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Discussion in 'Tools and Garage' started by BrooklynBay, September 18, 2007.


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    1. BrooklynBay

      BrooklynBay Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Everybody has encountered a situation where they needed a certain kind of tool which wasn't available (or too expensive). This is when you have to improvise, and get creative. I had this happen a few times. To start off this thread, I was replacing my front suspension components (shocks, springs, upper control arm bushings, ball joints, etc), and encountered a situation where I needed a way to compress the lower control arm, and support it. Here are some pictures to further explain what I did:
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    3. BrooklynBay

      BrooklynBay Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Everyone who is lifted knows that it sucks to get the tranny or tcase off easy. So we took out motorcycle jack and made a simple mod for it.
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      Works well. It safty pins to the jack with the pins that came with the jack to hold the top skids on. So you will only be out the square tube if you have the jack.
      Modification to the stand. Forgot to add that we cut a bit of one middle support to allow you to tilt the tranny up or down. I still have to add some more square tube down and across to cover the missing spot.
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      We also made a fan clutch removal tool.....This is not it but it looks the same. This one is for one of our big mowers.
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    5. BrooklynBay

      BrooklynBay Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Burns Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Ill get a pic of the tranny cradle with out anything on it. UPDATE IN POST 3

      The wrench is about 14+ inches long. Not sure on any more numbers at the current time. I forgot...lol
       
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    7. Brian1

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      A few of mine:
      Top - axle yoke remover that fits 1310, 1350 and 1410 yokes. Holds the yoke in place while a socket fits inside it to loosen the nut
      2nd - Seal driver for replacing the lower power steering seal on a first gen Explorer without removing the box from the frame
      3rd - Plane of Bend bracket. Positions a level or degree finder on a piece of tube whil it is in the bender so I know how much the tube is rotated between bends
      last - tools for rebuilding a saginaw power steering box. 1 is a spanner wrench for removing the input and the next is a splined connector with a 1/4" drive for using my 1/4" in-lb torque wrench for checking preload (which is adjusted by the bolt on the top cap)

      I have also made more stuff like dies for my press, positioning clamps and various pullers
       

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      When I rebuilt my M5OD, I had to make a bearing puller.

      I couldn't find a single puller that had 12" of reach & pulling length. So I made this:

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    9. sn0border88

      sn0border88 Master Apprentice Elite Explorer

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      weve made countless dies for the press brake, usually to bend round bar, or to put a radius bend in a piece of sheetmetal.

      Recently we made a jig that formed pieces of 7/8 cr soild bar into meat hooks for a local processor.
       
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      A home made A/C Schraeder Adapter valve adjustment tool.

      When converting from R12 to R134a there is an adapter that screws on to the R12 port that will accept the R134a fittings. Invariably the depressor extension inside the adapter inside is not set right and keeps the Schraeder valve depressed enough to cause a small but persistent leak. A normal Schraeder valve adjustment tool does not fit in these adapters, hence the new tool Dremeled from a drill bit.

      After adapter installation, the tool is used to back out the depressor extension in the adapter until it clears the Schraeder valve.
       

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      wow you people really are creative!
      I should stop buyin tools and start making them myself! lol
       
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      Seal removing tool, made from flat steel and a Toyota radius arm

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      Spare Tire winch adapter, to operate the drop/raise winch with a 1/2" impact

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      Misc, broken 1/2" extensions, rear diff carrier pins, and what-nots used for drifts or drivers

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      Cast pipe pieces used for a cooling system flush kit, screw and unscrew the pieces to fit whatever your working on for different radiator hose size

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      Pipe fitting on the right is for installing rear main seals, the 2" pipe on the right is for installing pinion bearings in a 20ton press (Right Kris??)

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      2.0 and 2.3 Ford 4 cylinder, lifter removal/install tool, made from flat steel

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      Misc wrenches cut-up, ground on, and bent (MODIFIED) for reaching hard to get at spots, power steering lines, header bolts, and whatever I couldn't get at, at that time

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      In the background behind the Lexus ES300 you'll see an "I" shaped wooden fixture, this is used to hold the engine in place while you remove the K-member out of a vehicle to service it, being header install, rack & pinion seal repair, ETC

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      I have more but we'd be here all day :rolleyes:




      Jeff - :navajo:
       
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    13. ThePhoenix

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      some of these are lethal weapons. nice job guys
       
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      Clutch Spring Compressor Tool

      Basically this shows how to make your own Clutch Spring Compressor. I used 1/8" plate steel for this. You can find it at most welding shops or trailer dealer/repair shops. The rubber hose goes over the all-thread to protect from nicks and scratches.

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      Below: The small bottom "H" piece was my first attempt so I used it as a base since it was too small. The base doesn't have to be an "H".

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      Below: Pretty basic stuff really. I used a hacksaw at first but got smart and bought some good metal blades for my Bosch jigsaw. It cuts it like butter.


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      Below: Just a "T" shape with a hole in it. I should mention that the overall length is 6" total.


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      Below: Put it in a vise and bend it like shown. It's all eye-balling. This stuff bends ok by hand but some heat from a propane torch and a little beating with a hammer will help.

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      Fan Pulley Wrench

      Advanced Auto Parts sells one for for like 22 bucks or something, which is absurd. Some places have them for as high as 50 bucks!

      This is the same thing but without the black paint and the "Made in China" thing. (I'm just guessing they're made in China cuz I bent the hell out of the loaner I used from Advanced Auto).

      I used 1/8" plate steel again. It works fine for me but if you have a fan that's stuck real good you could make it out of 1/4" plate steel. I use a regular Crescent Wrench for the Fan Nut. It's a tight fit but it works.

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      Most of mine seem silly compared to these! I'd like to see more :)

      I'll see if any of mine will be a contribution.
       
    17. BrooklynBay

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      Absolutely nothing lik those above! Mostly adapters to use funny cominations to drive sockets w/ something other than a wratchet, and other little stuff like that.

      I also make lots of small parts out of .062 to .125 plate that i have laying around, like brackets and block off plates, retainers and what not.
       
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      BrooklynBay Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      I'm always having to get creative, most recently, I used a stock 5.0 Throttle body and a block of wood and a hammer to put the front seal in my motor.

      I also made a key for closing the moonroof on my truck because the motor is bad.

      My buddy used a garage door opener cable and my pulley puller to get a steering wheel off once too.
       
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      Thanks I have to swap out my fan clutch in the next few weeks and I will be making one of these.
       
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      BrooklynBay Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      what is the benefit of that over say a 2 liter bottle or a 5 gallon bucket?
       
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      BrooklynBay Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      It has a low profile, is easy to store, is capable of selecting which bottle or bottles get filled. An ordinary drain pan catches fluid, then you have to pour everything into separate containers. This does all of the work for you in one step.
       
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      Here is what a friend of mine built for doing our concrete carport pad (I helped, but it was his idea)

      Its a power screed (sp?).. It works so much better than screeding by hand. Here a few pics of it (you can see how flat it gets the concrete). It not only flattens, but it packs the concrete and removes all the air/water pockets.

      Basically, its a 3 horse motor that turns an unbalanced shaft to make the entire thing vibrate (including the wood you clamp the vibrator to).
       

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      Don't have to find a funnel to fill said containers after u drain the oil.
       

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