Working with what you got

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16 Responses to Working with what you got

  1. Joe Blow says:

    Thats actually pretty brilliant!

  2. Daryl says:

    Done it many times. People like to stop and watch too.

  3. POd American says:

    That’s how I pull my first two piece drive shaft from my Olds F85. Didn’t have jack stands or a place to work so I used the street and curb. I also learned another lesson…pull the spline and tranny fluild pours out all over your chest!

    I also pulled a 3 spd standard tranny using the same curb.

  4. paulb says:

    Been there done that. Many ways to set up the car/truck/tractor to get to what you need. A big tree nearby is pretty handy as well.

    • crazyeighter says:

      “A big tree nearby is pretty handy as well.”

      Thus the condescending term “Shade-Tree Mechanic”. I wear that description as a badge of honor. I also tell people I have a PhD in Southern Engineering.

      • Elmo says:

        People who condescendingly use the expression ‘shade tree mechanic’ have never picked up a wrench that’s been laying in the sun on a 90° day.

  5. Phssthpok says:

    AH!… Someone else has figured out the ol’ cardboard trick!

    It’s a helluvalot nicer to lay on than wet ground, gravel, or pavement, you can slide in and out with ease, dropped fiddlybits don’t disappear, and if you spill any fluids your driveway/ work space stays clean(ish)!

  6. Valkin.a says:

    I am a PHD, post hole digger

  7. Gryphon says:

    Friend of Mine took some Railroad Ties and Gravel to make a Ground-Level ‘Trench’ with the bottom actually Higher than surrounding Yard, Drive the Trucks, Tractors. Dozers straddling it, and lay down the Cardboard…

    Kenny, do You remember seeing Car Garages with ‘Grease Pits’ ? There’s still one around here, Old Gas Station/Store at a rural intersection, some Gearhead bought it Years ago, Restored the Place Nice, and lives Upstairs. He does Amazing Resto Work on old Tractors.

    • Wirecutter says:

      The first place I rented was an old garage that had the grease pit filled in.
      Yeah, when you’re barely 18 years old, your standards aren’t real high.

  8. Karl says:

    Drove my 62 Chevy from Pittsburgh to Miami to stay with my cousin. Next morning I discovered the drive shaft was toast. Since I had parked over the drainage ditch in his front yard it was easy to slip under and make the swap. And the cardboard sheet has a cherished spot in my garage as it works wonders crawling under a vehicle parked in the gravel driveway.

  9. Gryphon says:

    Re: the Cardboard- get Refrigerator/Appliance Boxes, Large Sheets and Double-Wall construction.
    Also, “masonite” or Pegboard without Holes is even better.

  10. Andrew says:

    Kinda did that replacing the starter on my Chrysler Imperial (that piece of shit.) Parked it on a slope, jacked up the front end and used cinder blocks to keep the front end up. At the end, just sat on cardboard and was almost able to sit up underneath the damned thing. Boy, was I glad when the electrical system finally shorted out completely (No AC, No power windows, middle of Florida during summer, I lost weight every time I drove the damned thing.)

    And, yes, I locked the rear wheels and blocked the ever-loving heck out of them.

    I’ve seen guys do basically the same thing on a flat surface. Jack up a wheel, put block under, repeat to other three wheels. Place jack on block, jack up wheel one more time, add new blocks (recommend doing overlapping blocks for big vehicles) until vehicle is the right height. Or, well, use jack stands. Just not cheap jack stands.

  11. Robert says:

    Crawled under a van held up by my roomie’s BRAND NEW floor jack. It gave way and the van sank down slightly squishing my chest with the gas tank. I was the only one around who wasn’t in a wheelchair so it wasn’t like my onlookers could help. Quite a thrilling sensation. It’s amazing what a body can do when properly motivated. Never again…

  12. Robert says:

    ETA: and I had the madatory cardboard under me. That slightly slippery surface was a good thing.

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