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Old 06-10-2013, 09:07 AM   #1
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Great Camaro story – to Abigail

I have four girls 3, 9, 11 and a 15 year old step daughter…No sons

Abigail is 11 and has many of the same interests as me, I am a Mech Eng. She wants to be one. This weekend I decided to work on the Camaro. Wire in the Fog lights (finally) and add some LED’s and switches to the engine bay and interior. Abby wanted to help. She always wants to help on small fix-it projects and home improvements, but this was serious stuff to her. She wanted it all, from shopping for parts, reading instructions to getting dirty.

We jacked up the car took off the front wheels, removed the wheel wells, removed the front grills and top plate (she wanted to paint it silver). Last thing was to take apart the center console. She removed every nut and bolt herself but the lugs (I had to start them)..She even put everyone of them back when we were done and kept them all organized all day (dad you are going to loose them)...she had to go to the toolbox herself and find the right size sockets and screwdrivers to use for everything..

Saturday was fog light install. Sunday was LED day. We ran, stripped, and cut all the wires, decided on a plan for LED locations and went thru it all. She is intelligent and more mechanically inclined then I could imagine.
She was soldering and heat-shrinking. It was 90+ degrees and she wouldn’t stop...I basically stood around with a beer and told her what to do.

Late in the day yesterday we buttoned up the last of it, and went for a boat ride on our little lake. It started to get dark but we had a blast.. After dinner it was really dark and we headed out…I gave her the honors of starting the Camaro and turning all the lights on.. Not only was she in awe of how cool it all looked, but there were double high fives by the dozens and wahoos echoing… I need to find a way to get some pics in the dark without flash washout

She can change a tire, handle a wrench, follow complex instructions, find a good ground, solder, disassemble and assemble just about anything. We started reading the Camaro5 DIY board together and are looking for our next project…

I Love you Abigail, my gymnast, girl-scout, honor student, bass fisherman….and now grease monkey.

Who needs a son
Happy father's day All!!
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:10 AM   #2
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Nice story...
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:18 AM   #3
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Excellent story!

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Old 06-10-2013, 09:21 AM   #4
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Now THAT is a great story! Made my day.
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:59 AM   #5
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OH NO sir, you are in trouble. She is going to be a knockout when she gets older and boys like when girls are into the same stuff as them.

Awesome story
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:31 AM   #6
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:42 AM   #7
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:00 AM   #8
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Cool Story!! Enjoy while you can!
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:04 AM   #9
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Awesome! Hope I am lucky as you are when I have kids.
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:08 AM   #10
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I am a Mech Eng.
Based on how much mechanical work, I assume this doeant apply to you, but an inspector in the energy industry, I hate how most mech eng seemingly have no real world practicality... But as a car enthusiasts, and as a male who gets along so with his children, even without any sons, if it does apply to you, you're still cool in my book

Awesome story and happy dads day
(Even if it's a bit early)
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:21 AM   #11
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Thank you everyone. Abby will get a kick out of this.

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Awesome story and happy dads day
(Even if it's a bit early)
Going to the beach next weekend with the family, I think this weekend was better.

And yes, I have mentored a lot of Engineers in the last 20 years and an awful lot are book smart, with no clue...."Spreadsheet masters"
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Old 06-10-2013, 11:39 AM   #12
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At least they can spell and construct complete sentences... but that's what get for browsing on a phone with a cracked screen and not rereading what I typed.
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Old 06-10-2013, 12:56 PM   #13
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Old 06-10-2013, 01:14 PM   #14
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Old 06-10-2013, 01:16 PM   #15
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Great story - and nice work! Can't wait to see some pics.
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Old 06-10-2013, 01:47 PM   #16
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Old 06-10-2013, 01:56 PM   #17
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a good, and Godly friend once told me that the Lord only blesses special Fathers with Daughters..

Well done Sir!

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Old 06-10-2013, 02:16 PM   #18
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Old 06-10-2013, 02:26 PM   #19
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Great story, cherrish the moment, they grow up too fast,
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Old 06-10-2013, 02:27 PM   #20
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Old 06-10-2013, 02:46 PM   #21
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Great story. You're very lucky. None of my kids are very mechanical but one daughter was was a cop for 5 years has more guns than I do.
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:52 AM   #22
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Thank you for reading our story everybody, My dad is cool. We will take pictures after I want to put in more leds

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Old 06-11-2013, 12:06 PM   #23
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Awesome story, gave me goose bumps and made me a little teary eyed.

I have a 5 year old daughter who is already headed down this route... sure she has her princess moments, but when it comes to Her Camaro or Her Duramax.... its on.

She even wants to go meet Danica....

Thanks for sharing.....
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Great story, thanks for sharing with us. I love reading stories like this.
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Old 06-11-2013, 12:30 PM   #25
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Thank you for reading our story everybody, My dad is cool. We will take pictures after I want to put in more leds

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