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#16 Bud OFFLINE  

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Posted August 19, 2014 - 06:46 AM

I lost one on a trip once. Got home happened to notice just a rusted cable hanging there. I have no idea were it fell off.



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Posted August 19, 2014 - 07:20 AM

What moron decided to invent the pos spare tire hoist on Chevy vans ?

 

It's all about status.

 

The head engineer with the most time in, gets to design the history making stuff, like nuclear powered air conditioning. The other less prestigious stuff is designed by increasingly junior engineers and interns. With the spare mount, the janitor happened to pass by emptying the trash when he got tapped for the job.


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Posted August 19, 2014 - 07:40 AM

Those cables rot through and the spares fall off. It happened to me on my 1989 minivan. Fortunately it happened in my driveway. I've heard of it happening on I95 with atleast one fatality. Good Luck, Rick


They fixed that problem which is why I had my problem. They designed a secondary latch system in case the cable breaks, problem is that you can't release that latch once it corrodes and freezes up. I couldn't anyway. Could not get to it.
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Posted August 19, 2014 - 11:19 AM

The old pick ups had a good thing with the swing up mount, until you put a padlock on it, which would rust up.


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Posted August 19, 2014 - 11:28 AM

Not everyone graduates at the top of the class (engineers), and what works well on paper doesn't necessarily cut it in real life. My spare wears a jacket to keep the weather off and rides in the box of the truck where I can get to it. Makes it handy when the guy comes to change the tire for me on the highway, should that ever happen. I'll change it myself in the yard if I have to, but not out there on the busy road, dressed in town clothes. Maybe that's an Olde lady thing, but it's how I am.
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Posted August 19, 2014 - 05:19 PM

 I'll change it myself in the yard if I have to, but not out there on the busy road, dressed in town clothes. Maybe that's an Olde lady thing, but it's how I am.

Yeah, I know how women are! You stand out there and cry until someone fixes it. Right? If that doesn't work, you hike your skirt up a little bit.



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Posted August 19, 2014 - 05:27 PM

The old pick ups had a good thing with the swing up mount, until you put a padlock on it, which would rust up.


I never had a lock on mine. But I remember some that did... and yes they rusted up bad!

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Posted August 19, 2014 - 05:50 PM

A lot engineers think in a perfect world and have no inkling of the real world when designing something!!
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Posted August 19, 2014 - 06:23 PM

Yeah, I know how women are! You stand out there and cry until someone fixes it. Right? If that doesn't work, you hike your skirt up a little bit.

 

Did you learn all this from experience?

 

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Posted August 19, 2014 - 07:27 PM

Step one works for my wife and daughter. Step two was observed at my job on the tollway.


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Posted August 19, 2014 - 11:48 PM

C'mon you two, I'm nigh onto seventy. If I hiked my skirt up you'd run for the hills or call a paramedic, lol.
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Posted August 20, 2014 - 07:20 AM

Hey! Hey!!! At my mom's nursing home there are plenty of 70-80 yo women fighting tooth and claw over some geezer collapsed in a wheel chair drooling on himself. Love is where you find it.


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Posted August 20, 2014 - 08:30 AM

Hey! Hey!!! At my mom's nursing home there are plenty of 70-80 yo women fighting tooth and claw over some geezer collapsed in a wheel chair drooling on himself. Love is where you find it.

Boy Rich, nothing like getting "off topic" if I had mod powers here, I'd slap you across the knuckles with a ruler. But I don't, so you're all good.

I'm kidding by the way, post away. Tell us about your childhood dreams or something.

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Posted August 20, 2014 - 08:48 AM

Oops, sorry! What were we talking about, peanuts?


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Posted August 21, 2014 - 10:17 PM

Well I decided to not just let the spare be held up with Ty raps. I made a hanger with a piece of 5/8" stainless steel threaded rod that I had on the shelf. Double nutted everything so it won't vibrate lose. I didn't have any 5/8 SS nuts so I just brushed on some never seize. I'm sure it will work, hopefully when and if I ever need the spare, it will come lose easily.

I've never done so much PM on a vehicle in my life. I replaced a lot of stuff. Just ordered a bunch of parts for the wife's Explorer to do the same too. That has 125,000 on it with a lot of original parts still on it.
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