I had to face some serious problems today because of you,
all your praise has given me such a big head that I couldn't get it through the office door this morning,
First it got stuck in the elevator and then I had to tilt it sideways to get in to the office,
Seriously guys, thanks to every single one of you, I wish I could name each of you and thank you individually,
I just wanted to say to a friend here, grinding down an original chasis number and stamping on another one is changing the identity of the vehicle and is illegal, please be careful,
It's not just in Pakistan but all over the world that people / mechanics / white collared people will cheat and screw you over, I have learned to accept the fact that I will get cheated, sometimes I get cheated knowing what's happening coz I know the next time I can get the guy by the balls and use his previous cheat to my advantage. During the course of this project, I was cheated countless times, a few times I let it happen as a part of my grand scheme of things, at times I just simply got screwed over, sometimes being cheated and screwed also adds to the spice of the whole restoration process, and sometimes we behave with such naivety that only an idiot wouldn't take advantage of us,
I would advise you guys to be careful of the following:
Always confirm prices from at least 3 shops / scrap merchants what ever before you buy ANYTHING, even a little nut and bolt.
Know what each part of your vehicle is supposed to look like, if you need to buy an alternator, simply knowing your engine name / part number etc is not sufficient, download pics off google, study them in detail prior to going to your scrap dealer / part supplier.
Buy from reputable shops or those recommended by friends.
Use only reputable tradesmen to work on your car, even if you have to pay a small premium, it's worth while in the long run and remember you are not an electrician or a mechanic, know your limitations, gain enough knowledge to have a meaningful discussion on the best course of action but don't think you know better, these guys who've been doing it for years and understand every aspect of the trade without any formal education or qualifications are genius in their own way and one should respect that genius.
Often things don't go right on the first time and need some tweaking / adjustment etc before they're perfect.
Come to accept it, cheating takes please everywhere, it's not unique to Pakistan, at least here it's your own people who're cheating and benefiting out of your misfortune, the kind of ways that people cheat in foreign countries is far worse, here at least they usually show some heart, abroad they'd cheat you till you're left with just a vest on your shoulders and then too they'll take another few attempts.
On the bright side, a car never dies in Pakistan, anything can be salvaged no matter what condition it's in, here we have a bunch of tradesmen who're so damn smart they can fix just about anything, alter just about anything and often make almost anything, and what do they charge for it, peanuts, if we get half the work we get done on our cars in Pak abroad the mechanic will have us over a barrel have a great time and then call his budding to join in too!