Automotive Advice for Clean Hands – Intro


What to doFor a long time I tried to think of what I had to offer the writing community. (You know, aside from my devilish good looks and my witty South Park jokes.) As an author, I have a little knowledge on how to preform my self-appointed job, but a little is as far as I dare reach. After all, when so many helpful blogs exist what can I contribute that hasn’t already been said, and said well?

Write! Write! Write!

That’s the mantra we live by as authors. Want to be an author? Write. But, don’t forget to listen, watch, take notes, brain-storm ideas, create compelling characters, use real situations, write what you know, and then write some more. With all these things to remember, do our creative minds have any more room for daily redundancies like the gate code for the apartment complex or eating? “I think not,” says the single-tracked muscle between my ears. But that muscle of mine is wrong. We do have to remember the gate code. We do have to eat; at least once in a while, I’ve learned.

So, what am I getting at?



Cars, trucks, SUV’s, minivans, semi’s, oil rigs, 4-wheelers, trailers. Over the years, I’ve worked on all of them, and one thing I can tell you for sure is how much I don’t want to be working on cars. They are objects made to break and wear out as fast as you can drive the thing. Don’t get me wrong. I love my car, but I’d rather keep my hands clean, which is exactly what I’m going to try to do for you.


This is Gene’s Frame and Alignment. It’s owned and operated by my grandfather, Gene Elliott. He moved into the Four Corner’s area back when the roads were still dirt. After driving trucks for the oilfield, he opened his first shop. A few years later he moved to the location you see in the picture above. (The little Ford Focus on the right was my old car before I sold it and bought the Fiesta I have now.) He been at this location for over forty years. I started sweeping the floors when I was eleven. Today, I’m thirty-four.

Now, I’m not the know-it-all-type when it comes to cars. Engine work goes over my head like a supersonic spy plane, but the engine is only one part of the car. Even if the engine may purr like a kitten, that doesn’t necessarily it’s drivable. Tires, brakes, steering, suspension, all of them are crucial for driving, and all of them are simple to understand. There are also a lot of tips and tricks to keep in mind when diagnosing random noises and visiting your local mechanic. Hell, with any luck, I might even be able to save you some money.

Future Topics:

-The Mechanic





If you have any questions, or topic suggestions, please feel free to email me or leave a comment.

Keep those hands clean.


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