One of the best traits a person can have is their ability to adapt to a particular situation. It means using every resource available to you, no matter how seemingly impractical or unorthodox, to get a job done. In that respect, perhaps no one is more qualified than a mechanic in Australia’s outback—one of the most unforgiving environments on the planet.
As an amateur follower of the mechanical arts myself, I know what it’s like to repair or modify cars with standards that aren’t exactly to the manufacturer’s specifications, and I wager that it’s human nature to be attracted to making something awesome work by using parts that simply don’t belong. It’s the reason MacGyver was a goddamn phenomenon and it’s the reason why I watch the antics of the guys on Roadkill.