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Kindly old time mechanics...any stories?
old time mechanics left. Lots of "technicians" who
usually replace things rather than repair them.
Just the way it is today...
Once, as a broke 17 year old, I was driving back
to LA from Seattle with a buddy. We had barely
enough money for gas and food, as usual.
Well, the generator light on my 1962 Buick Special
came on! We were somewhere on I5 in Oregon.
We managed to get it into a gas station that was
so old it had a pit instead of a hoist!
We could tell that the kindly old gentleman was
about to close. Still, he offered to take a look.
After declaring the generator to be kaput, he
looked us up and down, looked at the CA plates, and
said.."trying to get home, boys?"
I made the mistake of asking him what it would
cost to install a rebuilt generator.
" I don't install cheap rebuilds, son, I'm a
mechanic...I repair things!"
Slowly, he unbolted the generator and carried it
to his workbench. "Brushes are shot" he said.
He pawed through some boxes of junk and found a
set of used brushes. He cleaned the junk out of
the old generator, sanded down the communtator
(sp). He reinstalled the generator and it worked
like a charm.
" Well...can you guys afford five dollars?"
We about fainted.
As we went to get into the car, he put a hand on
my arm and said to me..." Son, ALWAYS help a
person, especially a kid, that needs helping"
I'll never forget his kindness.