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Projects Did You Ever Drop Something?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by ct1932ford, Oct 19, 2018.

  1. Have you ever dropped something on the floor and spend hours looking for it? Well today I started taking the Torque Tube out of my coupe to redo the driveshaft (that's another story).:rolleyes: Anyway the snap ring holding the speedo gear in place pops off and I hear it hit the ground. I spent the next hour and a half trying to find it. The good news, I cleaned all the dirt and spiderwebs from every corner of the garage. The bad news, I did not find it.:mad: I would probably still be out there if my wife had not called me for dinner. I know it costs a buck, but that is not the point.o_O Do You Know What I Mean.
    WTF, I need to know where it is!:confused::mad::(
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  2. Slopok
    Joined: Jan 30, 2012
    Posts: 2,501


    If you had cuffs on your pants look there, happened to me and found it when I when in for the nite!
    I once spent hours lookin for the pencil behind my ear!:rolleyes:
    Last edited: Oct 19, 2018
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  3. Deuces
    Joined: Nov 3, 2009
    Posts: 18,428

    from Michigan

    Got a horse shoe magnet???? Keep trying!!!! ;)

  4. I hear you Mark, that snap ring is probably spring steel and could be anywhere, look on top of things that are in the floor.

    Drag a magnet around the floor. HRP
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  5. Already did both those things!:oops: There is always tomorrow.;)
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  6. Jalopy Joker
    Joined: Sep 3, 2006
    Posts: 24,653

    Jalopy Joker

    have dropped small parts on the floor that end up in the entire opposite side of shop, or outside - hear that guys with the hi-tech decorative epoxy floors with color flakes embedded have added another level of the impossible to find the part world - have dropped a small part while working at work bench that ended up on intake manifold in car with open hood - worst is when a part drops and you do not hear it hit floor - ended up somewhere along frame or in suspension - why when I can not find the part and go buy a replacement always buy a couple extras, same with bolts
  7. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 45,366


    Nope, I've never dropped anything. Ever. Been tinkering with cars for 40 years or so, never once.
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  8. 40ragtopdown
    Joined: Jan 13, 2015
    Posts: 3,002


    Best way to find it is to buy a new one the old one will magically appear .
  9. Blu 67
    Joined: Dec 15, 2016
    Posts: 2

    Blu 67

    check the laundry machine.
    after the wash cycle
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  10. woodiewagon46
    Joined: Mar 14, 2013
    Posts: 1,578

    from New York

    And, if you do drop something, it will always land in the center of the car just out of reach!
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  11. Try moving house in 10 years. It worked for me.
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  12. Close, it was bothering me and I was thinking that when it hit the floor I heard it bounce twice then the third time was not as loud. I just went out to garage and looked in a laundry basket I put work clothes in and towels etc.. I did look in it before but did not remove the towels that were in it. There it was, now I can sleep tonight. I think it was HRP saying it could bounce high that got me thinking. Thanks All.

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  13. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,226


    shine a flashlight across the floor. *Across*
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  14. RaginPin3Appl3
    Joined: Mar 31, 2016
    Posts: 1,142


    I dropped a mr gasket valve cover bolt wing about 6 months ago and it's somewhere in the engine bay crammed into a crack or in a hole somewhere. I'll probably never see it again.
  15. 41rodderz
    Joined: Sep 27, 2010
    Posts: 4,222

    from Oregon

    Old Murphy and I go way back .:oops:
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  16. Barrelnose pickup
    Joined: Aug 20, 2008
    Posts: 992

    Barrelnose pickup

    I’ve actually purposely dropped another of what I dropped the first time and hoped it would land in the same spot! Still looking!
  17. studebakerjoe
    Joined: Jul 7, 2015
    Posts: 680


    I've found that a section of carpet under where you're working can keep some of those parts from rolling or bouncing too far.
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  18. deathrowdave
    Joined: May 27, 2014
    Posts: 2,116

    from NKy

    Arthritis has moved in , with heavy force . Years of manual labor , and doing stupid stuff like riding a scooter in the 20s for years , have taken its toll . Hell I can’t hear thunder or feel the heat of hell in my hands anymore . Old guys told me many many times you better slow down , and take care or yourself you will pay later in life . My thinkin was Later ain’t here so get the hell out of the way , I’ll do . I drop everything I touch at least three times before I get to work on it . It’s tuff using the Urinal at the Ball Park anymore !
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  19. partsdawg
    Joined: Feb 12, 2006
    Posts: 2,616

    from Minnesota

    I dropped a hint to my wife about a little something something.
    Does that count?
  20. 49ratfink
    Joined: Feb 8, 2004
    Posts: 17,591

    from California

    I dropped a 15 pound steel bracket down 3 floors of an elevator shaft once. we found it pretty quick though.
  21. Try having a shop with a gravel floor.

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  22. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
    Posts: 3,980

    from SW Wyoming

  23. I had a boss once that taught me to look at the floor when something dropped, it helps. The trick is to focus on the floor, with your eyes already focused at that distance, you will see which way the piece bounces and that will cut down the area you have to search.
    BTW, I still loose most of the shit I drop!
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  24. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
    Posts: 6,414

    from Nicasio Ca

    I could lose an anvil. Right now I'm missing a brake caliper, a 1-1/4" socket and a cordless drill.
  25. phoneman
    Joined: Dec 5, 2010
    Posts: 62

    from Missouri

    My cousin has a forensics lab and explained to me how he works with paint transfer evidence. He shaves a paint chip with a razor knife and looks at the layers under the microscope. I ask how he keeps from losing evidence. I said I routinely drop 3/8 bolt and tear the shop apart looking for it.
  26. GordonC
    Joined: Mar 6, 2006
    Posts: 1,873


    Have done it a lot! Had a broken bulb in the fog lights on the hot rod and removed the bezel and dropped the screw that holds it in place. Looked everywhere couldn't find the darn thing anywhere. Got so pissed I shut the shop down and went in for the night. Was in the garage the next day telling the wife I had dropped the screw and couldn't find it anywhere and she bends over and picks one up and says "Is it this one?" I swear I had looked everywhere! :D She claims men can't see anything below their peckers anyway!
    Last edited: Oct 20, 2018
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  27. I drop lots of hardware, most is pretty new and easy to spot. Roll the car back... nothing on the driveway. But give it a few days or more... it shows up on the driveway. Must get hung up on the chassis or cross member... or aliens bring it back.
  28. I usually just fire up the shopvac and start vacuuming the floor then I check the shopvac for it. Obviously that only works for small parts like nuts and bolts.

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  29. olscrounger
    Joined: Feb 23, 2008
    Posts: 3,741


    Happens alot with me! Look everywhere then call my wife to help-she usually finds it right away.
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  30. Glad you found it Mark, believe me I know how a simple thing and cause a sleepless night. HRP

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