@amgtech I can appreciate that you're a real technician, and that self-taught wrenchers like me — especially ones who do it to entertain — may never have your respect. I totally get that, and I have mad respect for you and other techs. Here, read this:
But I'd like to note that I've succeeded with every single wrenching project I've done thus far, and the reason for this is that I am a very methodical person.
Project Slow Devil, Project Swiss Cheese, Project Redwood, Project Krassler, Project POStal, and my 1958 FC-170 — Every one was a resounding success, achieving what I set out to do, and bringing in loads of readers all-the-while.
I've never driven a vehicle on public roads without truly doing my due diligence. (I had a licensed mechanic look over the Postal Jeep, for example, and he agreed that it was safe). I also have lots of mechanic and engineer friends who partake in my builds, and I have a strong understanding of how things work.
With all that said: I do lean a bit hard into the "Hey this is a POS it will never make it" narrative. That's more me being a pessimist who understands that there are SO MANY moving parts that could leave me stranded, but definitely not lack of confidence in my work (again, I've been successful on all my projects so far. Still, I'm never overconfident, and always recognize that the next one could have a catastrophic failure that I didn't account for. Like the CJ's timing gear!).
As for your swipe at my engineering skills, I'll just refer you to these: