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Hi I'm Michael and I am the owner/principal of m-a.training. I am an Automotive Technician by trade, school teacher (K-12) by profession, and a tinkerer by hobby. I have a wide range of interests that include more than the automotive industry. Within automotive I am interested in training, developing content, sharing knowledge, and of course building Australia's finest Automotive training portal.
Outside of automotive I am passionate about the environment, computers, and animals.
- 1st car 1952 Standard 10 (your average 10 HP Victa lawnmower has more horsepower than it did)
- 2nd car 1982 Holden TF Gemini (I fitted a 1.8 litre G180 from a Rodeo into it)
- 3rd car 1977 Pontiac Trans Am (Genuine Bandit, 400 ci or 6.6 litre 4 speed manual. I regret selling this car)
- 4th car 1989 Toyota FJ75 Troopcarrier (I fitted a 5.7 litre HSV VT Series 1 Commodore V8 (not LS) to replace the Toyota 4 litre 3F 6 cylinder)
- 5th car 1996 Holden VS Commodore
- 6th car 1980 HDT VC Commodore
- 1952 Holden 48-215 rolling body
Family cars (current and previous)
- Volkswagon Beetle
- 1973 Valiant Charger (215 Hemi 3 on the tree)
- 1976 Chrysler GC Galant station wagon (1.6 litre Saturn, Borg Warner 35)
- 1969 Holden HT Kingswood (186, Aussie 3 speed column shift, beautiful car)
- 1982 Ford XE Falcom station wagon (3.3 litre Alloy II crossflow, 3 speed column shift)
- 1989 Nissan Pintara sedan (2 litre automatic).
- 1996 VS Commodore (listed above as mine)
- 2006 Hyundia Getz
My automotive work history
I have worked in many different workshops (dealerships, general, and council) in New South Wales, South Australia, and the Northern Territory. In dealerships I have worked on Holden, Ford, Toyota, Nissan, Suzuki, Chery. In general workshops I have worked on everything customers have brought in (including trucks), in council I have worked on cars, trucks, small engines, and plant equipment. I do not profess to know everything about all these different sections of the automotive industry but have had a wide range of experiences that I hope to share.
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