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Toronado3800
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From: St. Louis, MO
Registered: Jul 2001

posted 11-12-2004 03:16 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Toronado3800     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Tonight I was working a 10 inch piece fo a 2X10 into a wall clock. Drilled out the hole and went to insert the $4 clock motor. Darn it, the motor got stuck so I popped it out. Wouldn't you know it, the plastic thing came apart into all its five piece glory.

I spent the next 45 minutes putting that electric motor back together. Getting the gears, battery connections, and circuit board back in place with no working model was almost beyond me, even had to strap duct tape around the thing as one of the plastic clips broke.

Anyone else ever spend way more time fixing something than its worth?

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Fastback68
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From: Sucat, Paranaque, Philippines
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posted 11-12-2004 04:11 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Anyone else ever spend way more time fixing something than its worth?

Yeah, my Mustang

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Dave Witthoeft
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posted 11-12-2004 06:34 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Dave Witthoeft   Click Here to Email Dave Witthoeft     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Cars , bikes. houses,...Some relationships.....

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MLariviere
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From: Biddeford,Me.USA
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posted 11-12-2004 08:03 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for MLariviere   Click Here to Email MLariviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Usually it's the kids' toys,the dollar store items most often. But there is alot of love when they get it back,so I guess it's worth it.

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mellowyellow
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posted 11-12-2004 08:55 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mellowyellow     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A mopar, what else! LOL!

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adragon8u
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posted 11-12-2004 09:28 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for adragon8u   Click Here to Email adragon8u     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I used to own a Colt Vista wagon, need I say more

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FrdTuff
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posted 11-12-2004 09:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for FrdTuff   Click Here to Email FrdTuff     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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Originally posted by Dave Witthoeft:
...Some relationships.....

funny u say that because that was exactly what I thought when I read the thread title....

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mach1mike
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From: newquay, cornwall UK
Registered: Apr 2004

posted 11-12-2004 10:41 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach1mike   Click Here to Email mach1mike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
An Austin Allegro.... don't suppose you guys know what it is or looks like but I reckon thats an advantage! it was justly voted worst car ever made in the UK

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Fastback68
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posted 11-12-2004 11:56 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ooooo, I know all about the Austin Allegro mate! My Dad had one Curiously I was in Tokyo ten years ago and saw a restored one for sale as an English classic - as if it was actually worth something!!!!!
If memory serves, the deal with those was when you jacked them up from the central jacking point, they broke in half!

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indyphil
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From: Senoia, G.A. USA
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posted 11-12-2004 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indyphil   Click Here to Email indyphil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Im just impressed he actually managed to fix and Austin Allegro...

My friends dad had something similar I think it was called the Princess? Getting older...Memory fading...

Didnt know we had a member in Newquay either.

Most worthless thing I ever fixed? Hmmm
a 1978 Olds Cutlass (305) someone had the plug wires on wrong what a complete piece of crap that was...

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mach1mike
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posted 11-12-2004 12:39 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach1mike   Click Here to Email mach1mike     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Oh yeah the Princess was awful as well!
The Allegro did do some strange things when jacked up the most common was the rear screen falling out (seen it happen coz i did it!)

You've been to Newquay indyphil?

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indyphil
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posted 11-12-2004 02:15 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for indyphil   Click Here to Email indyphil     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Newquay
Yes but not for long. I left England for good about 4 years ago, the southwest was the part that i visited the least.
I lived Near Barnstaple when I was REALLY young, then King's Lynn, then London, then Shrewsbury.

Now im going to google the austin allegro and find a fan site...

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'68 coupe, '66 289 C code
engine, edel 600cfm carb, performer intake, dual exhaust http://www.geocities.com/ottouk_77/68mustang.htm

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SteveLaRiviere
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posted 11-12-2004 05:27 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for SteveLaRiviere   Click Here to Email SteveLaRiviere     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A VW bug. I think that car was faster when it was parked.

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'70 Mustang Convertible 250 I6/3 speed/2.79 Open
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chip67
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From: louisville, ky, jefferson
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posted 11-12-2004 10:19 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for chip67   Click Here to Email chip67     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
omg, theres so much time wasted i cant even remember. ive spent hours on things that would cost less than 10 bucks to fix right or just buy a whole new one. its the principle, doesnt have to make sense. tools, welder, air compressor,nuts and bolts, duct tape, jb weld, old car parts youve saved in piles to the point you can even get through your garage without needing stitches....these things dont allow you to walk away from fixing that thingie. if you throw that thingie away without wasting precious hours of quality time with your family, you lost. now i might be stupid, but im not a loser.

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Fastback68
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posted 11-12-2004 11:09 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Fastback68   Click Here to Email Fastback68     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
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old car parts youve saved in piles to the point you can even get through your garage without needing stitches

Can we not talk about that? It makes me want to cry I once had a beautiful house. The three-car garage had one Mustang, a garden furniture set under the skylight, and some beautiful potted plants. Of an evening, I'd sit there with friends and admire the Mustang over a drink. Five years on, it looks like a breakers yard

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