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Old 07-12-2003, 03:08 AM   #1
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thinking it would be a 15min job, then four hours later there goes your Friday night? You'd think I'd learn by now.

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Old 07-12-2003, 03:11 AM   #2
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hehe, aah yes! you mean you didn't plan in the mandatory +/- 4 hr cushion??
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Old 07-12-2003, 03:12 AM   #3
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isn't that why you start working on it in the first place?

If we could project our life around guestimates of how long it'd
take to do something, we'd never have fun, cause we'd know
what is supposed to come next!
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Old 07-12-2003, 03:17 AM   #4
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You know you are tired when you get "creative." Like say there is one bolt you fight with for an hour and still can't get off. You use rust kutter, swear, even hang off the wrench. So do you come up with? Wedge a piece of I-beam against the wrench and back up so that the car breaks the bolt loose. What could go wrong with a brilliant plan like that!?!? Did I mention the car is on two blocks of wood because you have no jackstands or ramps?

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Old 07-12-2003, 03:26 AM   #5
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I started a 15 minute job over 4 years ago... It never ends.
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Old 07-12-2003, 04:14 AM   #6
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thats everything i do on my car.....for everyone else its a 15min proces..for me its a 2day process

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Old 07-12-2003, 10:00 AM   #7
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Uh, once I try penetrant and the bolt still doesn't move I go straight for the propane torch.

If the bolt looks like I've fooked the head, threads or temper I replace it afterwards...
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Old 07-12-2003, 10:14 AM   #8
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You know you are tired when you get "creative." Like say there is one bolt you fight with for an hour and still can't get off. You use rust kutter, swear, even hang off the wrench. So do you come up with? Wedge a piece of I-beam against the wrench and back up so that the car breaks the bolt loose. What could go wrong with a brilliant plan like that!?!? Did I mention the car is on two blocks of wood because you have no jackstands or ramps?

JC
Damn ghetto boi...do I have to let you borrow some jackstands when I move back to Ann Arbor next year.

Was this you last night JC.?.?...



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Old 07-12-2003, 10:32 AM   #9
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thats everything i do on my car.....for everyone else its a 15min proces..for me its a 2day process

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Old 07-12-2003, 10:41 AM   #10
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Go out, spend a few dollars on jackstands and a breaker bar!

Silly n00b.

Also, if you have a length of metal piping that fits properly over your ratchet, that can help to get you the extra leverage.

Edit: sorry, sorry... too early. Duh. METAL pipe, good strong stuff... and yeah, you don't want to use it in place of a real breaker bar, but there CAN be situations where that little extra length or leverage is necessary.

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Old 07-12-2003, 10:43 AM   #11
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Do NOT use PVC as a breaker bar!

When it breaks, shards of vinyl go flying everywhere.

do not put anything over a ratchet, you'll just mangle the mechanism. use a non-ratcheting breaker bar.
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Old 07-12-2003, 03:11 PM   #12
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Damn ghetto boi...do I have to let you borrow some jackstands when I move back to Ann Arbor next year.

Was this you last night JC.?.?...



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I don't really work under my car in MI. No tools.

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Go out, spend a few dollars on jackstands and a breaker bar!

Silly n00b.

Also, if you have a length of metal piping that fits properly over your ratchet, that can help to get you the extra leverage.
Well I was in grass, so I don't think jackstands are such a great idea. Regardless I could get under the car OK. I was doing endlinks, so I don't think there was room to use a breaker bar.

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Old 07-12-2003, 03:21 PM   #13
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when i put my new front end on..eeewwwww


do wha ti do for breaker bar, tear off the handle of the jack (a goof 3 feet long), toss on the end of ratchet and voila! watch your rathcets break and then remember that the lug wrench is the same as the bolts on the strut (3 ratchets later)
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Old 07-12-2003, 03:42 PM   #14
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Do NOT use PVC as a breaker bar!

When it breaks, shards of vinyl go flying everywhere.

do not put anything over a ratchet, you'll just mangle the mechanism. use a non-ratcheting breaker bar.
easy solution to not worrying about breaking ratchets/breaker bars, etc....

fill your tool box with snap-on and Mac Tools hehe, I try really hard to break my tools sometimes. I weigh in at a 135lbs....

nothing ever 'breaks loose' easily for me, my breaker bar always has a 3 foot pipe on it.

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Old 07-12-2003, 05:04 PM   #15
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thinking it would be a 15min job, then four hours later there goes your Friday night? You'd think I'd learn by now.

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HAH!!! Now you know what shifter bushings are like!!!
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Old 07-12-2003, 05:56 PM   #16
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HAH!!! Now you know what shifter bushings are like!!!

heh, thats an easy 30min(at most) job
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Old 07-12-2003, 06:42 PM   #17
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thinking it would be a 15min job, then four hours later there goes your Friday night? You'd think I'd learn by now.

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Then you never want to do a tune up on a 96 blazer. OMG! Those spark plugs are placed in the absolute hardest to reach bowels of the engine bay.
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Old 07-12-2003, 06:48 PM   #18
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heh, thats an easy 30min(at most) job
Not when the last guy that did anything in that area put a bolt in backwards, the last bolt before the tranny, the one that (if installed the wrong direction) will NOT come out on an AWD because the transfer case is in the way...
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Old 07-12-2003, 08:45 PM   #19
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My worst record... when I first got my car (and had the old emissions crap still on there) It took me 8 hours to change a hose I could now do in about 5-10 minutes since everything is out of the way and exposed
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Old 07-12-2003, 08:49 PM   #20
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I was touching up the thermostat housing on the Miata today, was a small leak..

when I got done with stage one of fixing it.. the leak was much more signifigant..

so, I thought it was going to be a 10 min gig.. but it ended up going about an hour, had to remove the thermostat housing.
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Old 07-12-2003, 08:52 PM   #21
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I remember swapping rsb's on my rs..a 20 min job that ended up taking over 3hrs lol
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Old 07-13-2003, 03:34 AM   #22
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Don't foget the 3 phone calls to the Tara help line.
if you had those ramps still...id like to borrow them..im probably going to end up getting the new hangers and also want to check the piping..just got a bad feeling that i need to check it out

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