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Username Post: LOL got a new one for ya!! Off the wall fixes!        (Topic#274373)
DD74Chevy 
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01-11-12 04:45 AM - Post#2178061    
    In response to gchemist

Nice thats awesome ver good idea. I just might have to carry one of those just in case

My TOYS
74 Chevy 1/2 ton 4x4. Crate 350.Edelbrock intake,cam and carb.
93 K5 Blazer 350tbi,700r4,flowmaster 40 series
98 Chevy 2500 6.5 Turbo Diesel vin F 4x4 Ext cab long box
00 Pontiac Grand am GT 3.4l


 
DD74Chevy 
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01-11-12 04:48 AM - Post#2178062    
    In response to technitom

Now thats creative!! But it works lol. I can only imagine "Hey hun let me see those real quick i will be right back" LOL. Thats a good one

My TOYS
74 Chevy 1/2 ton 4x4. Crate 350.Edelbrock intake,cam and carb.
93 K5 Blazer 350tbi,700r4,flowmaster 40 series
98 Chevy 2500 6.5 Turbo Diesel vin F 4x4 Ext cab long box
00 Pontiac Grand am GT 3.4l


 
DD74Chevy 
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DD74Chevy
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01-11-12 04:51 AM - Post#2178063    
    In response to Bill K.b

Yeah that works using rubber hose on top of existing one and clamps. Good fix right there and its still holding is awesome. Yeah i agree a soup can would work better than a coke can. But coke can is alot easier to cut when your in a pinch. But i like that idea.

My TOYS
74 Chevy 1/2 ton 4x4. Crate 350.Edelbrock intake,cam and carb.
93 K5 Blazer 350tbi,700r4,flowmaster 40 series
98 Chevy 2500 6.5 Turbo Diesel vin F 4x4 Ext cab long box
00 Pontiac Grand am GT 3.4l


 
SteveW 
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Loc: Shreveport
Reg: 04-24-02
01-11-12 09:08 AM - Post#2178110    
    In response to DD74Chevy

I have used black pepper to stop a leak in a radiator after seeing a friend that had a bullet hole in his use it. He took some needle nose pliers and bent over the small tubes then poured in pepper and drove it like that for years.

Also had a friend that had a ford with a bad switch ,He used a lamp cord and wired it to the solenoid ,run the wire under the dash ,Then he would turn on switch and squeeze the prongs together and start the car. Like using a screwdriver under the hood on a solenoid.

I had a light switch go out on my car one night and I used a light switch like in the house, I just wired it straight to the battery and the lights and screwed it to the dash.

These are things we did years ago to the old cars we had because we didnt have the parts stores near and didnt have the money for new parts.

I know lots of things we did to keep them going, this is just some of them.



 
Bill K.b 
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01-11-12 11:37 AM - Post#2178158    
    In response to SteveW

That same truck I converted from tailgate to barn doors - had to, the rear window broke and that was all that held the tailgate on - and of the three layers of metal that make up the rear body where the opening is, only one had holes for the bolts. I ended up cutting two roughly 2"x3" holes in the body so I could get in to bolt the top of it together, and trimming off a piece behind the taillight for the bottom hinge. Had to cut a couple holes to use regular bolts for the top door latch, too.


Later on I swapped a bunch of stuff from a parts Suburban on it including lower quarters that I pop-riveted on. They were less ragged and it actually looked a lot better afterwards.

Those who can, do. Those who can't, criticize it on the internet.

1988 G20 van 5.7L - driver.
1993 3500 dually 5.7L NV4500 - tow truck
1991 G20 van - parts truck

Plus cars for swap and sale
&yes, I once tried a frame swap on a 51 Chevy.


 
Maxbigblock 
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01-11-12 01:11 PM - Post#2178187    
    In response to Bill K.b

If you are using duct tape you need the right stuff. Available at Amazon.com.

3M 8979N Performance Plus Nuclear Duct Tape, Slate Blue 48mm Wide x 54.8M Long

Max

I'm from the ONCE great city of Flint, Michigan. The birthplace of General Motors, where A C Spark Plug was formed and headquartered, where the first Corvettes were hand built, and where my 1955 Chevy was made.



 
technitom 
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Loc: Near Cincinnati, OH
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01-11-12 01:59 PM - Post#2178203    
    In response to Bill K.b

steel rusts, aluminum dont. Thats why a lot of exhaust systems are aluminized, stainless, or otherwise treated. The combination of moisture, and the heating up and cooling off of the pipes, is hard on plain old steel.


Words are a lot like toothpaste... Once its out of the tube,
there's no getting it back in...


 
DD74Chevy 
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Loc: Idaho
Reg: 12-10-11
01-14-12 09:04 AM - Post#2179245    
    In response to technitom

Very very true it will rust out

My TOYS
74 Chevy 1/2 ton 4x4. Crate 350.Edelbrock intake,cam and carb.
93 K5 Blazer 350tbi,700r4,flowmaster 40 series
98 Chevy 2500 6.5 Turbo Diesel vin F 4x4 Ext cab long box
00 Pontiac Grand am GT 3.4l


 
DD74Chevy 
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DD74Chevy
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01-14-12 09:08 AM - Post#2179247    
    In response to Maxbigblock

His duck tape and tin foil is still holding up just went there last night and he started it up and there was no melting of the tape at all. he said he drove it for about 50 miles one day all highway and it didnt melt or anything. But he did notice it was backfiring a lil out the exhaust under heavy throttle. I told him to check his timing. But as for the exhaust its holding up so far thru these winter days we have has so far.

My TOYS
74 Chevy 1/2 ton 4x4. Crate 350.Edelbrock intake,cam and carb.
93 K5 Blazer 350tbi,700r4,flowmaster 40 series
98 Chevy 2500 6.5 Turbo Diesel vin F 4x4 Ext cab long box
00 Pontiac Grand am GT 3.4l


 
DD74Chevy 
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01-27-12 12:25 PM - Post#2184076    
    In response to DD74Chevy

Ok here is one i bet no one has heard of. Just heard it today. A guy used a foldgers can cut a 2 inch hole in the back of it and welded his tail pipe to it making it an exhaust tip. Same guy put gorrila glue on his back bumper to hold a winch havent tested it out yet. All i can say is wow now thats all crazy

My TOYS
74 Chevy 1/2 ton 4x4. Crate 350.Edelbrock intake,cam and carb.
93 K5 Blazer 350tbi,700r4,flowmaster 40 series
98 Chevy 2500 6.5 Turbo Diesel vin F 4x4 Ext cab long box
00 Pontiac Grand am GT 3.4l


 
SteveW 
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01-27-12 02:59 PM - Post#2184118    
    In response to DD74Chevy

I know a guy that had a 53 Chevy truck that didnt have the red lens over his tail light so he took the red top off a can of car wax and wired it on .
It passed inspection. You could read the name of the wax because it was on the lid.That was a long time ago when they had a wax with a red top.
His son had a 59 Chevy with speakers in the back window that came from a drive-in wired to his Radio.



 
DD74Chevy 
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01-28-12 08:24 AM - Post#2184343    
    In response to SteveW

Lol thats a good one!! I like that idea using lid on tail light so that you dont get a ticket

My TOYS
74 Chevy 1/2 ton 4x4. Crate 350.Edelbrock intake,cam and carb.
93 K5 Blazer 350tbi,700r4,flowmaster 40 series
98 Chevy 2500 6.5 Turbo Diesel vin F 4x4 Ext cab long box
00 Pontiac Grand am GT 3.4l


 
cla55ic 
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01-28-12 11:36 AM - Post#2184400    
    In response to DD74Chevy

When I was in high school, one of my friends had a '51 Plymouth sedan. He had removed the steering wheel for some reason and while it was off the splines on the steering column got screwed up so he couldn't get the wheel back on. He solved the problem by clamping a large pair of vise grips onto the column where the steering wheel should be and drove it that way for quite a while before the local police saw it and made him stop.

Lloyd

"Real garages have greasy floors."


 
someotherguy 
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01-28-12 07:06 PM - Post#2184564    
    In response to cla55ic

I can't decide if this is better or worse than the vise grip steering, but a buddy of mine got a cheap bike from someone that laid it down and among other damage, had broken the front brake lever off. My buddy threw vise grips on the stub of the broken lever and rode it like that until he discovered the bike had been reported stolen by the guy that dumped it...

Richard

06 Silverado ISS / 06 Silverado SS / 06 300C SRT8


 
DD74Chevy 
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Reg: 12-10-11
01-28-12 10:27 PM - Post#2184636    
    In response to cla55ic

Thats funny!! What kind of wheel is that its call a vice grip wheel. 1 off original lol. Gotta love that

My TOYS
74 Chevy 1/2 ton 4x4. Crate 350.Edelbrock intake,cam and carb.
93 K5 Blazer 350tbi,700r4,flowmaster 40 series
98 Chevy 2500 6.5 Turbo Diesel vin F 4x4 Ext cab long box
00 Pontiac Grand am GT 3.4l


 
DD74Chevy 
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DD74Chevy
Loc: Idaho
Reg: 12-10-11
01-28-12 10:29 PM - Post#2184637    
    In response to someotherguy

Oh wow sucks it was reported stolen. But awesome the vice grips for brake lever. Speaking of vice grips. In my truck thats how i roll my window down have a needle nose vice grip on the lil stub lol. Previous owner rounded the grooves off of it

My TOYS
74 Chevy 1/2 ton 4x4. Crate 350.Edelbrock intake,cam and carb.
93 K5 Blazer 350tbi,700r4,flowmaster 40 series
98 Chevy 2500 6.5 Turbo Diesel vin F 4x4 Ext cab long box
00 Pontiac Grand am GT 3.4l


 
Carl_Cash 
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Loc: Shreveport, La.
Reg: 02-01-04
01-31-12 07:44 AM - Post#2185498    
    In response to DD74Chevy

My brother had a 74 C10 that had had a garden hose style valve plumbed into the heater hose for some unknown reason. Core didn't leak or anything . Same truck also had a a starter switch stuck in where the cigarette lighter used to be.



 
100 CHEVY 
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01-31-12 08:03 AM - Post#2185502    
    In response to Carl_Cash

The valve in the heater hose is an old time trick to shut off the hot water to the heater core for the summertime.
Keeps most of the heat out= cooler cab!
Mike.

"You gonna leave it like that?
http://www.picturetrail.com/100chevy


 
SteveW 
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01-31-12 09:51 AM - Post#2185524    
    In response to DD74Chevy

Two small vice grips are also great when you brake both the bolts off on your exhaust pipe where it bolts to the exhaust manifold.
Just clamp it back up there.
When I was 15 my old 47 Chevy had broke the motor mounts and when I would turn fast the 6 cylinder would fall over to the side so I built two frames like picture frames out of 2x4's and wedged them on both sides so the motor would not move and then drove it to town to get some more motor mounts.
My wife use to see some of the stuff I use to come up with and one day I was working on my lawn mower pull cord when she brought me some tea.
I was sitting in my old 35 plymouth and she ask what I was doing, I told her I was going to weld this to passenger door so when I pull the cord the window would come up.
She believed me there for a few minutes then she ask how was I going to get it down.
I had to tell her I was working on the lawn more. It was funny at the time.



 
technitom 
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01-31-12 01:41 PM - Post#2185580    
    In response to SteveW

my wife is a digital driver, on or off, WOT or standing on the breaks. when we first got married, we couldnt afford alot of things like most couple starting out.

anyway, her 2 front tires had really slow air leaks, I couldnt find the leaks, nor could I afford new tires, so I put air in them every week....

she asked my why her tires kept getting low...

I told her she was driving so fast that she was slinging the air right out of them!

she believed me. :P


Words are a lot like toothpaste... Once its out of the tube,
there's no getting it back in...


 
SteveW 
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01-31-12 02:10 PM - Post#2185592    
    In response to technitom

I replaced the PVC valve on my wifes car and a few days later she got a speeding ticket.
She said it was my falt because it made the car go faster .



 
cla55ic 
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Loc: Washoe Valley, Nevada
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02-06-12 01:31 PM - Post#2187840    
    In response to DD74Chevy

Here's a great exhaust repair:



Leather belt & zip ties???



Lloyd

"Real garages have greasy floors."


 
someotherguy 
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02-06-12 01:40 PM - Post#2187842    
    In response to cla55ic

I just remembered one from a few years ago; wish I had taken pictures though it didn't really look all that impressive. Car was a Mitsubishi Eclipse or something like that. I went to tow it, had to open the door to release the parking brake. Problem - both exterior door handles are broken off. Then I noticed the piece of string caught between the back of the driver's door window, and the door jamb. Yeah. It was tied to the interior handle and of course the door was left unlocked.

I'm guessing they weighed the risks and decided there was nothing in the car anybody wanted to steal...much less steal the car itself.

Richard

06 Silverado ISS / 06 Silverado SS / 06 300C SRT8


 
84_Chevy 
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02-07-12 09:12 PM - Post#2188397    
    In response to DD74Chevy

That will never work.



 
TCUgirl 
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02-09-12 10:25 AM - Post#2188773    
    In response to cla55ic

My dad and I fixed the exhaust pipe in our 77 chevy ranch truck by cutting a spray paint can down the side and wrapping it around the hole in the pipe. It actaully worked well for a few years, but one day he gunned the engine and the truck jerked really bad. We checked under the truck, and the paint can then had a "wrinkle" in it; paint cans not a great fix.



 
technitom 
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02-11-12 10:55 AM - Post#2189452    
    In response to 84_Chevy

Really????

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how about these?

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Nice huh? Thought y'all would enjoy 'em as much as I did





Words are a lot like toothpaste... Once its out of the tube,
there's no getting it back in...


 
someotherguy 
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02-12-12 06:04 AM - Post#2189712    
    In response to technitom

Now that stick for the door handle is just gilding the lily; all they really needed was the duct tape. The woodgrain accent is absolutely superfluous...over the top!

That wouldn't be the first padlock and chain door lock setup I've seen, either!

Almost the same, I don't have any pictures of it but my old '69 Chevelle had screw holes in the header panel where someone had put a padlock hasp on the hood!

Richard

06 Silverado ISS / 06 Silverado SS / 06 300C SRT8


 
DD74Chevy 
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02-12-12 09:26 AM - Post#2189782    
    In response to technitom

I have seen that before with the padlocks on the door with a bungie holding closed when inside the truck

My TOYS
74 Chevy 1/2 ton 4x4. Crate 350.Edelbrock intake,cam and carb.
93 K5 Blazer 350tbi,700r4,flowmaster 40 series
98 Chevy 2500 6.5 Turbo Diesel vin F 4x4 Ext cab long box
00 Pontiac Grand am GT 3.4l


 
gchemist 
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02-12-12 08:26 PM - Post#2190054    
    In response to DD74Chevy

I saw a truck with a pad lock on the gas tank door just last week!!

'95 Jimmy SLT (Bought @131,814)
'83 Silverardo XST - ZZ4 powered
'96 GMC Jimmy LS Ret. @236651 miles


 
N8sToolz 
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02-15-12 08:20 PM - Post#2191101    
    In response to gchemist

Haha, some good ones. I still stand by my beer can repair! I did it just the other day to a generator I had.

Last year I was having a small fire and some friends showed up, one of the just bought a late 80's early 90's chevy. He was all excited to drive it and then realized the headlights didnt work, so he takes a piece of wire, stripes the low beams lead back a bit, ties it in, then sticks it into the battery. Lights!

funniest part was he shows up, halfway across the yard to boot, gets out, pops the hood, disconnects his wire then procedes to the fire. We were half drunk and really amused. Sold the truck a week later.

Thats one thing that never seems to get dull is some of the home repairs Ive seen. Another friend did a screwdriver and duct tape interior door handle on his f150 not too long ago too. Ive seen a piece of string through the backseat into the truck release a few times too.



 
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