I’m no stranger to the wrenchfest, but this past weekend I did things a little different. Normally a wrenchfest happens when someone needs some major help. The person in need normally invites a bunch of “help” over with the promise of pizza, tacos or wings (or all of those things). If everyone shows up and does their part, this gets shit done. Usually.
This time I did things a little different. My friends had been asking when I could help with various projects for a while and the texts were piling up. I decided to invite everyone over at once for some self-help. This community wrenchfest worked out better than expected, as I got on to the welding end of the projects and coaching a friend through an exhaust manifold re-gasket.
While I was extracting a broken axle shaft from a differential, the owner of the diff was helping another friend notch tubing for his rollcage we’ve been building. At the same time, we managed to remove a swaybar, fab up some light brackets and eat a killer lunch courtesy of my wife.
This is just an example of a wrenchfest gone right. I have, however, gone to these things where nobody showed up or nothing went right and it all felt like a waste of time. Despite these risks, I keep pushing forward and, best worst case scenario, the wrenchfest turns into an afternoon of playing video games or just hanging out with good friends.
Next weekend, my friends and I will be taking the wrenchfest roadshow on the road to New Mexico to finish up a 2 year long project to hopefully be done with it once and for all. Either way it’ll be a great roadtrip…
We love the idea of wrenchfests, here at GBXM. What about you? What’s been the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a group at such a thing? Any wrenchfest tips for those who’ve never done it?