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Baby Size for Car Guys Infographic


Blame it on the kumquat. My wife was ten weeks pregnant with our third baby, and since I had not memorized the baby size fruit list, I asked, "How big is our baby?"

We checked the chart, and it said at ten weeks, the baby was the size of a kumquat. So then I googled “kumquat,” because what are kumquats and how big are they?

I was the service manager at a classic car repair shop at the time, so as I read about kumquats, I thought to myself, My kid’s the size of a spark plug! Somebody oughta make a list of baby sizes during pregnancy that corresponds with car parts! Like, when is my kid the size of an alternator? (About week 27.) Or an A/C Compressor? (Week 34.) No list of baby size for car guys appeared, so I built the list myself.

This list bothers my wife, but not because I think our baby is the size of an oil filter on week 18. Instead, she wants to know which oil filter, specifically. Motorcraft filter for a Ford 302, or a Wix for the Cummins diesel in a Dodge truck? Headlights vary significantly in size, as do side mirrors—“From which cars, specifically, do these parts come?” Jennifer wants to know, “And do they match the size of the baby exactly at that period of gestation?”


Geez, I don’t know, it's an artistic exercise, you know? It’s funny! I feel clever comparing my kid to a car part! I chose parts from cars with which I’m familiar, my ’69 Ford Fairlane, FJ40 Toyota Land Cruiser, Sequoia, and others that mostly fit the bill. If you baby is not exactly the size of a tie rod end at week 21, you must be doing something wrong. It sure wouldn’t be my scientifically developed car guy parts list!


Anyway, fruit is great, probably even kumquats, but I like car parts and think my list is funny. If you agree, then this list is for you. Share it with other car guys, and car gals, and anyone else who might get a kick out of it.

I hope your baby gets all the way to the size of an air filter, but emerges like it was a fog light, and grows to be a gear head. Motor on, baby.

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It took a while, but this baby size for car guys infographic grew to become a top result in Google search results! I'm blown away and absolutely delighted! 

In the meantime, I've branched out to be a Washington State classic car inspector for out of state buyers. I'm leveraging for your benefit my long personal experience with classic cars, years of inspecting them for repair and consignment at the classic car repair shop in Tennessee, and personality traits of attention to detail and methodical consistency. Inside and out, parked and driving, I'll let you know if you're about to buy a lemon or a peach. Use the link above to reach out today! 

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