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Old 10-20-2013, 06:26 AM
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Yesterday I spend the entire afternoon doing something that I would have thought was going to take me an hour at best. Not only did it take me the whole afternoon it kicked my ever loving butt! I finished up the day and went in the house like I had dug a friggin hole with a shovel to bury the car!

Going back and forth under the car working in a very tight area using mostly one hand at a time was the problem, honestly I was blown away at how this kicked my butt, this tiny project, Geeez, anyway what I did was replace my brake light switch on Marge. Not just replace it but change it, I recently found that the hydraulic original did not work well with how I drive her. I am very easy on the brakes, coasting a lot to slow down and I simply don't apply much pressure to stop her. The problem with the pressure switch is it takes much more pedal pressure to make those lights light than I ever would have thought! I caught on one day last week when I backed up to a car and was hitting the brakes, I had to push damn hard to see those tail lights reflecting on the car behind me. HOLY CRAP I had to push hard, MUCH harder than I do when I am driving it. So here I am driving to work every day through 15 stop lights and no one is seeing brake lights when they come up behind me! And with the time change I will be in total darkness, I can't have that. So I put an old switch style that I have seen before, don't remember which of my cars had this, I think the truck now come to think of it. Anyway I went and got a manual switch and put it in, and came in the house and collapsed on the couch.

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Old 10-20-2013, 06:29 AM
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And I got my vintage timing light in the mail that I bought on eBay.

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And I got my vintage timing light in the mail that I bought on eBay.

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I must be a "vintage mechanic" - that's a shot of the one I use all the time!
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Old 10-20-2013, 05:44 PM
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I must be a "vintage mechanic" - that's a shot of the one I use all the time!
Ditto! I've had the same light since I graduated high school in 1968. I think mine is a Sun, so maybe they built them for Sears.
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Old 10-20-2013, 06:58 PM
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I must be a "vintage mechanic" - that's a shot of the one I use all the time!
Yep, I guess you are! I actually have a real "Vintage" on that you clip onto the spark plug then the plug wire on it and it isn't a "pistol grip".

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The one I have has the spring you put between the plug wire and the spark plug... How's that for vintage?
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Old 10-20-2013, 10:25 PM
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I've also got a "$nap-off" dial-back one that I don't like anywhere near as much. (I use my old Crafty-man one in preference to the tool-truck one every time!) A (much!) higher price does not equal a better one!
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You mean Ellen Degenres' new sponsor? Snap on tools.
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You mean Ellen Degenres' new sponsor? Snap on tools.
That may be a different type snapon Tool..
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The one I have has the spring you put between the plug wire and the spark plug... How's that for vintage?
Had one of those many moons ago, and tossed it after having too many times when the ignition tried to fire to the exhaust with the timing light spring hooked up.
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Old 10-21-2013, 11:15 AM
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You mean Ellen Degenres' new sponsor? Snap on tools.
Yup - except that I call 'em "$nap Off Tools" - seems the only ratchets & sockets I have managed to break in the past couple of years are off that truck.

(great line by the way - I am SO stealing it!)
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Wow, Am I a happy camper. A friend of mine advised me he had a 9" Ford Lincoln Versailles rear end complete. He sold it to me for a really good price. It is 58 inches wide, disc brakes and unmolested. Tag is still on the housing.

Pretty good day.

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Old 10-22-2013, 09:04 PM
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Today, I had a meeting with a client (got the contract!)
Took my wife's Lexus to the meeting, knowing that she could take my big Duramax Silverado 3500 if she needed to go out.

Sure 'nuf, just as I got outta the meeting, my cell rang "Your truck won't start".

When I got home, I jumped in, switched on the glow plugs and then hit the starter. Click. click-click-click.

Raka misul snarfa krots! (and other words that cannot be used on this site!)

Tested the batteries (Yup - it needs 2 of 'em)

One read 6.1 V the other was a relatively healthy 9.3V

Back into the Lexus, off to Costco, 2 new batteries, come back & install 'em

Now you don't even hear the starter it winds over so fast it's just a click-Vroom!
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cut out the last remaining pieces of quarter out. There's a lot of rust to fix before the quarter goes on. This job has been a nightmare so far.

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cut out the last remaining pieces of quarter out. There's a lot of rust to fix before the quarter goes on. This job has been a nightmare so far.
You got some junk in the trunk....
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