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Forum topic by schloemoe posted 06-03-2010 05:31 AM 1051 views 0 times favorited 14 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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schloemoe

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06-03-2010 05:31 AM

I have spent most of my adult life in around the auto wrecking industry. I have been anywhere from a yard monkey to an owner . Pulling car parts for a living should not be an older mans profession but I did do it untill about three years ago. Mostly because I needed a job. Anyway on a lot of the late modle cars { 95&later} the jack and spare tires are held down with plastic nuts alot like the ones you can buy when you need a plastic knob for lets say a fence for you’re drill press. So I started saving as many of these as I could I probly have close to fifty of them kicking around in verious spots in my shop I run across them every once in a while. They really work good for building fences and making hold downs or stop blocks. So if any one is like me and needs to save money the next time you go to you’re locall junk yard grab up a half a dozen or so I’d bet they won’t even charge you for them…

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com


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#1 posted 06-03-2010 05:40 AM

Thanks for the info. Next time i go to a auto salvage yard i woll check it out

-- wchips

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#2 posted 06-03-2010 05:43 AM

I have a buddy who is an auto shop teacher. He is 30 and does exactly the same thing as a side job. He figures out what cars have discontinued parts that are still needed and searches them out. He was paying $20 for some pump on an early 90’s dodge, he was getting $100 each from the dealers! He cleaned out every junkyard in Nashville.

Thanks for the info on the knobs. I will have him on the lookout.

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#3 posted 06-03-2010 05:49 AM

Thanks for the Tip Rick

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schloemoe

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#4 posted 06-03-2010 05:53 AM

You’ll have better luck at what they call a Pick A Part yard where you pay 1.00 dollar entry and they just turn you loose in the yard. That way you don’t have to rely on some one else getting you the wrong stuff…......Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com

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#5 posted 06-03-2010 06:58 AM

I hope to never have to enter a junk yard agine…

Better part of my younger years I had to work on all

of our cars…My current truck I didn’t even see the engine

until I owned it for 3 months. But it is a good money saving tip

for those without a phobiea!!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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schloemoe

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#6 posted 06-03-2010 07:14 AM

I hate twisting wrenches for a living I don’t mind doing hobbie stuff like my old car but if I ever have to go back to doing it for a living I think I’ll slit my wrists….....Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com

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#7 posted 06-03-2010 08:43 AM

Good idea. Thanks for the info.

Just as a side, I used the piston/shocks from the hood of a cadilac to make my Murphy bed. They work great in countering the weight of the bed, and was not going to buy the “kit” to do it. (total cost in the bed is only $115.00)

Scrappy

-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#8 posted 06-03-2010 01:34 PM

I’ve always used those aluminum or pot-metal thermostat housings (goosenecks) as sawdust ports on small bandsaws and even once on a small table saw I had. Most of them fit a 1 1/2” shop-vac hose perfectly. They mount just fine on any flat surface.

-- Einstein: "The intuitive mind is a sacred gift, and the rational mind is a faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." I'm Poopiekat!!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#9 posted 06-03-2010 03:05 PM

Thanks for the tip!

Check this out, I used connecting rods for bookshelf hardware.

Also, piston bookends.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Rick

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#10 posted 06-04-2010 04:53 AM

If you happen to have a Used ”Callaway Vet Motor” laying around the Garage or Find one at a Wreckers Yard. You could ”JUST” throw a Glass Top on, simple Metal Base for feet and WALLA!! Coffee Table!! ;-}

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Rick

PS: poopiekat, *That’s a good idea! In fact you just solved a wee Problem for me!! Thank You!

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 06-04-2010 04:57 AM

Beautiful coffee table, Rick.

You must have to move it with a forklift.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Dark_Lightning

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#12 posted 06-04-2010 05:08 AM

Naw, me and one of my friends are on the way to Rick’s house to pilfer his engine- it’s a lot lighter than you think. Back in the day, two guys like me used to put stuff like that in a car, less hoist. I’ve got the back x-rays to prove it.

BTW, Pick-Ur-Part doesn’t charge for fasteners, so you can walk out with a pocketful of them, guilt- and duty-free. Is that what Schloemoe did?

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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schloemoe

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#13 posted 06-04-2010 05:14 AM

I did walk out guilt and duty free because I worked there Only I put mine in a bucket. I had other parts in my pocket lol. by the way what will the table do in the quarter mile?

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com

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#14 posted 06-04-2010 05:38 AM

AtomJack: Not a chance! See those four Bolts on the Floor! They are 2 Feet Long, run into the Basement, have BIG NUTS (Oh Stop!) and Lock washers on them! Non The Less…..You’re welcome any time.

schloemoe: Quarter Mile? Well …..Depends on how much Beer, Wine, Scotch, Martinis (I’m Good at the Chocolate Ones) Sea Food Platters, Chicken Wings & Fingers, Cheeses, Shrimp Coctails, etc. are sitting on it at the time.

We’d have to clear all that stuff off first! Saturday Night good for everyone?

Rick Du Chef

-- Hope Everyone Is Doing Well! .... Best Regards: Rick

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