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1  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Animal Friends thread on: May 10, 2015, 07:01:56 AM
Happy Moms or Mums Day !!   smiley
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2  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: May 01, 2015, 06:57:42 PM
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3  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 28, 2015, 02:47:41 AM
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4  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: April 28, 2015, 02:33:43 AM
@Stoic Joker

My choice as well.   Thmbsup  Seems to improve with age.

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5  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: April 28, 2015, 02:17:38 AM
I remember the name Zep.  But not what it was like using it.

Edit: come to think of it, I seem to remember this was the green stuff with abrasive.  Like a green mud.  I remember the dual opening can described.

Goop, if that's what it was, was a strong lye based soap.  But at least it didn't have abrasives.  Anyway, none of the stuff worked if you had to bust tires.  Some of the tire changers wore gloves.  But I needed more control.  I was a thin guy and not strong back then.  (Now I'm a fat not strong guy.  Progress! ) I had to rely on timing.  I never changed a split rim truck tire the whole time.  That was better side-stepped in my estimation.  The store where I did my first stint as an official mechanic there was a tire cage with two of the bars bent out from one of the rims going off during inflation.  It was like that when I got there.  Anyway the managers didn't push it since they could see how slight of build I was.



You may have to remember on your own.  I was a weekend-warrior that happened to be in close contact with professional mechanics at a job I had.
My ground-in dirt came from years of pulling out and rewinding 3" fuel hoses stored on reels... at this job... refueling commercial aircraft.
Timing was the key when wrestling these hoses, not strength and gloves just got in the way.  Sometimes strength is confused with being in shape.
(After that job i never saw 180 again).   undecided

The only 'soaps' I recall using were:
1)  Tide Laundry Detergent; the powder.  (Tide would remind me of any cuts that may need a second look).
2)  Lava; the green bar.  (Lava worked best on dried acrylic paint or slightly dirty hands).

Unfortunately ground-in dirt needs to be ground-out.  Tide + stiff bristled brush = cleaner hands.
Sometimes I would skip the fingernails if i was headed back to the auto-parts store.  A sort of 70s style status symbol.   Cool
6  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 26, 2015, 08:53:59 PM
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7  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 26, 2015, 08:19:05 PM
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8  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: April 26, 2015, 07:57:33 PM


Anyone remember the name of this mechanic's hand soap?  It came in a can with a blue label.  It looked just like Crisco.  Like a white lard.  Or like the white part of Dannon :fruit on the bottom" yogurt.

It escapes my memory.   embarassed


Maybe Gojo?

I would have remembered that name once mentioned.  It must have been goop.  I remember it had Lanolin.  That was back before anyone knew how good aloe was.  smiley


I love a mystery...  smiley

Would you have remembered Zep?  (I didn't until about 10 min. ago)
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I don't recall seeing it sold retail, (mid 70s), but the dispenser-ready can, used in truck repair-shops, was mostly this color blue w/ this logo.

The can was about 6" x 10".  The top lid was the same size as the can and could be pryed open with a screw driver.

There was a second lid on the bottom, about the size of a golf ball, if you wanted to use a dispenser.

It was off-white Crisco as well but i never used any... so i don't know if it was gritty or had Lanolin.

Both Goop and Zep have been around for more than 60 years.  Haven't researched Gojo.
9  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 25, 2015, 09:37:53 PM
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10  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 25, 2015, 08:05:17 PM
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11  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: April 25, 2015, 07:50:05 PM
Anyone remember the name of this mechanic's hand soap?  It came in a can with a blue label.  It looked just like Crisco.  Like a white lard.  Or like the white part of Dannon :fruit on the bottom" yogurt.

It escapes my memory.   embarassed


Maybe Gojo?

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It looked like off-white Crisco and was expensive.  A small can like this, back in the 60s, was around 4 bucks.   ohmy
12  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 25, 2015, 02:58:22 AM
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13  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 25, 2015, 02:56:17 AM
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14  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: April 25, 2015, 02:29:17 AM
@Mouser

A few more suggestions  smiley

WD-40 may help loosen rusty stuff.  Like lug nuts.
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Anti-oxident compound will provide a lasting connection between the battery poles and the cables.
You apply it to the cleaned (wire brushed) poles and/or cable lugs and then connect the cables to the battery.
The Home Depot sells this brand.  It's in the electrical dept.  Possibly near the light-fixture parts; (pull-chains, toggle switches, etc).

When i asked my auto-parts store people about this type of stuff... they looked at me like i had three-heads.
Then tried to sell me some kind of liquid.   undecided   Noalox is like toothpaste.

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Petroleum jelly will help prevent the white-powder from forming on the outside of battery connections.
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15  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 24, 2015, 07:03:31 AM
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16  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 24, 2015, 05:17:32 AM
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17  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 24, 2015, 04:34:01 AM
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18  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 24, 2015, 03:02:56 AM
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19  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 24, 2015, 02:08:59 AM
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20  Other Software / DC Gamer Club / Re: Yikes, A Guy Played So Much Candy Crush That He Ruptured a Tendon on: April 23, 2015, 06:13:06 PM
Gameboy Advance will deliver this pain, in both thumb joints, as well.  Grin
21  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: April 23, 2015, 05:34:08 PM
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May I suggest Harbor Freight Tools.. You may have a store near you.


There is one quite near me -- I bought my floor jack there (consensus seems to be that their floor jacks are good). thumbs up

I have one of their floor jacks as well.  A small one made of steel and it does the lifting quite well.
As you may know... not all of Harbor Freight's stuff is first-rate so beware. smiley

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Love is blind so i presume a Carfax Report would not sway you?  http://www.carfax.com/free-carfax-reports

I'm no gearhead but any vehicle with around 22k miles that needs shocks (already), 5-wheel alignment and just 2 rear tires, may indicate mistreatment of some kind.  A bent frame will continue to twist all shocks you install and constantly erase tire treads.

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Some gaskets and seals may start to leak when you flush things out.  Replacing old sludge with clean fluid sometimes does this.  (i used old dirty engine oil to help clean greasy hands before using the store-bought cleaner).  Non-clumping kitty-litter will help absorb these fluid puddles and it's cheaper that oil-dry.

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Stay hydrated.  Sweating is healthy but it's hard to concentrate on the task at hand if you're spittin-cotten and the muscle cramps are murder.
Screaming for help comes easier as well.

p.s.  You know about anti-freeze and animals drinking it... right?  Doesn't take much to lose a bud.  Sad
22  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: April 22, 2015, 08:23:33 PM
Too late to turn back now, i have purchased an obscene amount of tools and materials and will soon be jacking up the car and:
  • Changing oil
  • Changing the brake pads and rotors
  • Flushing tranmsission fluid
  • Flushing coolant
  • Flushing Transfer case and rear differential fluid
  • Flushing brake fluid
  • Flushing power steering fluid
  • Replacing spark plugs
  • Rotating tires

I've watched dozens of youtube videos, read a half dozen books, I'm ready to bond with my car through the experience of learning how to care for it smiley

Don't forget hand-cleaner.  Liquid gallon size with a hand-pump works best IMO.  The cream types tend to liquify when exposed to grease, heat or humidity.

May I suggest Harbor Freight Tools if you're a shop-rag user.  http://www.harborfreight.com/#  You may have a store near you.
Their mail-order shipments used to take forever.  When i used them the choices were next-day, second-day and Conestoga.  undecided

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I presume you have an alternate form of transportation?  Like if you forgot to get something you need for 'this' repair.
Or the parts you bought don't fit your model.
23  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: Interested in doing my own car maintenance.. Advice? on: April 22, 2015, 07:37:18 PM
@Mouser

As you will discover, reading about repair and hands-on 'fixing' are totally different.  Mostly more brused or bloody w/ perpetually dirty fingernails.

Maybe you could use some of your auto-repair knowledge to help weed-out the scam-shops and find one or two that need a little IT help?
You have an ace in the hole.   Cool

FWIW: Motor's Auto Repair Manual was my bible back in the mid 60s.  Back when the ground was visable while looking under the hood.   Grin

24  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: April 22, 2015, 05:57:00 PM
more alarming than silly

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25  Main Area and Open Discussion / Living Room / Re: silly humor - post 'em here! [warning some NSFW and adult content] on: March 26, 2015, 11:47:00 AM
This is just batshit crazy...

These people are worried about being "triggered" by clapping. Really.


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