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Today 01:59 AM
BuzzLOL . My balancer cost $5.95... what do those newfangled contraptions cost? ... And, look, they're so new, they even have power cords... as in... electricity...
Today 12:09 AM
boothboy Those are not spin balancers. Those are bubble balancers. This is a spin balancer. They would spin the tire up to road speed 65mph. You'd find bubble balancers at tire shops. You could get a better balance with a spin balancer.

BB


Lord help me! I've got nothing but kids to teach!!
Yesterday 11:55 PM
BuzzLOL
Quote:
Originally Posted by boothboy View Post
In the olden days a front end mechanic usually was the person who, along with the normal front end repair, did all the spin balances.

. I see the problem, your olden days are newer than mine... in my olden days a bubble balancer was used... spin balancing is that new-fangled idea... here's my J.C.Whitney balancer from my personal garage...
Yesterday 10:48 PM
MARTINSR Never heard of that BB. My brother has an old balancer like this one with chrome mouldings down the sides.

Brian

Yesterday 10:39 PM
boothboy Well It's not a hand sign . The placement of the fingers is a tool.
In the olden days a front end mechanic usually was the person who, along with the normal front end repair, did all the spin balances. The old trick that I have seen many mechanics do was to form their hands as I pictured , laid the pinky finger on the front bumper and by watching their index finger stop vibrating know when the balance was correct. A out of balance tire spinning on a old Hunter Balancer would shake the front bumper so violently you'd think it was going to jump off the car.
Now a days nobody spins up a tire to any great speed. The front end repair man usually doesn't balance tires anymore, the tire guy does.

Vibrating fingers, a lost tool.

BB
Yesterday 09:03 PM
Too Many Projects
Quote:
Originally Posted by boothboy View Post
Front end man! Things that pertain to the front end of the automobile. The fingers indicate vibration. What causes the bumper or fender to vibrate? Think. A front end man no longer performs this repair.

BB
Vibration idling or on the road ?

On the road would be tire balance or out of round. Idling could be any number of things that cause a miss-fire.

The hand sign must be a west coast thing because I have no clue what that position would indicate.
Yesterday 08:49 PM
boothboy Front end man! Things that pertain to the front end of the automobile. The fingers indicate vibration. What causes the bumper or fender to vibrate? Think. A front end man no longer performs this repair.

BB
Yesterday 07:26 PM
Too Many Projects Dude, you live in a by-gone era. I'm 63 and have never seen a hand signal indicating any type of adjustment, but I'll guess headlight aiming...
Yesterday 06:51 PM
Dragonoake Adjusting the tie rod end play
Yesterday 04:53 PM
boothboy
Quote:
Originally Posted by ogre View Post
it's going to be a big let down
Think Ogre Think! I've given you a ton of hints. I will say this. Some of the younger guys may not have experienced this type of procedure as it has changed and typically a front end repairman doesn't do it. At the places I worked at the front end repairman was the guy who did it.

BB

I will say this, if I have to explain the answer you'll say " Yeah I can see that"
Yesterday 12:52 PM
ogre it's going to be a big let down
Yesterday 11:49 AM
boothboy
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sporty45 View Post
Hmmm... tire runout?

EDIT: For spoked wheels?
Nope.
I'll reveal the answer this evening.

BB
Yesterday 11:40 AM
Sporty45
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Originally Posted by boothboy View Post
Ok here's a big hint. The index finger moves while the pinky stays still. And then they are both still.

BB
Hmmm... tire runout?

EDIT: For spoked wheels?
Yesterday 07:52 AM
boothboy
Quote:
Originally Posted by 496CHEVY3100 View Post
My index finger only moves when it don't fix the problem ,and I am walking away ,
No that's your middle finger!

BB
04-26-2015 06:58 PM
496CHEVY3100 My index finger only moves when it don't fix the problem ,and I am walking away ,
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