Your most succesful inappropriate use of an object

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by kenny61, May 2, 2011.

  1. kenny61

    kenny61 Crazy Idiot

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    I was follwing my recruiter to wheerver we had to go to do some recruitment stuff. Shifter broke in NYC traffic. stuck in 2nd 318 3spd dodge ramcharger.. looked over saw some vise grips.. while slipping the clutch like crazy in stop and go traffic unbolted the trans cover. removed broken shifter and linkage. attached one grip to each shift shaft and figured out what did what.. she said y fell behind for a minute what happened.. ohh nothin, just a lil shifter problem
  2. Cuttle

    Cuttle me? what?

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    that's a really nice job - and a great idea :clap
    you should post it here
  3. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    Yeah I start that thread but I don't want to "Contaminated" with my own postings :ricky
  4. Ricardo Kuhn

    Ricardo Kuhn a.k.a. Mr Rico Suave

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    Not my work but oh man this is amazing stuff

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  5. Ardyjay

    Ardyjay Been here awhile

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    "A GM two stroke has a pressurized crankcase, so the hole had to be sealed."
    Actually, they don't have a pressurized crankcase, in the sense of other 2 strokes- just the air box. They have a roots blower for cylinder scavenging. They'd sure as hell throw all of the oil out of a hole like that, though.

    Back in the late 70's, I worked as a bus mechanic, on Jimmies. One time I had a call for a bus with no air on the on ramp to the Lions Gate Bridge from West Vancouver - just before rush hour. With no air the spring brakes dump and it was stuck, partially blocking traffic. Usually this was caused by a stuck spitter valve but this time the compressor had packed it in. In a bit of a desparate situation, I popped the cap of to look at the discharge valves (little plates). One cylinder had swallowed its valve and holed one of the 2 pistons.The air from the good cylinder was going through the piston into the compressor crankcase. I bummed a quarter from the driver and it popped nicely into the place of the missing valve, and put it back together. This allowed the good cylinder to pump and air up the bus, and he drove it back to the yard. Impressed the driver so much he never even asked for his quarter back. :D
  6. urbanXJ

    urbanXJ Long timer

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    I attached a vibrating pager to the end of a metal cigar tube with tape.

    Used it on the wife
  7. Tallboy

    Tallboy hiding in the tallgrass

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    My old mower - used it growing up, suffered through my brother & I's stints through college (7yrs apart) and 7 years after school. It's currently being loaned out to the new kid at work that can't afford a mower of his own...problem is that the handle is way too low to the ground...and I'm even short.

    Solution - some old bicycle parts & zipties:
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    A college fix when the handle mount broke, was rewelded and needed a new fastener & washer - a Miller Lite cap, I believe.

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    :1drink
  8. DirtyOldMan

    DirtyOldMan Long timer

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    Soft bag rack,

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  9. assquatch20

    assquatch20 Hoss Cat

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    As cheap as that is, it's brilliant to me.
  10. kubiak

    kubiak Long timer

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    i like that idea, simple and reliable!
  11. groundrules

    groundrules Long timer

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    I should have taken some pictures, but i just hacked up an old desk chair from my office that was destined for the dumpster and made it into an awesome shop stool. The back was busted, so I removed that, took the arms off, and put a spot weld on the mechanism that used to allow the chair to recline back a bit. This keeps it from dumping me off. It rolls around the shop, great for working on the bike when it's on a lift, moves up and down, and gives me a comfortable place to sit and drink beer while I contemplate what I just screwed up on an expensive machine.
  12. DirtyOldMan

    DirtyOldMan Long timer

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    Drain pipe pto guard.

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  13. kenny61

    kenny61 Crazy Idiot

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  14. assquatch20

    assquatch20 Hoss Cat

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    I'd push a big stick against it while running to make sure it doesn't just chew through the pipe and get whatever's rubbing, but looks pretty damn clever.
  15. Dexter2811

    Dexter2811 Been here awhile

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    Sadly there is no pics but a friend of mine crashed his car, not too nasty but hard enough.

    Used a ratchet strap and a lighting post as a "power" to straighten the car... next day used the same strap and a tree to straighten the back side...
  16. sieg

    sieg Wearing out tires......2 at a time, day after day.

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    And a turn buckle for a check chain :clap
  17. janeuner

    janeuner Get Some

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    Been there, done that.

    Also once used a US Navy lanyard to remount a busted exhaust after a high-speed leap over some railroad tracks. The fix lasted through the several more months it took the owner to finish totaling the car. :rofl
  18. DirtyOldMan

    DirtyOldMan Long timer

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    "Check chain" huh? Thank you. If i had known what that part was called I might have bought one instead of doing the hardware store fabrication.
  19. beemerkid

    beemerkid Do you ADV

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    After a little spill on my ducati I found that the factory bars were over $100 :eek1. So I bought a set of triumph bars that I liked the bend of but they were ever so slightly too thin for the clamp, so I just cut up a couple of soda cans and "custom formed" them to the shape of the bar. Its still working like a champ a few years later.
  20. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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    You learned this from Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance?