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Automotive Repairs and Modifications

I do a great deal of my own automotive repair. I find the challenge of doing my own repairs and modifications satisfying. In the past, I’ve done truck lifts, brake jobs, changed axles, replaced heads and custom work on my own trucks and cars. The list is pretty extensive.

I plan on capturing more of these activities as time goes on and writing informative (possibly entertaining) articles on them. Interestingly, Some of these projects and activities may cross over between automotive and boating. For example, the post on compression testing an engine is as applicable in the automotive world as it is in boating.

You may find an article on an oil change. Alternatively, the next article may be on removing the heads on an engine. It all depends on what needs to be done on my project list.

Cheap and Easy – Tundra and Tacoma Toolbox Alternative

I recently got rid of the camper top on my Tacoma. I replaced it with a Tonneau roll up cover. Having the cap off opened a lot of possibilities. One of them being able to add an accessible Tacoma toolbox. Sticker shock cured me of that notion quickly! Truck bed tool boxes are fairly expensive …

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Rusted Silverado Rocker Panel Replace and Repair

If you own a 2006 era Silverado or Sierra you may be seeing your rocker panels rusting away. This seems to be a common problem with these trucks. Luckily, there are a number of replacement rocker panels available at a reasonable price. You’ll find various methods of putting these on. They range from completely cutting …

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Make Your Own Spark Plug Wires DIY

Making Your Own Spark Plug Wires Building your own spark plug wires is a simple yet rewarding task. They are not complex to build and do not require advanced skills. If you have worked with wire strippers and crimpers you can easily build your own spark plug wires. In this post I’ll be describing the …

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How To Accurately do an Outboard Compression Test

Why Compression Test an Outboard Engine There are several reasons you may want to compression test an outboard engine. If you notice the engine is running rough (especially at idle) is one. If you are buying a used boat than certainly performing a compression test is definitely in order.  Don’t make a decision on purchasing …

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2006 Silverado 5.3L Smoking on Startup Solved!

5.3L Smoking on Startup If you own a GM truck or other vehicle with a 5.3L smoking on startup, you should read this. When starting the vehicle after it has sat for a while you’ll get some bluish white smoke from the exhaust. You’re burning oil, but relax. It’s most likely oil that has seeped …

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