Shop Shots Volume 63 Insider Pictures of Automotive Service
Hi everybody(Hi Dr Nick) 😀 Sorry, I am a big Simpsons fan. It’s Wednesday, so let’s do some Shop Shots. Before we get to the shots, I have a couple of things to let you guys know.
Dubs For A Cause.
You might have seen the banner on the right side of the blog. It is a car show and charity event. If you are in the NC area, consider coming out and supporting a great cause.
I did a giveaway on Facebook this weekend. You guys blew me away with the amount of shares and love! It made for an incredibility awesome weekend! The winner at random was Andrew Preston. Dude, contact me so I can send you the stuff. Seriously I can’t tell you how awesome you guys are. There will be more giveaways coming soon!
Up until this point, all of my pictures were taken with my Iphone 4s. I switched phones last week. Now the pictures will be taken with my Galaxy S4. Not really super important, but many of you ask me about pictures and videos and pictures.
I have posted a lot of pictures of VWs with water damage. I have even posted pictures of control modules fried from water damage. This time it’s a little different. This is the first Pheaton I have seen with water damage. The Pheaton would not start. Then sometimes, it would try and start by itself. It is always scarey when a car tries to start by itself. This module lives under the carpet on the drivers side. I still can’t figure out why a car company would put a computer under the carpet. This one is not even in a protective box.
Let’s keep with the Pheaton theme. This was actually sent to me by a fellow tech. He was replacing a headlight bulb in a Pheaton. This may not come as a huge surprise, but replacing a headlight on a Pheaton is not a simple task. To replace the headlight bulb, you have to remove the headlight. To remove the headlight, the bumper cover must be removed.
I sometime wonder if car makers build cars just to screw with the techs working on them. LOL!
Okay, so if you are a VW fan, you know this is not a Volkswagen engine. It is a pictures of my friend’s freshly rebuilt Pontiac engine. Now, you might not be a muscle car fan. But that is okay. I posted this picture because there is something so beautiful about a freshly rebuilt engine. This engine had the works done, new, cam, new pistons, new bearings, a fresh paint job. The engine will be pretty awesome when she is done.
That does it for Shop Shots! Another awesome week of behind the scenes pictures. I just want to thank you all again for the amazing response from the contest on Facebook. I can’t say enough how much you guys rock!
I came to the conclusion a while ago that car manufacturers are only interested in how a car goes together down the assembly line, not how it comes apart to work on it.
As a fitting punishment, the engineers that design them should have to work on them also.
I like the Pontiac, what size?
The Pontiac is a 400ci bored .040. Comp 262 cam, balanced, and GTO heads with RamAir exhaust manifolds.
Sounds like it will be fun.
Car companies defenetly do things just to screw people who work on them.
I have had a (probably irrational) love of the Phaeton ever since it came out. Do you see many of them in the shop? I was surprised to see two of them presented here they don’t seem to be popular out there in the world. They are at least very cheap on the used market and I would love to buy one if I had the money to maintain it.
We see them from time to time. They generally come in waves. I am right there with ya. They are super cheap to buy now, but maintenance and repair costs are insane. 😀
i think a lot of decisions in car manufacture are no longer decided by engineers, but rather by accountants..so much cost cutting.
I agree way too much cost cutting.