I find the "trick" works on more than working on cars, but I've always been eager to talk to folks that fix things because I like to learn and I envy those who can do something that many can't. I want to know what they know and I want to be able to do what they do. I wore a suit for my entire business career, but I was always happiest with my hands dirty and greasy and I guess I'm now trying to make up for lost time. Most of the tech guys I meet can see that I respect their knowlege because of the things I notice, the questions I ask and the way I ask them. I think they sense a kindred spirit as long as I don't try to tell them how to do their job. You're right that most guys are pleased and proud to show you how to do something if you know enough to know when to talk and when to listen. In my business days I tried to teach sales people that their best tools were their eyes and ears - to watch how people reacted to input and to listen to what they said. I tried to teach them that the key to making a friend (or a customer) was in the Trust.... and Trust is built on Truth.
End of sermon - the fact that you picked up on it speaks volumes about your own habits.
Ditto and amen to the above...
I wore a suit for my entire business career, but I was always happiest with my hands dirty and greasy and I guess I'm now trying to make up for lost time.
I can name that tune in no notes...
Big Truck: 00, 3.5, Endeavor, MT in the works
Old Truck: 95, MT, >Gone<
Little Truck: 87, 2.6T I/C, MT, LSDs, Tonneau Top
Her Truck: 03, 3.8, 20th Anniv, 34k miles
Son's: 03 Lancer O-Z, MT, That's my boy!