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Brazing Book

2001-12-19 18:29:10+00 by Dan Lyke 9 comments

Yet another reminder of not enough time: Kiki passed along what looks like a great book on brazing.

[ related topics: Burning Man Books ]

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#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:52+00 by: TheSHAD0W

Damn you! Never mention brazing to me again!


I am now in posession of a BMW 3-Series, that I received in lieu of a debt... The car needs a lot of little things to be fixed; windshield is cracked, door locks and hood release need repair...

It runs pretty well right now. But... Apparently the vehicle was overhauled in Mexico, and whomever did the work didn't have access to the right seals... Because the engine has been brazed together. 8vP~

Would anyone like to buy it? Cheap? ^^;

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:52+00 by: Dan Lyke

Having bought a factory rebuilt engine for a BMW 5 series... ain't nothin' about that car gonna be cheap. Not that I'm not seriously thinking another 5 series wouldn't be a sweet car (although Todd keeps trying to talk me into some 4 wheel drive behemoth), but if the engine's been munged I'd have to take the bluebook and subtract $6k, then work backwards from there.

So this is like they replaced the head gasket with brass?

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:52+00 by: Larry Burton

My father was a car mechnic and I grew up in the service department of a Chevrolet dealership. It's amazing what is brought into the dealer to fix after Bubba had the car under a shadetree for a couple of weeks. Hearing stories like this makes me chuckle but none of it surprises me anymore. One car I remember had an engine in it about two sizes larger than it was built for and a portion of the custom engine mounts he made for the conversion had a Louisville Slugger label on the side of them.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:52+00 by: TheSHAD0W

> if the engine's been munged I'd have to take the bluebook and subtract $6k,
> then work backwards from there.

Well, according to the online version of Kelly Blue Book, the car's value is about $4700... Does this mean I'd have to pay for you to take it? 8vP~

And yeah, it's got a brass head gasket. 8v)~

#Comment made: 2001-12-20 01:02:49+00 by: TheSHAD0W [edit history]

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:52+00 by: Dan Lyke

'zactly. Not that it doesn't look like a sweet vehicle, but 10 years ago I think I paid $4,700 for a factory rebuilt engine for that 528e.

I do really[Wiki] miss rear wheel drive, although I'm sure that even if it's a sedan my next car will probably end up with 4 wheel drive. But if Todd keeps harping on my car buying habits I'll probably end up with a truck, something that'll do the towing to Burning Man and have clearance for things like exploring Death Valley. Although I've had my Nissan Maxima 30 miles off of pavement. In retrospect I'm damned lucky I didn't lose a tire or three out in Eureka valley.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:53+00 by: TC

Yes Dan... use the force....these are not the droids you are looking for. Your life style really does require 4 wheely type car and I say this in self defense since I'm probably your nearest 4WD friend that will need to come get you when that maxima bottoms out somewhere. Since you've brought it up I think I'll solicit community pressure to help "drive" you to a correct choice.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:53+00 by: Larry Burton

Unless one lives in an area or has a lifestyle that requires 4WD to get around on a routine basis a 4WD vehicle should be a second car. Dan, I know you well enough to know that you fit that criteria. Get a K1500 Chevy truck.

#Comment made: 2002-02-21 05:33:58+00 by: meuon

the Chevy/Ford truck idea is a good one. You can get one cheap, parts are plentiful and my F150 Crew Cab drives like a luxury car, but not too soft. The second car idea is a good one. Regarding 4wd vs 2wd: 4x4's just get stuck farther in for most people.