Advanced DIY

Really successful engineering is all about understanding how something will break or fail.

For some strange reason I am blessed with the ability to fix almost anything, install almost anything, make almost anything, and build almost anything.

I built myself a Caterham / Lotus 7 sports-racing car, which I then drove all over Europe on long road trips.  The trip I enjoyed most in this little car was driving down the entire Loire Valley in France.  (Or maybe it was the Stelvio Pass.)

Minor pieces of carpentry are child’s play for me ~ which is why I could rip out the old kitchen in my garret and replace it with something that I liked and suited my needs.

(With help from my friend Marmaduke of course.)

I’ve also erected log cabins and built vacation homes from plywood.  (This is a stock picture, not one of mine)

Sometimes, half way through a project, I’ve wondered why I started, and if the thing would ever be finished.  The picture above shows this kind of ‘why am I doing this’ project. Although, this wreck of an Austin-Healey Sprite turned into a really beautiful little car, finished in British Racing Green as a frog-eye.  (the almost completed little car, I like that I did the white stripes)

For my next project I’m thinking about finding an old school bus, rebuilding it as an RV, (Recreational Vehicle), and then spending an entire year in the thing, touring as much of the USA as I can, on the longest road trip ever.

Something you need, if you want to tackle advanced DIY projects, is a really, really comprehensive tool kit.  And, take my advice, always buy the very best tools you can afford.  (You may need a hard hat.)

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18 responses

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  2. carswithasideofcouscous | Reply

    I have always meant to ask if the Caterham in your profile picture is yours. Do you still have it? And what happened to the gorgeous little Sprite? I’m good at DIY but in my case it means Destroy It Yourself.

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    1. The Caterham was mine, sadly it went to pay my ex’s credit card bills. A very good friend of mine bought the Sprite, she still has it and drives it every day…. Amazing.


      1. carswithasideofcouscous | Reply

        Shame about the Caterham. Have always wanted to drive one. I did a track day last year and listed the Caterham as one of my choices. Unfortunately it lashed down with rain and the Caterham was the one car they wouldn’t run in the wet. I had been looking forward to that more than the Ferrari, Aston etc.

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  3. Wow you are so talented! Love the car!!

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    1. Thank you, compliments are always appreciated. ❤ 😉

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  4. well if you’re touring around the USA, bring lots of cash, i don’t think those things get good gas mileage… have a lot of talent, you didn’t build marm, did you? A build a bear workshop perhaps ❤

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    1. hahahahahahahaha ❤ ❤ ❤ 😉 😉

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  5. Wow! Incredibly impressive. I truly respect the art of construction. So many only want to buy new. When you can see the beauty in a mess, you can see the beauty in everything. ❤️

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    1. Thank you. You have made my day and made me really smile. ❤ ❤ ❤ 😉

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      1. Really?! That makes my day too! 💋😁

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  6. My family ended up with a bus–the plans were great fun. Execution was less so. It is parked up in the hills as a ‘cabin’ of sorts.
    Needless to say, I love what you have done and are planning to! The little car is a gem- So is Marmaduke!

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    1. Thank you. The true secret is that you must not get discouraged and give up half way through a project. Look at the wreck I managed to transform into a cute little car.
      I think it will take me about 6 months to convert a bus ~ with lots of help from Marmaduke. ❤ ❤ ❤

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  7. I love the renovated bus idea Jack…and what fun to spend a year exploring different places in it. It is good to be so handy….I need a diagram to rewire a plug.😂😂😂

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    1. Nothing wrong with needing a diagram…
      Before I start on the interior of a school bus / RV I’ll make a model… 😉 ❤

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  8. Awesome skills you have Jack…of course so does M ha ha!

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    1. Marmy is the true master… ❤

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      1. That he is indeed 😀

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