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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ron Brown, Jul 30, 2019.

  1. Mike Colemire
    Joined: May 18, 2013
    Posts: 1,391

    Mike Colemire

    I have a 66 chevy carb, came on a 1966 327 300 HP if it'd help anyone. The 462 heads are dated April, 1966.
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  2. I use dish soap, sugar and no water

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  3. 59Tele
    Joined: Feb 5, 2016
    Posts: 129


    When stripping multi-layers of paint with paint stripper, cover it with Saran Wrap and let it sit overnight. If it's a small part, spread the wrap out on a flat surface, pour the stripper on and then place the part on it . bundle up the wrap and work the stripper around the part. This allows you to use a lot more stripper than just brushing it on. Large areas like a hood just pour it on and lay the wrap over it. Works great.
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  4. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
    Posts: 5,025


    When your hands are real dirty, grab some absorb all ( oil dry) along with your hand cleaner. Works great at getting through all that dirt and grease.

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  5. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
    Posts: 4,773

    sloppy jalopies

    If you use '35-'36 car or truck headlights and want to convert to sealed beams try using '40-'41 one ton light bezels, they are a little deeper and that hides the sealed beam retainer rings...
    the '40-'41 truck lights look to be leftover '35 car buckets...
    the truck lights are cool rod lights in their own right...
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  6. fourspd2quad
    Joined: Jul 6, 2006
    Posts: 776


    C77887FC-EFEA-46B4-867F-2F438DBE4574.jpeg This is pretty obvious but thought I would throw it out there. Drill a hole in the corner of those large solvent cans to get the ounce or so out of it.
  7. whitewallwilly
    Joined: Apr 2, 2012
    Posts: 208


    When I drill holes with a stepped drill like this I mark with a sharpie the diameter I need ,so I can see when I get to that diameter,,,it's so easy to over do things an end up with the wrong size hole
    Hope this is helpful
    Pete IMG_6301.jpg
  8. error404
    Joined: Dec 11, 2012
    Posts: 285

    from CA

    I made this to hold various size tubing to drill holes in to tubes on the drill press. But it works pretty good for other things too. Even works on thinner cutoffs like this, or even drilling holes into spheres

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  9. birdman1
    Joined: Dec 6, 2012
    Posts: 1,218


    I use an old lawnmower battery when doing the electrical wiring on building shot rod.
  10. solidaxle
    Joined: Jan 6, 2011
    Posts: 548

    from Upstate,NY

    Don't tell your wife how much you pay for stuff. Mine went to a high end furniture store and the salesman asked what she had for a budget. She said a "32" Ford budget. I paid twice for that car.
  11. stanlow69
    Joined: Feb 21, 2010
    Posts: 5,493

    from red oak

    When seeing if an upholstery shop is any good. Take a set of sunvisors and have them recovered. They are the hardest part of an interior to do. If they turn out nice, then they are good to go. If not, then find another shop.
  12. hotrodmano
    Joined: May 3, 2011
    Posts: 387

    from Norway

    Braided lines? You should now better !!! :D
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  13. whitewallwilly
    Joined: Apr 2, 2012
    Posts: 208


    When I'm drilling holes in panels inside the body I always have a telescopic stick magnet on the job,,I use it to pick up the metal swarf as I go,,,,saves if ending up in your knees if your kneeling in the car,and keeps it out of panel recesses etc,, IMG_6342.jpg

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  14. stivemorgan
    Joined: Sep 20, 2019
    Posts: 1

    from Detroit

    Hi everyone. I am new here. I like old classic cars and despite I don't have any of them it is great to see your projects :)
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  15. luckythirteenagogo
    Joined: Dec 28, 2012
    Posts: 1,265


    I totally agree with you on this. In one of my last houses, I was the guy a lot of my neighbors came to for help fixing everything. In return they pretty much let me do whatever I wanted. Going out of your way to help others pays off in many ways.

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  16. clem
    Joined: Dec 20, 2006
    Posts: 3,405


    I see a lot of tips for hand cleaners.
    For years I copied my father in laws idea of using laundry detergent straight out of the packet, with a little water.
    Please DO NOT do this as it takes the natural antibodies off the skin and opens your hands up to all kinds of possible infections.
    We have both had problems due to this.
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  17. Pallograph
    Joined: Sep 4, 2019
    Posts: 4


    Thanks for sharing all your ideas.
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  18. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,984


    Put a plastic bag over the magnet. When done picking up the metal shavings, just pull off the bag over a trash can and all the shavings fall in the can and the magnet is clean.
  19. 58 Yeoman
    Joined: Aug 7, 2009
    Posts: 467

    58 Yeoman
    from Lacon, IL

    A friend of mine had a 51 Ford PU that wasn't stock. I watched him put SS round knurled bolts into his drill press and file the knurling off while it was turning. He used the bolts for the under hood fender bolts. Looked great.
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  20. whitewallwilly
    Joined: Apr 2, 2012
    Posts: 208


    Like it,
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  21. boy_named_sue
    Joined: Apr 9, 2006
    Posts: 131

    from Dayton, OH

    Brilliant. I hate trying to scrape all those little metal shavings off the end of my magnet...

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  22. Mind = Blown
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  23. Lone Star Mopar
    Joined: Nov 2, 2005
    Posts: 3,096

    Lone Star Mopar

    Keep one of those magnetic parts dishes in the blast cabinet to hold small parts and hardware when blasting.

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  24. Doublepumper
    Joined: Jun 26, 2016
    Posts: 1,053


    Friction modifier has the most putrid smell of anything I can think of....well, almost anything;) It permeates right through the plastic container it comes in and will stink up anywhere and anything it's stored in. I keep mine inside a glass jar with a sealed lid....stank problem solved.
  25. vintage6t
    Joined: Jul 30, 2007
    Posts: 351

    from CT

    Tip 1: To stop dropped nuts, bolts, screws and other fasteners from hitting the hard ground a ricocheting into oblivion, put a bin with the bottom lined with foam, speedy dry, rags or whatever on the floor under your work area. The bin should be low maybe 5" high max and as wide and long as possible.

    Tip 2: When disassembling a car or some other component where the parts will be stored for a long time a lot of people use zip lock bags. A vacuum food sealer is better. 11" is max width but if you use make-your-own bags on a roll, you can make the bags any length you need. Just cut to desired length and heat seal both ends once the parts are inside. No need to use the vacuum function of the machine though. The seal is stronger than a ziplock, the bags are thicker and stronger and they take to labeling with a sharpie better too. I put all the parts from a given assembly in one bag.

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  26. sloppy jalopies
    Joined: Jun 29, 2015
    Posts: 4,773

    sloppy jalopies

    buddy named Wilson gave me a magnet on the end of a bent 3' handle... I call it a Wilson...
    really handy if you drop steel stuff...
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  27. Elcohaulic
    Joined: Dec 27, 2017
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  28. chiro
    Joined: Jun 23, 2008
    Posts: 936


    When rebuilding carburetors I lay out an old, out of service WHITE bath towel on my work bench. I then put every one of those little tiny parts on the towel as I disassemble in an order that represents their location in the body of the carb with the carb body arranged on the towel appropriately in the midst of the parts. I then take a picture of it all with my phone prior to putting the parts in the ultrasonic cleaner, The parts stay put on the towel, do not roll off into oblivion and are easy to see against the white background. The picture makes reassembly go easier. Learned this one from a friend. "Brians white towel method"
  29. eicke
    Joined: Jul 30, 2012
    Posts: 63


    Throw a magnetic parts dish in the bead blaster for small metal parts. Put them in the blaster on the dish. Close door. Hands in gloves. Grab parts. Blast. Put parts back on dish. Open door. Get parts. No falling thru grate. Happy days!

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  30. BJR
    Joined: Mar 11, 2005
    Posts: 6,984


    When using a trouble light, always use a compact florescent or better yet LED bulb. They run cool enough so if you splash anything such as gas or oil, it will not break and set the liquid on fire.
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