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Whats the best "trick" or tech tip a mentor showed you?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by The Mandrill, Jan 11, 2010.

  1. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
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    goldmountain

    Drilling a hole upwards under a car, place a floor jack under the drill. Works like a drill press.

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  2. Bandit Billy
    Joined: Sep 16, 2014
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    Always put the booze in the glass first, there's always room for mixer.
    If you think that was off topic, you don't build cars in my garage. ;)
     
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  3. Big_John
    Joined: Mar 28, 2006
    Posts: 327

    Big_John
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    from Upstate NY

    Dropped a hard contact lens down a hotel drain years ago. The hotel maintenance guy showed up with a shop vac and borrowed a sock from me to put over the nozzle and sucked the lens out of the drain. I tipped him well...

    To keep it on track for automotive use, you can do a lot of the same things with a shop vac. I used one the other day to drain a heater core in my almost off topic '65 Barracuda before pulling it out through the interior. Drained all the antifreeze out with no fuss and then no drips on the new carpet.

    I removed a headliner last year(same car) that had several mouse nests in it. Made slits and stuck the shop vac in to suck the nastiness out before tearing the headliner out. Saved me from making a huge mess. (Always wear a mask etc. when handling mouse nests)
     
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  4. SMLBound
    Joined: Mar 31, 2018
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    SMLBound
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    My father was a professional mechanic, taught me many tricks over the years but the one I use the most is this: I have a stuck bolt I can’t break free? Instead of trying to loosen it, try to tighten it instead. Any movement, and the bolt will usually then loosen freely. I’ve used it a hundred times. Thanks Dad.


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  5. David Gersic
    Joined: Feb 15, 2015
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    David Gersic
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    from DeKalb, IL

    Clean everything. Any old part you’re going to re-use, clean it first. Any area you’re working in, clean it. New parts straight out of the package, clean off any residue from manufacturing and shipping. Clean parts work better than dirty parts.


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  6. Don't know if it's been mentioned [refuse to read 23 pages of tricks] but a buddy showed me to use a long 3/8th bolt in the front motor mount hole [55-57 chev car and truck] in a SBC to temporarily hold the fuel pump pushrod in place while swapping out a fuel pump. Don't forget to remove the long bolt and replace it with a short bolt or you'll have a massive oil leak.
     
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  7. oldpl8s
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
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    The little reds tubes for carb or brake cleaer fit nicely into termite holes. Give it a blast and it fills the galleys and you'll often see it come out a hole 6 inches away.
     
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  8. oldpl8s
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
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    Changing the timing chain on my Ford pickup. To loosen the crank nut I put a socket on the nut then wedged a big breaker bar under the frame and tapped the starter. Off it came.
     
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  9. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
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    goldmountain

    Don't try this trick on a Honda Civic that rotates the other way. Ask me how I know.

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  10. Errr, how do you know??
     
  11. irishsteve
    Joined: Jan 10, 2017
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    irishsteve

    How to tin,and work lead.
     
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  12. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
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    Put a key to your car, if it lockable, behind your tag. You can use a quarter to remove the tag.This has saved my butt several times on my OT daily driver. Can’t drive the car, but can open the door, to retrieve the keys you lock up inside. Might not be the best idea on a hot rod that doesn’t have a computer key. But on most hot rods there is many places to hide a key.



    Bones
     
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  13. pecker head
    Joined: Nov 8, 2006
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    My mentor taught me : Don’t tell me what your gonna do, show me. And I live by it.
     
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  14. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
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    I learned this one my self, won’t be able to use it much longer. I like to heat my bearings to make them go on the shaft easier, an old trick that all of us know, but the way I do it is the trick. I place the bearing on my old incandescent drop light and take a break. In about twenty minutes the bearing is the right temperature to press on.



    Bones
     
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  15. When installing new races into a rear axle housing, I put the races in the freezer first. when they are truly cold, grease and tap them in place with a brass drift.
     
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  16. When you are arc welding, always weld naked so as not to catch your clothing on fire.
     
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  17. goldmountain
    Joined: Jun 12, 2016
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  18. s55mercury66
    Joined: Jul 6, 2009
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    s55mercury66
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    from SW Wyoming

    I will tell you the tip that has made me the most cash over the years is to use less hardener in body filler. It will sand easier for a lot longer time, when minutes really count.
     
  19. blowby
    Joined: Dec 27, 2012
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    blowby
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    from Nicasio Ca

    Cut a diagonal tip on a paper match to fill rock chips with touch up paint.

    Keep old wrenches to bend, grind and cut for tight clearance bolts.

    Use playing cards put between tire and rim to paint rim.

    Bolt long stud to hole in bracket to hold while painting. Clamp in vice until dry.

    Poke a hole in cap of empty plastic oil quart container. Insert vacuum tubing, use for fuel priming.

    Cut the tip off large crescent wrench, grind to flat blade for emergency tool kit use.

    Put trash bag over shop stool for clean seat.
     
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  20. oldpl8s
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
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    I need to prime the carb when the car sits for a while so I drilled a small hole in the air cleaner over the carb and cover it with a magnet. It saves having to unscrew the air cleaner, but won't win points at Pebble Beach.
     
  21. wsdad
    Joined: Dec 31, 2005
    Posts: 1,252

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    My Dad's choke broke. So he ran some vacuum tubing from a hole on the top of the air cleaner to a hole in the dash. Then he squirted gas into the hose with a windex bottle filled with gas.

    I guess I'm not really offering this as a tip to try. It's just, your story reminded me of it. Let's just call it an anti-tip for smokers.
     
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  22. atch
    Joined: Sep 3, 2002
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    atch
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    Bringing this back to the top.

    Mark the male and female ends of your extension cords with the length. Black or silver sharpie as appropriate. When they are all coiled up you'll know which one to choose based on the expected use and location.

    But mostly to bring this back up top.
     
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  23. anthony myrick
    Joined: Sep 4, 2009
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    removing bearing races with a welder
     
  24. Finn Jensen
    Joined: Dec 20, 2008
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    Finn Jensen
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    I assembled the SBC 388 that's now in my 37 ford in 2003. I used all first-class new parts, so I was shocked to discover the rear-main seal dripping oil after engine installation. In disgust, I pulled the engine back out and mounted it on my engine stand for inspection. I pulled the pan, and could not find any root cause for the seal to leak -- the seal appeared perfect. I went ahead to replace the seal anyway. But now apprehensive about possibility of the seal leaking again, and frustrated to not find a tangible cause.

    Before re-installation, my engine-builder buddy suggested to do what he called "an old Smoky Yunick trick." He had me fill the engine with oil on the stand, and then over-fill it by about a quart. He then had me use the cherry picker to pick-up the engine by the nose and hang it nose-up vertical. He had me place a drip pan under the rear seal to check for leaks and let it sit like that overnight. He said if the seal would leak again, it would have to happen now.

    The next morning, no sign of a leaking seal. So I installed the engine. That was sixteen years ago, and it never leaked again.
     
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  25. Doublepumper
    Joined: Jun 26, 2016
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    I don't like to struggle with stuff, so have lots of tricks I use to get things done easier and use the tools I have on hand. A couple of my faves is to use valve grinding compound on the driver tip to remove tight or buggered up screws. Use the thin clear vinyl from packaging over the heads of painted or chrome bolts and nuts to keep from messing them up while tightening or loosening. Another one I really like and use nearly every day, is to loosely tie a length of cord or small dia. rope with a loop at each end to my extension cords and hoses. After coiling them up, slide the loop to a point where you want the extension cord or hose to hang, wrap the short length of cord a couple wraps and feed one of the loops through the other. Then you can hang the extension cord/hose on a hook/nail/screw using the exposed loop.....saves room and keeps the extension cords wrapped so they don't un-coil.
     
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  26. Rusty O'Toole
    Joined: Sep 17, 2006
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    I just loosen the wing nut and pour gas in the depression. It runs right in.
     
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  27. Boneyard51
    Joined: Dec 10, 2017
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    My Dad taught me to just turn the engine over a couple of times and wait on an engine that has not been started in a while. That “ loads “ the fuel pump, the spring will push the fuel into the carburetor. After a moment turn the engine over a couple of times and wait again. Do this a couple of cycles, pump the gas....the engine will fire right up and your battery still has enough power to start the car.

    If drill a large hole with a hand held drill motor, take a piece of small chain and go around what your drilling, then hold the chain up along the drill, then stick a large/long screw driver through the appropriate link and pry against your drill to get better leverage. .... portable drill press!




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  28. MantulaMan
    Joined: Jun 19, 2018
    Posts: 40

    MantulaMan

    Use a trigger spray to bleed brakes, just fabricobble something to attach the tube to the bleed nipple. You need a decent length of clear tube before the trigger spray so you can see the fluid coming out. Just spray the fluid that comes out into a container.

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  29. Jimbo17
    Joined: Aug 19, 2008
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    Always measure the length of your bolts and the diameter before installing them.
    This lesson cost me a few thousand dollars and a great running 350 engine when I changed the starter motor and did not measure the bolts!
    Metric and standard bolts are different. Chevrolet starter motors from the late 70's to the mid 80's used both metric and standard so check them before installing them and torquing them down unless you want to crack your engine block.
    Jimbo
     
  30. MantulaMan
    Joined: Jun 19, 2018
    Posts: 40

    MantulaMan

    You're lucky if you only have two types of bolt! my car has UNC, UNF, Metric and standard. I have two sets of thread pitch gauges and a chart to look up what the bolt is.

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