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

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    1. BobWiersema

      BobWiersema Well-Known Member

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      This whole planking thing is getting out of control. :D

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    3. rookieshooter

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      Problem
      Not much of a home made tool but sure is a lot easier to use since I modified it.
      This is no more then an adjustable wrench (china) that I welded an extension to the handle.
      It has one goal in life and that is to tighten the jamb nuts on my front and rear linked suspension.
      It was just one of those nagging little things that I always say I'm going to do.
      It never evers stays adjusted where I want it. At that time I did not have the right size wrench to weld the extension to so enter one cheap adjustable. What happens it never stays adjusted for those same size jamb nuts. I mean just flip it over and it changes, lay it down and it changes. Then about 99.9% of the time when I turn the knurled knob i'll go the wrong way.


      Problem solved

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      Ok, I feel better now.
       
    4. ncranchero

      ncranchero Co-moderator Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Home made 1.25/32mm fan clutch tool I made for a BMW.

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      Had a clogged up oil pickup screen on a 88 Ranger 4x4 so I made this to blow it clean without removing the oil pan.

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      How I ever did without this to seat tire beads I don't know. Works just as good as a store bought version.

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      Large and small trim removal tools
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    5. wood1

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      Hey, that oil filter tool is a great idea. I haven't ever heard of anyone doing that before but it's really a great idea...
       
    6. ncranchero

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      That along with repeated diesel fuel flushes did the job. I drove it 50K+ miles after I got it to maintain oil pressure. BTW, it was clogged when I bought it.
       
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      :thumbsup:

      I'm making a note of that one so I can pass it on.
       
    8. BrooklynBay

      BrooklynBay Moderator & long time member. Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Most interesting thing I made was when I bunged up the threads on the end of my radius arm while doing a quick job of replacing radius bushings on my '94 X. Quick as in forcing the arm out of the mounting bracket without taking the axle apart. When I couldn't get the nut back on I found another nut, welded it into the jaws of a vice grip, then cut it in half. Made a tool I could clamp onto the radius arm and clean up the threads enough to get the nut back on. No pics because after I was done I cut the nut off the vice grips.
       
    10. drdoom

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      5R55E Servo Cover Tool

      This a tool I made while doing a rebuild on my 5R55E transmission.

      MATERIALS:

      1" square tubing, about 6" long

      M8-1.25x40mm bolts, 2 required

      2" muffler clamp (package read 1.75", but bolt measures 2" I.D.)

      TOOLS:

      5/16" drill bit

      3/8" drill bit

      THE TOOL:
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      THE PARTS:
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      As you can see, the muffler clamp has been cut on one side, forming a "J" hook.

      THE LAYOUT:
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      The multiple holes allow this tool to be used for both the intermediate & overdrive servos.

      USAGE:
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      For the Intermediate Servo, use as shown. For the Overdrive Servo, move the "J" hook to the other hole, and one of the M8s must be moved also when you reposition the tool. It is very simple and self-explanatory.
       
    11. drdoom

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      This is not a fabrication, but merely an improvisation. I used three 6" QuikGrip clamps, and three 1/2" drive sockets. It is fast, effective, and gives unequaled access to the circlips.

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    12. toypaseo

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      That is a great way to repurpose a cheepo adjustable wrench. I hate when I have to use those. You touch them, they go out of adjustment. You put them down, they go out of adjustment. You use them, they go out of adjustment. You look at them, they go out of adjustment...
       
    13. BrooklynBay

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      It looks like it might be possible to make a dual servo cover compressor. Use a longer square rod with two cut muffler clamps. You wouldn't have to remove the existing clamp to move it over to the next servo. I had an idea after looking at the three way spring compressor. You could easily modify a caulking gun to compress the clutch pack. The same idea would work on a brake caliper to compress the piston.
       
    14. BrooklynBay

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      I needed to change the ball joints on my 92 explorer and had alot of trouble removing my spindles. Wanted a better grip with my slide hammer so I made this thing. :)

      Worked like a charm!

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      Just finished these fan clutch wrenches today. A few weeks ago I had to rent the set from Autozone to change the waterpump on a powerstroke. While I had them I took dimensions, drew them in CAD and then cut them out of 1/4" steel on my cnc plasma. (I know that is kind of cheating :D )
       

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      BrooklynBay Moderator & long time member. Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      I dont know how to post pics (or I cant) But I recently used a cherry picker, some chain and a blow torch to bend exhaust pipe.

      Some awesome shots on this page! Great ideas!
       
    19. BrooklynBay

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      Thanks. Easier...yes. Cheaper...no. They are painted a hammered silver metallic but even then the bare steel didnt show any discoloration when it was cut.
       
    21. BrooklynBay

      BrooklynBay Moderator & long time member. Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      What kind of temperature does it take to cut the steel? I'm sure that it must be pretty hot to slice through it before it gets a chance to discolor.

      I saw a video clip a few months ago about desktop fabrication. The machine made a two color wrench out of some soft of polymer. They claim that it was strong, and demonstrated it. It only took a few a few hours to replicate. The CAD program was capable of making it any scale up to the maximum capacity that the machine could build.
       
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      The plasma gets to around 30,000 degrees F but it is so focused you cant feel it and it doesnt warp or discolor it.

      That wrench you are talking about was from a rapid prototyper - 3d printer. Cool stuff!
       
    23. BobWiersema

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      Nice, now I know who to call when I have to change the pump. :)

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      Got tired of using those buckets to stand to lean over fender. Had various size tubing laying around so I thought I'd put them to good use, plus a little safer.
       
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      MONMIX I fix dents Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Like pretty much every one I have the assorted cut and bent wrenches.

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      MONMIX I fix dents Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Extra deep sockets.
      8mm for Acura drip rail moldings
      10mm for Lexus drip rail moldings
      and 11mm for Ford (?) rear bumper cover.

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