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In this video I bring you along on a "normal" day at the shop to see what a little bit of what happens and what i do on a day to day basis. Of course this is only about 70% of it because obviously I can't record customer interactions, estimates, billing, phone calls, potty breaks, etc... I did this just to show viewers what mechanics go through on a day to day basis so they might understand a little bit about shop life. If you work in a shop... well this is nothing new to you I am sure 🙂

50 thoughts on “A normal day at the shop 1 hour special”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bobby Bentley says:

    Going thru old vids your a good guy Mr.O wish i had the money to purchase some shirts from ya. Great video.

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Adab Abu says:

    It’s great to see that you’re still yourself even before the fame 😊

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars entrim says:

    I got a colbalt spun bearing. I tried to bandaid it , didn't work , so I thought about a putting a different motor in until I started checking out the undercarriage, nothing but rust!

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stanley Roberts says:

    Youre a great mechanic and diagnostic man

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike Eby says:

    Glad you didn’t erase the chalk drawing on the floor when you swept up!

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DJLEO says:

    Chrysler product OMG?

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Skinner says:

    A real shop awesome

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars T Retter says:

    "It is a dodge, probably everything is aftermarket" LOL, Isn't that what you do with them? You start rebuilding them as soon as you buy them to help them reach their supposed potential?

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bismarck San Diego says:

    I think you have a fantastic face for radio.

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars pbysome says:

    That caliper is both hands, it has a blanking plug to swap nipples.

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Warren Hiett says:

    Still catching up on your youtube videos. It's April 2022 and as you may be able to tell, I'm watching videos from 2015. I sure hope you're still making them. Anyway, your little break in this particular video where you described how badly some of the things had worked out that morning, missing lunch, getting wrong parts, having your wife deciding she wanted a Jeep, (based on helping you bleed brakes) etc. Watching you walk over to the car on lift with a sandwich in your hand reminded me of surgery I had in 1972. I was 2nd or 3rd on my surgeon's list that particular morning and when they wheeled me into the OR, he stepped in to speak to me before they put me under. When he turned to go back out for a minute, he had a sandwich in his hand behind his back. He had worked thru lunch too, although his surgery was a bit more deilcate than the surgery you perform on all your mechanical patients. Still… makes you wonder don't it?
    Also, based on this particular video, you may consider changing name to South Main Auto and Day Care. But since this ws 7 years ago, unless there are additions to family since 2015, your daughter is likely not coming in so much now adays.
    Thirdly, Love the guard dog Sheba.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jason Hill says:

    👍

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars freddy says:

    Great vid. Love the kids tales. You have the most wonderful demeanor in spite of all the detours you have to deal with daily.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Anderson says:

    DIY folks with less overall skills get the right parts while skilled workers get the wrong parts. That is a bad day.

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nick says:

    I don't understand how someone can complain about something so ridiculous. I'm just grateful that you take time out of your busy day to make these videos for everyone.

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars LTP Ma says:

    LOL !!!… club technicians alway get wrong parts , Lucky you get local , if you order from dealer you wait for 3-7 days and they come in wrong parts than I have wait for them to shipped over night , peoples going to works they lefted their brains at home all the time

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Farmer says:

    Worked in a tire shop . .had a boss in a motorized scooter .. Used to yell. . check that part .. see if its the right part ! Check to see if it's the right @!#$ part ! Before the guy left . 🚗. . .. ?

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars James Robinson says:

    Congrats 👏 Beautiful Family, love the puppy 🐶!

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Doug Kelley says:

    Pretty good look into average day in an automotive shop

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars David Davis says:

    Bronco!

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ra Zor says:

    Great videos! If someone is complaining about the phone ringing then they are weak soy boys! This is a mechanic shop, not a Hollywood studio! Keep doing what you’re doing man!

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brian Waiting says:

    You just breathed in my face
    un-masked you pay ME now!
    I voted for Joe Biden!……😶
    **keep walking, don't forget 10%
    for, the b I g guy!

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Michael Norton says:

    Very old vid and I know you almost definitely won't see this but I gotta say, as a scat pack chally owner the retro body and new age horse is a blast. I think dodge at least got that right. As someone who can't afford to repair (let alone time and money to find a classic) it's as close to a real heirloom as I can come (though admittedly not an heirloom no matter what time brings)

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars donald lawton says:

    Thanks again brother!!!

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars donald lawton says:

    Whe I was 15 .went out on a tow with my dad .a ,79 chevy caprice wagon hit a cow. Car was totalled,. The roof was binding the steering wheel. The guy said he had to crawl out the back window

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars donald lawton says:

    You are awsome Eric don't chang a bit brother.your tech skills are top notch👍👍

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Paul Durand says:

    Hurry up to wait

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars S M says:

    The best shops I’ve ever been to are shops like yours where it’s essentially the owner working on the cars and then possibly another assistant to help when things are backed up. The shops aren’t always the quickest, but they are worth the wait because the owners are usually super honest and reliable. Keep up the great work!

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars charles stacey lindsey sr says:

    Had a 1980 -280zx it had Right rear caliper with bleeder on the bottom caliper keep locking the pads! Love your show !! You do a great job running South Main Auto, keep on keeping on! !!! 🙂

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Perry says:

    Your hat is a source of anxiety, due to that auto parts retailer having issues with poor quality customer experiences, I can recall a time in Texas at an advance auto parts store, I had a shopping cart full of items ready to purchase, that's when I noticed the employees was not going to check me out, but everyone else that walked in got serviced immediately, so I left the full basket in the middle os the floor and walked out. I never looked back since, when I saw someone sent you a ford hat I laughed so hard because I'm not the only person who has issues with advanced auto parts, but you are a great person and I don't mind your hat , I just hate that company.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars 乇尺ズの says:

    Your wife’s pretty hot. Nice job man

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars CAYMAN987 says:

    Thanks.. i need to watch your channel.

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars El Kabong says:

    Bro they're jealous because you have a hot wife. Who cares what they say. Just some pussy in front of a keyboard. Peace

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Sam Baxter says:

    Don't agree with only replacing one caliper. If it was the front I would be really disappointed on a emergency stop that can cause a pull with only replacing one

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TJ Kaczynski says:

    No better undercoating than trans fluid mixed with alcohol! Seeks out and destroyers rust.
    Have a 2007 crewcab gmc under carriage is mint.

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lawrence Jensen says:

    2022 ASMR

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jay Sosa says:

    It is now 2022 and I’m watching some nostalgia SMA videos why do I work on cars all day and come home and watch other people work on cars not sure but it keeps me entertained watching someone else have to deal with the New York rust

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Nicholas Cassidy says:

    My son is a mechanic and will only fix what's broken hates comebacks . Mechanic s like you and him make it important for good ones to be out there

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark Holyoak says:

    ou are an impressive, hard working dude, i watch all your video's

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER says:

    Those backing plates on the rear shoes look beefy compared to my ones on my dodge that rot out in 1 year

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Clark says:

    I had a 1976 FJ55 that my son and I put in a Chev 350 with TH 700R4. The rust got to it. I rewelded the flooring several time, but then I could not do anything for the frame. I love your videos.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bill Clark says:

    Thank you!

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Peder Lindström says:

    Hello Eric, Sweden here again.
    I am a long time subscriber and this video just came up in the feed and I have to say it's the first time I have seen you without a cap on your heard,, even if the video is 6 years old.
    Yeah those calipers can really mess up your day.. Volvo 7 and 9 series has either Bendix or Gerling calipers, sure to get the wrong ones if you don't have look first.

  44. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TED STCLAIR says:

    Thanks Eric!! I've owned my own shop since 2011. Been professionailly working on cars since 1988. About 15 years in GM dealers (three dealers, but one was only about two weeks-other two over 7 years each) Then in 2003 I was sick of the politics at dealers an basically sick of working on cars so I tried operating loader, trackhoe, dozer for a few months–that bombed. Then in 2004, after a six month retirement (probably the only one I'll ever get) on to an independent shop–sevenish years there–think I get the 7 year itch?? LOL. Then in 2011 I opened my shop–started with one good mechanic that I stole from the shop I left 😮 I had to let him go after 6 months because I didn't have enough customers yet. Did it all by myself for 2 years–decent money, but not what I expected. 2014 I was terribly busy and actually making less and less money because I was constantly on the phone or talking to someone that walked in, so I rented a bigger shop and hired an old friend I had worked with before–working great!!! Between the two of us we could fix ANYTHING! But in 2018 he left to open his own shop–I didn't see that coming!! So I tried it by myself a week or so and then I went on a hiring and firing spree. I can't remember how many so-called "mechanics" I hired then fired between 2018 and 2021. I have been by myself since September 2021 and am just about to hang it up–throw in the towel–screw it- I'm getting a normal job and getting out of the car business completely!! Then at the end of this video
    you kinda changed my mind–maybe if I just slow down and stop answering the phone–let it go to voice mail–just maybe I can turn this thing around and make another go of it–I'll let you know how it goes. Wish me luck!

  45. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jim Vet says:

    👍👍👍👍👍🔧🔩⚙🛠✝

  46. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Ky Storm says:

    talk about not making a paycheck, and not having employees. look at you now. sounds like you got a crew to help you!

  47. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Robert Jeffery says:

    Hahahahaha reality show
    Know you just need your wife bossing you around and throwing tools just sayiy🤣😂