As well as things that you know may need fixing, there is always the unexpected. A spray nozzle came loose from the carby in my bay window and went through the engine. It’s only a small thin brass tube but it sounded as though there were marbles rattling around in the engine. Luckily there was no damage, but it did mean pulling out the engine and taking off the cylinder heads to check everything and to remove the remains of the spray nozzle. And just this week I’ve had to replace the alternator.
overhaul a care engine If one’s car is in pretty good shape and the only problem is the engine, then it may be good idea to simply purchase a rebuilt engine instead of buying a new vehicle. Because new cars often come up with unexpected costs, depreciate very fast, have more expensive insurance rates and taxes, it can be much cheaper to simply replace the engine instead of going out and purchasing a new car. Engines that are rebuilt also then get better gas mileage and this is even more advantageous considering the price of gas these days.
One very important area to look at is the water fuel lines for the engine. Kombis do burn, and it’s caused by petrol spraying all over the engine. Check the fuel lines carefully and if they look old and cracked replace them with quality fuel line. Make sure that they are not rubbing on the tinware and that the pipes going into the carby and fuel pump are not loose. This is important!
Upgrade or add to the sail inventory. No matter what the advertisement says, 8-10 year old sails are past their prime. Stretch, wear, UV light take their toll. At the least they will need a major overhaul. And you may need to replace one or more sails. Consider that on a 27 foot cruising boat, the typical mainsail can cost more than $1000 dollars. That’s labor, additional reef points, and materials. Save lots of money if you learn to repair or make your own sails.
rebuild a car engine What a lot of people don’t know is that electric cars need far fewer repairs than gas vehicles. That’s because a battery-powered engine has a lot less parts than a gas engine, and most of those parts don’t even move. They’ll last a long, long time. You will need to replace the batteries every few years, though.
If you do indeed decide to mix and match your parts, you better be using your measuring tape! You’ll need to measure everything to ensure that it’s all going to fit together properly. For example, check the frame to see how big your motor mount is. Will your chosen motor fit onto your frame?
build a car engine I make sure I don’t have any stuff on me that’s worth worrying too much about, and walk with the philosophy that if someone robs me, I simply say OK, here you go, and hand it over. People are people all over the world. A thug in the Third World can read body language just as well, if not better, than a thug in the U.S. I have never been robbed while traveling and I’m truly convinced it’s because of my diligence, but even more so due to my maintaining an attitude that if necessary I really don’t care if my stuff disappears.
Have some good friends. Whether they are car enthusiasts or not, friends can make your rebuild project so much easier. I was very lucky in this regard, and have had people all over the world offer me encouragement online through internet forums and emails, and also here in Okinawa people have been helpful and… well, what god friends and good people should be.