For those readers who remember a time when a do-it-yourselfer could actually perform a tune-up on a car, you'll also recall that the second time you did it was light years easier than the first. And in subsequent trials, the earlier fumbling with timing lights and ignition points waned considerably.But in full disclosure, I repeatedly confused the order of the spark plug covers, making that initial test start all that much more interesting. If you can picture a greasy, oil-slicked pipe organ misfiring, you sort of get my drift.

But that was then and this is now.

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