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Walmart HotRod Parts tech!

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Smokin Joe, Mar 1, 2004.

  1. HomemadeHardtop57
    Joined: Nov 15, 2007
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  2. B.A.KING
    Joined: Apr 6, 2005
    Posts: 3,637


    lol have you ever checked out (
  3. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 10,506

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    We are all doomed if this is a typical cross section of walmart customers :D
  4. ive just spent nearly the last hour just looking at that site hahahaha
  5. CruZer
    Joined: Jan 24, 2003
    Posts: 1,913


    I've made chrome exhaust tips from sink drain pipes bought at Wallyworld.
  6. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 10,506

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    And that is not something I would let the world know about :D
  7. luvzccr
    Joined: Dec 10, 2006
    Posts: 668


    anyone else come up with any ingenious things with dollar store or bathroom garnishings from lowes or anything, this is a cool thread
  8. Bobert
    Joined: Feb 21, 2005
    Posts: 820

    Member Emeritus

    Piece of chrome water supply pipe over a threaded piece of steel rod, thread a small window crank knob and the replacement directional signal stalk is complete. (Going back to the stock steering wheel.)

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  9. Dude I'm crying over here!!! That is AWESOME! At first I thought... "Nah, that old fashioned light bulb base looks kinda cheesy" but I would do this in a HEARTBEAT because I LOVE screwing with people!!!
  10. shoot....I thought this was just the way hotrods were built.

    My dad's been into hotrods continously since the 50s and his cars have always been filled with stuff like this. He's made more cool stuff out of junk than I can really remember, and I've been doing it the same way since I started doing my own wrenching in the 80s.

    Together, we've used countless yards of that shiny insulation from Lowes instead of the Dynamat type stuff. There's no doubt that Dnyamat is nice, but might as well be insulating with gold.
  11. NuckinFutz
    Joined: Jun 26, 2011
    Posts: 170

    from GA

    I've used roofing paper for gaskets. It makes good water pump gasket on my junk truck. The gasket outlasted the water pump!
  12. indyjps
    Joined: Feb 21, 2007
    Posts: 3,822


    last weekend needed a float bowl gasket for lawnmower, rubber gasket for sink diffuser (screw on screen on the bottom of water flow) perfect size
  13. How about toilet flexible hose for the headlights

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  14. Dapostman
    Joined: Apr 24, 2011
    Posts: 294


    Those little stainless pill cups from the dollar store make good velocity stacks. Plus olive oil is the best cutting oil I have ever found for cast iron, and used cooking oil will dissolve some of the worst grease and tar.
  15. SmoKerch
    Joined: May 23, 2011
    Posts: 123


    Only thing I buy at WallyWorld is His and Hers KY Jelly.
  16. That stuffs great on crackers or with peanut butter & bread but it's best on eggs.
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  17. Big Dan Style
    Joined: Jun 17, 2010
    Posts: 19

    Big Dan Style

    I have used 2 inch exhaust clamps as gauge pods. If you have a 2 inch gauge it fits perfect. Looks mint mounted under the dash. Stronger than that flimsy one that comes with the gauge.

  18. Don't forget the chrome LEGS egg shaped containers for your custom grille:cool:
  19. bobj49f2
    Joined: Jun 1, 2008
    Posts: 1,797


    I used the stainless hose from a shower head for the sheathing on the parking brake cables for my '37 Buick. BTW, I used garage door cable for the parking brake cable. Got both from the local farm supply store.

  20. Wow, I spent so much time reading all of this.

    So glad that someone mentioned using aluminum frying pans as disc break covers. I have seen that a couple times.

    One that 39sledge figured out (but hasn't piped up about) is using the light fixtures for those down lights works well for frenching lights. I don't know HOW to do it, but if you are interested I know he does.
  21. I’m a cheap bastard and I don’t care who knows it! :) I like my stuff to look good and to be dependable just like anyone else, and as long as “cheap” ALSO means “durable” I don’t care where it came from! I’m NOT paying $100 for something that I can get somewhere else for $10 after I wipe the dust off of it! I’ll be a dumpster-diver, curb shopper, and re-purposing expert as long as I live!

    I find a LOT of stuff for the cars and for the shop walking through the local Habitat for Humanity “Re-store” [FONT=&quot][/FONT] It’s a Thrift Store for building materials! If you use your imagination there is a BUNCH of cool hot rod parts and shop supplies in there! I’ve bought brand-new-in-the-box 8’ fluorescent fixtures in there for $10 each because the prismatic lens covers were slightly cracked, all kinds of industrial shelving, cabinets for the garage, pegboard, industrial enamel paint for $3 a gallon, the big 3’ x 5’ rubber backed / carpeted WELCOME mats for the floor in front of the side door, etc… I even carpeted the area around the workbench with brand new surplus industrial carpeting from there for about $25. Makes it NICE when you’re on your feet a lot or kneeling down working on something.

    The support arm for my old warehouse light is a chunk of swimming pool handrail with a stainless steel nipple welded to the end.

    My dash support, radiator supports, etc. for the 49 came from a set of portable bleachers that the local elementary school had sitting by the dumpster and written SCRAP on it…. LOTS of free 1” x 2” and 1” x 1” square steel tubing.

    The AC condenser supports under the flatbed on the 49 are actually bed rails from a crib!

    I’m cutting down this old beauty shop hair dryer that I found on the curb to use as an air filter housing. It says TURBINATOR on the tag! That oughta make people scratch their heads...

    For the garage:

    I used election signs & drywall screws for ceiling covering in the garage: Those 4’ x 9’ sheets of Coroplast are light enough that you can hold the whole sheet up with one hand to align it, the drywall screw stays put when you screw it in by hand to start it, and then a quick blast with the cordless screwdriver holds it there forever. It insulates, makes it brighter in there, keeps the dust from the parts in the attic from falling down onto the cars, AND it’s FREE. But DON’T take them until after the polls close on election night! It’s actually against the law to “tamper with the election process” and they DO take that stuff pretty seriously! Be quick though because the RC airplane guys also like this stuff to build planes out of and they’ll snag as much as they can carry too. It’s also GREAT stuff for making templates & patterns out of because it is dimensionally the same as cardboard but a LOT more durable.

    Thanks for salad bowl light reflector tip! I just picked up another traffic light that had been gutted and I was wondering what to do for reflectors! On the subject, I have a traffic light installed on one of those portable basketball hoop things that have the base that you fill up with water and wired it up to my security light. When you back down the driveway and stop in front of the garage you get a green light! Of course I didn’t BUY the basketball hoop, I found it while curb shopping in my neighborhood!

    WAAAAY off topic (well, it IS a very “traditional” 1950’s rancher!) but when we bought this house, they wanted something like $100 each for the 9 foot long curtain rods that we needed for the big windows in front. I bought some ½” metal conduit and some nice finials and brackets and painted it all with Krylon semi-flat black. The wife loves them! She hates being ripped off too! (wife happy = more garage time and more…)

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  22. rod rialto
    Joined: Apr 10, 2011
    Posts: 59

    rod rialto
    from rialto, ca

    If I can find the weight of oil or gear lube, coolant, pb blaster, etc, I get it at walmart. But beyond the consumables, I usually don't get anything from there for my cars.
  23. macs67
    Joined: Apr 21, 2010
    Posts: 76

    from oregon

    when i changed the tranny in my 67 c-10 i used a universal 4 sp. shifter & it hit the seat i had to get it completed and running again so i came up with this in a hurry, cost= spare wrenches how cool is that

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  24. macs67
    Joined: Apr 21, 2010
    Posts: 76

    from oregon

  25. haroldd1963
    Joined: Oct 15, 2007
    Posts: 1,154

    from Peru, IL

    I Love This Thread!!!
  26. herbet99
    Joined: Jan 16, 2009
    Posts: 194

    from Central NJ

    Love the hair dryer.

    I hope you incorporate the "Remove Before Flight" pin as well.
  27. the tap light is a great idea.

    great stuff guys.
  28. The Tackman
    Joined: Apr 11, 2010
    Posts: 42

    The Tackman

    This is a great thread. Thanks for all the great ideas.
  29. Trash bags for turnplates aligning a front end.
  30. chopped
    Joined: Dec 9, 2004
    Posts: 1,945


    Garage door handle. Chrome with a key, the square shaft works with a lot of cars. Get the single handle not the tee. Looks like it came with a 30's car.

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