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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by captaintaytay, Jan 21, 2017.

  1. Sporty45
    Joined: Jun 1, 2015
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    from NH Boonies

    They are great if you have enough room for you and it under the car, and oh yeah, NOTHING ELSE!!! I got so tired of trying to move around under a car and running into a tool or air hose and jamming the stupid thing that I finally stopped trying to use it, and just switched to a hunk of cardboard. A lot easier for me to just slide around on that!
     
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  2. 56sedandelivery
    Joined: Nov 21, 2006
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    Would that be a "rug" on your head, or a "rug" on the floor? Sorry, could't resist. But seriously, I have a wooden, wheeled creeper too, it sits behind a cabinet, and is NEVER used; takes up too much room under a car/truck, and it's just easier with cardboard. Cardboard gets dirty or wet, and gets thrown away, then replaced with "new" cardboard. I'll give away one of my little secrets. I have a spray can of silicone I use on the cardboard, sure makes sliding around easier. I am Butch/56sedandelivery.
     
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  3. clunker
    Joined: Feb 23, 2011
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    1. MASSACHUSETTS HAMB

    I have the same one. HF. I like it, but there are some design flaws. I filled it with spray foam so it's really rigid, but my concrete isn't smooth, so it shreds the wheels. I attached a bigger cushion for the headrest. One advantage is that it's really low. I use it all of the time, I makes it easier to zip around, couldn't live without one.
     
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  4. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 47,430

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    I made sure I built my shop (1993) with a smooth floor with no big seams, so I could use a creeper in it. I've been using one ever since. Wore out a few of them, actually.

    I have a foam cushion "Jeepers' Creeper" in the trunk of my "race car" that I use at the drag strip.
     
  5. joeycarpunk
    Joined: Jun 21, 2004
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    from MN,USA

    I don't care for them when you are trying to leverage a bolt and you can't anchor to keep from rolling. I use a rubber mat or cardboard.
     
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  6. B.A.KING
    Joined: Apr 6, 2005
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    LOL on the floor. The rug on my head is the only thing my wife of 35 years said i ABSOLUTELY could not do , that and the "WRAP" hair style
     
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  7. Creepers would be okay if they came with an e-brake...

    I've been using the same piece of perforated peg board for 30 years. So old I can't tell which is the shiny side. The holes let fluids out in case you make a mess or spill your beverage.
     
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  8. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
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    I am a creeper user. I have 3, one is a snap on that I have had since the eighties, one is lisle jeepers creeper I got at a garage sale 10 yrs ago and the last one is a bitchin tuck n roll job that was done by Fatluckys I bought it here on the Hamb back in the early 2000's. it is too nice to use so it stays in the house [​IMG]


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  9. Last time I used a creeper I was about 18 years old and was in the process of installing a new clutch in my 63 Falcon Sprint.

    It was a late Friday afternoon at Shaw's Shell Station where I was allowed to use one of the bays when the station closed at 6 PM.

    Marvin was the owner of the station and a family friend told me to lock the door when I left drop the spare key in the mail slot like I had done a few times in the past.

    Marvin left and I locked the door behind him and gathered the tools I
    needed to preform the task at hand,I rolled under the car and got to work,several times over the next half hour or so I eased back and forth on the creeper.

    I was almost finished and had just rolled out from under the car to drag the transmission under the car,and then it happened...

    If you recall I said I was 18 at the time and like most teenagers at that time,1968 most young guys avoided the barber shop like the plague so my hair was a little long and as I rolled under the car that final time my hair got tangled up in one of the wheels.

    I remember yelling a string of 4 letter obscenity's as I tried to to the best of my ability to back out from under the car, that was externally painful and the opposite direction was just as bad.

    I remember thinking that I am by myself and I can't get out,I'm stuck!

    Within a few minutes it occurred to me that I was going to have to reach my pocket knife and cut my curly locks to escape from the creeper and that is what I did,thankfully my knife was sharp.

    I was able to finish the job and left the station about 9PM,the clutch worked great and I had a bald spot on the back of my head.

    I haven't used a creeper since that night. HRP
     
  10. donno21
    Joined: Jan 31, 2015
    Posts: 94

    donno21

    I've got one of the fold-up adjustable head rest types. Used more as a seat then a creeper. Usually card board or my self inflating sleeping bag pad.
     
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  11. choptop40
    Joined: Dec 23, 2009
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    Never liked them , creepers are....creepy.....
     
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  12. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
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    The best creeper you'll ever have. $11.99 and you can make two 4'X4' if you wish. Not bad, 6 bucks a piece.
    [​IMG]
     
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  13. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
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    Apparently, the ability to drive a creeper is a rare skill.
     
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  14. Lebowski
    Joined: Aug 21, 2011
    Posts: 1,570

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    My brother-in-law had the carpeting in his home replaced several years ago and I just happened to stop by and see some of the scraps sitting out by the curb. There were two pieces of carpet about a foot and a half wide and eight feet long so I grabbed them. One is pretty filthy now so I'm thinking about retiring it and using the other unused one. No more cold concrete floors for me.... :)
     
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  15. vtx1800
    Joined: Oct 4, 2009
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    I fabricated my own creeeper back in the 70's, I used walnut for the rails with a piece of plywood down the center, many years later a friend of mine willed me his creeper (as well as other tools), he had wanted a creeper for years, hinted to his wife at the time that a creeper would be a great Christmas gift. He contracted terminal cancer, his wife left him, but, he did get the creeper he wanted even though he bought it himself. Everytime I use it I think of him. I am 72 years old and if the vehicle I am working on isn't high enough for me to use a creeper and don't even try.
     
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  16. About 25 years ago I had really long hair and had a situation like HRP had . I still have long hair, but I have a lift now . If I have get under a car I have 2x3x1/4plywood .
     
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  17. metalman
    Joined: Dec 30, 2006
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    Guess it's what your use to. I've be using creepers my whole life, still do. Yeah, the long hair in the wheels, I remember that, must of been a 70's thing.
    I must have 5 or so around the shop, all of them old, I pick them up at swaps or garage sales. Got tired of the new ones falling apart or the plastic casters breaking.
     
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  18. i.rant
    Joined: Nov 23, 2009
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    Moriarity's creeper is a "house queen" :rolleyes: too funny, it's damn nice though.:cool:
     
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  19. Raiman1959
    Joined: May 2, 2014
    Posts: 1,427

    Raiman1959

    I still use my old creeper most days....especially if I'm gonna be on the floor a while. I'm used to it by now, although I have replaced the wheels and head-rest with a bigger cushion....down side is I will never get used to it shooting out from under me as I'm twisting to get off....always happens!

    I've tried just lying on a carpet numerous times, but it hurts just too much body-wise with aches and pains to consider for more than a minute or two....my grandpa gave me my one-&-only creeper (snap-on) in the mid 70's....it's formed-to-fit by now I dare say;):D
     
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  20. slowmotion
    Joined: Nov 21, 2011
    Posts: 3,241

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    I probably have 4 creepers out in the garage. Dating back to the early 70s. I guess I'm just not a creeper kinda guy....
    Every time I've got on one I end up cussin' before it's all over. Call me a knuckle dragger, I'll get along with my piece of backed insulation just fine thank you. Don't knock it 'til you've tried it.
     
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  21. I've never used one, hell, untill this thread, I never even knew they were called creepers.
    I'd seen em, but don't know anyone down here that has em.

    Interesting to read the various replies, for and against.
     
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  22. I've never really liked creepers. Always hit my head rolling in or out. I always use these rubber backed rugs. They keep you dry and you can pressure wash them when they get too grimy.
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  23. manyolcars
    Joined: Mar 30, 2001
    Posts: 8,391

    manyolcars

    Got one, use cardboard instead
     
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  24. There is a product called a 'mechanic's creeper' or perhaps, a 'magic creeper'. It is a mat that rolls under you as you slide under a car much like a tractor tread rolls. They are absurdly expensive so I would not buy one but I'm curious if anyone has had experience with one and can offer an opinion on the functionality.
     
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  25. mike bowling
    Joined: Jan 1, 2013
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    Another long haired hippie freak who tried one, got my shaggy head wrapped up in it, and gave it away.
    I too am a big fan of cardboard- use it till it's filthy, THEN throw it away.
     
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  26. clunker
    Joined: Feb 23, 2011
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    clunker
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    from Boston MA
    1. MASSACHUSETTS HAMB

    Sign said "Long-haired freaky people need not apply"
    So I tucked my hair up under my hat and I went in to ask him why
    He said "You look like a fine upstanding young man, I think you'll do"
    So I took off my hat, I said "Imagine that. Huh! Me workin' for you!"
     
  27. Me and the creeper never did see eye to eye.....so I bought a 4 post lift many years back and have never looked back. Beats the hell of laying under any car. I just set on my stool with wheels and roll around under it. Plus it is a lot simpler to get up off of a stool then it is from the floor. When ya get my age it is a long way down to the floor and a lot farther up.
     
  28. B.A.KING
    Joined: Apr 6, 2005
    Posts: 3,693

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    UHHHH these creepers are pre 64 aren't they..............................just sayin ;<)
     
  29. squirrel
    Joined: Sep 23, 2004
    Posts: 47,430

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    One of mine is....
     
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  30. get the new carpet cut offs from my local carpet place.....what the dog and I use....toss them out ever so often....great for oil spills too !
     
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