Oh my God … do you realize where automotive is going? Well, maybe you do, because it’s got current advertising and new cars developing left and right. So a better question may be do you realize where it was? Huh … what the hell does that mean?
I have a vehicle inspection business. I’m also of the age where I am trimming the fleet and especially the projects because they don’t get done as fast and really … I don’t want to do it, I want to enjoy it.
That said I’m not sure I can just enjoy it. We need young car guys/girls. Yes, both are into mechanics as Techs (don’t use the term mechanic anymore), But the new stuff does not help us keep up with the old stuff. How so you ask? Take for instance a person now called a “tuner”. I had to figure out was a tuner is today. It’s a person with a laptop and software. I was called a tuner once. I was/am able to teardown a carburetor and set it up for maximum performance. My six pack had 50cc accelerator pumps on each float bowl and power valve differently in each carburetor with the mechanical linkage staggered to not flood the engine but provide incrementally increasing fuel to support the RMP and keep it increasing to optimum performance.
It’s not done like that anymore. It’s all computerized, which isn’t bad, but who is going to replace my Prest-O-Lite points when I am too old to bend over the fender. A sun machine now adays is to lie down in and get a tan. Set-up a distributor! What’s a distributor?
That’s what worries me. I was on a vehicle inspection last week for a well know warranty company and during the test drive I mentioned I notice the tech was the go to man when people didn’t know what to do in the shop (This is a big dealership), he nodded and said yeah he is the man they seem to ask because he is the most experienced. So I thought I would ask him … does the parts department have points for older cars? He said what are points. As I explained to him they are the vehicle that sends the optimum spark to the plug when you have set your dwell angle set right. He looked at me like I was speaking Latin to him.
So we need to get people interested not only in being a car enthusiast, but also to do maintenance. I am willing to do about anything I can to facilitate that because it’s scary. Seriously, ask your service advisor how they set the dwell angle in cars now and tell him you used the match book cover method in an emergency. O Geese … do they still have match books?