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Technician’s Update : ‘GARLIC BREAD?’

Technician’s Update : ‘GARLIC BREAD?’

The age old argument about modern cars and methods comes in for a sideways look. Mike Humble is your ringmaster. There’s a great great fondness for the Marina these days but, back in 1980, they were beyond a joke. It isn’t that long ago either in the grand scheme of things There I was happily doing some housecleaning and […]

Technician’s Update : Tiger Tiger in the night, there’s a problem with your lights

Technician’s Update : Tiger Tiger in the night, there’s a problem with your lights

Mike Humble When I was just a slip of a young man, I got completely fed up with working on cars in a dealership Monday to Friday 8.30 to 5.30 with the odd Saturday morning thrown in for good measure. A fellow apprentice had recently left, but we kept in touch socially and one night […]

Technician’s Update : They all do that, Sir… No, they really do!

Technician’s Update : They all do that, Sir… No, they really do!

To conclude the 30th anniversary of Austin Rover’s family saloon, Mike Humble recalls a smile-inducing tale of Montego mayhem… Those with intimate experience will know that older generation four cylinder BLARG power units ran, at best, with all the sweetness of lemon juice and the refinement of Lego trapped up your Mum’s Hoover Junior. Even the most […]

By 17 December 2014 18 Comments Read More →
Technician’s Update : Simple Simon met a fireman!

Technician’s Update : Simple Simon met a fireman!

Mike Humble You’ve heard it before – never buy a builder’s house or mechanics car. It makes sense because who in their right mind wants to spend hour upon hour on their own property or car for free… in their spare time. Often as not, a house or a motor owned by said tradesmen tends […]

By 27 September 2014 26 Comments Read More →
Technician’s Update : DIY servicing – enjoy it while you can

Technician’s Update : DIY servicing – enjoy it while you can

Mike Humble So many times have I moaned about the difficulty in service/repair of cars. This is probably why my own 75 1.8 scores so highly in my books as it’s the only petrol R40 offering that doesn’t make you curse or swear when it comes to periodic servicing. It seems a far cry from […]

Technician’s Update : Rubber stamps or rubber bullets

Technician’s Update : Rubber stamps or rubber bullets

Mike Humble When there is nothing on the box I love nothing more than to trawl through the on-line car adverts with a big mug of hot sweet tea. The female of the species call this “window shopping” and for me anyway – my favourite part of the adverts are the long and never exhausting […]

Technician’s Update : The S-Express

Technician’s Update : The S-Express

Mike Humble It would be fair to say that I am never happier when I am covered in muck and oil – though a belly full of Lamb tikka pathia comes a close second. Going back a couple of decades, I came off the tools and became responsible for running the parts and service desk […]

Technician’s Update : An Anglian quad-cam caper!

Technician’s Update : An Anglian quad-cam caper!

Mike Humble As we walk skip or stumble along the path of life, we meet some interesting people along the way. Every profession has their own mavericks and oddballs, but in my, er, humble opinion it’s the motor trade that seems to attract a more eclectic mish-mash of troubled souls than crowd of random people. […]

Technician’s Update : Mutton dressed as lamb

Technician’s Update : Mutton dressed as lamb

Mike Humble When I went from the busy world of High Street retail motor parts to a small and remote Rover dealer, the customer base couldn’t have been more different between he two. On one hand, the nature of the game involved selling audio systems and styling parts through to oil and brake pads for local taxi […]

Technician’s Update: It doesn’t stop with cut-price cowboys

Technician’s Update: It doesn’t stop with cut-price cowboys

Mike Humble When I used to put a price out for a job whilst working as a mobile mechanic, I would always ask if the potential customer had obtained a quote from elsewhere before giving a price. Pitch the opening gambit too high and you will get three beeps or a long tone to signify the caller has rung off, […]