Your favorite Macgyver moments\tricks

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

  1. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    Try flattening out the cardboard box it came in and lie on that. I have covered the floor of my side of the garage with cardboard. It's warmer, softer and easier to slide around on than concrete, and if you spill oil on it you toss it and start prowling around Best Buy or Costco parking lots for used TV boxes.
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  2. Marco Moto

    Marco Moto Voyager

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    Eat your heart out, McGyver!

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  3. MiteyF

    MiteyF Long timer

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    That caulk gun is definitely getting stored somewhere in my tiny brain for an emergency.
  4. willfreely

    willfreely Elderly Belligerent

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  5. BillsR100

    BillsR100 Happy Paleoflatus

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    Follow up on my last post above..
    It's been 3 weeks since I "restored" the battery and the battery is still working perfectly. (I'm surprised)
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  6. rebake

    rebake Long timer

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    Surprised or shocked?
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  7. willfreely

    willfreely Elderly Belligerent

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    Doubt if he's shocked.
    He seemed pretty grounded.
  8. MiteyF

    MiteyF Long timer

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    Can't be shocked if you're not first grounded.

    I suppose that applies to life in general though.
  9. Anjin455

    Anjin455 Riding on the company dime

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    key rings work too. have had one on my leather jacket for years
  10. theothersean

    theothersean dirty boy

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    +1
    I usually put them on my riding jacket , camel back , tank bag, back packs, winter coats etc.
    key rings are a lot easier to maneuver with gloves on than the stock zipper pulls.
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  11. Richy

    Richy Long timer

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    My neighbor picked up an old Triumph that’s been sitting around for years and wanted to know how to debuts the tank. I told him to put some nuts and bolts in it and solvent and rotate it, like a lot of people do.
    Later, he came by and showed me a video. He said he hand shook the tank for about five minutes, then strapped the tank into his dads small electric cement mixer and let it rip. I saw the vid and it worked great!
  12. Wentwest

    Wentwest How's that work?

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    Many, many years ago I lived in a place where we did not have a washing machine. Several people would put their dirty clothes in a milk can, add water and soap, seal it up and tie it into the corner of a flatbed stake truck we had, and let the can stay there for a few days as the truck was used to do whatever it is trucks do, over rough, winding mountain roads. Worked great.
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  13. X-wing fighter

    X-wing fighter Do or Do not, There is no try!!!!!! Supporter

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    So there I was! Iraq 2008. My team responded to a dump truck bomb explosion in a little village. As we were leaving, I ran over a piece of mangled angle iron from the explosion that jumped up and cut the radiator hose on my uparmored HMMWV. The truck behind reported fluid gushing out from my truck. We moved about 10 miles down the road and set up a hasty secure perimeter.

    I jumped out and assessed the damage. I grabbed zip ties and a large zip lock baggie. Before I could start work, I had to reestablish satellite coms. I threw the umbrella antenna to my gunner, pointed at the horizon and yelled "point the antenna there!". I crawled under the truck with the radio all the while looking at the signal strength and yelling which direction to point the antenna. As soon as I had contact I passed the radio out to the boss man so he could call in our situation report. I wrapped the baggie around the hose, put on 10 or 15 zip ties and rolled out from under the truck. I grabbed a water can off the back and filled the coolant tank, started the truck and continued filling. I think it took almost 5 gallons! Checked the leak and it was dripping a little but not gushing! I put away the antenna and radio, jumped in the truck and away we went!

    We drove 100 miles back to our Base! Truck never got hot and the reservoir only dropped a little. A ziplock baggie and 10-15 zipties saved the day!

    Oh, total time we stopped while I repaired......4 minutes! I truly channeled MacGyver that day!
  14. Baroquenride

    Baroquenride Everyone dies, but not everyone truly lives.

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    ^ So much like!
    I was there once before, and once after you.
    Except now that I think about it, you were probably there the whole damn time assuming you're Army. :baldy:becca
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  15. X-wing fighter

    X-wing fighter Do or Do not, There is no try!!!!!! Supporter

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    Only went 3 times.
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  16. Anjin455

    Anjin455 Riding on the company dime

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    I noticed that the fork seal on my AT was leaking while riding back from Missouri last week.
    Quick fix: cut a pop bottle into a hook shape and fished the dried bug guts out of the seal, poof no more leak.
    Might fix it, might not, worth a shot though.
  17. Black Hills

    Black Hills Long timer

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    Works more than half the time for me.
  18. KeithinSC

    KeithinSC Long timer

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    I have a stash of old developed 35mm film I keep in the shop for exactly the same trick.
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  19. surferbum

    surferbum Been here awhile

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    Exhaust shield went missing and left two quarter-sized holes where it attached to the exhaust pipe. This started the left pant leg. Original vs Mcgyver shxt-rig.

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    Note this pic is of a 2014 vs 2012 bike

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  20. Mucka

    Mucka Been here awhile

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    I think your motivation was higher than most!!!