Small hands and lots of trick tools I'm sure. And I'm sure they weren't
laying on their backs trying to do it.
Yes, restoring a car can be frustrating and I have had the same question as
you for more than 20 years. How did they make them so quickly?
I don't think things have changed that much over the years and according to
some mechanics I know things have only gotten worse as cars have become more
FWIW, a friend who is a mechanic at a Nissan dealer told me that some
thieves broke into their new car lot and stole the Xenon headlamps out of 20
new 2003 Maximas as the older Maximas did not have that option. They cut the
main harnesses to get them out quickly as well as causing other damage like
broken side windows and in some cases a new dash when they had to pry the
glove box open to get to the alarm fobs.
The estimated costs for replacing the harnesses, lights and other damage is
about 5K per car. He said it would take 20 hours to replace a harness with
all the connections and inaccessability of many of the connections.
And you don't want to hear how difficult it is to work on Porsche Boxsters.
----- Original Message -----
From: "paul g. reichert" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Saturday, March 01, 2003 6:54 AM
Subject: Little Restoration Bits
> There is also the time spent/wasted trying to put washers and nuts back on
> inaccessable places fighting both cramped spaces and that darned gravity,
> anything to do with the back of the dash and my most recent favorite the
> posties on the doors.How did they put these cars together on an assembly
> line?I'd like to restore two more cars I have but I'm not sure I want to
> thru all this frustration again.I have learned to take a break for liquid
> refreshment after a frustrating period and that does seem to help.
> Paul Reichert
> 68 1600
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