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Old 04-13-2019, 06:31 AM
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I write the date on the oil filter when I change it on my tractor. I haven’t written the miles when I change a car filter. Great idea!
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Old 04-13-2019, 06:43 AM
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Originally Posted by RatDog View Post
Hand signals started disappearing as A/C became more common.

Tough to give hand signals with the window up.

Steve
Lots of people still use hand signals, itís just that nowadays theyíre not for making turns or slowing down.
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Old 04-13-2019, 06:52 AM
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Lots of people still use hand signals, itís just that nowadays theyíre not for making turns or slowing down.
Iíve seen those! <LOL>.

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Old 04-13-2019, 06:53 AM
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I still see motorcycles using hand signals and wonder how many around them have a clue what they mean.
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Old 04-13-2019, 07:08 AM
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Don’t know about old school, I keep better records now than back then. For my classics, I keep two spreadsheets, one for expenses and a work log. I know exactly how much I’ve spent on each car and a work log showing what was done and when and the mileage. I try not to look at the expense one very often!
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Old 04-13-2019, 09:09 AM
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Originally Posted by 59BlueSilver View Post
Donít know about old school, I keep better records now than back then. For my classics, I keep two spreadsheets, one for expenses and a work log. I know exactly how much Iíve spent on each car and a work log showing what was done and when and the mileage. I try not to look at the expense one very often!
More importantly, I try not to let the wife see the expense one ever.
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Old 04-13-2019, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by LouieM View Post
I've kept a running log book for each of my cars in the glove box, since the 1960s.
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Yup, until recently with every fill up and mpg per tankful, per quarter, per year, and cumulative for the car. I use the old green Navy "Memorandum" pocket memo books we used to call "paper brains."
I started this as well in the 60's, probably much later than Lou however...

I even used the "old green Navy memo books" but had to give them up after leaving the service... I ran out of them. I also tab them for; SERVICE (date, mileage for whatever service was performed), PART# (things like oil, air filters, spark plugs, etc unique to the vehicle), BULLETIN (again unique to the vehicle) and Misc or SPEC (any miscellaneous specifications unique to the vehicle). Keeping things like that with the vehicle makes it easy to recall a part number or when you last changed the antifreeze without having to dig through a bunch of receipts. I also keep a folder on each vehicle filled with any paperwork related to it such as receipts, copies of inspections, registrations, warranties etc. in a file cabinet and pass it along when selling a vehicle.



I also made up a simple spread sheet that lists each vehicle with blocks for documenting basic maintenance events with a date and mileage that I keep on a clipboard in the garage as a ready reference... so I don't have to go through the glove box every time I'm trying to remember what is due.



This all helps to keep our lives a bit more organized... GUSTO
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Old 04-13-2019, 10:29 AM
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Originally Posted by GUSTO14 View Post
I also keep a folder on each vehicle filled with any paperwork related to it such as receipts, copies of inspections, registrations, warranties etc. in a file cabinet and pass it along when selling a vehicle.
Although it was not my purpose when I began doing all of this, having all of these records has allowed me to get top dollar when selling all of my used cars over the last several decades, and I never ever trade in a used vehicle, as I can always get far more than book value for my somewhat pristine and over-maintained vehicles.
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Old 04-13-2019, 10:50 AM
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Originally Posted by Frankie the Fink View Post
I still see motorcycles using hand signals and wonder how many around them have a clue what they mean.


The 17 year old bimbo will have no idea why the rider in front of her has his arm out.

Her total focus is on the the iPhone screen.
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Old 04-13-2019, 02:08 PM
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JV04, I get using a log to record mileage, but can't for the life of me understand writing the mileage on the oil filter! I doubt you climb underneath the car to see how many miles since your last oil change
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Old 04-14-2019, 12:34 PM
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I use my iPhone
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Old 04-14-2019, 06:36 PM
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I write the mileage and date on the oil filter of every engine I have. Just an old habit that has saved me a little time when I didn't log it into the computer or as recently happened, the hard drive locks up and I failed to back it up. DUMB. I also write the date of parts replacements (master cylinder, water pump, etc.) on them for a reminder of where to look in paper files for the original receipt on warrantee items. A lot of the parts shacks won't bother looking up a sale of a lifetime warranted master cylinder purchased in 1998 or so.
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Old 04-15-2019, 01:05 AM
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I keep changing my screen name to keep everyone on their toes....

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Old 04-15-2019, 06:47 AM
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I just change my oil at 5,000 mile intervals, so, if you can count by 5s no need to scrawl stuff all over an oil filter and on a driven car, like mine, it wouldn't be legible for long with the leaks, dirt and grime.... But many odometers don't work so I get it.
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Old 04-15-2019, 07:57 AM
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I have done that since I started changing oil
how I was taught
date / mileage / oil brand / oil weight
- It is also helpful in dealer situations and warranties !
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Old 04-15-2019, 08:49 AM
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I have several cars that I rotate the registration each year along with the battey's.
I write down the new date on the battery so that the first time that it wont start, if it is more than 4 years old, it's time to replace it.
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Old 04-15-2019, 04:04 PM
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I used to scratch the milage and date into the filter but stopped a long time ago.

I made my own maintenance book based on something my dad used to use. I print up two sheets from the file (hopefully attached), cut and staple, and I'm good for a while. When the book is full, I just print and make a new one and file the old one. The wife's Blazer has over 230K miles, so it's been through a lot of books. I did move new school a while back by adding all the data to a spreadsheet. I can track my mileage over time (and look to see if it falls off and check things out), get yearly expenses for taxes, and even get the net total cost and per mile cost for a car.
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Old 04-15-2019, 05:31 PM
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Wow - you guys are into a whole bunch of bookkeeping....
In the Army we called this, "....screw the mission, report the position"....

I keep a simple MS-Word "Tune Up" document with the latest maintenance and a "Restoration Log" with non-scheduled maintenance items - like charging the A/C or replacing sun visors...
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Old 04-17-2019, 06:58 AM
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Originally Posted by warrenmj View Post
JV04, I get using a log to record mileage, but can't for the life of me understand writing the mileage on the oil filter! I doubt you climb underneath the car to see how many miles since your last oil change
Back in the day I actually did crawl under the car to see what the mileage was.

The cars were higher off of the ground (not Corvettes), and I was much younger.

Also, "jv04" is no more; I got my original userid of "emccomas" back.
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Old 04-17-2019, 08:05 AM
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I check gas mileage at every fill-up.
Computer never matches miles/gallons.
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