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Things found in a project that absolutely don't belong.

I just started rebuilding an engine and in the process I found pieces of a previous mechanic's 3/8 inch ratchet handle inside the oil pan.

What other stories are out there of odd-ball stuff found in projects that absolutely didn't belong.
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I used to work part time at a service station while I was in school. Had a guy roll in a flat tire that looked to have a piece of 1/8 - 3/16 dia steel sticking out of the tread. No matter what I used, I could not pull it out, so I broke the tire down off the rim. Inside the tire, at the other end of the steel rod I was trying to remove was the handle of a screwdriver. How that happened still baffles me.

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Hilarious stuff!

A couple come to mind. First, a very old rotted dead cat in a cabinet of a motorhome. How about a trunk covered in condoms!

Of course finding a few condoms in a bag in the spare tire well of my wife's friends husbands car wasn't real nice. I could never look at that guy the same again!

I once did a Model A coupe that had a patch panel made from a license plate.

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Found a Craftsman flat screwdriver laying in the valley of a SBC when I pulled the intake off. Had a few nicks in the handle, but otherwise in good condition.
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Wow! Well I try to stay away from rotten cats, but I was thinking back to when I was putting an Eldelbrock on my TA during a very cold and rainy day. From under a nearby tree comes this pitiful cry and he hops up on the TA fender, ...a little soaking wet kitty. So I named him Eldelbrock and he became the shop cat with own little bed and everything. He was happy to smell like trans fluid and when I would do interior or dash work I would find him cured up sleeping on the air cleaner.
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what was it? either newpaper or rags stuffed into somewhere, i think a cab corner, covered with bondo.

the 'seam' sealer for the tacked but not welded all the way in trunk patch panels of my 67 lemans..... bathroom tub and tile caulk.

best thing i found that wasn't there: the oil drive shaft in the 289 of this mustang i bought because the guy couldnt figure out why his new engine didnt have oil pressure.
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At least I got the whole ratchet !!!!


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I pulled this ” drive Snap-on ratchet out the oil pan of a 68 Plymouth when I was working at a Chrysler Plymouth Dealer in 1970. I was the first one in the engine since it left the factory.

Been in my tool box ever since and I still occasionally use it.


I've pulled more than one "extra" oil pump drives from Ford oil pans over the years. There is a reason the drives have the little circle clip on them.....and more than one person who has left them off during a rebuild.
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At least I got the whole ratchet !!!!


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I pulled this drive Snap-on ratchet out the oil pan of a 68 Plymouth when I was working at a Chrysler Plymouth Dealer in 1970. I was the first one in the engine since it left the factory.

Been in my tool box ever since and I still occasionally use it.


I've pulled more than one "extra" oil pump drives from Ford oil pans over the years. There is a reason the drives have the little circle clip on them.....and more than one person who has left them off during a rebuild.
That's a good one!

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