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Repair Mistakes & Blunders
1974, I was 18 years old and switching
out an engine for the first time.
Obviously there are many challenges
in such an undertaking. Let's face
it, working on cars can present many
challenging situations which can
push even the most patient of individuals
to the edge. While I cannot remember
exactly what the circumstance was,
something got me to the breaking
While I was not
normally a volatile person, I remember
a handheld sledge hammer and throwing
it against a chain link fence to
vent my frustration. That might
have worked, except it ricocheted
off the fence, came back, and hit
me in the shin which simply added
to my frustration level and discomfort.
Since that day I have never thrown
in frustration when dealing with
a difficult vehicle situation (although
I may have wanted to!). It's better
to take a few deep breaths, walk
away for a few minutes, think it
over, and not do anything stupid.
Greg in Florida
December I wrote about finally installing
the oil filter an artist friend in
Minnesota had given me years earlier.
That filter was decorated with snowmen
and Christmas trees. See http://www.rockauto.com/Newsletter/archives/Dec20_07.htm for the story and photos.
artist friend saw last year’s story and found out
for the first time what that filter
really meant to me. In the northern
reaches of Minnesota where my wife
and this friend come from, the men
do not waste words. Displays of emotion
are rare and never forgotten. I once
told my wife’s grandmother
I really liked her pumpkin pie. My
enthusiasm would have simply been
routine back in Detroit. In Minnesota
it was the equivalent of falling
upon my knees with tears in my eyes.
There was always a pumpkin pie waiting
for me at grandmother’s house
So my hysterical
display of emotion over the filter
last year earned
me a new Holiday Filter for 2008.
There is a classic nativity scene
depicted, but since my Chrysler 300
is just behind the wise men’s
camels I will not call it a Christmas
My friend’s artistic skills
have definitely broadened over the
past decade. It is especially striking
that she chose a Fram filter with
the “SureGrip” paint
on the top. That heavy black coating
disappeared seamlessly into her work.
Interpreting the nuances of any
great painting means looking at the
complete piece, the frame, the type
of paint, etc. rather than just the
scene depicted. The image of my car
clearly represents me. The car has
nearly reached the nativity site
but not quite. It is at the foot
of a hill slightly in the distance.
I bet it is stuck in the sand. Some
people might hope for divine intervention.
A Minnesotan would never have been
so foolish to drive a low riding,
rear wheel drive car like mine into
the sand (or snow) in the first place.
A Minnesotan would drive a proper
truck and only hope for divine intervention
to help find a good parking spot.
I opened the
catalog. Sure enough,
this Fram PH5 filter
fits tons of vehicles and 99% of
them are trucks. I have driven lots
of trucks but never owned one. There
are probably many other messages,
but this year’s Holiday Filter
is definitely a signal from Minnesota
that it is about time I owned a go-anywhere
Here is my
2008 Christmas list. Any of these
trucks would fit my
new oil filter: 2004 Hummer H1, 2000
Cadillac Escalade, 1964 GMC Suburban… For
a complete list, click on Fram PH5
in the RockAuto.com
Studebaker Golden Hawk
is my inheritance! My Dad and I
enjoy working on and maintaining
this 1957 Studebaker Golden Hawk.
It was purchased with 44,000 miles
on the odometer. It has a mostly
original interior, original hub caps,
driveline, exhaust, and restored
This photo was
taken while supporting the Pittsburgh
Vintage Grand Prix.
Jeff in Pennsylvania
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