"Ghetto" repairs? Pics or it didn't happen.

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by svejkovat, May 4, 2012.

  1. svejkovat

    svejkovat Been here awhile

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    There's a "macgyver" thread or two here, but that suggests some level of cunning and professionalism. So how about some of your best 'ghetto' repairs (or 'redneck' if you're uncomfortable with that).

    Noticed this one the other day
    http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/showthread.php?t=54047

    Some funny crap in there. I love this stuff but ironically I have little of my own to offer. I'm that irritating bastard that just HAS to take four hours out of my day and drive sixty miles out of my way to get the RIGHT g'd'amn part. Not proud of that really.
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  2. malignity

    malignity The Hurt Locker

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    I don't have any 'repairs' per say, but I do have a few DIY things to save money or because they simply don't make what I'm looking for.

    I wanted an oil temperature gauge for my XR650L. They're $50 shipped to my house, aren't digital, etc. Blah.

    What'd I do? Get the same size bolt for the dipstick, cut it in half, drilled a hole through it and got a high temperature digital meat thermometer. Some JB weld to keep it in place, and an O-Ring on the thread, and poof. Now I can tell the temperature of my bike's oil at all time.

    It also tells me when my pig's done!

    Pics can be found in the thumpers > XRL owners sign in thread.
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  3. Treedguy

    Treedguy Long timer

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    I love the wood stove!
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  4. Squeaky

    Squeaky A Few Loose Screws...

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    Does it count if all four of my blinkers are held on right now by a combination of electrical tape, wire, and chopsticks? :norton
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  5. tucsondude

    tucsondude Been here awhile

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    hmm i forgot. who is our residential muffler builder?:rofl I think he has atleast 5 threads of different hacks.
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  6. JimR

    JimR Been here awhile

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    Was under my first car (circa1980), a 1963 VW Type 1, surveying the the rusted floor, saw a pair a of ViceGrips I thought some mechanic had left under there, unhooked and went into the house for a sandwich admiring my new tool acquisition. An hour later I went to drive the car to work...NO CLUTCH!!!! That's right, some where down the line someone used ViseGrips to hold the clutch cable to the release arm. Brilliant! Regards, Jim.
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  7. trc.rhubarb

    trc.rhubarb ZoomSplat!

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    Hey that reminds me of when I was a kid in the early 80's. My dad had a bobtail delivery truck, probably an old u-haul and the side mirror was held on with vice grips. Had been there so long, they were painted white just like the truck... I remember thinking that was the coolest thing about that truck. :D Thanks for the memory.
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  8. Benesesso

    Benesesso Long timer

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    Way back in the 1960's I had a '52 Ford with a '55 Buick 322 nailhead engine. Car had some rusted areas, and me not having much money, the rust stayed. Anyway, the mounting screw attachment at the bottom of the left headlight had rusted away, so I took a 1/4" x ~1" square-head bolt and lightly hammered it in at the bottom--between the rim and the metal trim piece that touches the headlight.

    Worked great, never had a problem with it, except for one---an asshat New Jersey motor vehicle inspector. Dickhead spotted the bolthead, which didn't actually cover any part of the glass, and failed me for "obstructed headlight". Fortunately he wrote it in pencil on the "Guess what, you just failed the NJ MVD inspection-ha ha" form.

    After erasing the offensive words, I simply wrote "Glass" instead. Few days later I drove to a different insp. station, and pointed to the now very clean pass. side window at the request, "Which window?".


    Another time, later, when I had more bucks, they failed my '65 Vette convertible for having a translucent (via UV/sunlight) rather than transparent rear plastic window. Unfortunately this time the dickhead used a pen. So, what to do--I mean, the car had side mirrors, right? So I did the proper KLR thing and removed the entire conv. top.

    MVD inspector had a fit when I returned a few days later. Told him I threw the whole top in the garbage, and I only drove the Vette on nice days. Told me he was going to fail me again, so I said do it and I'll sue the crap out of this stupid state. That made him think a bit, so he didn't fail me but he yelled "Check this car close" to his fellow drones down the line.

    They couldn't find anything to fail me, so I was finally rewarded with a valid windshield sticker--good for a year. As I pulled out of the station, I yelled "assholes" as loud as I could. I was SO glad to leave that stupid state years later.

    The '52 Ford. Unfortunately the offensive bolt isn't visible in the photo.

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  9. Spoke

    Spoke Wing Ding

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    No pics but some 30 odd years ago I used dental floss as a hand pulled throttle cable on my VW bug:D
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  10. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Long timer

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    Over 30 years ago but it is all I have. I broke the shifter off in a crash and riding a 125 two stroke 15 miles home without a shifter really wasn't an option. So I found some bailing wire in a trash dump, did this and it got me home.

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    Well there was this, but it wasn't my bike anymore. I love this picture since it ain't me (for once). :lol3

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  11. Tech23

    Tech23 Been here awhile

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    Well there was this, but it wasn't my bike anymore. I love this picture since it ain't me (for once). :lol3

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    That's a peculiar place to press in linkage bearings, I bet there's plenty of slick mud around to pack the bearings with too. :rofl

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  12. Otis the Sasquatch

    Otis the Sasquatch Long timer

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    You get a grade of B-.

    To get an A, you have to run a string from the throttle, through a hole punched in the firewall (Baja Bug, no back seat), and connect it to the raised non-functioning e-brake lever just below the grip.

    Throttle LEVER!
    Push down for Go. :D

    We christened it the "String Driven Thing", after the band.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/String_Driven_Thing

    "Circus" .
    Great song!!

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  13. JimVonBaden

    JimVonBaden "Cool" Aid!

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    Headlight on my R1200ST after a 50mph impact with a pickup-truck.

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    10K miles later and it is still holding and not leaking.

    Jim :brow
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  14. Grreatdog

    Grreatdog Long timer

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    He bent the dogbone link into an "L". Probably because I didn't tighten enough after rebuilding the suspension when I owned the bike. :lol3
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  15. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    Clutch, who needs a stinking clutch?

    Broke a clutch cable on an old VW Bug on a Sunday 500 miles from home, what to do?

    Good new was there were no clutch safety switches back then, so hit the starter in 1st and it jerked forward and started and kept going. Matched RPMs to upshift, and revved in neutral to match on a downshift, decent synchros helped. Slowed to a crawl going towards red lights and crept along till it changed, another time did circles around a gas station waiting for a light to change.

    Made it home without a real problem.
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  16. Tech23

    Tech23 Been here awhile

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    That's great. That's how I used to bring them into the shop to replace the cable. Can you imagine trying to text while doing that these days...LOL. Back in the day, I've seen string tied to Beetle windshield wiper arms passing through both vent windows, the driver would tug on the string right to left to keep the windshield clear.

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  17. MrBob

    MrBob Out there

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    Way the hell out in the woods of northern Minnesota and flying down fire roads in my BMW 2002. My girlfriend and her daughter are with me.
    The battery works its way loose, slides forward, and shorts on the firewall melting the plate away from the negative post. Huge spark display and then everything stops.
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    I had a mishmash of tools in the car. Using a hacksaw blade I sawed off the top of the battery. My push button remote starter had two wires with alligator clips on each end. I attached one clip to the negative plate, the other to the negative post, and taped the button down. Using the last of my electricians tape and a bungee cord I fastened the whole mess together.
    Climbed into the car and when I hit the key the car instantly started and we made it to Duluth that evening.
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  18. svejkovat

    svejkovat Been here awhile

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    Made it all the way home this way from Igoumenitsa to Athens, Greece one summer. Volkswagon van. Only meant to drive this way until the next service station to fix the linkage. But that meant a few hours from where we were. A couple of hours later we were so used to it that we just kept driving. But once we got into Athens traffic things got pretty dicey. Looking back it was hilarity really. Think Keystone cops. Thanks for that memory.
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  19. H96669

    H96669 A proud pragmatist.

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    :lol3:lol3:lol3 We were thinking of "the string" after the wipers died in Montreal in the slush. But then we hit the highway and no more slush. Engine blew up shortly afterward and filled the car with smoke,just about choked the hitchiker in the back seat. Took a minute or two to vent the car, had to find the Vicegrips to open the window. Of course the passenger door did not open from the inside and I couldn't get out just yet, all the traffic may have ripped my door off.:lol3 No more ghetto repairs on VWs, gave it away for the price of the tow.:wink:

    Yep, my choke ran with a wire going through the back seat/firewall.:wink:
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  20. JimR

    JimR Been here awhile

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    And I also forgot on the same 63 VW, the passenger side window had no guts in it. The PO that I got the car from had different lengths of 2"x4"'s cut so the window could be all the way up, halfway down, or all of the way down. Regards, Jim.
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