My grandfather was the son of a blacksmith. He used the knowledge of the trade to make custom tools to work on Model T's. He moved from Kentucky to Boston where he could get a job as a mechanic and make a new life in the big city. He was a mechanic for 70 years; in his 80s he was still rebuilding alternators and starters for Boston Cab company. He helped me replace the transmission in my 1st car over the phone. He could visualize everything under there in his head and told me what to do step by step. Well, that and he inspired me to be a mechanic, though I was lucky enough to work my way through a mechanical engineering degree - easier on the knuckles I suppose. Among the many things I got from him, besides knowledge and many tools (including many customs he welded up) were a collection of old spark plugs. The one on the lower left has a wooden insulator painted green. I laugh every time a new "multi-electrode" spark plug is popularized.Blacksmiths
So you figure Race Winning Brands, Holley, and Edelbrock/Comp will save the industry? That's the shift...and they aren't going to teach the young guys how to do squat. Corporations don't work that way.Blacksmiths. Saddle makers. Buggy makers. Leather workers. Craftsmen all. Faced this same basic problem when the automobile came along. There is a shift happening, for better or worse.
What? What are you saying? Where did you get that from what I wrote? You misunderstand what I was saying. I was saying that many support businesses for the mode of transportation in the 1900's closed up or changed what they do. Some continued but most ended up closed for one reason or another. Market changed. The market is changing. That's all. Knowledge will be lost sadly. The one constant is change.So you figure Race Winning Brands, Holley, and Edelbrock/Comp will save the industry? That's the shift...and they aren't going to teach the young guys how to do squat. Corporations don't work that way.
It not just old-timers. Most people are sure their "reality" is absolute, when it's nothing more than a summary of thier life's biases. Either that or there are 350 million realities in this country? Nothing new, however, it's always been this way.That is an absurd take. Haha
Old guys have the hardest time with change management I suppose.
I think you are misrepresenting the opposing side and underestimating their knowledge.when it's brought up, haven't a damned clue how much the Feds actually effect your hobby. Ignore the DC agenda at your own peril.
Don't lose hope... We need to educate our representatives so they understand what our industry is about and that it's small enough that it won't impact the imbecilic green [email protected]#$. Hopefully the RPM act passes along with other protective industry legislation to keep the industry and our hobby alive. I'm just starting to teach my oldest son about "hot rodding" and he absolutely loves it! It's incredible to see the love he has for the tools, learning how things work, experimenting, problem solving, etc. I think about the EV BS and the ability to build mechanical aptitude, foster creativeness, etc. would be very difficult. The green new deal is not about the environment, it's about control through fear, same with face masks during this "pandemic." I do everything in my power to make my congressmen aware of my position and requests relative to our hobby and the supporting industry and I constantly spread the word to others... I find that many of them just aren't educated on it and it's our job to help with that.The industry is in deep trouble if the fooqing morons in DC keep pushing this bovine feces green deal plan. You non-political types who piss and whine when it's brought up, haven't a damned clue how much the Feds actually effect your hobby. Ignore the DC agenda at your own peril.
Thank God I have my guns to keep me busy.... until they come after them too...
How is it a conspiracy theory? I am probably the youngest guy in this thread, and I can tell you, the car scene now is bigger and more popular than it has ever been in history.Here we go with bizarre biases and conspiracy hogwash again.