|11-25-2013 06:55 PM|
|Zi||An easy (manual) air compressor drain: one of those 1/4" NPT truck air tank drains with a lanyard. You just pull the lanyard and hold it for a few seconds. They're like $5-10. Mine has a 4' lanyard with a loop at the end; I hang it over part of the compressor switch box.|
|11-23-2013 06:35 AM|
Biggest problem is you can't store it in a spray bottle because not only do they separate but acetone will eat through plastic after a while. That and acetone is flammable as shit. I had seized upper LCA bolts on my XJ and used it on them and had it run down the control arms. I had my Jeep up in the air with a cheater bar pulling the LCAs down to get them back in the axle and slipped with the bar. Just the friction from that was enough to ignite the acetone on the LCA.
|11-23-2013 12:52 AM|
Keep small remnants of tubing from projects and weld them onto things like tables, vice stands and tool carts as mig gun/tool holsters/hooks. Helps keep things off the floor and within reach.
applying superglue to the tip of a gloved finger or cheap screwdriver is a good way to retrieve non-metallic items from tight spaces.
cupcake baking tins are useful for storing hardware during teardowns. Put down rows of masking tape and label bins if needed. Ice cube trays are handy too.
I often "sweep up" with a long blow gun. Aim it down a wall, close to the floor and it blows metal shavings/dust/whatever out of the corner and out into the open where it can be swept. Great for getting around tables and equipment that aren't easy to move.
You can make all kinds of cool welding pliers and clamps out of chinese vise grips and scraps of plate, bar, angle iron etc.
A 5 gallon bucket with a flexplate lying on top makes a great funnel holder.
|09-03-2013 09:26 PM|
|07-06-2013 07:09 PM|
Bumping this thread for a couple tips I've been shown. Sorry if they're already here.
For a handy little cup to carry liquids, hardware ect in...
Take an empty soda can, hold the top by the lid to about a 45 degree angle against a belt sander, keep spinning it around the lid to evenly sand the entire rim. There is a seam attaching the lid to the rest of the can that you must sand off.
After about 20-30 seconds of sanding, pull on the pop tab and the lid will pop off. You are left with a clean, burr-free can to hold shit in.
Also, nothing removes splinters better than a pair of calipers.
|05-02-2013 10:30 AM|
|04-10-2013 07:43 PM|
I'm with the Government, I'm here to help.
|03-23-2013 10:52 PM|
Chop saw won't cut? Sparks stopped flying?
Run your handheld angle grinder in one hand; bump the trigger on your chop saw. Tap the angle grinder disc to the chop saw blade while they're both running. It'll expose a fresh surface of the abrasive blade and you'll be back in business, cutting through steel.
|02-01-2013 06:36 PM|
|01-30-2013 04:59 PM|
My buddy uses this one:
For Axle shaft, drive shaft, and mid length pieces of steel storage, Get a few concrete mold tubes from your lowes/hd, he has 2x 3ft tubes, and 1x 2ft tube each 12" diameter, bolted to a sheet of plywood that is 30" x 30" with the 3 tubes in a triangle. He then stuck a 15lb disc weight from a barbell in each tube and then you can chuck your 3-5 ft leftover lengths of steel, plus spare axle and drive shafts.
he likes it a lot better than taking up shelf space with them.
|12-31-2012 12:01 PM|
gm flexplate and a 5 gallon pail is an excellent transmission stand
|12-30-2012 11:13 PM|
Anyone who has pulled the tranny crossmember in a dodge knows how much of a PITA it can be, the frame likes to tweak in.hard to get out, even harder to get back in. Even worse when its not on its wheels. I can get a pic if anyone wants one but its simple.
Took a regular old scissor jack left around from a scrap car. measured between the jack and the inside of the frame rails with the jack about 2/3 through its throw, and cut a peice of tubing, welded it to the jack with a peice of plate on top and then welded a 1/2 socket where the crank is so you can use a ratchet.
stick it behind the tcase between frame and it will hold the tranny and case up when you drop the crossmember. more room to work that way.
|12-14-2012 12:09 PM|
Not sure if it has been posted but Pam cooking spray works as an anti splatter when welding. The only problem is if it is left on the material after weld it's kind of a pain to wipe off after a while.
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|12-13-2012 11:16 PM|
Someone prior posting using pam to remove pitch... haven't tried that but I do know that rubbing alcohol works extremely well and leaves no residue behind.
When it comes to silicone type sealants "the right stuff" is absolutely unbeatable.
If you own a drill press, grinder or pretty much anything else that leaves metal shavings around a "swarf wand" is a must.
Magnetic swarf wand | Eclipse Magnetics
If you run wire loom a lot, these are very handy: Wire Loom Tool
Doing transmission work can be kind of a pain on a bench removing the guts. If your working on a 4x4 trans, remove the transfer case. Take a 3/4 or 1 ton truck rotor and lay it on the ground flange up. You can now set the transmission down on the rotor at the t-case end and the output shaft has clearance to not hit the ground.
If you just took a sticker off and still have the goo left behind, you could buy some goo-b-gone or wd40 works ok too. What I have found to work the best-----peanut butter. The oils break it down and it cleans right of with light rubbing and a rag.
I'm sure i'll think of more later....
|12-03-2012 09:00 PM|
dont do this on newer vehicles. But it will get the wheel off.
|12-03-2012 07:12 AM|
|12-03-2012 06:48 AM|
Lots of good info here!
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|12-03-2012 06:45 AM|
I've known about turning a rattle can upside down to spray the last of the paint out to save it till next time for awhile; with that in mind the other day I was using some great stuff expanding foam sealant and realized I've never been able to reuse a can once it's opened. So when I was done I sprayed brake cleaner into the male nipple on the can and it all cleaned out and has been used once since with no flaws. I didn't use the straw that screws onto the can but it could probably be cleaned out in the same manner.
A trick I learned for removing sheared off bolts is if they at least sheared off flush and are not below the surface of which they are threaded into you can take a small piece of metal with a hole cut in it, place the hole on top of the bolt and weld the plate to the bolt then just tap it loose with a hammer.
This is a simple one but when loosening fittings where you have to use two wrenches place them as close together as possible, this will reduce the risk of breaking the fitting due to unneeded stresses and you can typically just squeeze the wrenches with your grip to break the fitting loose.
Someone mentioned to remove a stuck oil filter put a screwdriver throught it, I've found the nylon strap filter wrenches will crush the fuck out of an oil filter but always gets them off.
|10-30-2012 03:51 PM|
|1DIRTYHOE||easy way to pull steering wheels, hook up an air hammer with a snub nose punch, loosen the nut and blip the shaft with the air hammer while pulling on the wheel, comes off in seconds|
|09-01-2012 03:29 PM|
I only use alcohol/acetone.
|08-29-2012 02:42 PM|
I was wiring up some lights on my motorcycle today, and had the bright idea to lay everything on my creeper so I could wheel it around with me. I was sitting on my roller-seat Keeps everything in reach!
|08-20-2012 10:32 AM|
might be a repost, but this worked out pretty slick.
welded some reciever hitch tubing to my cherry picker, and slid a along piece of 0.25" wall 2" tubing to connect my hitch to the picker. and strapped down the top to stabilize it. didn't grunt at all with the semi 14 hanging there.
|07-24-2012 08:52 PM|
|teamwir||The best thing for washing your hands is dish soap and a spoon full of sugar. The sugar is abrasive and wont burn cuts. It is better then any over the counter hand cleaner I have used.|
|06-25-2012 08:29 AM|
|06-24-2012 11:09 PM|
A 50/50 mix of acetone and ATF works better than Kroil.
WD-40 works great as cutting oil on aluminum. It's crap on anything else. Kerosene is almost ideal for cutting cast iron(not steel). For steel, I haven't seen anything better than the stinky old school sulfurized cutting oil(don't use it on aluminum though, it will stain).
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