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28th of March 2017

28th of March 2017
Today I visited Tampere to take care of recycling my old car. This was the final look under the bonnet - you can see how the engine has been spilling oil all over the battery and those liquid containers. But I managed to drive the car for the final 12 metres to get it in better location to be loaded onto a transport vehicle.
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What happened? Blow the head gasket? I've replaced them before, but it is a real pain.......

My one old pickup spits oil out of the carburetor, because the rings are so worn out that it has so much blowby, lol. And leaks it out of the intake manifold somewhere. I've been driving it that way as a farm vehicle, just waiting for it to throw a rod or something else major so I can junk it, but I keep taking care of it, and it just keeps going..... Not going very fast (no compression anymore), but still going. Lol.

Anyway, sorry to hear about your troubles. It's always frustrating and expensive when motors blow up. :/ I hope you can get it sorted out without too much headache.

I'd loan you one of my junkers in the meantime, but well, you know, other side of the world and all. XD

I mean, it's not like I am wealthy enough to afford two (or even one lol) nice vehicle, it's just that I paid $300 for the one that spits oil, 7 or 8 years ago, so I just keep the two junkers around so I have something to drive while the other one is broken down. :3

Hehe, yes, from a technical point of view it would've been interesting to figure out exactly what happened. But from my practical point of view the conclusion was "Well, fixing this would cost so much money that the money can buy another old car." Which is what I did =)

I like doing things with my own hands, and I know a little about many things - but fixing cars is something I never learned. When the other boys in the countryside were busy tuning their motor bikes, I was the nerd programming C-64 and reading about zen-buddhism =)

Well, but the acute car situation is now all fine; I bought a reliable Volvo from my neighbours, and a recycling company took the old car away. The next problem is that I need to pay back the money I borrowed from my friends - and now I'm scratching my head wondering if that is going to mean more customers for massage, or more programming =) We will see !

Well, I haven't played UrW for like 10 or 15 years. Maybe I will go buy the latest version, heh. (I played it a LOT in college when I had to live in the city and couldn't really go play outside, but ever since I got out of the city I have just gone and played in the actual outside instead, hehehe).

I was the nerd programming on the Apple 2, hehe. But I still got sucked into helping fixing farm equipment and stuff, so I guess that is where that comes from for me. :P

I tell you man, I have gotten some REALLY good deals on old vehicles, just because they needed some work. Like that $300 Wonder Truck, lol, it wouldn't pass the state inspection due to rust holes and the tail lights didn't work. But a little wiring and JB Weld and Bondo and scrap sheet metal later, and it was on the road. And then there was a $500 Hyundai that just needed a timing belt, which was a complete pain to install (no room to work in that newer stuff lol), but it was a really good car after that except for all the rust.

There is a Finnish game called My Summer Car that I want to check out, that is apparently to auto mechanics games what UrW is to wilderness survival games, lol. Maybe sometime when I have more free time..... .... ... .. . Haha.

I haven't played My Summer Car myself, but what I've seen it captures the spirit of Finnish countryside backyard garage custom-car scene. I'd guess it comes a lot from similar background as you describe; kids growing up in farms, getting involved in maintaining and fixing the farm machines and learning by doing.

When I was a kid, my parents never did things like that, we didn't have a workshop at home, and I wasn't keen enough to go learn on my own. But that real world 'My Summer Car'-scene is still alive and kicking, a lot of people weld and fix and keep their old cars going. I think that in Finland on average we have older cars on the road than in most of the European countries, and that is because of the widespread DIY-scene. Even people like me who can't weld and fix themselves, they always know someone who does. So I always consult my neighbour who is specialized in re-modelling old VW Beetles; some of his projects look more like building the entire car from a scratch =)

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