I’ve had a couple of personal requests to teach some automotive knowledge. Now, the rules of our shop make it interesting, as generally I’d teach such things with a project car (similar to the race car, but with far more issues). We also have some rules that make it interesting as well – for instance I need to get checked out to teach the lift, as people need to lift their own cars, but I’ll work that out.
So, I’ve been brainstorming. I could teach some basic “here’s how you change your oil”, but I’ve found that most of my own automotive knowledge has come through fixing random things, and then fixing the things I messed up on my way there.
To that end, I’m thinking of something like an “open shop” time, where we’ll put someone’s car up on the lift and either diagnose problems or help fix them. This does require a couple of things, first the aforementioned lift cert, and people that are willing to let newbies touch their car (under some guidance). This would be recurring, most likely once or twice a month, until we get bored of it.
There would be standard disclaimers, such as if things get messed up… it’s your car. Makes it a tough proposition, but I’m thinking enough people may be interested in sharing it might make it worth out while. I have a '64 Newport I can bring in to get some love, to get the ball rolling (it’s for sale if anyone wants it!)
So, your thoughts?
- I’ll participate, and let people touch my car
- I want to help or learn, but no car to use
- Not Interested
- This is a horrible idea