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Old 12-10-2016, 10:24 AM   #21
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Old 12-10-2016, 11:03 AM   #22
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Use a medical syringe to apply small amounts of grease. Take the needle off so you don't stick yourself.
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cut my own water pump gasket saved a whole 40 cents. now thats cheap. truth be told i just forgot to put it on the parts order and wanted it now
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Old 12-12-2016, 12:00 AM   #24
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I use hot water heater insulating blanket instead of Dynamat. About 25% of the cost, 90% as effective.
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Old 12-12-2016, 01:28 PM   #25
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Mike That's pretty cheap! Which paper works best? The drugstore fliers, or the covers from old Model A News or letters from the bank. I've tapped out a few gaskets in my time too! I like the one Ian said about the hot water heater blanket for insulation. First, you're not violating judging standards and it sounds like a significant savings. Hey listen Guys, I want to thank everyone for their tips and hints! I'm sure we all got at least one we can use! Keep them coming!
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cut my own water pump gasket saved a whole 40 cents. now thats cheap. truth be told i just forgot to put it on the parts order and wanted it now
I use cornflakes packets for gaskets.
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Old 12-12-2016, 03:08 PM   #28
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This isn't really a fix but an amusing story. Dad used to tell about a neighbor with a model T that had a leaky carb, his fix was to hang a bucket from it. That way when he ran out of gas he could pour the bucket back in the tank and make it home.Frank
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Old 12-12-2016, 04:58 PM   #29
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My cheap trick is to buy quality parts and tools, and to do the job at hand correct the first time.
Never any regrets.
Do it right, do it once. Mickey mouse fix is just that, a temporary repair.
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I used dental floss to sew my brown carpet back together where my heel wore thru it.
Dental floss is white, carpet is brown. I flossed the dog's teeth first. Perfect match.
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I used dental floss to sew my brown carpet back together where my heel wore thru it.
Dental floss is white, carpet is brown. I flossed the dog's teeth first. Perfect match.
Reminds me of the comic I just read in the Sunday funnies.

A man is walking his dog on a leash, and two bears are hiding in the bush looking at them and say "wonderful, it even comes with floss".
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Old 12-12-2016, 11:43 PM   #32
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this was a more in need fix than cheap. I had my radiator fall back into my fan on my 78 chevy truck. the mount had come loose. I was speeding up on the high way and heard tink tink at about 75 slowed a bit it stopped. so curiosity made me speed up and tink tink whoosh cloud of coolant. pull over on the high way in northern iowa at 7pm on a sunday. thinking thinking thinking. I get out the needle nose pliers. And grabbed the torn end of the leaking rad tube turned it over crimped did that ten times on both sides of the ten or so opened tubes. got to the next rest stop and filled my big cooler with water and filled the radiator. In the next 100 miles to minneapolis I only lost 1/2 a gallon.
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Old 12-13-2016, 08:07 AM   #33
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this was a more in need fix than cheap. I had my radiator fall back into my fan on my 78 chevy truck. the mount had come loose. I was speeding up on the high way and heard tink tink at about 75 slowed a bit it stopped. so curiosity made me speed up and tink tink whoosh cloud of coolant. pull over on the high way in northern iowa at 7pm on a sunday. thinking thinking thinking. I get out the needle nose pliers. And grabbed the torn end of the leaking rad tube turned it over crimped did that ten times on both sides of the ten or so opened tubes. got to the next rest stop and filled my big cooler with water and filled the radiator. In the next 100 miles to minneapolis I only lost 1/2 a gallon.

Likewise have had a brake line blow on my truck. pulled out the vise grips, crimped and rolled and back on my way home!
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Old 12-13-2016, 09:01 AM   #34
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not me but I felt this fit nicely

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NEAT-O!!! Thanks for sharing this gem. Started my day out with a laugh.
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