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Mechanic’s Tale: Mightier than the Sword
Mechanic’s Tale: Mightier than the Sword

Old Tubal Cain didn’t stop inventing after he forged the first sword, giving man domain over the earth. A few thousand years later he turned out an even mightier implement, the wrench, which dominated the 19th and 20th centuries. In days long past, no man was complete without a sword, as today no...Read More»

Jeep American Flag
Mechanic’s Tale: Let Freedom Beep

The automobile, thanks to the internal combustion engine, has contributed more to individual freedom and equality between the classes and, yes, diversity (ugh) than any other device in human history. That’s a big statement to make but I think it holds up. I don’t have time or my editor’s...Read More»

Chevrolet Corvette Engine Build Experience
Mechanic’s Tale: EGR Equals Grrr!

I was working on a basic ’97 Ford F-150 last week. It was powered by the mediocre 4.2-liter V-6 engine, rather than the mighty 4.9-liter in-line six that used to make a Ford six-cylinder truck better than everyone else’s V-8. The complaint was a rough-running engine, with the check-engine light...Read More»

2007 Ford Shelby GT500
Mechanic’s Tale: Ford Follies

MORE: Mechanic's Tale: The Big Cat by Douglas Flint (8/21/2006)I fell in love with a machine - and lost. More Mechanic's Tales from Doug Flint The first six months of 1942 must have been a tough time to be an American without getting seriously depressed. There was a seemingly endless series of...Read More»

2001 Acura Integra two-door interior
Mechanic’s Tale: A Clean Car

Mechanic's Tale: The Big Cat by Douglas Flint (8/21/2006)I fell in love with a machine - and lost. More Mechanic's Tales from Doug Flint My neighbor is one of those guys. You know, the kind who set a standard that make the rest of us look bad. He tirelessly hauls mulch and flowers from one end of...Read More»

Why the pushrod engine still exists
Mechanic’s Tale: Winter Maintenance

As the Wehrmacht bears down on Moscow, Russia ’s oldest, most reliable soldier, General Winter, comes to her rescue. The sudden drop to sub-zero temperature has caused the German machinery of death to grind to a halt. The oil has turned to a Jell-O-like substance in the crankcases of the tanks...Read More»

Holden vehicle plant in Elizabeth, South Australia
Mechanic’s Tale: Theft Deterrence

Mechanic’s Tale: The Big Cat by Douglas Flint (8/21/2006)I fell in love with a machine — and lost. More Mechanic's Tales from Doug Flint The advent of cheap electronics in the late Seventies, combined with an ever-increasing auto theft problem, led to the growth of a large aftermarket industry...Read More»

Smartphone controlled RC car
Mechanic’s Tale: Mechanics Gone Wild!

Somewhere, somehow, you may have gotten the impression that mechanics are sexist pigs with pictures of scantily clad women adorning their tool boxes and bathrooms, secretly or not so secretly ogling every woman who walks through the door. You would for the most part be correct. Even the sitcom...Read More»

Wave Disk Generator engine
Mechanic’s Tale: The Big Cat

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2006 Mitsubishi Montero 4-door 4WD LTD Sportronic Rear Exterior View
Mechanic’s Tale: Mitsu’s Tales of Woe

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