hey Leon, I don't know your reasons for considering yourself a petrolhead but mine was bred into me from an early age. My interested started with my brother and his mates (5 years older) building hot rods back in the sixties. Pretty organised with vehicles having chassis zedded in one shed and wheeled to the next street for bodywork etc ...everyones dad had a good shed.
Our place was engine building and fitting.....near all big block fords ...many old 21/23 bolt flattops ....always looked good in a TBucket.
This went on for years until a big accident in melb's BoxHill where two of my brothers mates were racing and I think 7 were killed in the accident
...overnight restrictions on engine size etc were introduced ....lots happened not least my bros best mate got himself killed in another accident in WA.
My bro sold all his hot rods ...bought a 1200cc Ford Escort and became Mr Hat.
Affected me a different way ....I followed up the failure in the suspension that caused the accident ...took me years...and found it was the transverse leaf spring in the front of the crashed car had turned it's shackle over and jambed the steer.
Caused me to be involved in suspension design all my life ....led me to some good jobs also.
Skiting now but myself and a Donald Oldis wrote the National Broad Based Course on Automotive Suspension ...has become a apprenticeship on it's own now.
As you'd appreciate with BMW/Saab etc ...steering and suspension geometry is where it all starts.
here is Aus we have two types of vehicles ..offroad and on. Of the last 20 years we have been all buying one vehicle for each ...4x4 have finally gone to coils but still unreliable in the bush .....old wise men who live in the bush still travel on leaves.
The old pre 80s stuff was really a garbage ride but a reliable outfit ....my everyday drive is a three on the tree 6cyl Holden one tonner '73 model .....original but needs some fresh bearing in the gear box ..and some paint
...maybe a few other things
my entry point in automotive has always been my knowledge of suspension (bit behind now of course) but it has given me many opportunities being a specialist ....I know little about engine building etc ....can belt a motor together for myself ..but best only for myself
pretty good with a spray gun ....on the daughters car and the trailer
But I have built some good chassis ...for rally cars and feral utes.
Automotives been really good to me ...but I'm bloody well over it now
always looking for a comfy drive ...and basically avoid it if I can ....unless I'm heading out to the bush.
one chassis we use to build a lot of in the past was this thing ....made out of the same as my 'everyday drive'/one tonner. Small block chev usually thru auto of your choice to an old detroit locker (all that was available in those days)
Was all about what the customer wanted to spend on suspension after that ...nothing to run 10inch travel and multiple dampers on these things (remembering we had to make every single bit in those days) ....and believe me, they were the greatest fun to run in the deserthttp://i1006.photobucket.com/albums/af184/Michael_Scull/Junk/Tonner.jpg
Have to realise we pushed the cabin back 200 to 400mms on some of these ...radiator and everything precious is in the back
Howzat for a rave Leon? ...but figured that was what you were after.
what's your great love caused by? ...with me I just love going fast on dirt.
here's a compliation of a team I used to be with ..this guys specialty was crashin'
he's a tryer though.
I was involved with these blokes for yearshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aXOPpKuggyQ
shame no one had a digi movie camera in the old days ....I see Scott has heaps of his recent 'crash' vids up
I finished my run taking a country/reginal automotive franchise with that company ...(lets not mention it as it will attract ads
Stores running beautifully (maybe because I sold it) these days and has the national rally team and the race team based at the store by choice (which certainly helps the business)
most of the lads run race cars as does the boss.
Also have a lifetime service deal on my own 4x4 (which is handy for a pensioner
enough bulshlit ...but may start some convo.
what are others doing?