And Bob’s Your Uncle – How to’s and life lessons

Another AMX episode – Headliner

The original headliner in the AMX is a cardboard, plastic foam and plastic coated pressed and cut composite. Problem, over the years in storage squirrels got in – probably through the trunk – and built a nest between the headliner and the roof of the car. They pushed >>>MORE

What is so wrong with being a Know it all?

So what if I happen to understand how most things work or don’t work – or how to make most things or how to remake something to fit a new purpose? And what is wrong with letting people know about it?>>>MORE

If I see something broken and fixable I will often just fix it and go on. Sure you can take your car to the garage and pay them $135 just to look at it but I would rather look at it myself – figure out that it will take a $40 part and about as long to install as the trip to the garage.  What is so wrong with mentioning that? And if there are two possible causes of the problem and the $40 part is not the cause? Then take it to the garage and pay them the $300 for the more expensive fix?

First installment Rebuilding my AMX I have this 1968 AMX (a two seat pony car with a big engine). I bought it in 1972 and parked it in 1986. To resurrect a car whose manufacturer disappeared about 40 years ago and few new or even used replacement parts exist presents some challenges. This means some things have to be either repaired or recreated.>>>MORE

This is a landing zone for me to play with and share things I do that I do to sometimes save money or simply avoid buying new stuff by figuring out how to fix, repurpose or build stuff.

Part of it stems from my Mother’s “motto” “Use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”.  I have created a Facebook page as well. Who knows if my grand daughters teach me how to use Instagram or tweeter (Yeah, its twitter but to twitter means some thing different than tweeting – so it should have been tweeter).

About the name – And Bob’s your Uncle?  It is British, I am not, at least many generations removed. I first noted it at a web site called Chaos Manor run by author Jerry Pournelle. Science fiction author and early computer guru. It was a blog before blogs existed. And he used it – after he ‘splained it all, “and Bob’s your Uncle.”  I liked it, partly because at times I have been Bob, when I wasn’t Robert or Rob or Robbie, (never Robby or Bobby…?)

I have my grandkids convinced that I can fix anything, can build anything and always have something that can be put to a new purpose. It might include wood or plastic or metal or whatever. Usually includes glue, screws, nails, some kind or saw or other power tools. I can fix lots of things, sometimes permanently, sometimes temporarily, sometimes just for one use.

So I intend to post video of doing some of these things and get to that And Bob’s your Uncle moment.