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They will tackle any problem out there, and usually have some really interesting ways  of solving them.  Give these guys, or gals a few tools, a cutting torch, and a welder, and you might find a redneck in the making.  A little grinding with sparks a flying along with a few 2X4’s, and they'll soon have a new creation coming out of the garage.     When it comes to every day repairs, they have their own unique way of taking care of them, to say the least.  I'm not talking about the duct taped window with the split open garbage bag over it, or a pair of lock grip pliers for the blower switch. .. no, no, no... those kind of quick fixes are too common and don't even rate to be called a true redneck repair.  I'm talking about the ingenious methods of taking care of their car without the aid of a manual, common sense, or good judgment.  These are the true rednecks that blanket the country with the most hilarious methods of keeping their cars on the road that anyone could even imagine.  I’ve got a few examples… let’s see if you agree.    The other day I was making my way home when I spotted an old pickup a few cars ahead of me.  It appeared to be hauling a load of scrap metal, but as I got closer it was clear this scrap metal was lashed onto the truck itself.   This guy had an old aluminum screen door laid across the back of the cab horizontally, and had it silicone sealed in place as well as wire straps in several places.  He was using it in place of the rear glass of the cab.  Not only did he have the glass window pushed up, he was also using the screen window to allow the breeze to enter his cab.  (It wasn’t hard to tell with the bits of paper getting blown up from the truck bed, and then sticking momentarily to the screen.)  Yep, I’d say there's no doubt, this guy is officially ...  a redneck.     A few years ago I had an old car come in for some front end work... boy, was it a pile of junk.  There wasn't a straight piece of metal on the car anywhere.  Talk about clearing the barn out of bailing wire, this guy had it everywhere.  The oddest thing was this piece of rope tied to each of the wiper blades which he had running through the open front windows.  I had to stop what I was doing, and ask him what the rope was for... he was eager to show me.  While sitting in the driver's seat he would pull the rope back and forth and his wipers would move accordingly.  Cleaver ain’t he?  … I guess so, his reasoning behind it seemed pretty sound…… the wiper motor froze up some time ago, and to avoid repairing it he came up with this little rig.  Can’t deny it… that's a redneck repair if I ever saw one.   Oh there's more...there’s always more redneck repairs out there.  Just hard to keep from looking at some of them sometimes; just makes ya shake your head at what they have created. 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