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Old 12-01-2012, 11:13 AM   #1
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Creative uses for worn out parts.

Over the years it seems I've amassed quite a collection of shit I can't use,
but kept it either because I thought it was cool, like a '68 guzzi oil pump;
or because I thought I might be able to use it again, like a shock damper body.

So, what to do with such things?
I can only have so many piston ash trays,
layshaft door stops,
and crankshaft gear paper weights.
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:30 AM   #2
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Over the years it seems I've amassed quite a collection of shit I can't use,
but kept it either because I thought it was cool, like a '68 guzzi oil pump;
or because I thought I might be able to use it again, like a shock damper body.

So, what to do with such things?
I can only have so many piston ash trays,
layshaft door stops,
and crankshaft gear paper weights.
i have seen people make fence gates out of old metal parts or dress up the mailbox mounting pole.
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Old 12-01-2012, 11:39 AM   #3
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ebay is your friend. You kept the part thinking that maybe ONE day you might be able to used it. There are alot of YOU's out there and their ONE days might be today!!
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:24 PM   #4
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:25 PM   #5
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i always thought some pistons for doorknobs would be fun
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:13 PM   #6
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+1 on fleabay.

That dinosaur is cool too.

Mostly I just throw it away or recycle.
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Old 12-02-2012, 02:52 PM   #7
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I sort mine for stuff that's machinable - steel shafts and the like.

Stuff that's not machinable - such as burnt pistons, engine castings that I probably will never use.

I keep the stuff that's machinable and tinker with it.

The stuff that is not I bring with me to work, where a guy who works at another company in the same building takes my scrap.

This guy does me solids like rounding up a crew of guys to move heavy stuff, for which I pay him, and he pays his guys. (yes hispanic).
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Old 12-02-2012, 08:13 PM   #8
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You can always donate them to the 24 Hours of LeMons (cheap car racing). They turn them into trophies!
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Old 12-02-2012, 09:27 PM   #9
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I either keep the stuff for machining purposes or make ingots for future casting projects.

Before and after next to each other:

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Old 12-02-2012, 10:13 PM   #10
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I keep the cool stuff for my brother who is a metal sculptor in his spare time, the rest goes to the metal recyclers.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:18 PM   #11
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I've made some jewelry out of small parts, and I have plans for a side table made from wheels and a liquor dispenser made from a gas tank. I'm all ears in this thread though, I have a little basement bar that could use more of these ideas.
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Old 12-03-2012, 03:44 PM   #12
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Pistons from a wrecked CM400 engine were turned into votive candle holders. A 1" hole was milled in the center of the top of the piston, deep enough for the candle flame to be flush with the crown of the piston.

I'd post up a pic, but they were given away as gifts many years ago.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:07 PM   #13
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Cummins big cam 400 piston & wrist pin.

Door holder.

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Old 12-04-2012, 03:35 PM   #14
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I either keep the stuff for machining purposes or make ingots for future casting projects.

Before and after next to each other:

I've been thinking about a leaf blower/brake drum setup... I'd be interested in hearing more about what you've done...
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Old 12-05-2012, 11:16 AM   #15
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Old handgrips are great to keep around for do it yourself rubber spacers or bumpers
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