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Old June 21st, 2008, 11:52 AM   #1
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I've seen quite a few things since I've been here.
Thought it would be cool to show things we've made in a pinch or just cuz we didn't want to buy a special tool for an outrageous price, especially when it's a rarely used item.

Today I have 3 to start.

He's been messing with the releif plugs this week and has been complaining it's a real pain to get them out and put them back~
and usually the slots are screwed up too~ so~

and he made~

quite handy when you are trying to do them with engine STILL in the car!

he needed to go get some things at the local hardware store, only wheels available is the bay. Well, I just did new covers last weekend and oh you know, ya been in the garage, yeah just a lil dirty~
next time you are up town, go to the baby section and get a fitted crib sheet, it will slip over any seat~



high backs too

just remember what side you use for the next time :)

and the parts he needed were to make or remake a breather box. Thinks dragon is leaking from too much internal pressure (well he did have a skinny lil pipe from the oil fill ) so he remade it and now dragon has a cute lil red filter on the side.


took some leftover window screen to make baffles




not perfect, but logically should do the job, we'll find out tomorrow!


So what have you done ?
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Old June 21st, 2008, 12:22 PM   #2
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I don't have a pic of it but the spare tire on my Dakota is located under the truck. Well you need a special tool that came with the jack to lower it. Since there was no jack with my truck and I always have a socket set in the truck, I just welded a socket to the shaft on the "lowering thingie". Now i just use an extention through the hole in the bumper and a socket wrench.

Works great!!
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Old June 21st, 2008, 01:04 PM   #3
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I made this to remove the busted plastic fuel pump spacer. You know the part that breaks all the way down by the dist. drive. Worked great.
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Old June 21st, 2008, 01:06 PM   #4
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purplemyth, that breather is a clever idea. Let us know how it works and if it does, I'll do the same to mine.
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Old June 21st, 2008, 01:07 PM   #5
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Bugpack breather box looks amaxingly like a wiring access port for conduit.
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Old June 21st, 2008, 01:22 PM   #6
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Doesn't the lid not seal up on perpose, as to "vent". Won't it leak oil?
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Old June 21st, 2008, 01:41 PM   #7
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He ground off the lil nubs holding it off then used a lil gasket sealer (didn't have any reg material) and bolted it on.
It's seems to be venting just fine. As for oil seperation, not known yet.As long as it doesn't leak all over and returns thru the fittings into the tube then we'll guess it's doing it thing.
He just washed the engine comp. fired it up. When you take the oil cap off, you can feel lots of air, put it on and the lil air filter starts bubbling cuz of water sitting in the bottom edge. rev it up and it really goes to bubbling!
I'm kinda wondering if the screen is too much. But we will see if it clogs up over time.
The gasket around the fuel pump isn't leaking anymore , for now~

Hey tim, cool idea on the socket. He's thinking of doing an under the bus spare tire holder. Will go to the junk yard and get one from some totaled truck and weld it in.
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Old June 21st, 2008, 02:02 PM   #8
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my brother worked for a boat mechanics place they had a huge tool box full of custom (specialty) tools most of them home made, (not vw related, we cut a wrench in half one time to set the time on a 454 in a c10 once)
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Old June 21st, 2008, 02:14 PM   #9
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I learned from my Dad a long time ago, don't be afraid to bend, twist, shorten and otherwise modify a wrench or other tool to get it where ya need to go. No pics, but I have some pretty interesting tools from him that he "modified" to get at certain bolt/nuts etc. Keep 'em comin'!
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Old June 21st, 2008, 03:01 PM   #10
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whenever i go to a yard sale and see a bunch of tools in a box ill try to find a craftsman or snap on in it. sometimes theyre like 'ten for the whole box'. that pays for the craftsman and all the other jap stuff gets used for 'specialty tools'. much cheaper over time than buying some tool you may use five times in your life.
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Old June 21st, 2008, 04:58 PM   #11
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Just one for today-

I had an old destroyed transmission laying around.

I was swapping a clutch for a friend, and the stupid plastic alignment tools wouldn't work right. So, I busted the transmission up with a sledge hammer. Took the input shaft out, cut it down, and welded it to a screwdriver handle.

Never had an issue with it since.

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[quote=welshj;323782]I busted the transmission up with a sledge hammer. Took the input shaft out, cut it down, and welded it to a screwdriver handle.[quote]

Great idea
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Old June 21st, 2008, 05:59 PM   #13
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Does my bicycle handgripped cheater bar count? Comfort AND control....
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the trans that sacrificed its input in my garage lives on as an
engine test stand(well really its a starter holder)
tore up an old starter for the gear that engages the flywheel
that and a 36mm socket(along with the ubiquitous scrap metal)
made my own torque meister
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Old June 21st, 2008, 07:26 PM   #15
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Does my bicycle handgripped cheater bar count? Comfort AND control....
of course it counts!
just as good as the fence post hole packer we have, a 4'X2" chrome moly bar! weighs about 25lbs! works great just watch the toes


cool tools so far guys!
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Old June 21st, 2008, 08:34 PM   #16
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here are my entrys

first is the Kadron wrench i made, the store sells a crappy wrench for $9 which i didnt want to pay



and here is the raintray i made out of some aluminum sheet. all the trays are not for the decklids with 4 sets of louvers so i made my own.



here is the pizza box proto type mounted, i just realized i have no finished pictures. i'll have to work on that.



the main reason for the tray was to keep peoples eyes out of the engine compartment.
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I was short on tools (due to location) so I made what I call a "HackFile". Used some 550 cord to tie some hacksaw blades together through the hole and duct tape as a handle. It cut and filed like butter and had the added benifit of forming into a flat edge, an angle, and a curve. When I realized how cool it was I made a handle with a different shaped dowel to be inserted for each shape.
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. . . I made what I call a "HackFile". Used some 550 cord to tie some hacksaw blades together through the hole and duct tape as a handle. . . . had the added benifit of forming into a flat edge, an angle, and a curve. . . . I made a handle with a different shaped dowel to be inserted for each shape.
I got the "tie together" part, but not the different shapes part - need pix.
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My wrist pin puller.
The materials cost me $4.01 at Lowe's.



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My "torque buddy".
It works on brake drums and flywheels.



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Torque buddy and homemade wrench for axle nuts and gland nuts:



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Wrench to hold the cooling fan while loosening/tightening the nut:

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Got tired of looking for my shop towel roll, so 3/8 threaded rod, some washers, wing nuts and like and presto.........towel rack for just under 10 dollars (and thats at the expensive neighborhood store.
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First is a quickly thrown together crank fixture. It holds the crank so you can hand your rods and install the timing gears. Next is a tool to remove the stock oil fill nut.
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well the rebuilt breather box seems to have done just fine! Just got back from a long run, 3 hrs up and 4hrs back. 3 times we stopped, we'd check it. DRY DRY DRY!

haven't checked what's on the inside, but it's great to take a 200+mile run 55-65 mph, 200* and no oil loss!
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