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Forum: The Garage Today, 08:39 AM
Replies: 1,083
Views: 389,058
Posted By troidus
I've seen the tire spin on the ground. The strap...

I've seen the tire spin on the ground. The strap idea is genius.
Forum: The Garage 10-21-2014, 03:47 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 757
Posted By troidus
Maybe you're hitting a valve overlap sweet spot...

Maybe you're hitting a valve overlap sweet spot and you're pushing fueled air out past the slide, then it's picking up an extra fuel charge as it goes back in. The fact that it dies when you add...
Forum: The Garage 10-21-2014, 01:44 PM
Replies: 1,083
Views: 389,058
Posted By troidus
I can't tell with the zip tie in the way, but...

I can't tell with the zip tie in the way, but there may be a catch built in to the clamp to hold it open. Toyota clamps have the catch. Once it's in place, release the catch and you're done.
Forum: The Garage 10-15-2014, 04:56 PM
Replies: 1,379
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Views: 299,726
Posted By troidus
Seems like that one could have been beaten in...

Seems like that one could have been beaten in court. For it to qualify as open container, it has to be in the cabin or otherwise accessible to the occupants. I would not like to see the guy who...
Forum: The Garage 10-13-2014, 02:01 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 452
Posted By troidus
At a minimum, the higher voltage probably blew...

At a minimum, the higher voltage probably blew every bulb filament that was activated. If it starts, runs, and appears to be charging the battery, maybe all you need is a double handful of light...
Forum: The Garage 10-13-2014, 11:29 AM
Replies: 16
Views: 1,067
Posted By troidus
Maybe try a venturi-style vacuum that runs on...

Maybe try a venturi-style vacuum that runs on compressed air, instead. Or let the neighborhood kids run their RC excavators under there to clean it out.
Forum: The Garage 10-06-2014, 10:21 PM
Replies: 1,379
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Views: 299,726
Posted By troidus
A friend of mine got knocked on his butt 30 years...

A friend of mine got knocked on his butt 30 years ago. He was a helper on a welded fence job, and was leaning up against the fence when the welder started a new bead. When he woke up, he was about...
Forum: The Garage 10-05-2014, 06:12 PM
Replies: 68
Views: 2,816
Posted By troidus
Pick up an early-mid 80s SWB Chevrolet/GMC...

Pick up an early-mid 80s SWB Chevrolet/GMC K-series, either pickup or blazer. Put a 6 in it. Those have a solid front axle, and the 6 can return decent economy if you drive it right.
Forum: The Garage 10-05-2014, 05:39 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 1,734
Posted By troidus
I made sure to catch a metal crossbar when I...

I made sure to catch a metal crossbar when I drilled the holes to mount my Harbor Freight tire changer to my utility trailer. Two of the four fasteners go through the crossbar, and the other two are...
Forum: The Garage 10-05-2014, 09:44 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 538
Posted By troidus
Echoing the idea of a full front end swap, if you...

Echoing the idea of a full front end swap, if you can find a front end that has the same steering stem bore in the bottom triple, you can swap over the original stem so you don't have to cobble that...
Forum: The Garage 10-02-2014, 02:14 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,438
Posted By troidus
I think it depends on the road salt. The mag...

I think it depends on the road salt. The mag chloride salt appears to be particularly wicked.
Forum: The Garage 10-02-2014, 11:48 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 635
Posted By troidus
Do you have a manual petcock or a vacuum one? If...

Do you have a manual petcock or a vacuum one? If it opens under vacuum, it should have a Prime position that will let fuel flow without having the engine running. As for which bowl to open, attach...
Forum: The Garage 10-02-2014, 11:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,438
Posted By troidus
I think by the time you're looking at replacing...

I think by the time you're looking at replacing hard lines on a car, you should assume that the entire hydraulic system needs to come out, so it'll be all new parts from the booster to the calipers. ...
Forum: The Garage 10-02-2014, 09:42 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,438
Posted By troidus
Unless you're replacing all the hoses, too.

Unless you're replacing all the hoses, too.
Forum: The Garage 10-01-2014, 08:15 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,109
Posted By troidus
That would be almost funny if he accidentally...

That would be almost funny if he accidentally bought a 110/70-17 when he needs a 110/90-21.
Forum: The Garage 10-01-2014, 07:49 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,109
Posted By troidus
If you're that far out, something is very, very...

If you're that far out, something is very, very wrong. You sure your tire is the right diameter for the wheel?
Forum: The Garage 10-01-2014, 07:08 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 635
Posted By troidus
Overflow for the gas tank, or the float bowl? If...

Overflow for the gas tank, or the float bowl? If the float bowl, my initial guess would be a stuck float valve or debris in the seat. You might try opening the bowl drain and tapping on the bowl...
Forum: The Garage 10-01-2014, 07:06 PM
Replies: 84
Views: 8,109
Posted By troidus
Did you remember to slip the bead opposite of...

Did you remember to slip the bead opposite of where you were prying into the drop center?
Forum: The Garage 09-27-2014, 08:19 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,450
Posted By troidus
I use the tip of my pinky finger to hold it up.

I use the tip of my pinky finger to hold it up.
Forum: The Garage 09-26-2014, 07:12 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,333
Posted By troidus
Spec is a full turn. A quarter-turn is supposed...

Spec is a full turn. A quarter-turn is supposed to give you a few hundred more RPM before valve float.
Forum: The Garage 09-26-2014, 06:39 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,333
Posted By troidus
This is a small-block Chevy with independent...

This is a small-block Chevy with independent post-mounted rockers. There is no torque spec for the rocker nuts.
Forum: The Garage 09-26-2014, 06:20 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,333
Posted By troidus
A turn and a half? That seems like a lot. Old...

A turn and a half? That seems like a lot. Old school, tighten the rockers with the engine running until they quit clattering, then add 1/4-turn.

The OP should follow the recommendations of...
Forum: The Garage 09-25-2014, 11:34 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,333
Posted By troidus
Yeah, I looked later and mentioned that in #19. ...

Yeah, I looked later and mentioned that in #19.



I figure he'd notice it while inspecting the lobes, not to mention that if it were that broken, the distributor would spin only so far and...
Forum: The Garage 09-25-2014, 08:44 AM
Replies: 10
Views: 838
Posted By troidus
Might as well brace for a trench to appear...

Might as well brace for a trench to appear between the meter and the house. I dread that day here, since I'm also on a slab, and the gas line for the block is next to the meter pit.
Forum: The Garage 09-24-2014, 09:18 AM
Replies: 1,379
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Views: 299,726
Posted By troidus
Yellow or blue can?

Yellow or blue can?
Forum: The Garage 09-23-2014, 02:21 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 507
Posted By troidus
It might, from simple friction, but it also won't...

It might, from simple friction, but it also won't take much to hold it still while you spin the balancer. Be a good task for the kid you're helping.
Forum: The Garage 09-23-2014, 10:11 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 507
Posted By troidus
Nope. Flex plate is the flywheel on an engine...

Nope. Flex plate is the flywheel on an engine bolted to an automatic. If you can see the flex plate turning, either it's broken or the crank is. You won't know until you separate the transaxle. ...
Forum: The Garage 09-23-2014, 10:06 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,333
Posted By troidus
I just went back and looked at starter...

I just went back and looked at starter schematics. I misremembered the connections and thought the HEI coil + was still connected down there, but it's not, so disregard my earlier suggestion.
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Forum: The Garage 09-23-2014, 05:56 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 507
Posted By troidus
Want to take another stab at that model year? ...

Want to take another stab at that model year? There was no 1990 Impala. If it's a 1990 Caprice, it's RWD. If it's a FWD car, maybe the ring gear is on the torque converter, rather than the flex...
Forum: The Garage 09-22-2014, 03:51 PM
Replies: 49
Views: 3,333
Posted By troidus
How's the lead from the solenoid to the...

How's the lead from the solenoid to the distributor?
Forum: The Garage 09-18-2014, 08:25 AM
Replies: 7
Views: 622
Posted By troidus
And it's astonishing just how bad even a...

And it's astonishing just how bad even a freshly-polished unit is when compared to a new one. I put a new factory unit ($138, so not bad) in my wife's Corolla and the old one looked like it'd been...
Forum: The Garage 09-17-2014, 10:51 PM
Replies: 1,379
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Views: 299,726
Posted By troidus
Why? Now that it's on its side, it'll be easier...

Why? Now that it's on its side, it'll be easier to change. :D
Forum: The Garage 09-16-2014, 10:25 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 561
Posted By troidus
That's not going to do a thing for the MAF...

That's not going to do a thing for the MAF sensor. And with direct injection, it's not going to keep deposits off the intake valves, either.
Forum: The Garage 09-16-2014, 04:34 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,845
Posted By troidus
Sorry. It is nice to not have to tote around a...

Sorry. It is nice to not have to tote around a separate thread gauge. Consider my suggestions part of the inevitable feature creep. :D
(Now if Amazon can get FAA approval for the drones....)
Forum: The Garage 09-16-2014, 01:25 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,845
Posted By troidus
Use the auto-focus emitter to determine the...

Use the auto-focus emitter to determine the distance to the bolt, and thus the scale. And use Amazon same-day drone drop shipment.
Forum: The Garage 09-16-2014, 01:09 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 2,845
Posted By troidus
Too bad it can't do it automatically by just...

Too bad it can't do it automatically by just taking a picture of the fastener and figuring it out.
Forum: The Garage 09-14-2014, 03:14 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,163
Posted By troidus
Yep. Trailer wiring should be proofed by being...

Yep. Trailer wiring should be proofed by being submerged in salt water for a week, then run through a paint shaker loaded with pumice.
Forum: The Garage 09-14-2014, 10:56 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 578
Posted By troidus
At least one evap line should run to the engine. ...

At least one evap line should run to the engine. Maybe a PO disconnected it, which would eventually lead to canister saturation.
Forum: The Garage 09-13-2014, 11:08 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,841
Posted By troidus
I much prefer using a temperature-controlled...

I much prefer using a temperature-controlled iron. I usually solder at 700F.
Forum: The Garage 09-13-2014, 02:52 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 2,457
Posted By troidus
Hopefully the blood didn't get into the framing. ...

Hopefully the blood didn't get into the framing. And when you replace the freezer, maybe fab a catch pan for it to sit on so you don't have to go through this again.
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