My visit with Colin

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My visit with Colin

Post by dtrumbo » Mon Jun 23, 2008 11:08 am

merriam-webster wrote: Value ˈval-(ˌ)yü noun

1: a fair return or equivalent in goods, services, or money for something exchanged.
Until Saturday evening, I had thought the best money I had ever spent for my (wife's) bus was putting new tires on it. I have now experienced value in a purchase I recently made that has set the benchmark for all future purchases, VW or otherwise. That purchase was a visit from Colin. The education I received from this man is beyond description. I have never crawled into bed at night so tired, yet unable to fall asleep because of all the information that my brain was still processing. It was as if my brain was too busy working on all the things I had learned earlier to allow my body to fall asleep until it was done.

I won't go into detail all the things we covered as I'm not sure my brain has had enough time to digest everything much-less regurgitate it here in any intelligent way. Let me just say that I am empowered. I have confidence to do things I didn't before. For example, two years ago I was taught to adjust my valves by a guy who had never done a valve adjustment before. Wha??? Well that person was me because there was no one else handy at the time that knew any better. Sure I read everything I could find and mustered the courage to do them because you have to. It was so nice to have someone watch you do them and educate your ignorance so that now I KNOW I'm doing them properly and now I can adjust the valves in engines with both solid AND hydraulic lifters (meanwhile the sliding-door fairy appeared and now the doors on both of my buses are like butter!). If that weren't enough, I can adjust the air/fuel mixture on both my carbureted AND fuel-injected engines. I can do, or at least have the courage to try to do so very much more than I did the day before. The how-to-do is fine, but the why-to-do and how everything fits together that Colin explains makes it so much more comprehendible. This folks, is value.

As wonderful as the day was, I must share with you two regrets I have. The first is that my mind was so busy focusing on the VW-related mechanical tasks at hand that I could not divide my attention enough to fully enjoy the conversation and insights this man also provides on issues non-VW related. Hopefully there will be a next year and I'll be able to experience everything even more.

My other regret is time. Who doesn't need more of that? We all have to divide our time amongst many things. Family, work, hobbies, and even time for ourselves. I did the best I could, but I wasn't able to block out enough time for Colin's visit. Yes, I did the ten hours as scheduled, but by the end of that ten hours my attention was beginning to wane as I knew my time was needed elsewhere. I could easily have spent another four or five hours and perhaps even another full day with this guy not just working on my cars, but enjoying the stimulating and thought-provoking conversation with the man, not just the mechanic.

If you've had the pleasure of a visit from Colin, you know that everything I've written or am capable of writing doesn't even come close to capturing the true experience that it is. You are sitting there nodding, I can feel it. If you are on the schedule for this year, look forward to it even more. If he does this next year, do what it takes to get yourself on the list. You will discover that the word 'value' will be completely redefined in your mind.
- Dick

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1978 Riviera Camper. Bone stock GE 2.0L F.I.
1979 Super Beetle convertible.

... as it turns out, it was the coil!

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Post by dhoch14 » Mon Jun 23, 2008 12:48 pm

well put....

can't wait for colin's visit on Wed!

-dave
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Post by IFBwax » Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:02 pm

What I tell ya? Glad it went well.
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Post by spiffy » Mon Jun 23, 2008 1:14 pm

Man, all I got was this dirty Motel 6 towel and a blob of JB Weld. Did you get the premium package?
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Post by dtrumbo » Mon Jun 23, 2008 2:29 pm

IFBwax wrote:What I tell ya? Glad it went well.
Yes, you told me, but like I said in my post, words can't describe the event.

spiffy wrote:Man, all I got was this dirty Motel 6 towel and a blob of JB Weld. Did you get the premium package?
Apparently so. My Motel 6 towel was clean, at least when we started.
- Dick

1970 Transporter. 2015cc, dual Weber IDF 40's
1978 Riviera Camper. Bone stock GE 2.0L F.I.
1979 Super Beetle convertible.

... as it turns out, it was the coil!

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Post by locoqueso » Mon Jun 23, 2008 6:50 pm

dtrumbo wrote: As wonderful as the day was, I must share with you two regrets I have. The first is that my mind was so busy focusing on the VW-related mechanical tasks at hand that I could not divide my attention enough to fully enjoy the conversation and insights this man also provides on issues non-VW related.
I felt the same way, although next year I expect a new set of VW-related tasks to be at hand.
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1982 Mercedes-Benz Estate Wagon (300TD-T) - S123 3.0L T.D. 142,000m
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Post by chitwnvw » Mon Jun 23, 2008 7:26 pm

Did he find that one thing that paid for the visit all by itself?

For me it was always something that saved my life. Last time we were looking at my steering which is majorly hacked, we have to guesstimate at the centering because the markings are reversed, and he was like shoot, this was about to go and then you would have lost the ability to steer.

I'm thinking probably on the interstate! Kaboom!

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Post by zblair » Mon Jun 23, 2008 8:51 pm

Colin Scissorhands strikes again! :cheers:
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Post by Amskeptic » Mon Jun 23, 2008 10:37 pm

T'was a pleasure to work on well-cared-for VWs with a fine engineering mind.
Colin
(nice digs, too)
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Post by chitwnvw » Tue Jun 24, 2008 3:58 am

Amskeptic wrote: (nice digs, too)
No kidding!

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Post by dtrumbo » Tue Jun 24, 2008 5:49 am

chitwnvw wrote:Did he find that one thing that payed for the visit all by itself?
Of course! The right front wheel bearing on The Riviera is singing a pretty tune! I had never heard it before, of course, but after he let me figure out for myself what that whine was, I hear it LOUD AND CLEAR!
- Dick

1970 Transporter. 2015cc, dual Weber IDF 40's
1978 Riviera Camper. Bone stock GE 2.0L F.I.
1979 Super Beetle convertible.

... as it turns out, it was the coil!

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Post by dtrumbo » Tue Jun 24, 2008 5:52 am

zblair wrote:Colin Scissorhands strikes again! :cheers:
Here too. He razored off a chunk of aluminum on the head of the '70 that was an inevitable cause of a valve cover leak. The he shaved the rocker spacer that had metal whiskers on it from some bone-head PO that used insanely long head studs.
- Dick

1970 Transporter. 2015cc, dual Weber IDF 40's
1978 Riviera Camper. Bone stock GE 2.0L F.I.
1979 Super Beetle convertible.

... as it turns out, it was the coil!

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Post by dtrumbo » Tue Jun 24, 2008 5:55 am

Amskeptic wrote:T'was a pleasure to work on well-cared-for VWs with a fine engineering mind.
Colin
(nice digs, too)
I thank you, and the caretaker/inspirator of the shop (Heidi) thanks you.
- Dick

1970 Transporter. 2015cc, dual Weber IDF 40's
1978 Riviera Camper. Bone stock GE 2.0L F.I.
1979 Super Beetle convertible.

... as it turns out, it was the coil!

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Post by dtrumbo » Mon Jun 30, 2008 6:27 am

Here's the master with his loving hand on the mirror and a twinkle in his eye (and long pants too!).

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- Dick

1970 Transporter. 2015cc, dual Weber IDF 40's
1978 Riviera Camper. Bone stock GE 2.0L F.I.
1979 Super Beetle convertible.

... as it turns out, it was the coil!

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