of all places. Apparently there's a couple of weeks in the year when they can actually go boating and their love for American vehicles carries over to hot boats. Who knew.
     
  9. Dr.Jeff

    Dr.Jeff True Classic

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    I thought you would be happy this went toward boats, as it seems to have distracted from discussing your mechanical skills with brakes. :D
     
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  10. fastx19

    fastx19 Administrator Moderator

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    Santa Clara, CA
    Here was my "money hole in the water"... 50' of teak and mahogany. Even though it needed constant upkeep, I really miss it, however not much need for it in the middle of Arizona. IMG_20170805_091002206_HDR.jpg
     
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  11. carl

    carl True Classic

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    Virginia
    Another thread gone to hell....you have to understand, I have zero interest in boats.
     
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  12. Mechanogeek

    Mechanogeek True Classic

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    Jacksonville, FL
    Carl, on the bright side, boats don't have brakes, so that would be one less thing that could be messed up. :)
     
  13. Dr.Jeff

    Dr.Jeff True Classic

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    Oh, I'm sure there are other parts on a boat that can be installed backward. :D
     
  14. gene cooley

    gene cooley Autocrosser

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    Henrico, Va
    My neighbor's son in law changed the rotors and pads on their SUV. He installed ALL of the pads backwards and then the daughter drove the car all of the next day without mentioning the noise or the lack of braking.
    Not sure if they wiped out any of the rotors, but I imagine there was some damage.
     
  15. carl

    carl True Classic

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    Virginia
    Our kids, the only people who make us look good.
     
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  16. fastx19

    fastx19 Administrator Moderator

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    Santa Clara, CA
    Oh, we now, and you made it clear, but its always fun to throw into a topic. Sorry to run the post off the rails on you. Let me know if you want me to delete my post, I would be happy to do so.
     
  17. Jefco

    Jefco Daily Driver

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    Portland OR
    Could we just call it "bonehead moves?"
     
  18. Dr.Jeff

    Dr.Jeff True Classic

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    Sin City
    Makes a parent proud. Let's not think about who made them what they are though.
     
  19. carl

    carl True Classic

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    Virginia
    My wife made them that way, A good Jewish mother can really mess up a kid....according to my daughters!
    I tried to be the voice of reason...and failed....according to my daughters.
     
  20. Daniel Forest

    Daniel Forest True Classic

    Location:
    Montreal,Canada
    Wifes could also do that. My best friend is a professionnal mechanics. I don't remember which happened first: the friendship or the need for a good mechanic... But anyway, he told me once his wife was having problems with her car. He jumped in the car and discovered ALL the lights in the dash were lit. He asked the wife when it happened, and she said "a while ago. I tought it looked good!"
     
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