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Hi, I'm Austin. I fix things. It's not as hard as a lot of people think, and doing the work yourself can save you a lot of money, as well as minimize waste. More than that, rebuilding things can be fun and gives a sense of accomplishment that many of us don't get at our day jobs.

Consider the automobile as an example. I have a 1995 Saturn SL2, which I bought with a blown head gasket due to some continuing temperature control issues. I paid my friend a fairly generous sum of $500 for the car, and I now have a reliable, fairly quick, and efficient vehicle for a total cost, including purchase, of under $1,500. The rule was to only take the car to a shop for tires, alignments, windshields, and state inspection. All of the really serious work I've done myself.

Some may argue that the cost of time actually makes these projects more expensive. This is a fallacy. Time only has monetary value if you would otherwise be making money with that time. It's generally a bad idea to take time off of work for projects like these, unless you plan to make a living doing it. The way used car prices are looking these days, it doesn't seem like a lucrative field. Information contained in this blog is intended to help you work on your own things and things belonging to your friends and family (if they'll let you). The goal here is savings, not extreme profit.

When you start a project car, it's a good idea to have a backup car until you get the project running reliably. I recently sold my '99 Nissan Maxima because I had gotten the Saturn to the point where it was sufficiently reliable. I'm a delivery driver by day (well, actually by night), so I need my vehicle to be pretty reliable. It hasn't failed me yet.

This site is not just about cars, though! I own a Saturn, so I tend to fix my car a lot, but I will write about whatever I take on.

Legal notice: I am not responsible for any damage caused to body or property by following my directions, either correctly or incorrectly. In fact, I can almost guarantee that some of the more difficult projects will cut your hands at some point. Always wear proper safety equipment, and use tools only for their intended purpose. It is a good idea to consult multiple sources when embarking on a major project to get a good idea of what to expect.

That about wraps it up for introductions. Enjoy the show!