<VV> Dumb and Dumberer

Charles Lee chaz at ProperProPer.com
Tue Nov 20 00:44:07 EST 2007

Trusting someone else is not usually a good idea, or at least maybe "trust
but verify" ?

Some mechanics make it tough to "verify" them - they take offense for some
reason ...

Like the one who put new tires on my 66 Corsa I was towing from LI, NY to
NC, about 600 + miles with my buddy's 74 Chevy Van with a 350/350 V8?

I tried to check the lugs before towing her but he got so angry that I
didn't trust him to do something so simple, so I left without checking.

I should have stopped around the corner and checked, but I didn't until a
cop pulled me over, along with an angry motorist who now had a nice
"Darlington Stripe" across the hood of his car.

This 350/350 V8 was so strong I didn't know I was dragging the right rear
corner at 70 MPH !

My fault for not following the "trust but verify" rule myself.

I will not forget that one (it was my friend's insurance !)

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Mike Jacobi" <mvjacobi at comcast.net>
To: <virtualvairs at corvair.org>
Sent: Sunday, November 18, 2007 3:39 PM
Subject: <VV> Dumb and Dumberer

How about the time I was in a tearing rush to replace the starter on the 63
Monza and rather than take the time to place jack stands as I should have,
just put the rear up on a jack....and working on getting the starter off,
brought the car down about half an inch from my head!!!  Scared the 10 W 30
right out of me.

Or the time, (non-Vair) that my trusted mechanic, having replaced tie rods,
forgot to safety wire the castle nuts.  You know, its hard to steer an 81
Chevrolet Station Wagon at 70 mph without tie rods...don't ask how I know
this...the good part is that at the time I had top notch health insurance.

Mike (fully recovered) in Michigan
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