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Old 10-06-2003, 12:10 PM
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I'va always used a "pipe wrench" for stubborn nuts and bolts...NO, I am not talking about a pipe wrench like the plumbers use...just a regular wrench with about a 4' section of pipe on it for a breaker bar...LOL

As far as jackstands, I have used cement blocks (not safe by any means) and stumps...I live in the south, so anything in the yard is fair game when it comes to working on the rigs...LOL

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Old 10-06-2003, 02:01 PM
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Stumps, Midgets, Wire milk crates, my ex-wifes brassire. It was strong enough! Bullit proof mind you but the points would dimple the frame!
She was a big woman. What the restaurany folks refered to as a Booth Bender
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I'm too ashamed to mention the time I drove the front wheels of my '81 Turbo-TransAm up on a rail road tie and how it luckilly flew out from under the tires B4 I slithered under the car to change the oil.
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Save That Pipe

When you find the pipe, save it. My favorite tool is a 1/2 lb beater. Little ball-peen hammer with the handle cut off. Very usefull on brake jobs and tapping 12 point sockets on wasted nut heads or bolt heads. Do you guys use empty laundry detergent bottles for holding old oil till you can drop it of for disposal?





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I use a 5-gallon plastic pail w/ pour spout/screw-on lid that came with the oil I added to my in-ground hoist. Check w/ auto shops, they get motor oil in those kind of pails and they are perfect for used oil.
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tape up the top, put it in the trash, never see it again.
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Someone asked about 8 point sockets. They're for square nuts.

Like the kind that are holding in the wooden cargo area floor in my '54 GMC... mocking me... they're out there right now.... laughing at me.... listen.... you hear 'em....?

I got the easy ones off with a 7/16 in open end wrench, but some genius decided it wasn't good enough to put 1000 of the little buggers in the floor of my truck. No.... They put about half of them inside cross braces which can't be gotten to with a wrench. So now you HAVE to use a socket. And what kind of socket would that be???? (Say it with me now...) AN 8 POINT SOCKET!

And have you tried to find an 8 point socket lately? Every tool store, hardware store, auto parts house, etc. I go into says the same thing. "They make 8 point sockets?" Sure, you can order one from Snap-on for $14.00, but I only paid $12.00 for the whole socket set I plan on using it with! Sears.com lists them for $2.88 (regularly $4.00, but they're on sale) That is until you get your credit card info all plugged in and the next screen tells you they're very sorry but the item you just tried to order is no longer available!!!! AAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Wow - glad to see I'm not bitter.

If you're dealing with square nuts, I have 2 words for you - Air Chisel.

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