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68F100
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posted 03-02-2002 09:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
What's the strangest things you've used tools for that they weren't specifically designed for? Like using vise grips for a door handle, etc.

I once used and old socket for a spacer on the bolt for my alternator. Don't worry, I fixed it right eventually.

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-02-2002 09:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Well, I use my bench vise and sockets to press out u-joints, does that count?

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68F100
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posted 03-02-2002 10:33 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Yeah it counts Steve. Being an electrician, I've used tools for things they shouldn't be used for. For example, I have a screwdriver that I have used to "open live circuits" with. Just don't use the tip, or it will be useless as a screwdriver afterwards. Also, I do not recommend anyone try it, because it is potentially dangerous and I am a trained professional.

Come on guys, fess up. I need a laugh.

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capri man
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posted 03-02-2002 10:35 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for capri man   Click Here to Email capri man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
i used the dishwasher for a parts washer does that count? just dont tell capri-grrl!!

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Dave Witthoeft
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posted 03-03-2002 03:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Witthoeft   Click Here to Email Dave Witthoeft     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I jumped my 69 with the dipstick.

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68F100
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posted 03-03-2002 04:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 68F100   Click Here to Email 68F100     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Dave Witthoeft:
I jumped my 69 with the dipstick.


Is that the trick that is usually performed with a screwdriver...or are you talking about something that qualifies for the Bawdy Shop?

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Fastymz
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posted 03-03-2002 05:00 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastymz   Click Here to Email Fastymz     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
You mean theres a right use for every tool.Now you tell me,I too used old sockets for u-joints and as spacers.
I use anything to hit parts that I have in my hands at the time.
I use my teeth to strip wires.

SCOOP

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mellowyellow
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posted 03-05-2002 12:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Certain sixe sockets make good alternator spacers. Bought a resale 68 cv with that 'feature' and sold it with the socket still in place. Guy never noticed it.

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MLariviere
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posted 03-05-2002 09:12 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
How about the ol' oil filter wrench as a distributor wrench? Or a spare tire holddown J-bolt as a torque convertor seal puller? Or a bottle jack as a porta-power? Or feeler guages as shimstock Or...

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 03-06-2002 09:00 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When I worked on buicks, we used to silence dash squeeks with matchbook covers. Hi tech!

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gttorinofan
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posted 03-18-2002 11:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for gttorinofan   Click Here to Email gttorinofan     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
We were out in Lake Michigan under the Mackinaw Bridge when my Bimini top came loose. Didn't have screwdriver, but i did have a pair of vise grips and a dime. Worked great.

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