Welcome to the Humble Mechanic Video Podcast. This is the show were we talk about many areas of the automotive industry. Everything from being an auto tech, buying tools, earning money, talking to customers, and more. If you are not a mechanic, tune in to learn the ins and outs of the industry. It can help you find a good tech, and help avoid getting ripped off.

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Hey folks,

Last week my buddy Rusty and I got together and started a video show. It is basically 2 buddies chatting about our love for cars. We both really have a great time doing these show for you guys. We also have a pint or two. That probably doesn’t hurt the fun factor 😉

This week we are talking about some of the differences in old school engine technology vs new school engine technology. We look at

  • Maintenance
  • Ignition
  • Fuel delivery
  • Engine managment
  • diagnostics
  • the “soul” of old school technology.

Thanks for watching today’s show. Tune in next Wednesday for Episode 3. As always, your comments and questions are a vital part of the blog. So post them below. Also check out Rusty’s site Bench Racing Garage


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Today on the Humble Mechanic automotive podcast, we are talking about Flat Rate. This is the system on which technicians get paid, and customers get charged. There are many in the industry that have strong opinions about Flat Rate. Today we look at several aspects of this system.

  • Why Flat Rate is used
  • How Flat Rate works
  • Where do the times come from, what is “book time”
  • How to win at Flat Rate
  • How mechanics cheat Flat Rate
  • A Better system?
  • Does Flat Rate make you a better tech

There is one thing that I forgot to mention in the video. That is about protecting a customer from slow techs. Having a standard time will prevent a tech from “milking the clock”. That means if you get a slow tech you will not have to pay more just because they are slow.

I would love to hear your thoughts on Flat Rate, or any thing regarding getting paid as a mechanic, or being charged as a customer. Also, thank you for the feedback. One last thing, there is a water mark on the video. I am testing out new video editing software. Sorry about that. I don’t mind spending the money, but I want to be sure I get a good product that does what I need.

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Good Automotive ServiceToday on the new Automotive Podcast we are talking about good service, and the time it can take. There are a few different way we need to consider time and repairs:

  • The technician taking the time to do a job right
  • A customer allowing the time they are paying for
  • The tech given the time to do the job right, think not being too rushed to finish a job

As always, your comments are welcome and encouraged. I also addressed the feedback about the volume in the first episode. Also, what are your thoughts on the “in the car” format?

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Hey everyone.

I mentioned Sunday that I was starting a new video show with my good friend Rusty from Bench Racing Garage. In this series, we will be talking about all the great things we love about cars.

In this episode, we talk a little about ourselves, our project cars, and cars in general. If you are into cars at any level, this is a show for you. Check it out, and check out Rusty’s site. I am really proud of this series, and I think you guys will love it.

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Hi everybody (Hi Dr. Nick)
As I talked about yesterday, I started a new video series on the blog. Today I have for you the first Episode of the Humble Mechanic Video Podcast. Well, I may not call it that, but it works.

Today I talk about the plans for the show. We discuss a little about me, and my skill set. We also talk about several of the topics we will tackle in the show. As I fine tune the show, I will be adding show notes with links about things we discuss. I really hope you all enjoy the show. If you have any feedback please share it. I would also love to know what type of topics you want to talk about.

Here it is Humble Mechanic Video Show, Episode 1 ~ Intro

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As I mentioned in Shop Shots, I had the pleasure of doing some video work with the Boys at Deutsche Auto Parts. This is the DIY video on replacing a High Pressure Fuel Pump (HPFP) on a 2.0t. This is the first a many videos that we teamed up on. If you have any questions about this DIY, please post them in the comments below.

Be sure to check out all the VW DIY videos by Deutsche Auto Parts on their site, or the Deutsche Auto Parts YouTube channel. For those of you don’t know, Deutsche Auto Parts is an amazing resource for VW parts. Whether you are looking for maintenance parts, repair parts, or unique and performance, check out my buddies at Deutsche Auto Parts.

Thanks for watching, head on over to YouTube and subscribe to the Deutsche Auto Parts channel. They are doing great things over there.

MK1 VR6 Transmission mount

I thought I would shot a quick review video to follow up the blog post I did about the Mk1 Vr6 conversion kit from Eurowise. You can read that post here. This kit is designed as a bolt in solution for installing a VR6 engine into a Mk1 Volkswagen.

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