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Re: Does anyone else's son not like this hobby?

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My dad ruined me as a young mechanic. I always had to help and I was the tool fetcher and parts cleaner. Any time something broke I hated it. If I grabbed the wrong tool I get yelled at. And a part was never clean enough for him. Then I was a young married soldier with a kid. Couldn't afford to have someone work on my car so I learned it myself. After a bit I could hold my own against my dad. By the time I had started doing my repairs until 6 years later I thought my dad was a god at repairs. Then while home on leave his auto tranny went out and I had to rebuild it for him, he never got that far.

With my own 4 sons. #1 was real interested in mechanics until he figured out that it takes years to master it and just about the time you got it down pat some jerk with a slide rule changes everything. #2 can do mechanic work but is very pleased that he makes enough to pay someone else to do it. 3# only loves exotic cars. He nor I can afford that. #4 wants to repair guns. When he's home he will help out with any repairs I'm doing and he would be a good mechanic if he wanted to go that route. Being in the Army I could never build that dream car or tractor with my boys.

Get rid of a couple of tractors and get an old Jeep. Tell him that he's gotta do the work while you hand tools and supervise.
DO NOT TAKE HIM TO AWAY TRACTOR SHOWS! He will be bored and evening entertainment is stuff he most likely will not like. Most kids today don't want to listen to old time country or folk/Gospel music. He will be bored to tears. Once he starts doing OK work ask him to give you a hand on your tractors. He may develope an interest.


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