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Okay. Let's get this together now.. First - a simple question. What is a more experienced level? Expert of Guru? I'd like to suggest we have several levels to work with. At first, anyone who's considered an Expert (for example) would be a level 1 expert. As that person becomes more and more noted for their excellent answers, help, support, etc - they move up a level. We can worry about how that happens later. Sometimes it's better just to get something going with quirks - than wait forever to get it perfect - and maybe never have it happen...

I also think it would be a good idea for anyone who feels they can be considered an expert - or atleast an expert in some specific area - to post sort of a resume of what they've done and can do. Each section (STS, Electrical, Suspension) can have one or two experts - or maybe even more as time goes on - and they will be noted either at the top of the forum and/or in a sticky thread...
 

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NO!.............NO!
 

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How about right here? We'll see what people know, find a good place for them / find out what area they want to be most helpful - and give them an initial ranking. Expert Level: 1 - or if they're highly qualified in a specific area, Expert Level: 2.. As time goes on and someone is becoming very helpful to many people - those levels can go up.

There should be a way to distinguish who's been doing something for a long, long time and someone who is relatively new at it.. We're still building on ideas here - but we can get these "resumes" going while we're at it...
 

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I don't want to discount the serious DIYers either. Sometimes guys that have been doing work on their cars themselves for awhile are as much an expert as some guys that have had actual jobs doing it. I think we just have to rely on the individual to be honest with their abilities.
 

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Do it yourselfers can be qualified as experts; I would think.. I'd say that if we could all be honest, and maybe pick a level for ourselves - say level 1 or level 2 - that would be great. Someone who has SOME knowledge in a specific area could be of help to people. I don't think anyone will be ashamed to say they don't have a whole lot of experience doing something - but they have more than the average person - level 1...
 

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*20 years Fleet Manager/Head Mechanic/Purchasing Agent (vehicles and parts) in the the largest "all Cadillac" fleet in the country.
*Attended GM Training School for:
1. Advanced Electronics Training
2. CCC (Computer Command Control)
3. Cadillac DFI
4. EFI/PFI
5. Fleetwood Electronics
6. Basic and Advanced Air Conditioning
7. Engine Performance Diagnosis
8. LT1/L99 Fuel and emissions
9. 4.0/4.6 Engine Mechanical
10. Tech 1 Fam.
11. Tech 2 Fam.

*I am ASE certified in:
1. Engine repair
2. Suspension/Streeing
3. Brakes
4. Electrical/Electronic Systems
5. Heating and Air Conditioning

*Had several technical articles published in Limousine trade magazines.
*Spent 5 years giving seminars at Limousine trade shows.
*20 years experience with Cadillac Engineering as a "Fleet Representative".
* Was a "Listening Post" source for GM
* Was the First Fleet to get a "Dealer Number"
* Was one of 4 original fleets used by Cadillac for the 200,000 Miles Durability Test Program.
* Worked Limousine trade shows with Cadillac as a technical consultant.
* Was the ONLY person allowed by Cadillac to purchase and operate V4U cars and operate as sedans for purpose of evaluating durability (1995)
* Spent 2 years as technical/warranty manager for a major limousine coachbuilder.
* 2 years as owner of The Limo-Doctor Inc. an auto repair facility specializing in fleet repairs.

That's all I can remember right this second ;)
 

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Age 62! Buildin race engines..(mostly Chevy V8) since l1970. Circle track and some Drag race stuff. Was with MC Anderson Winston cup Team 1979 -1983. Specialty was cylinder heads, (Airflow and porting etc). Learned that no one is ever an expert, especially in Stock Car Racing. Learning never ends. Will help if I can. Have no experience modifying or rebuilding the Northstar. Just love mine. 95 sls 138k and doin OK!

KC is probably the shop guy , but he says No..No! LOL
 

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I was thinking about saying something, but after that little spleal by kat i dont think ill be doing so...
 

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About any knowledge that I may have. Basically, I havent even gotten to the surface so I can scratch it.
 

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Wes, didn't you read the one post I made about the DIY'rs?
I absolutely believe that just because someone may not have "professional" experience, or classroom time, that certainly doesn't limit thier actual useful experience. I personally know many guys that know MUCH more than me on MANY automotive subjects and have NEVER had an automotive job, or any professional training. I ABSOLUTELY believe in OJT (On the Job Training). So don't think for a second that you don't have any qualifications. Hell, I know a decent amount about stereo systems and installs, but 100% of my knowledge has been from OJT, and what I 've picked up from others and books. Don't sell yourself short. If you feel you have some degree of experience with something, let us know.
 

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I agree with Katshot, Wes. The main, and only thing that matters is to be an incurable gearhead. When we win, we party. When we lose we wait til next week..lol.
 

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In that case.....

I can usually diagnose problems (with the drivetrain, car electronics still baffle me!) pretty well, either by reading, hearing or smelling. I know quite a bit on how the northstar system operates, mainly because of my extensive time on the forums (GMF). I can actually do some jobs, but havent had a whole lot of experience doing them. I "know" in theory how to do them, but actually doing it is another story. Since the purchase of my Q45, i plan on doing many jobs to save some labor money, and besides its more fun!

I think once I get past the intimidation factor (and it is pretty big looking under the hood of my Q, so many hoses and wires and STUFF!!!), I think I'll be a pretty good DIYer. And I also plan in the future to do ALL my own work, minus tranny rebuilds and big stuff like that.
 

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Yeah, yeah, but you have no experience so you're a know-nothing! ;)

Sorry dude I just had to bust on ya a little.

Actually, I would say that what you (and everyone else) should concentrate on here is those items that you have ACTUALLY DONE when offering "how-to" advice, unless you note that the advice you're giving is NOT FROM ACTUAL EXPERIENCE.

I think as long as advice from "what you've heard" or "what you saw in a book" is also given with the caution that you "haven't actually done it yourself", you're helping as much as you can without getting somebody into a bad situation.
Face it though, as an example, if you've got ZERO professional training but you just recently performed a repair of some sort on your car, you are now certainly a good source of info on that repair. I know that MAY not read well with some professional guys here since yeah it is possible to be passing along the WRONG way to do the job but hopefully there's enough guys here that will chime in on things that a well-meaning non-professional's advice will get a little redirection from a more knowledgable source IF needed.
 

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I think you're asking a lot here! We're a shy group and rarely ever chime in on anything. It's almost like nobody has any opinions on anything.....



In case you didn't recognize it Katshot.......That was sarcasm!:banghead:
 
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