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Old 01-16-2019, 09:05 AM
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I wanted to start this, because there are Tech Tips that are not your usual, run-of-the mill, been there, done that (tho, if you think it's exceptional, go ahead and post it!).
Here is mine: Gasket Scrapers. I got these from the 'Used Tool Guy' who shows up at drag races and auto swap meets. I only saw them in his wide array once! He usually has a dozen tables, with some very oddball stuff to be found. I saw these and I knew I had to have them. They were slabs of very hard solid stainless steel, with a super sharp edge. Unlike a wood putty knife, with a soft steel handle, they slay hard gaskets, a whole lot easier than the putty knife. Guess what they are?








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These are surgical bone chisels, known as Lambotte Osteotomes. They come in a variety of sizes and are made of very hard, stainless steel. You can find them on Ebay for as little as $19 each. Make sure the length and width and whether it's curved or straight is what you want. They make awesome gasket scrapers!
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those look handy
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those look handy
And they work, really, really, well!
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hey, that's got me thinking.. I could probably get one of those dental drills and use it instead of a dremel...the sound is classic. Or possibly one of those scrapers they use to clean your gums, brings back some great memories...
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This surgical tool is great for pulling ATO type fuses. It's good for retrieving dropped parts that you can't get to by hand. In other states it could be used in other ways.
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This surgical tool is great for pulling ATO type fuses. It's good for retrieving dropped parts that you can't get to by hand. In other states it could be used in other ways.
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A friend of mine had done this-

Get some multicolored electrical tape- and you'll never have to chase a cord down again!!!

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Originally Posted by Street Rat View Post
This surgical tool is great for pulling ATO type fuses. It's good for retrieving dropped parts that you can't get to by hand. In other states it could be used in other ways.
that sounds really faaar out man!
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quickie easy to find tool for holding fuel pump drive rod up. the dipstick... just remember to put it back when finished!

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That's a good one!
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Those small plastic pot scrapers are great for gaskets too.

If you bust a fan shroud dont have a rivet gun drill some small holes use some zip ties and stich that sucker back together

You can also fix a plastic cracked or busted shroud with a cheap fiberglass repair kit (resin and cloth) @ the auto parts store. Sand it down paint it holds forever.

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Originally Posted by squared View Post
hey, that's got me thinking.. I could probably get one of those dental drills and use it instead of a dremel...the sound is classic. Or possibly one of those scrapers they use to clean your gums, brings back some great memories...
You can buy ten Dremels for what one cheap dental handpiece costs. I'm a (retired) dentist and I actually used a Dremel in the lab in my office for denture adjustments and the like. The dental drill for that purpose sold for about $1800. That would buy a lot of Dremels!
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Originally Posted by drwet View Post
You can buy ten Dremels for what one cheap dental handpiece costs. I'm a (retired) dentist and I actually used a Dremel in the lab in my office for denture adjustments and the like. The dental drill for that purpose sold for about $1800. That would buy a lot of Dremels!
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I was filling in a missing chunk of fiberglass yesterday with Bondo and wondering how I was going to sand it flat? Seems like no matter how hard I try, sanding blocks and everything, it hollows out the center and messes up the edges. Then I thought, if I wait until it just starts to harden, I can "shave" off the excess with a single edge razor blade. Worked great.
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I made a tool to drill the rollbar for the seatbelt-

Looked on line- a lot of different designs to center drill a pipe- most were a V- block and a drill press...

Here's what I did on the cheap-

split ring hanger have them in various sizes at Lowes/HomeDepot I got the 2" and 1 "- so I'm all in for $5!!!

Some aluminum tube I had laying around (about 10mm)- threaded it to 3/8-16

Then cut it so the drill bit would be able to go through the rollbar.

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This flexible little extension has saved me a lot of headache!
Especially when removing my brake booster bolts under the dash.
I got it on Amazon.


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Originally Posted by scottjamison View Post
This flexible little extension has saved me a lot of headache!
Especially when removing my brake booster bolts under the dash.
I got it on Amazon.

I've got one of those and just used it last week! They work great on loosening up the center intake bolts too (once you break them loose...).
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I'm sure many of you know about crows foot wrenches. I was familiar with them, having used them at work. I bought a set when it was clear that there was no other way to tighten the hoses on the Borgeson box. I needed them again to get the new brake lines tight on the rebuilt trailing arms.





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What about the cut off, bent wrenches of various sizes to get into odd places?
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