As some of you know, I just finished a 4.9 swap on an 88 XTC. This is my 16 year old sons car - had a Duke, blew it up - got a 4.9. He worked is butt off and saved and saved becuase he wanted to pay for the swap himself. Well you can imagine that at 16 years old and deeply involved in High School Football, his only available time for work is weekends. So he works 10 hour shifts at Applebees as a bus boy and just recently got the big promotion to dishwasher - now that school is out for the summer, he is picking up about 40 hours a week - it's all for the love of his Fiero! Got to admire that.
Anyway, during the process of the swap, he was right in there helping as much as he could, learning all he could about the car and the new motor, etc. I tried to impress upon hm that cars like this - swapped, hot rodded, one off's, etc. are not the kind of car you can just jump in and drive with no cares or worries. I really worked hard to get him to understand that he needed to "listen" to the car - to be so familiar with all the little rattles, squeaks, clunks, etc. Get to know the character of the car cause they all have a character.
So now the swap is done. We have had a few "issues" with some little things as most swaps go. But I was really worried that he would just drive the car into the ground. Never check the oil, let the "little" things that always go wrong pile up, etc. etc. I was real guarded about letting him drive the car further than school and back. In fact now that I look back - heck it's only been about 3 weeks - I think I may have been a little too worried. I was really more worried about the car becuase by the time the swap was done, I was done! I did not want to have to work on the car anymore and was worried that something would break or fall off or whatever becuase I did not think my son would "notice" when something went wrong. For the last few weeks, when my cell phone would ring at night and it was my son calling, I just knew that this was the call to inform me that he was broke down somewhere. Well tonight that phone call came.
Low and behold, all my worries were for not. He tells me on the phone that he was driving home, heard what sounded like a bolt hitting the ground and bouncing around under the car then that was immedately followed by a grinding - tire rubbing sound from the right rear. He immediately pulled over and called me. When I got to him, he was all upset that his baby was broke! We checked things out and found that one of the caliper bolts had came out and the caliper had pivoted up - creating the grinding/rubbing sound. We limped the car home and got it in the driveway around 10:00. He jumped in his Mom's car and went back to the scene where he spent an hour and a half walikng up and down the road with a flashlight to find the caliper bolt. Why? Because he remembered that I told him how important it was to keep track of his caliper bolts because they were not something you could go buy at the hardware store. He did find the bolt!
So I guess he listened to his old Dad and took all the things I have been trying to teach him to heart. Maybe, just maybe I got this one right? I apologize for my ramblings - just proud of my boy!
Posts: 4506 From: Sydney Australia Registered: Sep 2004
Nice to hear i had a 14 year old a few weeks ago ask for a cigerette so i said no the then threaten to stab after he tried to rob me of my cigerettes i burn't his hand as i was smoking at the time he snatched for my shirt pocket. He came then back and slashed all my tires.
Posts: 49601 From: A Western Caribbean Island/ Columbus, Ohio Registered: Apr 99
My 15 year old was helping me swap the 2.8 in my GT. He was so inot the swap that when his brother asked if he would go to the batting cage or go shoot hoops he declined. He wanted to hear the car run before anything else. I let him start it for the 1st time. Yes proud moments to remember!
Sad to say this is the best looking part of the car so far!
My kids have no interest in cars. They call the chopper "the Mcdonalds car" "cuz it's ugly". I haven't figured that out yet. My stepdad was always tinkering with cars and boats when I was in high school. That is what gave me the drive for this hobby. I might be out stealing hubcaps if I didn't have the fiero bug. I'm glad to see your son is proud of his work, Pat!
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Posts: 17057 From: Green Bay, WI USA Registered: Dec 2009
I'm a fgirst generation car nut in my family. My dad was never really into cars neither was my mom brother and sister. I learned everything i know on my own with the help of PFF. I wish my dad would have been able to help me out with working on my cars though.
Posts: 7136 From: Omaha, NE USA Registered: Apr 2008
Pat, great job!! Its called PRIDE! When you work for something (earn the money) and know how much effort and work YOU put into it to build it, you have respect for what you have achieved and a great deal of pride in what you have done together. You will likely not see or hear of him hot rodding aroound town in it either for the same reasons.... speaking of kids builds hows your daughters car coming Hulki???
Pretty busy the last few days but we were able to get under the car last night and found that there was no damage. We pulled the other bolt out, added some locktite and resinsatlled - did the same on the other side too!
Saboo - thanks for the reply. Frizlefrak - thanks for your kind words! Hulki - that means a lot to me coming from you! Snappy - You are 100% correct - Pride is a powerful thing. Nemesis - I'm glad that he is working for it too.