Your favorite Macgyver moments\tricks

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

  1. troidus

    troidus Long timer

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    Next time, if you have enough length, braid the strands for extra strength.
  2. willfreely

    willfreely Elderly Beligerant

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    This was 35 years ago. Now I'd probably leave it to AAA.:freaky Or AA.
  3. davsato

    davsato Been here awhile

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    worked on a suzuki DR650, might for other bikes too

    sump plug unwound and disappeared, spare spark plug goes straight in the hole
  4. leakypetcock

    leakypetcock Adventurer

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    Ever try pouring wet, clumpy sand through a 1.5" hole to put weight into the base of a portable hoop? Here's what I just did. Cut a 2 liter soda bottle into a funnel, stick in in the hole. Pop out the other cap in the base (mine had two) and attach your shop vac. Turn on the vac and start scooping sand into the funnel! The vacuum creates a...vacuum in the base, sucking the sand inside. I had to stop periodically and tilt/shake the hoop to distribute the sand but it worked great, I just stuck the vacuum hose right in to the second hole, without protruding too far and it didn't even pick up the sand.
    Viola, 150 Lbs of sand inside the base of the hoop. :clap
  5. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    I fixed a snapped throttle cable on a BMW car with a universal battery terminal. I cut the round end of the terminal that fits the large top post of the battery. This left a bar of lead where the battery cable was to be held by a steel plate bolted to the lead bar. I put one end of the broken cable on one side of the space for the battery cable and the other end of the cable in the other end. Tightening the plate held the broken ends in place.

    This was late at night in front of the Watergate Hotel in Washington, DC. for a customer about 25 years ago. He had two good looking babes with him and complained when I charged him $25. That was about how much a tow truck would've cost then.
  6. ibafran

    ibafran villagidiot

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    While it is an essentially good idea, there are some cautions. 1- The caps are notoriously leaky and weak. 2- Pouring fuel into/out of a "bag" is way more tricky than one might suspect. Ergo, practice using the bag with water until one has some ability before trying it with fuel. The bags are surprizingly tough but the caps are weak. I filled a bag with water and wailed on it and threw it around trying to break it when I first heard about this. The bag never broke but the caps failed plenty. Finding a good, strong sealing, replacement cap is difficult. The threads are not common to very many caps. Caps from certain anti-freeze containers fit well.
  7. westerlywinds

    westerlywinds Two Wheels-Ride it

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    Years ago while moving from Colorado to Connecticut in my 1948 Chevy 2 ton truck filled with my everything,the old carbon center coil wire gave out. I thought of robbing one plug wire and running five cylinders to the next town then I went over and cut 18" out of Mr Farmers fence put small loops in the ends bent it into shape to go from coil to distributor plugged it in and went about 40 miles to the parts store for new wires. When I was heading back to colorado in the same truck I put a new (used ) 250 six in the truck.Everything was all 6 volt so I put six volt generator on engine I couldn't use the 6 volt starter I kept the 12 volt starter added another battery holder under the hood taped a solar charger onto the roof and was ready I had battery to start for about two months. Once when I slept in a truck stop I put my multi meter on the battery I was getting 4 milli-amps from the big lights.
  8. Zombie_Stomp

    Zombie_Stomp Aspiring human

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    My band headlined a show where the drummer failed to contact me until we were about to go on. I called him up finally after several texts and he answers in a sleepy voice. He fell asleep after work! We had to give him and the snare drum and cymbal to the show, but the cymbal stand was missing! I grabbed a straight microphone stand, roll of duct tape and a shop rag. I taped the screwdriver, tip up, to the mic stand and stabbed the shop rag onto it in lieu of felt pads. Ready to rock! It worked. And yes, this belongs in the garage, because my band belongs in the garage :p
  9. Oldschoolorange

    Oldschoolorange Adventurer

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    I disassembled forks, cleaned up and replaced seals about a month ago on my klr. the new seals I put in were old and hard, I did not have access to new ones at the time and was in a hurry so I used them anyways. By the end of the week they were both leaking. I purchased new seals and used a bicycle pump to put enough air into the shocks to pop the old seals out. Jam new ones on and top up fluid. 2 fork seals in less than an hour.
  10. Mgbgt89

    Mgbgt89 Long timer

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    I was riding in my car a few weeks ago (girlfriend was the sober driver) and the passenger side window regulator decided that it was retiring from its duties. It fell in a very hilarious manner, especially to the car full of people who all but the driver, were well over the legal limit. Perfect timing. This car is always ready to provide a laugh.

    Luckily ford was thoughtful enough to provide you with an inspection window, to access the inside of the door without the hassle of removing the door panel. It makes it a bit drafty, but was handy in this instance. Looped a cam lock strap under the glass, up over the door frame. Bam! Instant window regulator. Works better than the day i bought the car.

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  11. trailer Rails

    trailer Rails Long timer

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    My work van has two bad regulators. It is pretty annoying.
    I think your fix is going to leak a bit when it rains.
  12. tgeliot

    tgeliot Topher

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    Might cause some rust! :rofl
  13. Mgbgt89

    Mgbgt89 Long timer

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    This car already leaks like crazy through all the rust holes, one more leak isn't going to hurt it.
  14. Flyboy52219

    Flyboy52219 Adventurer

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    Alternator went out on friends 95 BMW K75 on a trip from Detroit to Niagara/Toronto. We spent 5 hours running to the next big town to try and solution a fix. Pulled the headlight plug to conserve power. Strapped a car battery to the Pillion with hefty wire running to the battery so it would power the injectors. Got him through the weekend (with some stops for charging) all they way back to the border when something else fried. He picked up the bike next day...at least it was less than 40 miles from home.

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  15. Toysoldier

    Toysoldier Adventurer

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    i was slowing down for some lights and the clutch bolt fell out.

    so i could not stop without stalling as i could not pull the leaver in.

    first thing i think was keys and put a get in the space with my huge bunch of keys then stopped, carryed on to work and sorted it there haha.



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  16. AK Oldman

    AK Oldman WANDRN

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    I was getting my ATV, 2002 Polaris Sportsman 700, ready for a week long camping trip. The destination was 525 miles from home. The afternoon before our departure I notice the brakes are pretty weak. A quick checked revealed good pads, just need to bleed them. No DOT 3 at the house so I have my wife pick some up on her way home. I was busy packing the toyhauler and decided to take care of the brakes the next morning before we head out.

    Next morning I pop the top off of the master cylinder and notice it is almost empty. Hmmmm. I fill it up and have the wife pump it a few times while I head to the back to bleed the rear caliper. Every time she pulls the lever I hear a disturbing hiss. Close inspection shows the brake line has managed to end up next to the prop shaft and the shaft has worn a hole in the line.

    I go into the house and call the local dealer. Not in stock, must order one. I called every dealer along my route south from Fairbanks and it was the same with each one, not in stock, must order, and OBTW, it won't be up here from the Lower 48 any time soon. SIDE NOTE: My rear caliper is actuated by the foot pedal or by the front brake lever. It actually has two brakes lines going to it. I needed the one coming from the front lever. It doesn't do you confidence much good when you have to explain the system to all but one of the parts counter guys you talk to and they have the disgram in front of them!

    Anyhow, I am supposed to take off in an hour or so and must have a functional ATV for the trip. The rear brake works with the pedal but it's not stopping you anytime soon. I must have my front brakes but can't as long as that rear line has a hole in it. I thought maybe I could cap the line but it is 1/2 the diameter of anything I might have in the shop. Running into the caliper it is a flexible hose but it mates with a steel line running from a junction block up front. They told me I would have to order the whole assembly, can't just get the flex line I need. So, I pulled the seat and air filter housing to se just how the line was routed. Turns out is runs right along the frame up top. Grabbed a flat sided body work dolly and a BFH and beat on that thing until the steel line was completely flat for about a 4 to 6 inch length. A quick check with the lever showed lots of front brake with no leak at the rear. The rear pedal works great, front lever works great. I may never order that $87.00 brake line!:evil
  17. HaChayalBoded

    HaChayalBoded Brooklyn Bored

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    I'm very happy this thread is still going. Here's my Macguyver trick for today.


    So a friend of mine calls me, she needs to borrow a few bikes for today for the parade. I say sure.

    Her main bike, an FZ1 has a blown electrical system, she installed the battery backwards and fried everything.

    We pick up one bike, bring it to her place.

    While there I check her FZ1.

    Turns out the main fuse is out, she thought she checked all the fuses, but Yamaha in their ultimate wisdom uses a PAL fuse for the main fuse. Do you know where to pick up a PAL fuse locally? I sure as shit don't (dealers aren't open Sunday and Monday) unless of course someone here knows of one which is? Maybe a Marine or boat supply place....

    So she drops me off at home where I do some MacGuyvering on the fuse. Let's crack this stupid looking thing open. Lets see, all it is is two female .316 spade connector mated together. The mating portion was snipped IE blown.

    LIGHT BULB, let's weld em back together. :evil

    Oh wait my friend borrowed my welder, and it's 3am......

    I have jumper cables, got a penny? See if you have an older one, those have more copper in em. (In hindsight I think a nickel would have been better).

    Great, 1968 penny, a classic.

    Pop your hood.

    What for?

    Just pop the hood. :1drink

    Clip metal together with needle nose pliers, connect negative jumper cable around needle nose pliers to keep it all together.

    Connect penny to positive cable.

    Connect other end of jumper cables to car battery.

    Buzzzzzzzzzzzz, I'm blind, buzzzzzzzzzzzzz, voila done. MacGuyver taught me well.

    Fuse works....wonder if it will still blow as intended?

    Anyway, just in case, does anyone have one of these stupid things around? in 50amp? Oh, we'd need it literally within the next 2-3hrs (in Redhook Brooklyn).

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    I just finished making a loop with 10 gauge cable as well as two short sections with a .316 female spade on one end and a 1\4" spade on the other and I should have a couple of standard 40 amp fuses lying around, basically a makeshift fuse holder.
  18. ag_streak

    ag_streak Tiene Ruta Cuarenta?

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    Wish I had pictures, but once I made a thermostat cover gasket for a Toyota in a snowy parking lot out of cardboard coated on both sides with rubber cement. Lasted for weeks.

    And once my bro and I were out in our canoe after dusk, and we sheared the shear pin on the 5-horse outboard. We paddled to a remote area that had a (closed) bathroom building. I kicked a wooden handrail to withdraw the nails, then placed a key between the point of the nail and the post, and kicked the board back into place, extracting the nail, which made a great, if un-shearable, shear pin.
  19. CBoy808

    CBoy808 Adventurer

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    I carry zipties with me all the time. They work great for everything. Hose Clamps, replacing small bolts if they fall out/off. Its better than duct tape! :rofl
  20. westerlywinds

    westerlywinds Two Wheels-Ride it

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    Years ago while hunting in S.W. Colo the wheel cylinder blew out in the front of the 1947 Ford pick-up ending pressure to all the wheels. I found a small nail in the glove box, took the hose off the backing plate put the nail in the hose and TIGHTENED it . that left three wheel brakes kind of grabby and pulled left but let us get back to town.:D