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Old 05-31-2007, 10:47 PM
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Garage tech tips

I'll start this, then if anyone wants to sticky or tech folder this, cool, everyone post their homegrown how to's here.

My first one is on drill sharpening, any 2 hex nuts placed together is close enough to use as a gauge for hand sharpening a drill bit. More to come.
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Old 05-31-2007, 10:56 PM
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Tech tip #2

ATF, brand or type not important, is just about the best drilling and tapping fluid for all metals.
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Old 06-01-2007, 07:47 AM
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I'll give it a try, hang on to your worn 1/2 wrenches. A 1/2 wrench is 12.7 mm, worn out, it will work for a 13 mm.
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I'll give it a try, hang on to your worn 1/2 wrenches.
A 1/2 wrench is 12.7 mm, worn out, it will work for a 13 mm.
Cool to read that someone else has noticed that. :)

Back in the early 70's I found two different old 1/2" boxed-end wrenches that
had rusted slightly and were my main wrenches back when I was working on
air cooled VWs.

The other ends are 9/16" and aren't worth anything. :/
Always threatened to file 'em out to 15mm but just never did.

Filed out a loose a a goose shorty-boxed-end 11/16" to 18mm tho...
http://www.panix.com/~alvinj/file12/wrench18mm.jpg

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Afraid of getting oil or atf stains on your pristine garage floor? lay out a sheet of TYVEK house wrap, logo side up, before you pull your vehicle in to work on it. It won't allow liquid to soak thru and will take a beating with jacks/creepers/thrown tools and squirming mechanics that paper won't.
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A section of 1/2" hardware cloth will make a nice grate over your Oil Pan to help keep you from having to fish the plug out if accidentally dropped.
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Tip for removing #2 phillips head screws that have a tendancy to strip out. Take a small ammount of valve lapping compound and put it in the head of the screw. It will make the screw driver "bit" into the screw. Also clamping a vise grips on the shank of the screw driver and pushing down on the end of the screw driver helps to keep them from stripping out.
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Tip for removing #2 phillips head screws that have a tendancy to strip out.
Take a small ammount of valve lapping compound and put it in the head of
the screw. It will make the screw driver "bit" into the screw. Also clamping
a vise grips on the shank of the screw driver and pushing down on the end
of the screw driver helps to keep them from stripping out.
x2

And what worked miracles on old motorcycles for me was to use a 3/8" starter
punch and hammer and peen the Phillips heads down to where the screwdriver
didn't fit so good, then hammer the screwdriver in for a perfect fit -then!- try
turning it.

Beats the heck out of a stripped out Allen head screw which is what I saw
other guys wrestle with, after spending money to replace all the "crappy"
Phillips head screws. ;)

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A large trash can lid with the removable center plug makes a great funnel for the bigger messy jobs like trans filter replacement or radiator removal where it runs on the frame and everywhere...
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A large trash can lid with the removable center plug makes a great funnel for the bigger messy jobs like trans filter replacement or radiator removal where it runs on the frame and everywhere...
Thats good! I used once a fiberglass spare tire cover off a conversion van with holes drilled in it.
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