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Old 03-05-2010, 06:22 AM   #196
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Nice! I always liked those GT's. Is yours a 1.9?

That PA plate brings back some memories. I liked that one better than the tri color we have now.
Yeah, a 1.9 and runs great. I just worked on it some more yesterday. ALL rubber hoses are now new, as are the fluids!

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Old 03-05-2010, 07:43 AM   #197
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Hi Jim,

I had one of those in college, If I remember it was a 1971 or so. It is a fun car but it is terrible in the snow, severe understeer.

Have fun with it
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Old 03-05-2010, 08:17 AM   #198
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I'm dox and I'm a Harbor Freight Shopper.

Cheap impact wrench, ITEM 95310-7VGA



Works OK, but I don't use it much. I think it was on sale for $20 when I got it.

Caliper Tool Set for Disc Brakes, ITEM 40732-2VGA



Only ever needed it once, to change the brakes on our MINI Cooper. Worked fine, haven't needed it since, and sold the car so I'll probably be selling this soon.

Storehouse Wartertight Utility Case, size medium with pick-n-pluck foam (Pelican case knockoff). Discontinued





This. thing. is. awesome. $30 regular price I believe? maybe 25 on sale. I wish i had 3 more of these things. Or even 10 more. Works great as a top box on a strom...

Rambo knife! ITEM 90714-0VGA



Nine dollar impulse purchase. Blade feels dull, but the saw on the back of it actually feels really solid. Rubber seal on the handle to keep water out of the storage tube is pretty much useless. Storage tube has matches, match striker, sewing kit, fishing hook and monofilament, kitchen sink, etc.

10 Piece Color Coded T-Handle Metric Hex Key Set, ITEM 37862-3VGA




So far so good, haven't really used them "hard" enough to break one yet. They feel a little cheap at first, but after using them they are decently solid. I wouldn't try to break a really sticky allen-head bolt with one, but for general use they are fantastic.

Random Crap

I have a few different sets of ratchet straps, I use them for light duty use (keeping the KLR in the back of a truck), they work fine. I buy the 3.99 tube of electrical tape rolls, it works adequately. The bungie cords with the carabiner ends are really handy, but are only good for light duty work. I overstretched one of mine, but it did hold together surprisingly well under the circumstances.

I have various screwdrivers... When the #2 green-handled individually sold phillips head screwdrivers are on sale for a buck, buy 3 of them. They work well enough and have decent grips for general household use.

I know I have more stuff, just can't think of all of it right now.
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Old 03-06-2010, 09:24 PM   #199
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So far I have used the 10 dollar heat gun. i have used it several times and it has worked great. It is now spending time at work getting constant use and never fails.

I have also used the 7 inch polisher and it too has worked out well. I bought the pneumatic nail gun and stapler combo, so far I have only used it for a couple of days but its worked great. Where has this tool been my whole life?

I have the pneumatic 1200 lb lift ordered and I pick it up tommorow. I am looking forward to that.

I have used several screwdrives, so far they have held up better then the junk screwdrivers from craftsman. Its sad that my harbor freight stuff is holding up better than the craftsman stuff.
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Old 03-06-2010, 09:58 PM   #200
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Storehouse Wartertight Utility Case, size medium with pick-n-pluck foam (Pelican case knockoff). Discontinued





This. thing. is. awesome. $30 regular price I believe? maybe 25 on sale. I wish i had 3 more of these things. Or even 10 more. Works great as a top box on a strom...
Nice! Didn't know they ever carried anything like that. I'm a fan of Serpac equipment cases... built a test system in one about a year ago, liked the case so much I bought one and mounted it to the snowmobile... waterproof, airtight, durable, locks... R520 case alone is about $50, add foam and plastic locks brings the total to about $80 from DigiKey.

Fits my camera, extra radio, flares, granola bars, gatorade, water, ratchet straps, lighters, and still have room to spare.


Picked up another butane torch from there today. $7.99, the orange/black one. Busted the plastic top part on the previous one, got knocked around in my bucket. Works great for plastic repairs and most anything you need a torch for.
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Old 03-07-2010, 08:03 AM   #201
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Cheap impact wrench, ITEM 95310-7VGA



Works OK, but I don't use it much. I think it was on sale for $20 when I got it.

I have one from HF too, ( not the same as yours ) and it's supposed be up to 140 lbft, but it seems pretty gutless.
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Old 03-09-2010, 02:56 PM   #202
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So has anyone bought the Harbor Freight Tig/Inverter Arc welder?

They seem to have two at different amperage range, and I was wondering if they'd be worth it, primarily as a stick welder but perhaps with the ability to diddle with the Tig function, I have gas already with my Miller 185 Mig.
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:12 AM   #203
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I got it for $17 also. Now that I have a chance to use it a couple of times ...... I like the pump, the hose sucks. It leaks!

Went back and returned it. I was going to exchange it but they did not have another one.

Now I am looking for the next larger one. Walmart have a Campbell Hausfeld 1 gallon for $56. 120VAC house powered. Overkill?
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Old 03-10-2010, 11:50 AM   #204
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Walmart have a Campbell Hausfeld 1 gallon for $56. 120VAC house powered. Overkill?
Is it 120 AC / 12V DC?
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Old 03-10-2010, 12:49 PM   #205
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Is it 120 AC / 12V DC?
120VAC. Not portable. The HF one I returned, fills up a car tire FAST! I like it a lot. Just did not have the patients to find another better hose. This one gallon one, may take a bit longer to "charge up"? don't know ......
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Old 03-10-2010, 01:23 PM   #206
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So really you just wanted an inflator for home use?
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Old 03-10-2010, 08:27 PM   #207
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So really you just wanted an inflator for home use?
Yes. Already have the crappy mini pumps that takes half a day to inflate a motorcycle tire. Only reason to have it is so I can carry it in the motorcycle with the plug kit. At home, a slightly larger pump fills up a car tire in no time. Still want it small size though. Don't want to have to haul a big heavy pump around.

The 120VAC 1 gal Campell Hausfeld is still too big. I would rather find something smaller. 12VDC car battery would be nice also.
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Old 03-10-2010, 09:22 PM   #208
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Harbor Freight neted me the the little inverter welder. Never stick welded before. This is gonna be fun.

Some other stuff as well, I think most have been reviewed so far in this thread anyhow, drill bits, their solar welding helmet (figured it could be handy learning stick instead of my bluepoint mask)

Also picked up an 8" digital caliper. Heard good things about the 6" but I have a 6" dial, and a 6" vernier.

So far the 8" digital unit measures my starrett micrometer standards accurately it seems. I don't know what else I'd ask of it.
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Old 03-11-2010, 07:17 AM   #209
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8" digital caliper (fine)
4.5" wire brush for grinder (bit off-balance but it works)
cable oiler (not used yet)
mini-grease gun (fine)
wire brushes (don't last)
adjustable wrenches (meh)
motorcycle tire changer (needs better breaker bar, otherwise works fine for <$90)
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Old 03-12-2010, 10:48 AM   #210
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Good buy:
Multipurpose Machine Lathe/mill/drill press


http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...temnumber=5980
your not going to be turning cylinders with this thing but its great for fabricating/modifying things


Cross slide vice for drill press


http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=32996
I love this thing, makes drilling accurate and uniform.

Bad buy:
Blaster 1


http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=95793
Never got it to work even after I broke down and read the instructions


Blaster 2

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=96972
The handle split when I was putting in the air fitting

Pipe bender


http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/cta...emnumber=32888
Bends to about 45 and then kinks every time
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