Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!
I got this from a motorcycle list that I am on, but it fits Spridgets just
*12 Laws Of LBC Restoration
*1. Everything is broken. Trust in this and you will never be disappointed.
2. Someone in the past has done something to the car that has the potential
to kill you.
Your job is to find out what that is and fix it before it does.
3. Don't believe the "for sale" ads. Be prepared to be very disappointed
actually see the car.
4. Get the manual before you do anything. You have no business touching the
after you have read the manual cover to cover..several times.
5. There is no substitute for the right tool. Break down and buy one since
probably need it more than once.
6. Nothing on a car requires the use of a hammer. Anything struck with a
will break regardless of how lightly hit.
7. Dealers will not have the part you need for your car. Dealers will have
parts you don't need since they are the ones that never break.
8. You can never tell what a part is going to cost. Expect to be surprised
9. A failing $1.00 part is capable of destroying a $1000.00 engine. Always
cheap stuff (gaskets, o-rings, springs, etc.) whether it needs it or not.
10. There are some cars that are not a bargain even if you get them for
free. Pass them
by unless you already own one and need a "parts car". See #11 below.
11. There is no such thing as a "parts car". All the parts you will need for
will already be broken or have been stripped off any "parts car" since they
first ones to break. See #10 above.
12. If your car is older than the age of the dealer's mechanic you are
better candidate to restore your car than the dealer's mechanic. Be prepared
to do it
Jim - he of the inert Midget in Dodge City
1968 MG Midget
**Don't underestimate the power of stupid people in large groups.**