Yep - inspections are like tolls - just another government racket .... another hidden tax. At least they're free there. It's $29 here. It's pretty clear the state couldn't care less about safety - it's all about how much extra TAX they can rake in. What do they care anyway. Half of them fly in to Boston!
10 years ago when they revamped the whole system to completely screw working class people with the $20,000+ dynomometers, MANDATED for all inspection facilities, the inspection process began to feel more like a government interrogation. The state had these guys so scared, they were failing people for BEING LOW ON WASHER FLUID!! When I got back from Phoenix in '01, I was shocked at what had become of the state inspection. I had to go to 5 different stations before I found one that would give me & my 29 year old car a sticker. It was perfectly safe - I did all the work, as I do now - but they we're scared that such an old car was on the road. Probably afraid I was working for the state as a "plant" (spy). I wouldn't work for this poor excuse for America if they offered me 10 mil a year!
Yeah gotta love those rotary tools. My ex bought me a ... crap ... now I can' remember the damn name of it!! Skil maybe? I think it's 2 names ..... oh Black N Decker! That's the one! Anyway, this thing was designed for touching up wood craft projects in some yuppies mansion, & I'm using it to saw through hardened steel bearing races, exhaust systems, grade 10.9 bolts - about as tough as it gets. It lasted about 4 years before the little spring they used to connect the electric motor to the arbor broke. Must have been there to absorb shock? Didn't do such a good job of that! So I cut & ground a bolt to resemble a flat-blade screwdriver, I put that in it's place. Vibrated like hell, because it wasn't precision balanced like the factory piece. That lasted another 4 years. When that one finally broke I took a grade 8.8 bolt & spent a little more time perfecting this makeshift driveshaft. That's been in there for 7 years now! With all the abuse I dole out to this thing on a DAILY basis, I am AMAZED it still works! It was designed to be thrown away years ago, but here we are 15 years later & it's still kicking!! I just used it today to cut some grade 10.9 bolts. The bearing is getting a little sloppy ... but 15 years of spinning at 20,000 rpm?!?! Now THAT'S quality. I'm afraid to replace it ... because I know not one part of a new one will come close to this.
Glad you got your truck workin' again Dan!
I got the engine in the Blazer yesterday!! WOOHOO!! Now I'm taking my time, never seizing all the bolts, building redundant ground straps & making everything else salt proof. As a winter beater, it's gonna get hammered by rust. Trying to slow that as much as possible. So far I have a half gallon of used oil on the undercarriage, engine compartment, radiator, & engine. It's gonna attract dirt like the democratic party, but at least it won't rust!