Engine Work After an 8 Hour Day

You know what's loads of fun?  Putting in an 8 hour day at work and coming home to put in a few more grueling hours of physically draining manual labor on your wife's car. Every night this week I have gone straight from work to my in-law's house to work on my wife's car with my father in-law.  Don't get me wrong, it's been a great time of bonding, but each evening leaves me more wrecked than the previous.  Last night found me, actually standing on top of the engine, which is still in the car, blindly reaching for a spark plug hole to plug in the ridiculously difficult-to-use compression tester.  I wont get into the specifics, but I had to contort my body in ways I didn't know were possible to reach what I needed to.  Why do automakers make cars so difficult to work on these days?  Engines are mounted sideways and the engine compartments are crammed full of wires, computer components, and emissions control equipment which make it practically impossible to do simple engine work.  I will say, what I'm doing is beyond the realm of typical engine maintenance, but that's besides the point.  Engines should look like what's in my 1965 Ford Mustang.

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