In de­fence of the bodge

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I ap­pre­ci­ate the chal­lenges faced by auto re­stor­ers and main­tain­ers cited in your won­der­fully in­for­ma­tive mag­a­zine. I’ve learned much and keep vir­tu­ally ev­ery copy. But I have an apol­ogy on be­half of those of us who you of­ten lament as au­thors of a pre­vi­ous bodge – a ‘Bri­tish-ism’ that as­sumes a re­pair could have been done bet­ter or used bet­ter parts.

When I say apol­ogy I mean it in the bi­b­li­cal sense as a de­fence for the bodge. Firstly, many new car re­stor­ers or home me­chan­ics learn by do­ing a job poorly. I know I do. Sorry about that. We should all learn as much as we can ahead of a start­ing a job but… not at the cost of never start­ing. So, a bodge can be a badge of courage for new hob­by­ists.

Sec­ondly, bet­ter parts may not ei­ther be avail­able . We there­fore bodge with what we have at hand. The re­sult is the car is still avail­able to be re­stored when bet­ter parts al­low. So, I’m sorry for my bodges. And not sorry, too.

John Bouw­ers, Mil­ton, Canada

We all learn from bodg­ing, reck­ons John Bouw­ers.

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