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Old 01-23-2013, 03:02 PM   #1
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Name a pita job you wouldn't like to repeat.

Ever notice the cost - just for labor, to re-cover vette seats? It seems out of line compared to other mechanical jobs on Corvettes. I just re-covered my bucket seats including new foam. I didn't have the hook tool for grabbing/pulling the wires through the foam attaching to the seat frame so I used a pick tool instead. PITA! Lining up the seat cover ribs and the foam together so the fit is tight and straight - installing the black/chrome trim piece near the top of the seat and keeping it flat, PITA! Getting the two sides to meet in the back and have that plastic strip hold everything together, PITA! If there is a next time I just may sub this job out despite it's really expensive. The guys at Al Knochs make it look so easy. What job would make you think twice about doing it yourself (again)?
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Although both were a PITA and I don't want to do either EVER again, I probably would just to save the money.

Heater core replacement and exterior door handle replacement.
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Removal of rusted trailing arms and anything to do with removal and installation of new interior parts.
Lets not forget parking brake shoe work...
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Anything that has to do with parking brake cables. Just hate those damn things for some reason.
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Sandblasting the upper & lower A-Frames. Takes forever and is the most tedious thing I have ever done.
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Making this cut and fitting the filler without a plasma cutter on my back in the garage. I "NEVER" want to do this again.



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rewire the cab/birdcage area, R&R exterior mirrors, door locks
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Trailing arm bolts and rear shock mounts.



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[QUOTE=tektrans;2011696]Making this cut and fitting the filler without a plasma cutter on my back in the garage. I "NEVER" want to do this again.
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Old 01-24-2013, 05:46 AM   #10
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I've done all the wrenching on my cars since I was 16 years old. In my garage, I have installed ProCharger, Dewitts, Meziere, Hedders, Corsa, Z06 brakes, Flip Drive, Intake manifold, injectors, shifter, bla, bla, bla in my C6.
Now that I am older, and suffer from arthritis in my hands, I will still tackle just about any mechanical challenge.

Not saying that I'd love to see someone else under the car, but 2 things keep me from exploring that: (1) I'm cheap and just cannot see paying $100+/hour to see some kid beat on my car, and, (2) if do it, I know it's done right.

Plus, there is a satisfaction in doing your own work!
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Why do they call it "common sense" when, in fact, it has become so uncommon?

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Biggest PITA for me was cleaning up and cutting out the old rusted rocker channels, installing and welding in new three piece rocker channel inserts for both sides of my 80' vette.







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When I lived up north, without a garage, getting up every morning and removing the lake effect snow so I could go to work. Yes it's been my daily driver since I bought it.
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What about replacing a brake booster on a PB car. Even with the dash off you cannot get to the nuts. Have to be quite a few who have had to do this. Talk about a PITA!

Seems easy compared to laying on your back to modify a cross member. Sheeeeesh, that doesn't look like it was fun.
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What about replacing a brake booster on a PB car. Even with the dash off you cannot get to the nuts. Have to be quite a few who have had to do this. Talk about a PITA!

Seems easy compared to laying on your back to modify a cross member. Sheeeeesh, that doesn't look like it was fun.
I pulled mine to paint it....wasn't fun but drilling out my broken off exhaust bolts with the manifold still on was a major PITA....the bolts were frozen to the manifolds thus making it a solid piece.
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Honestly, the C3 has been somewhat easier to work on than the C4. It's all the "old car stuff" that you encounter than makes it a PITA (stripped bolt heads, etc).

Right now, I can say that ANYTHING under the driver side dash is my least favorite. Even with the seat out, there's not a ton of room to work.
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