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Old 29 Aug 2015, 05:50 pm
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I wanted to share something with everyone today because it's something I've used several times and worked really well. It's one of those things where I didn't have the "proper" tool for the job, but had another tool that got it done and got it done well.

We've all been there, so I'd like to see what "wrong" tool others have used that actually did a great job (I'm expecting somebody posting using a wrench as a hammmer, or a stone as a hammer, etc, lol).

I replaced the radiator in my PT today. I needed to remove the little black rivets that hold on the rubber radiator/condensor shroud from the old radiator and install on the new. What I ended up using was my electrical end crimper.

I've also used this when I removed the driver's door panel to install my new (used) speaker and one of the plastic rivets that hold the door panel in place stayed in the door as opposed to coming out with the panel.

It gives good purchase, good leverage and grip, without chewing up and destroying the plastic rivet, like needle nose pliers tend to.

I hope this is helpful to you all.

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We've all been there, so I'd like to see what "wrong" tool others have used that actually did a great job (I'm expecting somebody posting using a wrench as a hammmer, or a stone as a hammer, etc, lol).
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Old 30 Aug 2015, 05:47 am
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I used large a hose clamp for piston ring compressor (air cooled VW)
not really a tool,,,but I guess it was when I was done...
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I used large a hose clamp for piston ring compressor (air cooled VW)
not really a tool,,,but I guess it was when I was done...
That definitely fits the bill.
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I once missed getting s job with a copier company because a test on using tools written by someone who needs me to find their paper jam. Didn't like my use whatever it takes to get the job done attitude of using any tool anyway I had to to get it done. When asked by the manager. He was nit impressed either. Their loss. There were very few techs I worked with that were someone I liked working in my Territory. Just had to fix there messes.
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I have to remove the cams for a head gasket replacement. I don't have the right tool to hold the cam sprockets still, Any ideas of what else might work to keep them steady when taking off and putting back on?
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I have to remove the cams for a head gasket replacement. I don't have the right tool to hold the cam sprockets still, Any ideas of what else might work to keep them steady when taking off and putting back on?
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A rubber wedge-shaped door stop. I've also used the plastic handle of a screwdriver. But it had to be just the right size and shape.

Of course, since you have the valve cover off, you can put a small pipe wrench on the cast non-machined part of the camshaft and hold it. This works perfectly but may or may not leave teeth marks on the cast surface of the camshaft. But that doesn't really matter.
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Back when I was in vo-tech school in 75, my sister was in my dads 67 Belvedere and a friend of mine was showing his all on his Honda 175. He ran up beside the car and kicked a dent in the rear passenger door. Dad was pissed and told Gregs dad what he had done, and Murray told Dad to get some estimates and he'd make Greg pay for the repair. Cheapest Dad could find was $100. I came home from vo-tech to find Dad out in the driveway, taking the arm rest off the back door. I asked him what he was doing and he said he was going to pocket the money and do it himself. I told him if he'd give me $20, I'd get it out without removing the panel at all. He called BS and told me if I could do that, he'd give me $50. I went in, grabbed the toilet plunger and took it outside. I wet it under the outdoor faucet and stuck it on the door and pulled the dent right out! Dad was amazed and gave me my money on the spot. Easiest $50 I ever made. I learned that at vo-tech.
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For the Gear Heads...back in the day....

Carburetor (mostly 4bbl) rear throttle plate adjusting screws were near to impossible to get to on some engines without removing them from the engine for adjustments. So the cheap pocket "nerd" screw drivers were the answer to adjust theses carburetor's. You would have several with the ends bent at different angles so you could access and turn the adjusting screws with ease.
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I saw my father heat and bend wrenches from time to time, just so he could get to some hard to reach areas.
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