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  1. Big_John

    Big_John Illegitimi non carborundum FCBO Gold Member

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    I take pictures with my phone as I take things apart. It's really great when you get pulled away to something else or have to wait for parts. My memory not being as good as it was, the pics show me exactly what goes where. Saves me a lot of time and frustration.
     
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  2. Triple Pickle

    Triple Pickle Well-Known Member

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    Absolutely! I ain’t half the mechanic I used to be without my phone!
     
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    rags Well-Known Member

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    i put the compressor and motor under the bench and used a large old propane tank as an outdoor reservoir. good quality torx bits make great easy outs. best axle seal puller? the axle you just pulled out. put the end back in the seal and use it to lever the seal out. use an air chisel to remove and install a screw on fan clutch. put 134a in an evap. system and use an a/c leak detector to find small evap leaks. use a exhaust gas analyser to check for combustion gasses in cooling systems. timing light to check t.b.i. injector spray patterns. this stuff is endless.
     
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  4. mr. fix it

    mr. fix it Old Man with a Hat

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    The split front bench seat I take a towel and fold it up and wedge it into place in the middle divide to keep the seat from flopping back on me if i am working in the back of the car.

    This works like a charm.
     
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    How much is one of those cameras

    Edit, that tailgate is dope!
     
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  6. Triple Pickle

    Triple Pickle Well-Known Member

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    They’re under $100 for one like mine.
    Thanks!
     
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  7. detmatt

    detmatt Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    I wouldn’t want my compressor outside here in Michigan. I realize there are some units that are designed to be outside but I’m sure I can’t afford them.
     
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  8. Triple Pickle

    Triple Pickle Well-Known Member

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    Maybe I should rephrase that. What I mean is put it outside of the main building in a small, attached shed. The purpose being to get away from the noise. No special unit necessary.
    I don’t know what difference Michigan would make. And if you can afford to piss money away on old cars, you can afford to buy a compressor made of gold! Lol
     
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    detmatt Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    My ‘63 Quincy 5 hp 2 stage has a silencer on it and I can have a normal conversation with you while standing next to it and I’m pretty sure the silencer cost far less than the outbuilding and extra plumbing.:poke:
     
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  10. Triple Pickle

    Triple Pickle Well-Known Member

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    Mr. “I can’t afford a pricey compressor!”
    My compressor is outside and I can stand beside my car in the garage and hear It rusting! Top that!
     
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    jct Senior Member FCBO Gold Member

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    I usually paint mine white along with the letters and numbers
     
  12. Triple Pickle

    Triple Pickle Well-Known Member

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    These little telescopic magnets are very handy.

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  13. Zymurgy

    Zymurgy Old Man with a Hat FCBO Gold Member

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    My buddy put his tank in the basement, so he wouldn't hear it in this attached garage. Obviously single, I've stepped inside while the compressor is running it is pretty loud in the house and the kitchen floor vibrates, but you can't hear it in the garage. :)
     
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  14. mr. fix it

    mr. fix it Old Man with a Hat

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    How did you get the camera into the oil pan to check the mains?
     
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    mr. fix it Old Man with a Hat

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    that's too funny!
     
  16. Triple Pickle

    Triple Pickle Well-Known Member

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    Most new and reasonably affordable compressors are pretty loud. Mine is a 5 hp CH 80 upright. It was around $500 I think. The simple shed and small concrete pad I put it in probably cost me $200 in all. Well worth it in my book.
     
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  17. Triple Pickle

    Triple Pickle Well-Known Member

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    Drain plug.
     
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    mr. fix it Old Man with a Hat

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    I'm surprised the seller would let you drop the oil to check this but if they motivated sellers, they let you do what it takes to sell the car.
    Unless the engines were free & clear out of the car.
    Thanks for the explanation.
     
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  19. Triple Pickle

    Triple Pickle Well-Known Member

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    That’s what I’m talking about. Engines that are already out. I’ve never drained the oil in a car that wasn’t mine to perform this inspection. But, if the seller is motivated enough and the money is in hand, you could say “if you let me do this and, it is in fact a 4 bolt main, I’ll hand you the cash when I crawl back out from under it”
     
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    rags Well-Known Member

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    an infrared gun to check for cold spots in radiators. hot spots on exhaust manifolds. a/c operation... air compressor noise? can't hear it over the stereo. invaluable garage accessory for a suburban location: great neighbors.
     
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