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08-24-2012 08:24 PM
tech69
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
I went to work at a shop with one of those Yoda bodymen and he showed me so much! I was mis-using tools or just not using them at all and this guy educated me. I have worked with a couple of guys like that, problem is they both had other issues that made it hard to work for them. One of them had BIG issues, very odd stuff. But damn he was BRILLIANT.

Brian
yep. One of ours is a drunk with the shakes and the other is a neat freak. the other guy they layed off to hire me was a drug addict. We couldn't figure out what drug it was but he sure was eager to get home on pay day. Me, I just have an attitude and pretty much like to work without being bothered. We're all nuts there.
08-24-2012 05:04 PM
deadbodyman
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
I went to work at a shop with one of those Yoda bodymen and he showed me so much! I was mis-using tools or just not using them at all and this guy educated me. I have worked with a couple of guys like that, problem is they both had other issues that made it hard to work for them. One of them had BIG issues, very odd stuff. But damn he was BRILLIANT.

Brian
My guru was just an outright A hole that didnt get along with anyone ,just plain miserable 24/7.It wasnt until I bought my first lead working kit that he started talking to me. mostly he'd walk by and laugh at me seeing most of my lead on the floor then little by little he'd show me a few things until one day he asked the boss if I could help him on his restorations. The man was full of knowlege and I learned so much but I swear I wanted to punch him in the face at least five times a day,after about a month I started busting his *** just like he did mine and we got fairly close. I miss that old fossil and think of him almost every day...
08-24-2012 04:40 PM
deadbodyman Same here and most of them I still remember buying new.
08-24-2012 09:50 AM
ogre i think all my tools are now classified as vintage
08-24-2012 08:53 AM
MARTINSR I went to work at a shop with one of those Yoda bodymen and he showed me so much! I was mis-using tools or just not using them at all and this guy educated me. I have worked with a couple of guys like that, problem is they both had other issues that made it hard to work for them. One of them had BIG issues, very odd stuff. But damn he was BRILLIANT.

Brian
08-24-2012 07:14 AM
deadbodyman Porta powers are so dang heavy though and such a PITA to set up for a quick little tweeking job plus they leak oil on everything ,I only use them on the heavier stuff...The ( "friction jack" LOL) really is perfect for the smaller stuff.
walk into the shop with one of these and let the guru use it one time and he'll love it.....
08-24-2012 01:16 AM
tech69
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Originally Posted by MARTINSR View Post
They are still available! HOLY CRAP, check it out Henry!

11 Piece Body Mate Friction Jack Set Push & Pull | eBay

Brian
So many times where I need something small like that to spread stuff out. Love the foot pads it comes with. Man, the guru at our shop would love that.

So much you can do with a porto power, friction jack, and come-along...a nice strong pole out front doesn't hurt either.
08-24-2012 01:12 AM
tech69
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Originally Posted by deadbodyman View Post
We used to call it a monkey on a stick,dont ask why, but its pretty darn handy.
They are most handy for opening up fender to hood gaps.especially when using repop fenders and light collision tweeking....
I actually said that before and a guy got offended. "Ok, it's a friction jack."
08-24-2012 01:11 AM
tech69
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We used to call it a monkey on a stick,dont ask why, but its pretty darn handy.
They are most handy for opening up fender to hood gaps.especially when using repop fenders and light collision tweeking....
yep, I often find myself bolting up header panels on first gen Camaros to stretch it out in the front to even the gap with the rear.

It's a must to line up certain suv fenders where they have the wheelhouse welded in already. Escalades/ durango/ etc..
08-23-2012 04:36 PM
YAMATHUMP [/QUOTE]


I worked for a few years at a shop with one of these. VERY handy, sure has been a long time! LOL Laquer primer was still the hot ticket!!
08-23-2012 09:26 AM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by deadbodyman View Post
We used to call it a monkey on a stick,dont ask why, but its pretty darn handy.
They are most handy for opening up fender to hood gaps.especially when using repop fenders and light collision tweeking....
Oh my God yes, if you are doing just about any kind of work you can use them. I used mine when remodeling my bathroom! They are VERY handy.

I use it all the time for aligning suspension, moving sub frames or control arms to get proper caster or camber, they are VERY valuable tools.

Brian
08-23-2012 09:24 AM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by tech69 View Post
a mini friction jack with extensions? OMG, that's so awesome! I would pay a lot of money for that. That looks very useful. Think he wants to sell the jack?
They are still available! HOLY CRAP, check it out Henry!

11 Piece Body Mate Friction Jack Set Push & Pull | eBay

Brian
08-23-2012 09:21 AM
MARTINSR
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Originally Posted by milo View Post
your making me feel old...
there was a add on for that by Stek tools I think that really gets used a lot to this day.. vintage
That piece you're holding comes with the new friction jack, I have a couple of them.

Brian

08-23-2012 08:01 AM
timothale
lead paddles

I took a street rod class at UVU, one of the retired instructors is in his 80's , comes in to demonstrate lead work, His paddles were well worn (burned on the edges) . I had some 2 inch hard maple left over from a custom stairway my son had built for a customer, The instructor traced how he wanted the new paddles, then I cut them on the band saw then finished them on a 6 x 48 inch belt sander, He used bees was to lube his.
08-23-2012 07:52 AM
timothale
VW bug

I have A VW Bug jack, they work similar and you can use pipe for the shaft, but you have to make the various attachments.
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