Date registered: May 2013
Vehicle: 1961 190SL
Location: Northern California, USA
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"RAY w , after reading your post , i dont know what to say !"
A couple of options are saying nothing or saying that you have a different opinion.
"all pros are not butchers" ,
That is probably true. I'm 68 now and I learned 50 years ago that I could do a better job than the "pros" for the simple reason that I take the time required to do the jobs properly. The skills I lack I take courses to learn. An example of the advantage of taking care of my own cars is a 1971 Dodge van that I bought new. It has never been touched by a "pro" and is still going strong at 348,000 miles. Another example is a 1936 Chevy pickup that I restored with my own 2 hands, not with a checkbook, then won with in national level competition competing against trailer queens restored by "pros". The attached photo is of the '36 pickup as it looks today, 37 years after the home restoration was completed.
The greatest gift I have ever been given in the car hobby is the encouragement of others to try things when I was really doubting my ability. I'm now sharing with others my belief that we can do anything we set out to do if we are willing to learn new skills. I find that a very rewarding thing to do.
"it take a certain level of know how"
Yes, and finding people who actually have the skills is the challenge. I personally find it easier to do stuff myself than to look for a needle in a haystack and/or fight it out with a person who has made a mess.
"you need to stop bashing the pros ."
If you are an American please have a look at the First Amendment.