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2013, March

Website Running Faster and Better!
Hi Folks, We wanted to let you know we've recently upgraded our website! We apologize for any inconvenience this might have caused anyone over the past week. For the most part, our upgrade was seamless, actually, but we'd been experiencing a lot of 'outtages' prior to the upgrade, which may have created some people to get bumped off inadvertently. Again, we apologize for that. We are still working on cleaning up some minor aesthetic issues that still need to be resolved since the upgrade, which will happen very soon! We are excited to display a fresher version of the website which has some slight product display modifications than the old version. We're also finding that we're running a LOT faster, which should help streamline your search and checkout process. Please feel free to send us any feedback concerning your experience on our website. Your feedback helps us to keep things running smoothly! Sincerely, Clark Heintz Tools & Equipment, LLC
Motorhead Garage Features Whitaker Tools at the Sema Convention

We are now an authorized dealer for Whitaker Tools! Check out our full line of Whitaker Tool products, including injector sleeve pullers and injector puller/driver sets. We have the tools in stock - so please feel free to stop by the shop if you need something, or call Clark at 603-234-2612.

Auto Repair Parable
I found this post on http://balanceofeconomics.com and thought it was fantastic. I asked for permission to re-post. This is really well written and explains our economic situation to a "T." If the economy was an automobile and it went into a recession, here’s how a conversation with a car mechanic might go. Imagine the (fictionalized) world famous mechanic’s prowess, named Johnny Keynes, if he came out of the shop after looking over your vehicle and said this: “So the car’s performance is weak, you say?” “Yes, it’s much slower than last week. You warned me that it might ‘recess’ once every five years, but now the top speed is lower than ever, nor will it accelerate quickly. The car just seems tired.” “Yes, I should say so. I’ve looked it over, and your car has a clear case of weak aggregate motion.” “Come again, old chap? Not the engine? Not the wheels? Not the sparks?” “Aggregate motion. It’s a new theory of mine,” explains Johnny. ”insufficient aggregate motion explains the problem of altogether every car I see these days. If you add up all the motion in the vehicle — all the energy of all the parts — it is lower than before. So what your car needs, I’ve deduced, is a push.” “A push? But what about the engine?” He laughs. “The engine is fine. I don’t think it needs an upgrade at all. The ones made in 1940 aren’t all that better than 1950, anyway. They just need some more external horsepower. A push.” “Well, a push might help me get some speed as I leave the shop, but what about in the days ahead?” “That’s exactly what I was thinking,” Johnny exclaims. “A permanent pusher from the government, this little device right here, could attach on top of your hood. It’s called the G-pusher, which will siphon off some energy from your axle, then circulate it right back into the engine. Nice, eh?” You hesitate. Not an expert on auto mechanics, but doesn’t what Johnny just offered seem like circular reasoning? Plus, won’t that extra weight slow things down even more… “Worried about the cost, are you?” asks Johnny K the mechanic. “That’s the best part. It’s free. The authorities have authorized me to attach this baby at no cost to you. And maybe you’re thinking you want to upgrade your engine’s horsepower. Now listen here, internal horsepower can only get you so far. When it gets weak, only simplistic old school logic says that we should ‘fix’ the internal horsepower, but that’s all wrong. Takes time to upgrade all this little motions. What you need is to get right back on the road with some external horsepower. Once that happens, well, the internal stuff will work itself out. I’m sure of it. Shall I draw up the calculations?” “Gee, that’s awfully nice. But no, err, no that’s not it. I just had a question. Just, well, wondering what if it doesn’t work out there in the real world?” “Already thought of that one, my friend. If the pusher doesn’t help you accelerate to greater aggregate motion – which theory says is mathematically impossible – then bring the car right back here next week for a double dose of a boosting your aggregate motion. We’ll install a bigger pusher called Timely-Targeted-Temporary. Might be messy, but be patient. Just be patient.”
The 10 Commandments of Auto Repair
  1. Thou shalt not place any essential portion of thy anatomy beneath a car that is not properly supported with jack stands or blocks.
  2. Thou shalt not work on any part of the starting or charging system without first disconnecting the battery.
  3. Thou shalt suffer no flame or spark near the battery or the fuel system.
  4. Thou shalt forsake the open end of the wrench, and whenever possible to use always the box end upon thy nuts and thy bolts.
  5. Thou shalt always securely block the wheels of the car before starting work, lest thee run thyself over with thine own car.
  6. Thou shalt never lose thy temper or thy patience. Remember: "Act in haste and you will repent at your leisure."
  7. Thou shalt always exercise extreme care when opening thy radiator, lest thee parboil thyself or some innocent bystander.
  8. Thou shalt clean up any and all of the fluids that thy auto may emit, lest they ignite or poison thy pet, thy child, thy soil or thy groundwater.
  9. Thou shalt always place thy car's transmission in Park or Neutral before commencing work.
  10. Thou shalt never forget the laws of ASSUME, K.I.S.S., and Murphy and never blame another person for thine own errors.

Found this posted on http://autorepair.about.com/od/safetyfirst/a/ ten_commandment.htm. Thought it was worth a re-post :)