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“Yeah!” you think one day. “I’ll do it myself! I’ll replace the whole front end! Then I’ll drop in a new engine. And then get to the bottom of that electrical gremlin that’s been triggering my windshield wipers on odd-numbered days.”

Flush with enthusiasm, you head out to the garage, gung ho about how well the project will turn out. You pour in obscene amounts of dollars and hours.

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And sometimes, it’s just not enough. The problem doesn’t go away. The engine just won’t run as smoothly as you want it to.

That’s the saddest part, I think: when you try everything you can think of and nothing works. Or, your project just backfires on you. What was your most heartbreaking wrenching story?