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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 06-28-2002 09:04 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
When changing emergency brake cables, you have to compress the 9 or so fingers that hold the cable to the backing plate in order to remove it. I've found a stainless steel band clamp, like you would use on a heater hose for example, works great for this. Unscrew the clamp to open it up, loop it over the cable and get the screw started again, then compress the fingers until the cable end falls out of the backing plate.

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posted 07-01-2002 07:32 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Installing freshly painted fenders?

Be sure to put masking tape on your fender edges when you reinstall them to prevent accidental chipping. Also, in Mustang Monthly they had a great tip about using milk bottles to make plastic washers for your fender bolts so you can fit the fenders without scratching the paint. When you are done, just remove them one at a time. I thought that was a great idea.

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posted 07-02-2002 07:56 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Having a hard time with a balancer bolt? Put a breaker bar on it, brace it on the frame and click the engine over at the solenoid. Wa-la!

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posted 07-03-2002 06:59 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Collect pulleys of all sizes. They make excellent tools for bending tubing. Chuck them in a vise and you'll get nice, kink free bends.

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posted 07-03-2002 09:49 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Having your car painted and the bottoms detailed?? Everyone knows that overspray blows under the car on everything. Two solutions. One cover the bottom with a film of oil on bottom-too risky that it could get on paint and cause fish eyes.

"Gift" wrap the bottome for the painter.. I wrapped by 65 bottom with Reynolds wrap HD foil. Used three boxes! Cheap!! wrapped springs rear end susp, etc. Using duct tape covered the entire bottom with foil,. No engine or trans in car. It was a roller. Attached the duct tape to the pinch weld on bottom of rocker and ran the foil in toward the center.

After waxing, use some cheap throw away paint brushes with the bristles cut short to get wax build up off of letters, mouldings, etc.

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posted 07-05-2002 09:02 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Suspect bad spark plug wires? Pop the hood at night while the engine is running in the dark. Bad wires will put on quite a light show.

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posted 07-09-2002 09:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I made a handy mini-paint booth for small parts by cutting the top and one of the sides off a 2'x2'x2' cardboard box. It really limits overspray. A turntable at the bottom lets you turn the part as you paint it. You can also hang parts by wires inside.

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You can also attach a shop-vac to the box and put a second hose on in to exhaust the fumes out a window
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I made a handy mini-paint booth for small parts by cutting the top and one of the sides off a 2'x2'x2' cardboard box. It really limits overspray. A turntable at the bottom lets you turn the part as you paint it. You can also hang parts by wires inside.


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