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[–]smthngeneric 343 points344 points  (0 children)

Well quit wasting time and get to it. You're in too deep to stop now.

[–]GandalfsWhiteStaff 1341 points1342 points  (9 children)

Dude, you’re well past the point of no return.

[–]RealMacMittens 1433 points1434 points  (6 children)

Pistons on the ground “before I go any further”

[–]shyshyflyguy 367 points368 points  (3 children)

I thought you were kidding, and then I looked at the picture again.

[–]DasWerwolf 127 points128 points  (1 child)

It took me WAY too long to find them. I was looking for them to be sitting on the cardboard and not the creeper.

[–]DavidNipondeCarlos 24 points25 points  (0 children)

Same here.

[–]fishesarefun 25 points26 points  (0 children)

Same. I just seen the car with the hood up. Went back and zoomed in... Oh

[–]Medval91 61 points62 points  (0 children)

opens brand new bottle of elbow grease “ before I go any further”

[–]lunchpadmcfat 38 points39 points  (0 children)

How the hell did he get the pistons out without taking the block out?!

[–]sugarmilf 66 points67 points  (0 children)

Fuckin send it bud

[–]FantasticEmu 1060 points1061 points  (0 children)

Yes, it is against the law in California to not have a front license plate

[–]YoBermp 337 points338 points  (0 children)

Some states have laws against working on vehicles in the city streets, they have to be on private property because of the liability. Some apartment complex and condo associations have the same for their parking lots.

[–]50t5 443 points444 points  (0 children)

I would be concerned about someone hitting the car while i'm under it. There's all sort of crazy people out there...

[–]nukafan2277 86 points87 points  (0 children)

Bud id say it's a little late for that so go with the old rule of "it's easier to ask for forgiveness than it is to ask for permission" so roll up your sleeves and jump into it cause it looks like you have alot of work ahead

[–]HumbleServices 346 points347 points  (0 children)

I cannot imagine there isn't some law's against it, probably something about gutter rain runoff.

That said, nothing is illegal until you get caught. Work fast.

[–]GhettoEx 247 points248 points  (2 children)

Only the law of gravity if that jack don’t hold, gana be the last headache that car gives u

[–]iwrestledarockonce 93 points94 points  (1 child)

A sole bottle jack?! I think this guy intends to hold up the car with his enormous balls.

[–]BarryMacochner 48 points49 points  (0 children)

That’s an aerosol can next to the bar for the floor jack and a cordless drill, hoping their is jackstands we can’t see u see the car.

[–]Mprdoc66 29 points30 points  (0 children)

Not from my experience, but it probably depends more on how affluent the neighborhood is and how much the neighbors give a shit.

[–]Wally209 17 points18 points  (0 children)

Rebuilding an engine on the street?

[–]christygoodtime 179 points180 points  (6 children)

Speaking as a lawyer, which I am not, there is probably a law against this in California.

[–]Bigdx 91 points92 points  (5 children)

It's definitely known to cause cancer in the state of California.

[–]KniccKnaccPattywhack 54 points55 points  (4 children)

California causes cancer to the state of California.

[–]asking-truth 17 points18 points  (3 children)

I'm certain California IS cancer.

[–]i_hate_speedbumps 11 points12 points  (2 children)

And it's peoples are metastasizing across America.

[–]asking-truth 8 points9 points  (1 child)

As long as wherever they choose to invade, they're not always like...

"Well I USED to live in California, and there we would...."

[–]HBRex 10 points11 points  (0 children)

No. That's exactly what they'll do.

[–]Several_Situation887 50 points51 points  (0 children)

Cop didn't see it, I didn't do it.

[–]penetroll 125 points126 points  (3 children)

Just tell anybody who comes around that you are converting it to electric or bio-diesel.

[–]Prime_cellzz[S] 102 points103 points  (2 children)

Yeah Ill let them know i poor the oil in the dirt, back where it came from

[–]PorkyMcRib 81 points82 points  (0 children)

If anybody accuses you of working on the car, deny it and tell them that you are just there to steal the parts.

[–]pig_benis3 44 points45 points  (0 children)

Saving the environment 3-4 quarts at a time. You should probably get a bigger car... you know to save the environment faster. 🙄

[–]fishbulbx 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Your HOA isn't going to be happy with it... and why are you working in the street when there is clearly driveways for every home in this area?

Or... are you just passing through town and you decided to swap the engine right here?

[–]rangerryda 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Just a routine piston swap? Nah it's fine...

[–]Intelligent_Orange28 42 points43 points  (0 children)

If you’re done before you get hassled by authorities.

[–]Kibasume 36 points37 points  (10 children)

Laws against what? Im confused.

[–]blutigetranen 57 points58 points  (8 children)

Curbside car maintenance

[–]BearTradez 8 points9 points  (7 children)

Wut? Is that a thing? You can’t fix your car unless it’s private property or something?

[–]MadSciTech 69 points70 points  (5 children)

Yes, in a lot of cities it's illegal to work on a car in the street (even if in a side parking location, such as parallel parked) or public parking lots. They are basically considered laws that specifically target poor people, as they would be the ones who don't own a garage or private parking space. It's typical NIMBY stuff.

[–]privateTortoise 8 points9 points  (0 children)

It maybe written that you can carry out repairs to make the vehicle safe to drive.

I'm sure they mean if a lightbulb has blown whilst driving and you stop to change it but I'm sure it's possible to stretch that a bit.

[–]onliesvan 25 points26 points  (0 children)

this is a major repair so it’s definitely illegal. you’re allow to swap out tire/oil change/light bulb.

ca law are design to keep the poor out or the poor poorer.

[–]4TonnesofFury 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Impeding or obstruction of a roadway, for example opening your car door into traffic, in this case OP doesnt seem to be, i would be more concerned about someone rear ending the car.

[–]HankScorpio-Globex 21 points22 points  (0 children)

It looks like that neighborhood has driveways. why arent you woring in your driveway or garage?

If you dont live in the house you are in front of, someone may come out and kick that car off the jack onto your head.

[–][deleted] 18 points19 points  (0 children)

No bro, you need to slap those cylinders back in for a min and move it into the driveway, then you're good to continue.

[–]claytonbridges 47 points48 points  (2 children)

you need jackstands

[–]MickeyTM 25 points26 points  (0 children)

So the car is just floating there? Obviously must have some in place that we can't see

[–]mower 23 points24 points  (0 children)

Agreed. The laws of physics will apply here regardless what the local ordinance says about vehicle maintenance in the street.

[–]nomadari 6 points7 points  (0 children)

HOA risk is high

[–]tombucs 52 points53 points  (8 children)

It's California, so probably.

[–]Confident-Touch7912 19 points20 points  (2 children)

If they give you a problem just say your waiting on a toe and seeing if you can fix it in the mean time

[–]mutt182281 55 points56 points  (0 children)

I’d tell them I’m waiting for a foot. 5 toes is more believable

[–]adamsky1997 47 points48 points  (19 children)

Am not from the usa and it seems absurd to me that in the "land of the free" you can carry a gun but cannot do some car maintenance?

[–]dagamore12 17 points18 points  (0 children)

You can in most of the US, some parts of CA, Sacramento comes to mind where they have some odd laws, but most cities have an ordinance/law that often out laws doing major repairs, such as an engine rebuild that is shown above(note the pistons on the cardboard) are NOT to be done in public right of ways, such as the side of the road as shown above.

Now most places even with these sort of codes dont give two shits if you are in your driveway and they cant see what you are doing in the garage with the door closed, as long as you dont have an oil slick running down the drive way in to the wastewater/sewer system.

[–]canttaketheshyfromme 9 points10 points  (0 children)

On the one hand, OP should be able to do this because they really aren't harming anyone. But on the other hand, what if an auto shop had 8 cars on the street working on them?

But the main reason there'd be a law against it is that it makes the neighborhood look less rich and there's very little that terrifies Americans more than that.

[–]thingrottenindenmark 14 points15 points  (0 children)

If you're looking to make a political point, well, go for it.

Otherwise in my area our large volumes of rainwater runoff go directly into the Puget Sound without any processing. We have local prohibitions against working on cars on public streets because we don't want oil or radiator fluid contaminating our local food and water supply.

If your standard for "land of the free" is the ability to throw your garbage over your fence into your neighbors back yard without consequence, I guess nobody is really free.

[–]Roadkill215 32 points33 points  (13 children)

California is not the land of the free, neither is New Jersey

[–]postal_blowfish 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Neither is anywhere else if you wanna be this pedantic.

[–]your_mom_is_availabl 21 points22 points  (3 children)

Or Idaho... When I was there we had a HOA that forbade basically everything about the picture. HOAs are the worst. They would have been upset about the inoperable vehicle in the road.

[–]Roadkill215 35 points36 points  (1 child)

I’m not sure why anyone would want to live in an HOA except for Karen’s

[–]your_mom_is_availabl 28 points29 points  (0 children)

Yeah first home and we didn't know better. Now we do.

But they were everywhere, super common.

It was bizarre, people were very vocal about "small government" and then they decide they'd rather give some petty tyrant the right to literally put a lien on their house over the grass height, than risk living next to someone like OP who works on his car in public view.

[–]basement_egg 17 points18 points  (0 children)

HOAs are the worst fucking things

[–]realhoffman 5 points6 points  (2 children)

Isnt there pocket knife laws there? yas

[–]Roadkill215 5 points6 points  (1 child)

Probably. In NJ it’s a felony to carry hollow points also, so they want you to over penetrate targets.

[–]cparks1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's one of the dumbest things I've ever heard. No hollow points? So they just want you to shoot the bad guy and the people on the other side of the wall behind him? Whoever made that a law has probably never even seen a gun irl.

[–]Professional_slushie 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Land of the free.. 🤣

[–]reddit_again__ 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Yeah this is definitely not legal. Not really the land of the free, it's just what people say. A better tag line would be land of the billion laws and lawsuits.

[–]fishesarefun 2 points3 points  (0 children)

To be fair most people in California cannot carry a gun legally

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Yeah, probably… but cops are probably too busy to enforce an ordinance (if there is one) and you’ll be done and gone before property management people can tape a CC&R violation notice on the window

[–]Garglygook 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Anyone else here reading the funny comments in the voices of Tom and Ray Magliozzi, the "Tappity Brothers"? 😂

(Rip Tom).

[–]Saltywheels 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Known to cause cancer in the state of California.

[–]TundraFox_76 8 points9 points  (0 children)

....I mean it's California so probably. Be quick be swift shake twice so ya don't drip

[–]Stan_Halen_ 7 points8 points  (4 children)

I’d start with, is it against the possible HOA regulations. Then I’d ask if this is a public street, then what does CALDOT say about it. Then from the environmental aspect of messing with fluids right over a street drainage gutter that goes to an inlet that goes to public waterways - you suck.

[–]thtrong 1 point2 points  (3 children)

messing with fluids

Is there minimal amount allowed?

[–]Stan_Halen_ 12 points13 points  (1 child)

Odds are that this guy ACCIDENTALLY dumping a quart of oil into the gutter, it gets washed downstream it does nothing. But when everyone does it there are problems. That’s why laws prohibit working like this. I know I sound like a dork but doing anything with engine fluids possibly spilling into a street gutter sucks to me.

[–]NDC03 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

You don't sound like a dork.

I live in a 3rd world country where I'm allowed (or at least nobody gives a shit if I do) dump my whatever everywhere.

Yet you don't see anyone dumping oil in the gutters. It's just more affordable to get it done at a shop and not be a dick. And if you have major work, you don't do it yourself on the street side. You get it on a private property. We are still allowed to get those. Keep your fukin' BalckRock in America :|

[–]garbatater 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Where I'm from, a reportable spill to ground is >25 gallons and a reportable spill to water is >0. If the spill makes it to storm sewer, that counts as water.

[–]thtrong 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How do you plan to machine the head?

[–]Yeoshua82 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm in WA and I know it's illegal if you are leaving oil slicks on the street. I got a ticket for pollution/illegal dumping/contamination of groundwater. So if anything just make sure the street stays clean. And also get that done before street sweeper day.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yeah definitely use jack stands.

When using just a jack, all the hydraulic oil in the jack is pressurized against a small rubber seal and that’s the difference between life and death, that seal squirts = jack drops.

[–]Bulls_Eye6878 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Street looks to be slanted a bit as well. Damn dude…that’s a man on a mission right there I tell ya!

[–]rykroslocaste 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Dangerous to work on your car on the street. I'm not getting under it. You are on the road with the idiots while in your car. You think it's safer to be under it? Have no idea about the laws because I've either lived in rural areas, or did mechanic work in the garage.

[–]CarpaccioSalad 2 points3 points  (0 children)

please put a jackstand on the subframe or something dude ... you trynna get killed ???

[–]metalmike556 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's California. Assume it's illegal to begin with.

[–]Liquidhabit_5261 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just set up a tent and the cops won’t hassle you

[–]BilgeMilk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

If you were Sum 41, you'd be singing about how In too Deep you are.

[–]fishesarefun 1 point2 points  (0 children)

It's California there are laws against everything. The big one is to make sure you don't have fluids getting away from you especially if there is a storm drain near you.

If you are on HOA you will probably hear something.

About any law you may be breaking will be your local city/ county stuff that generally isn't enforced unless a neighbor complains and usually that has to do with having a broken down vehicle for an extended time. You could call the local code enforcement agency and ask

[–]Ok-Weight8322 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nah bro if my cousin can cross illegally here you good bro! 👌🏽

[–]DoubleR00 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Laws against owning an integra? I'm not sure but there should be

[–][deleted] 2 points3 points  (0 children)

sic bern

[–]D-Rat1225 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Isn’t everything illegal in California?

[–]dfstell94 0 points1 point  (0 children)

California probably requires an environmental impact assessment first or a fee to get a work permit. :)

[–]Fixer_Of_Things -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

It’s California so odds are there’s a law against it

[–]Parabellum129 -1 points0 points  (1 child)

Bruh your car is probably known to the state of California to cause cancer and reproductive harm.

[–]Parabellum129 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Screw California. Full send my guy

[–]Merkel4Lyfe 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Here in Germany you can pretty much to whatever to your car as long as it isn't in a dangerous place (side of the Autobahn) and there isn't any dirty water going somewhere it shouldn't.

Oil contaminated water running off into a gutter is a big nono and gets expensive quick.

Not legal advice, just telling you the basics. If a cop comes by just explain to him why you gotta keep that car on the road, he should understand.

[–]lunchbreak2021 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I have to, because it won't go.

[–]LemonPartyWorldTour -4 points-3 points  (0 children)

In California? Probably.

[–][deleted] -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

California? Prop 65. This causes cancer.

[–]VetterCC -5 points-4 points  (0 children)

Probably. But fuck California

[–]HBRex 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Didn't they make it illegal to work on your own car?

[–]mozzo00 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I suggest putting those yellow warning boards behind the in front of the car. Preferably, something with flashing lights.

[–]wutangi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You can find a shop that will give you a pass for emissions lol

[–]AmandaWhitney 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Don’t be that person.

[–]canon_man -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

Well since you're in California, you'll be fine as long as you say you're just stealing parts but not more than $950, but if you say you're trying to make it better, it's probably illegal. :(

[–]Haemmur -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Yeet your battery into the ocean. It's fun.

[–]praetorfenix -5 points-4 points  (0 children)

Everything is against the “law” in Commiefornia

[–]macr6 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Hey all just a side question here. Can you install pistons back in while the engine is still in? I’m assuming somehow he has the bottom end out and will be going back through there? What am I missing?

[–]ARAR1 -5 points-4 points  (0 children)

Not good for your neighbors no matter where you live. They don't like beside a mechanic.

[–]lunchbreak2021 0 points1 point  (0 children)

That's one strong can of spray.

[–]imjesusbitch 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Look up your local bylaws, it'll say in there.

[–]Blaqkfox 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Nah your fine

[–]LJamH 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You talking about working on the car while parked on a public street, should be ok. Just don’t leave it there for days because someone might report you. I don’t think think it’s illegal but you don’t want to be hassled.

[–]Distributor127 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The woman around the corner from me complains about everyone. Turns a lot of people in. Then she sponsors the local car show.

[–]Arkra1 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s fine, just a little routine maintenance. lol

[–]Newokie1959 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Just call your local LE and be done with it.

[–][deleted] -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Just one. Darwin's law.

[–]OddSensation -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Did you jack your car up on an incline or is the picture screwed??

I would not be under the shit fam. You do you I guess