Creative uses for worn out parts.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Bloodweiser, Dec 1, 2012.

  1. Bloodweiser

    Bloodweiser honestly

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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.
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  2. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    i have seen people make fence gates out of old metal parts or dress up the mailbox mounting pole.
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  3. MrPulldown

    MrPulldown Long timer

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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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  4. GreaseMonkey

    GreaseMonkey Preshrunk & Cottony

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  5. clapped_r6

    clapped_r6 The Spoad Warrior

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    i always thought some pistons for doorknobs would be fun
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  6. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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    +1 on fleabay.

    That dinosaur is cool too.

    Mostly I just throw it away or recycle.
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  7. P B G

    P B G Long timer

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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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  8. motor-ray

    motor-ray FNG

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    You can always donate them to the 24 Hours of LeMons (cheap car racing). They turn them into trophies! :D
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  9. crazydrummerdude

    crazydrummerdude Wacky Bongo Boy

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    I either keep the stuff for machining purposes or make ingots for future casting projects. :D

    Before and after next to each other:

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  10. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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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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  11. TheOtherBart

    TheOtherBart Long timer

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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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  12. Twilight Error

    Twilight Error Going nowhere slowly

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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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  13. Wasser

    Wasser Spilt my beer

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    Cummins big cam 400 piston & wrist pin.

    Door holder. :D

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  14. FlySniper

    FlySniper Bleh...

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    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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  15. sTE610vE

    sTE610vE Long timer

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    Old handgrips are great to keep around for do it yourself rubber spacers or bumpers :D
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  16. kioti

    kioti Cruzinonline

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    I spent 25 years as a fabricator in racecar shops,built hundreds of 9 inch Ford gear sets along the way,always had barrels full of old gears to send to the scrappers.

    Here's my little metal man I made about 20 years ago,it sits on top of a filing cabinet in my office.
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    Its made up of a mix of spiders,planetary's,crosspins and a ring gear for the base, used u-joint u-bolts for the hands,yes that's a SnapOn wrench.
    The ole lady says its a self portrait of me .:1drink
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  17. mjydrafter

    mjydrafter evil boy for life

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    I've heard of paper weights but never a file cabinet weight? I guessing it's pretty heavy?

    Very cool, though.:D
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  18. kioti

    kioti Cruzinonline

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    Just weighed it........26 lbs even.:D
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  19. mjydrafter

    mjydrafter evil boy for life

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    Hopefully you don't mind divulging a few secrets? What did you make the "welders hammer" out of?
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  20. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    ^^^First snow today, time to check the snowblower. I think I can find a hammer handle on it. :wink:

    Cool little man, my grandpa was really good at reusing old parts for such purposes. Me....I just screw them to the shop walls inside and outside.Rust In Peace.:D
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