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Technical Car guy? Could you do this crap and sleep at night?

Discussion in 'Traditional Customs' started by Lloyd's paint & glass, Dec 29, 2019.

  1. Lloyd's paint & glass
    Joined: Nov 16, 2019
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    Lloyd's paint & glass

    Trying to install a trans dipstick and found this. Blows my mind. People worry about where you buy your tools, there's no need in being an idiot. 20191229_190458.jpg Screenshot_20191229-191114_Gallery.jpg
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  2. Lloyd's paint & glass
    Joined: Nov 16, 2019
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    Lloyd's paint & glass

  3. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,517


    I would go over that car from top to bottom before driving it, after seeing what the previous owner did to it.
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  4. Lloyd's paint & glass
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    Lloyd's paint & glass

  5. 0NE BAD 51 MERC
    Joined: Nov 12, 2010
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    0NE BAD 51 MERC

    After 50 years of working on cars I could write a book. A VERY LARGE BOOK! :eek: And the worst part is many where driven like that! Larry
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    Joined: Jan 7, 2016
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    Nails hold houses together and lug nuts hold wheels on. What's the problem??:p
  7. RmK57
    Joined: Dec 31, 2008
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    Very creative that's for sure!
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  8. YOWZA!
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  9. thirtytwo
    Joined: Dec 19, 2003
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    I see a brake hose hanging so I’d guess everything was done just to make it steer on to trailer or around the yard
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  10. I have done similar things to get my Jeep and Pickup out of the woods. You can think up some crazy stuff when your miles from help, especially pre cell phone. Would not consider it as a permanent fix though.
  11. 1ton
    Joined: Dec 3, 2010
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    Holy deathtrap, Batman. We need to stop the Joker from working on cars.
  12. Lloyd's paint & glass
    Joined: Nov 16, 2019
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    Lloyd's paint & glass

    That's not the case. Yeah the brakes haven't been addressed. But i was told the steering is done. It's all good. I knew better. Trust that nothing leaves my shop that isn't 100%. I have a soul
  13. Lloyd's paint & glass
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    Lloyd's paint & glass

    Yeah so have i
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  14. arkiehotrods
    Joined: Mar 9, 2006
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    That is scary, this kind of scary!
  15. Used to be a lot more common than today.
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  16. The37Kid
    Joined: Apr 30, 2004
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    I've seen scary crap like that over the years, thankfully my mind has blocked the memory. Bob
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  17. hotrodjack33
    Joined: Aug 19, 2019
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    OK, I'm also guilty of using a nail as a cotter pin:eek:

    Was at an out-of-state car show with my old '32 and went to back into my spot...but it wouldn't shift out of drive...and the key wouldn't shut it off in drive. Had the wife get out and pull the coil wire. Somewhere, during the trip, I sheared the cotter pin off the bottom of the column shifter rod that hooks to the C6 trans linkage. Had the right replacement washer in my tool box, but no cotter I used a nail and bent it over. It's been in there for over 10 years now...forgot about it until I saw this thread:oops:. Hamtown Al now owns it...probably should mention it to him;).
  18. lostone
    Joined: Oct 13, 2013
    Posts: 1,358

    from kansas

    It's not the nail as the cotter key thats the problem, it's the fact thats there's NO nut first!! The nail is taking place of the NUT and cotter key...
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  19. saltflats
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 10,313

    from Missouri

    I have had people try to get me to do that shit.
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  20. 327Eric
    Joined: May 9, 2008
    Posts: 1,514

    from Diablo Ca.

    I have no problem with using a nail instead of a cotter pin. I live about 40 miles from a parts store. The lack of a nut, that scares me, though I have done my share of trail, or "nighttime ain't no time to be in this part of town" repairs
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    That whole car is scary, you definitely don’t want to meet it going down the road
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  22. Lloyd's paint & glass
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    Lloyd's paint & glass

    Believe i can fix it brother, it'll be ok
  23. Blues4U
    Joined: Oct 1, 2015
    Posts: 4,871

    from So Cal

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  24. Mr48chev
    Joined: Dec 28, 2007
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    Never saw a nail holding a stack of washers with no nut on before but I could have filled a pound coffee can with the nails I pulled out of spindles and steering linkage over the years.

    That one has a serious look of slap it together to get rid of it or pull it out of the garage or pull it out of the field where it had been sitting with the linkage apart.

    I'd check every inch of the car safety wise as you don't know what else you will find that is suspect.
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  25. Truck64
    Joined: Oct 18, 2015
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    from Ioway

    Even when a genuine this-is-the-real-deal honest Injun' cotter pin is used, I've seen them just stuffed and bent over, by professionals. It made me wonder what the deal was. I couldn't come up with a decent explanation.

    Either he was never taught how to install one correctly and he doesn't know how, or worse he knows how and he's lazy and just doesn't care? Neither answer is too comforting. It's not too much to ask for basic maintenance to be performed in a competent, workman or best practices manner.
  26. Lloyd's paint & glass
    Joined: Nov 16, 2019
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    Lloyd's paint & glass

    Well I'm over that "find him and choke the life out of his lying ass" moment and now it's just like oh well, 2 steps forward ya know. Hell yeah I've used a nail when i didn't have a cotter pin, but i used it to hold a castle nut! My fault for seeing a 57 wagon and not looking farther. No big deal. I'll fix it right. It's just proof that not everybody needs to work on cars.
  27. "I'll just botch it up to get me home...…" Famous last words.
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  28. BamaMav
    Joined: Jun 19, 2011
    Posts: 4,419

    from Berry, AL

    Like I said on the other thread, as long as it's a USA made nail, you're good to go!

    I've pulled many of them out of old pulpwood trucks, but they always had a nut under them!
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  29. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 2,243

    from NKy

    Well , I guilty in a sort of the same way also . Old big cube Harley ripped rivets out of the rear sprocket that holds it to the rear drum . Let out the old rocker , gas it up chain spinning like a hay bailer , and ain’t squat happening . WTH ! Tore it apart and an old Dude watched me , off the porch to the garage , he comes back hands me some nails and a hammer . “ Use these to get home , go a bit easy on her and she will not let you down . I’ve used them myself to fix her up and get home .” I shoved the nails in , bent them over , got her all back together . Lit the wick and eased her home . Nails replaced with bolts and extras in the bag from them on ! Amazing how easy it was to learn a good lesson years ago .
  30. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 13,774

    from oregon

    I think the previous owner was saving up for a replacement part from The Hoffman Group.
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2019

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