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myal wrote:

+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ I might gt my nerve up topost my few odd hardware fixes, but after your massive missive, I now see my proudest moments barely rise to the level of holding a light for you to work with.
I printed your list out and will show it to my dad Sunday afternoon. He grew up poor in eastern Kentucky and had to improvise to get by.
Terry
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I think we have the First Place winner here.....

Confronting Liberals with the facts of reality is very much akin to clubbing baby seals. It gets boring after a while, but because Liberals are so stupid it is easy work." Steven M. Barry
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Gunner wrote:

<snip a story mind doesn't even come close to>
Second the motion and I withdraw my submission in abject shame.
TK
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Cogito ergo bibo


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TDKozan wrote:

I apreciate the nomination , I realy do , but I honestly thought that there would be folk here with way better stories than mine . at risk of ragging , Im gunna add some more I didnt include before .
There is plenty times when I couldnt fix it up , like when I hit a roo in a datsun 120 y , and broke the distributer , I cooked the roo decided to wait for a car to pass and beg a tow instead of walking back to town , I was feeling lazy and town was more than 100 kms away .
Or when I rolled another datsun , this time a TRX and put it in a creek ( dry ) and had to hoof it for more than 50 kms to get help , we did fix that one kinda tho , the SES used it for practise wit their hydraulic rams and straightened it up enough to drive again .
There was a valiant I bogged up to the floorpan and left it there for a couple weeks thinking Id come back when the ground dried out some , when I got back , there was a couple with a kid living in it . No joke , they had been on their way interstate and run out of money , and thought theyd camp up on the common , and found my car . It made a good enough shelter . I got it back eventualy , but it was very lived in looking , no pun intended .
My brother had a balljoint let go on the lower wishbone on the drivers side of his car , it made him do a pretty sharp right hand turn across the road and into a earth bank it stopped him pretty good , he had been belting along at around 120kmh when the balljoint let go but when the car swerved he hit the brakes , and got himself a mercedes fracture in his foot to prove it . Suprisingly , we drove that one home , we chained the wishbone back where it was supposed to be and put some tension on it with a couple of bolts through the links , we bent the radiator bars that were cut by the fan and filled it again , fired up the car and drove it home , the wheel alignment was a bit off , the chasis rails were kinda bowed and the mudgaurds were shoved back acouple of inchespast the front edge of the doors , the bonnet was kinda creatively kinkled but she drove , enough we got it home . I bought a junker and we swapped bits over , and she was back on the road inside a week .
My own van had a small drama , I was driving home and the rear wheel over took us , axel and all . I caught it , and jacked up the car and refitted it , slotted it into the diff where it should go and gave it a couple of whacks with a sledge to make sure it would saty , and every 10 or 20 kms after that I pulled up and gave it a whack or three to make sure it would stay put . It worked , I swapped the diff for another I had when I got home .
There was a little bomb of a car I had that the front brake caliper dropped off while I was driving it , after I got it under control and parked ( fun when you on a dirt road and one front wheel locks up ) I took the wheel off , untangled the caliper jammed a chunk of wood into the caliper between the pads to give it something to crush against , and wired it out of the way . It meant I had only brakes on three wheels , and that it pulled real real bad to one side when I stopped , but I got home .
To be honnest , when I was younger this stuff was everyday sorta occurence for me , no real big deal , there is a heap more things I could tell about too , but modesty prevents it :)
Thanks again for the nomination tho .
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myal wrote:

Please stay modest {:-).
These stories reminds me of a 10 day job I had once where each evening one of the old guys would regail us with stories of his sailing adventures. After a few days, another bloke said to me quietly "how you notice how all his sailing trips end with the boat sinking or otherwise destroyed". I'm getting the impression any road trip with you has to be done with very flexible time considerations {:-).
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Terry Collins wrote:

When I got married , my wife used to drive my car , an old xc falcon that the gears used to jam up on , you know the old colum shift 3 speeds ? I saw her pop the bonnet and bash the bejesus out of the linkage rods with a piece of wood kept usualy for putting down injured animals , drop the bonnet and drive off .
I felt kinda ashamed she was stuck driving my old bomb but was impressed at her technique with the wadi .
After seeing that , I bought us a decent car , wich was promptly written off by a new cop to town who was getting used to the roads ... when the insurance finaly paid up , we got aother car ... and have been driving "decent" cars ever since . They still break down now and then , but not with the regularity of the good old days ...
Also , I use them whistler 'shuroo' things , and have good solid roobars , take a break from driving every 6 hours if I need it or not , no longer measure distances in 6packs 1/2 cartons and cartons .
I thnk Ive had more trips that Ive arrived on time from than Ive been delayed by problems , but then my style of holiday is like when we went to cairns , and decided since we are up there , lets have a look up at cooktown , and while we was up there we figured Darwin wasnt too far away , and while we were in darwin , my wife got a longing to see her mum , so we headed down thru alice and across to perth , on the way there mum decided she wanted to drop by Mt Gambia on the way home .... there is probably a couple reasons why we have a lot of fun one is we are on the road a lot at times , and the other is the places we go , most of the roo damage wouldnt have happened if we were in town , and the breakdowns would have been fixed by NRMA / RAC and mechanic .
Whateevr the reason , youre kinda right , road trips with me can take longer than planned , but thats part of the fun .
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myal wrote:

They are the best sort of trips. Driving from A to B in shortest time is so boring and uninteresting.
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I had to repair a crack in my (thin) fiberglass dinghy once, so I killed the motor, got out a butane lighter and heated a plastic soda bottle and spread it over the crack *ouch* *ouch* *ouch* sealed the leak to get to shore without taking on more water and messing up all the provisions I had just picked up. Honestly if I wasnt' carrying anything I wouldn't have bothered, but I didn't want all the flour and dry stores ruined by a slow leak.
Steve
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Had a 60's era Morris Mini when I drove it through a heavily rutted industrial development site and ripped the fuel line under the car's floor. I used the sticky clay to stop the leak. Drove the car off the rutted track to park in a safe spot until I could figure out a fix. I couldn't afford a tow truck at that time. Anyway the fix was to empty out the windshield washer bottle on the firewall, fill it with fuel and use the plastic tube to feed the carb. Worked like a charm. I could drive it for more than 10 miles to home where I used a fuel resistant rubber hose to bridge the fue line tear and secured that with small hose clamps.
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PaPaPeng wrote:

cars before, but everybody said it would be easy to fix. It was right up front - easily accessible. SO, I went to the car parts store, bought the new pump. The guy who worked there told me I needed a gasket and some sealer too! I was greatful for that bit of advice.
Until I got home, had the old pump off and then found that he had given me the wrong darned gasket. So I took the side of a Heineken 6-pack, traced around the outside of water pump, and the various holes, slathered that sucker with gasket sealer a-plenty, and prayed it would hold until I got back to the store. It was Sunday, store was closed, I had to work on Monday....I never did get a proper gasket in that car.
A
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Back in the old day living in Italy, where owning a battery charger is unheard of. Dead battery, single car, home out of town, only service station in town closed. Got to go to work in the morning and can not afford to waste time and money calling for a tow. Ironing Iron 800W at 220 is about 3.7A, could do as a dropping resistor. I have diodes of course, that is my line of work, but they are 25V diodes. Made a bridge, connect to battery and plug into the 220V outlet. The car frame is floating at 220V so you do not touch it, and keep the dog out of the garage that nite. The diodes only see about 17V reverse because the battery clamps the voltage. In the morning: warm battery, warm engine starts right up.
I was worried, I figured 3.7A 8 Hrs, not nearly enough to overcharge. The iron is on a concrete floor and is 20% under powered. I went to sleep.
Mauro
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A friends's father told of his trip from west Texas to Fort Worth during the depression. He had to start a scarce job that he HAD to be at Monday morning. He is 75 miles out on Sunday PM when the old 6 cylinder car starts to knock and looses oil pressure.
On the side of the road, he drops the pan, finds the burned out rod, pulls it down far enough to hacksaw it off next to the piston. He pushes the piston back up the bore out of the way. Cuts the rod off as close as possible to the crank end. Uses a piece of his leather belt to wrap around the crank, puts the rod end back on to hold the oil pressure and heads to Fort Worth.
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