I’ve been working on the dually, who we’ve “lovingly” started referring to as the Big Dumb Bitch, and it has been giving us fits. After trying to be nice to it by changing out the rigged up fuel system, replacing all the typical tuneup parts, and cleaning up some hideous wiring, this stupid thing runs worse than ever. Of course I’m using “runs” loosely as after replacing all the computerized parts that could have been screwed up it won’t even start. All we wanted to do was baseline the thing in stock form before making changes and now we’ve resorted to outfitting it like a stock carbureted truck instead of a TBI equipped pig that it was. But even with a dead simple HEI distributor and rebuilt Q-Jet, there is something wrong. There shouldn’t be anything wrong, and I’m pulling my hair out trying to figure out what is wrong, but none the less it is beating me at the moment.
We’ve all had circumstances like this, where we’re working on a project and just can’t seem to make it work. Luckily it isn’t the norm, but every once in a while you come across some part of a project that just makes you want to scream. It could be a brake job gone wrong, a distributor that won’t go in right, an electronics or wiring project gone wrong, or something as simple as an oil change that just seems to fight you tooth and nail.
We’ve all got one that just makes us want to throw in the towel, and question why it is that we keep wanting to build, race, or cruise cars.
So what is yours? What is the most frustrating repair or modification that you have ever faced on a car or truck?