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#1 boyscout862 ONLINE  

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Posted March 22, 2014 - 04:33 PM

I had a shimmy in the front of my van when I put on the brakes. I pulled the left wheel and found that the caliper pins and bushings were stuck. A new set from Rock Auto on clearance ($5) and Its much better. As I was looking at the old pins and bushings, I realized that they would work well on attachments that I want to build for my GTs. They reminded me to share some reuse tricks.

 

Piston wrist pins are very handy for use as bushings and for making hinges, If the hinges are verticle, use old copper washers from calipers, as bearings between the wrist pins.

 

Use your imagination to reuse materials that you have around the shop. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted March 22, 2014 - 04:52 PM

Nice tips..

 

I wish I could reuse Gasoline and heating oil!


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Posted March 22, 2014 - 04:56 PM

Nice tips..

 

I wish I could reuse Gasoline and heating oil!

You could make methane from manure. One of my future projects is to build a wood burning generator and truck. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted March 22, 2014 - 05:32 PM

Nice tips..

 

I wish I could reuse Gasoline and heating oil!

If you figure that out, clue the rest of us in!


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Posted March 22, 2014 - 06:38 PM

    I salvage and re-use almost everything, the pedal tractor has been built with almost all re-used parts, my barn was built from another I tore down and removed from Altamont ny.  the same goes for everything around my house, I only buy new when I have to or the project requires it,  I love to see old leftover stuff re-purposed to a good use.


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Posted March 22, 2014 - 06:47 PM

I'm with petrj6,  I keep just about everything unless it is completely of no use, just in case I can use it for something.


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Posted March 22, 2014 - 07:08 PM

I'm with petrj6,  I keep just about everything unless it is completely of no use, just in case I can use it for something.

I used to do that but after a while I had so much old stuff that I would spend more time looking for something free that I knew I had but never found it until after I bought a replacement..  After we bought a house our son got the heap..  He's quite the re-user!  He made up a 'Redneck wood stove'..  He had the stove and an old propane grille burner inside it!.. :(   I shook my head and laughed at his contraption for a while!  Nope- don't miss those days of scrounging around for stuff anymore because I can usually afford to buy parts in my old age..   :D   


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Posted March 22, 2014 - 07:22 PM

My father taught me to fix , or rebuild , or get a used one , or make one, or do with out, before buying new. That has saved me may times. As for trying to find something in the garage it some times takes longer to find the bolt needed than to do the repair, but I guess you still saved money and have the satisfaction of fixing it. Noel
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Posted March 22, 2014 - 07:25 PM

I see it as a good challenge, a nice break from the surreal same old, forcing the brain to think.

Custom projects are immensely rewarding and can save a lot of $$$ if used parts are repurposed.


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Posted March 22, 2014 - 07:50 PM

I had a thread on some of this over a year ago. Great minds think alike! LOL
http://gardentractor...ap/#entry134509

Had some great ideas in it also
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Posted March 22, 2014 - 07:55 PM

     Frugal is just a fancy word for cheap!!!!!!!!  Guilty as charged, it drives my wife crazy when I save things for no apparent reason.  in the end I always find a use for what I save, even if it takes a few years.


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Posted March 22, 2014 - 08:05 PM

Every time I walk in the garage and get in the "zone" I think about that scene in Apollo 13 where they have to build a filter housing using only what's in the box.
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Posted March 22, 2014 - 10:30 PM

I see it as a good challenge, a nice break from the surreal same old, forcing the brain to think.

Custom projects are immensely rewarding and can save a lot of $$$ if used parts are repurposed.

 

I'd rather do that than play that Sudoku game that is supposed to make you so much smarter and that I will never ever understand.

 

Ben W.


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Posted March 23, 2014 - 06:15 AM

I'd rather do that than play that Sudoku game that is supposed to make you so much smarter and that I will never ever understand.

 

Ben W.

If you don't follow the masses you're just independant thinking. Today with the dumbing down of America its a good thing to not follow the flock to the fleecing. Good Luck, Rick


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Posted March 23, 2014 - 07:06 AM

If you don't follow the masses you're just independant thinking. Today with the dumbing down of America its a good thing to not follow the flock to the fleecing. Good Luck, Rick

So true, after me i saw a massive shift towards book smarts, the states started integrating country wide testings and such ironicly right after all the other counties embarrassed us in spelling bees....sad.

 

 

I'd rather do that than play that Sudoku game that is supposed to make you so much smarter and that I will never ever understand.

 

Ben W.

I take that ''sudoku game'' must be some kind of video game for Playstation ?


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