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...however, I'm about to start a project to put a trailer hitch on my Renegade.
Over the last few days I just moved my seat & guide machine from my old shop in the next county over to where I live now. Not quite as heavy as a car, but pretty heavy even when taken apart. I don't have an overhead crane like in the old shop, as this is just my regular attached garage I set it up in.
First time post in long time; Rebuilding front calipers one the 69 charger. New pistons and seals
Bought a new car trailer end of 2016, 16' with a 10K lbs GVW, done a ton of miles (15-20K miles) with it in the 4 years I have owned it and figured I should pull the drums and check everything. Got the trailer into the shop and up in the air and got things apart.. ..sure enough the inner hub seals were all starting to go, some worse then others but nothing a good cleaning, a tub of bearing grease and 4 new seals won't solve. ;) Thought I would get the bearings and hubs all cleaned up in the old parts washer while I wait for the seals to show up, been a long time since I used it and when I turned it on it was mostly sucking air, so need a pail of solvent. And once the trailer is back down on the wheels I need to fix/relocate the jack....hit the ground when pulling out of a parking lot last year.
Snap-on sells the right tool for that job. I bought one and it comes in handy sometimes.
did the front brakes on my pickup
When was the last time you inspected your garage door cable pullys? Fn door has never worked to my liking but lately it's been scraping and squealing and hanging up. Over the years I've adjusted, oiled, greased it and it would work ok for awhile. This is a very wide, double bay door. Well today after work I got to looking things over again and I spied one of the cable pullys cocked and rubbing on the frame. Grabbed the ladder and checked it for tightness and found it to be locked up. Checked the other three and they were worse yet. Ran out to Lowes, bought four new ones, installed them and this door works like a new one. Quite while it's operating too! So I guess they were worn out the whole time I've lived here, just the cable sliding through the locked up pullys and I never gave them a good look! Me happy boy
I need to replace all my garage door rollers. I have them and they are the correct size BUT the door is ancient and they won't 'twist' in like the newer ones. It is circa '60's and need to take everything apart...
Torsion bar springs instead pulley/cable better. Just a big bang when they break. Replaced 3 or 4 over 37 years. One door was heavily used when my wife was in business.
I found a local construction company that saved a bunch of big roll up doors from a project they did and was able to buy a couple for when I built my shop. I bought a 16'W x 12'H for the front and an 11'W x 12'H for the rear, all heavy insulated panels. Got both doors for $1200!! which made me pretty happy since to buy new with installation I was looking at over $20K for the pair!! Came with almost everything, tracks, springs, cables etc I just had to figure out how to put it all back together properly. Was a bit scary loading up the big springs, but took a ton of precautions and ended up not dying so it was a win.
I've adjusted the torsion bar ones before. I'd hate for one of the bars that you use while turning to pop out! I had one drop out while turning with the other. It landed on the floor while I'm up on a ladder and had a heck of a time getting the one that was still in the hub to a place where I could rest it. Then go back down the ladder, get the other one and start over. Never had a spring break while tightening and I don't want too!
Snap while tightening = piss thee pants. I call door guy won't touch them. Put an opener Ok that's it.
I got a call from a neighbor friend who picked up a new toy. It had a high idle and was dieseling bad on shut off so I adjusted the timing and dialed in the carb for him.
I bought the proper 1/2" hardened steel rods and then wore heavy clothing and then a pair of heavy coveralls, leather gloves, steel toe boots, safety goggles and my quading helmet....just took my time and wound the springs up in small increments.
I get tired punchen numbers in the phone. Rather spend the money at this point, 70 years old. Good to be safe doing that.
it's not a B Body but a 48 Chrysler New Yorker is still a Mopar! An over ambitious friend of mine brought it by for the "starter to be rewided" via tow truck but its been sitting for 25 years and needs a lot more then she was expecting. My grandfather had one so I have a bit of sentiment towards them so I will help her get it road worthy. It looked like an eye sore when it arrived so we installed the missing parts, hit all the chrome with fine steel wool, cut and polished up the paint. Now at least my neighbors will compliment instead of completion. The truck is also filled with nos parts!
I had a 48 Desoto 2dr Sedan, same basic car just different grille and a few other misc pieces, I was bringing it back from the dead then we decided to move north and I had no room for it so had to sell. This was my car...