Your favorite Macgyver moments\tricks

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by HaChayalBoded, Sep 21, 2008.

  1. GreenPat

    GreenPat Long timer

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    Nothing like a piece of fabric tape and some zip ties to keep coolant in a leaky hose.

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  2. Spode

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    The black pepper radiator seal saved me once. Most any convenience store will have pepper but not all have radiator sealant.

    A raw egg cracked into the radiator will also seal it up. :deal
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  3. JAB

    JAB Unsprung Weight

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    Needed a smaller main jet, no spares or stores open. Put a notch in a toothpick and jammed it in the big jet. Sold the car with wood jet in place. Blew a recovery tank on a Jeep Cherokee. (The tank with the rad cap on it). By-passed the tank using a deep socket and couple of hose clamps. Pulled the upper rad hose and filled it up. Made it home. +1 on the pepper in the radiator. On pinholes, it lasts a long time.
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  4. jshuck

    jshuck Iron Butt #31

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    My buddy goes down in the gravel on his Triumph Sprint. We pull the fairing and the upper radiator hose where is runs into the cylinder head is spitting coolant right where is leaves the flange. We remove the small piece of hose that is split..about 1/2 inch and stretch the hose slightly to make up for the lost length. No leaks now.
    2 days later, he crashes again. This time the bike is on its side for an extended period of time and there is a pool of oil under the bike. We get it upright and add oil to the proper level. The battery will not crank the bike...I guess that the engine is hydrostatically locked. We put it on the center stand and put it in 4th gear. We rock the engine backward and forward gently until it will go thru a complete revolution. The battery now moves the engine and we kill ever mosquito within about 5 miles. I don't have to pay for a beer for the remainder of the trip.
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  5. Jonex

    Jonex zipper suited sun god

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    When I was in high school, my friend and I figured all his Dodge Omni needed to go really fast was the Holley 4 barrel off his brother's Monte Carlo.
    Well, we didn't have two nickels to rub together but we did have all night, a drill, and a piece of wood with which to make an adapter.

    It actually ran. It made no power, but it revved to the moon.

    So we're driving around one night, the engine quit and the gas pedal went to the floor on its own. The carb had fallen off because our wooden intake adapter broke off. The carb was still firmly lag screwed to the wood, though.

    There was an old wiring harness in the back, so we yanked off a big piece of wire and tied the carb back onto the intake manifold. He actually asked me to hold my finger on the knot, like when you tie a bow on a Christmas gift.

    It ran even less good after that, but it got us home.
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  6. Jonex

    Jonex zipper suited sun god

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    A friend of mine was in the middle of nowhere, Iowa, in his VW bus when the power suddenly went to nothing and a big chuff chuff noise emanated from the back where that engine-like oil leak resided.

    Turned out a spark plug had blown right out of the head, taking the threads with it.

    He put a bunch of wraps of teflon tape on the plug, screwed it back in, and made it across Iowa and Wisconsin no sweat.
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  7. bosco

    bosco Raybanned

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    Bar soap works very well to plug holes in gas tanks. :nod

    I've plugged holes big enough to stick your finger in and had the "patch" last for several days.
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  8. Spode

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    Heh, this thread brought back memories...

    Back in my younger days, me and 3 friends were driving my beater '65 mustang (200ci inline 6) back to Fayetteville from Myrtle Beach. Just outside MB I took off from a light, the drivers side motor mount broke, and the entire engine torqued up and to the right, ripping the top radiator hose neck right out of the radiator. :eek1

    It's now dark on a Sunday night, on the side of a 2 lane highway, but we have assorted tools and crap and about 3 cases of beer in the trunk. After drinking several beers to allow the engine to cool down some, we took stock of the situation.

    We used a couple of bent coat hangers and some duct tape layered with that yellow "gorilla snot" weatherstrip adhesive to sort of reattach the hose neck to the radiator. We then used some scrap wire and another bent hanger to "tie" the 2 halves of the broken motor mount together. We topped off the radiator with beer and urine and hit the road. :clap

    I couldn't accelerate too hard without torquing the motor over and undoing our work, so we trundled along like a turtle, driving slow and drinking beer. We had to stop a few times to "refill" the radiator since our repair wasn't pressure-tight, but we managed to get it back home, billowing a steam cloud of beer and piss.

    :lol3
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  9. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    For hydraulic clutches that use mineral oil rather than brake fluid, I use baby oil. It is mineral oil, is dirt cheap, and (maybe most important) you can get it in any town that has babies.

    I got a 20 oz. bottle on sale for $1.99

    [​IMG]

    Edit: I should add that this was not my idea. I saw it somewhere and did a little internet search to find that others were having good luck with it too.
    I have been using it for several months now, and it works well.
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  10. MortimerSickle

    MortimerSickle Semi-Adventurer

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    Trying to get the clutch oil jet out of your LC8? Once you get it unscrewed, stick a wooden matchstick into the hole. It is small enough to slip in, and large enough to grip it.

    [​IMG]
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  11. andmoon

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    Learn to use chopsticks boys.

    Long sticks/wires/rods can reach into the black holes of the engine compartment or hold things that require the hands of a 3 year old.

    Secret assembly method in yapan. :D
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  12. RandyB

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    Bump.
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  13. greatnortoni

    greatnortoni Been here awhile

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    The welds on my R100GS/PD shift lever broke in Durango Co. I went into a body shop (since I am a body man) I knew they had a mig welder.
    They owner tried to sell me the place, building, tools, wrecker, antique mig welder and all!
    He seemed a bit put out by my choking after he told me the price.
    Greatnortoni:rilla
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  14. Jamming

    Jamming Desert RAT

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    Friend of mine had a 78 HD Sportster. Yea, I know an AMF POS. However this was 1980. We were out on a ride whn all of a sudden he comes to a stop. I'm thinking..not a freaking again.

    Turns out one of the voltage regulator wires chafed and shorted burning the wires. There was about 2 inches of wire left on 2 of them coming out of the regulator. I was thinking it was toast, but what the hell, had to give it a shot.

    I took the wires out of the rear turn signals, spliced it up, a bit of electrical tape and it ran. Got him home.

    Ever heard the old joke...Why do HD riders like riding with BMW guys?
    Got somebody along to carry the tools.
    Funny...now the HD guys don't need tools. Seems its the BMW's breaking down:lol3 ...
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  15. C Squared

    C Squared Now with TURBO!

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    I have built/repaired all sorts of vehicles with whatever is at hand.

    Asprin in Battery cells will work for awhile but will eventaully fail. I have done this on many ocasions and have even tested the results with proffesional tools! Batteries have ben made to last 6 months longer... Just a band-aid fix, but will work to get to the next pay check some times.

    Drainplug fell out of my R100R at 80MPH in S. MN. and shed al lof the Amsoil onto my rear tire:cry No fastener on the bike has the same size and pitch! Spare spark plug is the same size....wrong pitch...But will work with teflon tape for a few hnred miles until a proper fix is made and no threads were wrecked!

    Snaped a rear axel in my FJ40 Land cruiser deep in the woods...
    Removed the tire/wheel and replaced the drum brake and chained a tree to the frame behind the front tire and made a travois (sp) under the rear axel...
    Drove out of the woods maybe 5 miles with this. 3rd gear and up to 30MPH
    I have pics somewhere.

    I never freak out, just think and adapt.
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  16. homerj

    homerj 742 Evergreen Terrace

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    And not a wrench in sight large enough?

    Use two smaller wrenches and jam them into the larger space.
    Like this:
    [​IMG]

    It got me over Cottonwood Pass and down to Buena Vista. MC mechanic in town could only get 1/4 turn tighter w. his allen socket.
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  17. Grider Pirate

    Grider Pirate Long timer

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    Driving my Toyota from Tucson AZ to Rapid City, SD in August. 30 miles after refueling in Los Cruces, NM, said Toyota sputters and dies, like it ran out of fuel. I pull over, scratch my head for a while wondering WTF? I removed the air cleaner, and the site glass window in the float bowl, and it is by the O-Jesus, dry as a bone. Hmmmm. Full tank of gas, none getting to carb. Bummer. Scratch head some more. Light bulb comes on. I fly model planes. How do we get fuel to the motor? Run a little pressure into the fuel tank! This Toyota has a non-vented cap, and a charcoal canister under the hood. Hmmmmm. I found the line from the canister to the tank, and detached it from the canister. It wouldn't really reach anywhere, so I attached the radiator overflow hose to it, and some windshield washer tubing fit into that very nicely. I blew into the conglomertion of hoses, like blowing up a ballon, but stopped abruptly when I heard a "Poink!" from the tank. Fifteen seconds later, fuel is pouring out the site glass hole in the float bowl, that I hadn't thought to replace yet! Glass back in, Air filter back on, hose careully taped up and through the driver side window. I'm on the road again, running perfectly fine, except having to put a lungful of air into the tank every 15 miles or so!! The Hitchikers I picked up south of Sante Fe thought it was weird, but WTF, it worked! To hold the air, I closed the window on the tube, pinching it shut.
    The short version: I blew my Toyota from Los Cruces to Rapid City. :rofl
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  18. bwringer

    bwringer Gimpy, Yet Alacritous

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    OK, you win. Nothing more to see here, folks. Contest is over... :D
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  19. C Squared

    C Squared Now with TURBO!

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    Yup, I have done way strange stuff. but that is just too cool in a sort of Damn, who'd a thunk kinda way:D

    i mighta used air from the spare tire like old VW washer fluid but you da man for that there trick.

    I am going to tell my students about that tomorrow in class.

    Thinking outside of the box with knowledge from inside the box!
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  20. anonny

    anonny What could go wrong?

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    Driving my old Volvo sedan in pouring rain.... klunk.... and the wipers quit. I investigated and found the wiper motor had broken mounts and there was no roadside repair possible so I disonnected the motor and ran a rope throgh the windows and tied them to the wiper blades and made it home in manual mode.
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