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You Know You're A Geezer......

When you buy a 36" breaker bar, not to bust loose bolts, but to use as a cane to help you get up off the floor.

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What is this 'get up off the floor' business?!?
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You really know how to hurt a guy...........
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That's an old photo. Here's a recent picture of me & my MGA.
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The first real sports car I ever saw was a '57 MGA. One afternoon my older brother roared up in our driveway. I'd never heard a sound like that. He had just taken delivery of a red one, black seats with red piping and that crazy cord that was the interior door latch.

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Is it just me or does the floor get further down every year?

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Is it just me or does the floor get further down every year?
And jack stands are getting shorter. I never used to scrape along the car before.
And also why do I take an xtra few seconds to just lie flat on the floor before starting my work???
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And jack stands are getting shorter. I never used to scrape along the car before.
...and then when you look up at the exhaust system 2" from your nose, it's all out of focus.
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...and then when you look up at the exhaust system 2" from your nose, it's all out of focus.
This! I have three sets of glasses in the shop, each designed for a different focal length.
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You're kidding, another one?! 1984 GTV6 Maratona
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The solution IS a car lift, believe me! And it doesn't hurt to have a strong young son by your side, either!
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A lift would be wonderful, but first the garage ceiling would need to be lifted........
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A lift would be wonderful, but first the garage ceiling would need to be lifted........
if you have a refular 8 ft clg garage...you can get rid of ceiling joists, move up to 10 or 10.5 ,reinstall as braces...and you can get a lift in...typically yu want 12 ft clear...but in instances not possible Ive designed several like that...especially if sports cars, you don't need to g up to 12 ft...you can park one under another (as long as you got drip pan between)

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My 1st car and 1st engine rebuild was a 1959 MGA coupe! Three main bearing 1500cc engine with the side draft SU carbs. I was 17 years old and to the utter amazement of the ever doubting father, it not only started but ran beautifully. From that point on, I was the engineer in the family. To hell with his suma cum laude electrical engineering degree from Syracuse. I lived and thrived in the applied world where he struggled. Take that old man.......
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I have 10 foot ceilings in my garage and a lift that moves around like a pallet jack. 6,000 pound capacity.
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