[Spridgets] summer school cars

M haynes386 at netzero.net
Fri Jun 20 13:06:20 MDT 2008

I'm not sure how old YOU all are, but my first car WAS given to me (a 1959
Volvo 122S -one of about three in the country it turned out). Complete with
engine and tranny in boxes in the trunk, and about 100 lbs of chicken S**t in
the interior. I had to learn how to do everything from rebuilding the
hydraulics to reassembling the tranny. My girls (14 and 11) help me change
tires, pull engines, cut trees, split wood, pull wires when we built and wired
the house, etc.
The suburbanites who give in to every whim of their kids in order that they
'keep up with Judy' are simply perpetuating the 60's 'keeping up with the
Joneses' that they grew up with. My thoughts are: Buck the trend, when our
economy crashes, those with the ability to do for themselves will be in much
better shape than those who need to hire outside help to change a light bulb.
Give your kids a car they have to work on, and you give a kid a chance to stay
out of trouble- after all, they'll have to pay for gas AND insurance!-plus
they'll find out how much an oil change, etc. is worth in work as well.
I have no problem getting kids involved in cars early, they just need to have
the appropriate attitudes shown by the parents- you get what you work for and

Mark Haynes

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