Miscellaneous

  1. Tool/Head Demagnetizer

    This is an A/C electromagnet that strips induced magnetism from ferrous materials. Useful in demagnetizing screwdrivers, wrenches, feeler gauges, allen wrenches and any other small tool that doesn't need to be magnetized. In order for a tool to become magnetized, the tool can be stroked in one direction against a magnet. This, in simple terms, aligns the random polarities of the electrons all in the same direction. I have a large speaker magnet stuck to the side of my tool box and I wipe...
  2. Factory Valve Covers: Restoration of Engine Harness Wire Tabs

    Thought I’d do a little thread on how to fix the dreaded factory valve cover wire tabs that frequently break on our 50+ year old Mopars. If you are lucky you can find originals with the tabs intact but most of the ones I’ve seen are either broken or on their last legs before snapping off.What I have here is a factory set of 1969 340 valve covers that I recently obtained. During clean up and minor dent repairs one of the tabs broke. Closer inspection revealed most were cracked. Did some...
  3. Taillight Assembly Repairs - Broken Tabs

    Hey Folks,Thought I'd share the following showing our low-buck fix for damaged taillight housings and missing mounting tabs. Being on a tight budget (the twins are starting college in 1.5 years! :( ), buying new/replacement housings was not an option. So here goes it!Supplies Used: POR 15 Epoxy Putty JB Weld - Quick Set type Dremel tool with small router bits Spray Paint for Housing "Chrome" spray paint for interior Gasket/Seal Kit - I used Detroit Muscle Technologies (a FABO vendor)...
  4. Convertible Top Pump Disassembly

    I recently disassembled my convertible top pump to inspect its condition. I think most people just replace them when they have issues. It turns out they are super simple to disassemble so I thought I'd share my pictures. Here's what I started with. It had obviously been leaking for quite some time. There is a large bolt that holds the reservoir onto the pump housing. With the bolt removed, the reservoir comes right off. You can see that the original fluid had turned to varnish and...
  5. Plymouth Duster wiper seal install

    Some really struggle to get the seal over the pivot. Thought I'd share this little trick. Works super!
  6. How to Super Clean Your Windshield glass

    (Outside) Learn how to get your windshield super clean! The windows of your car or truck are what you look out of and it is important that they are clean. When you clean the windshield with my method the rain beads up and rolls off the windshield leaving great visibility. Bugs and bird poop come off really easy with one wipe of a towel. Even ice wont stick to the glass so no more scraping ice on those cold days! (Inside) Learn to Clean the Inside of Your Windshield. I show you the 3 step...
  7. A-Body Light Bulb Part Number List

    This list was taken from the Classic Industries catalog. It's a good one to save to your Mopar Docs folder :).Regards,Mr G.
  8. How To Rebuild / Refurbish an Air Ratchet

    Please keep comments in a separate thread so as not to crowd this one. Thanks.sireland67 took me up on my offer to rebuild an air ratchet and provide a How To on how to do it. He sent me an old Mac Tools 1/4 stubby air ratchet. It is actually a variation of the tried and true Ingersoll Rand 103/104 series. Follow along as I tear it down.First, here are the necessary tools. As you can see, nuthin to it. First, we remove the snap ring that retains the head in the head driver. Next, I push...
  9. Hose and Hose Clamp Basics

    Here's a quick thread for the newbies on hose clamps and how to properly install them. There are two basic types of clamps, constant diameter (screw type) and constant tension (spring type).Constant diameter clamps are the screw type that you adjust to the proper diameter with a screw driver/nut driver. Below is a picture of the constant diameter/screw clamps: The second type is the constant tension or spring clamps. These are made for a certain size of hose and apply pressure to...
  10. How I Made My Engine Dolly

    I'm so sick of buying those moving dollies and them breaking when I put an engine on them, even the ones rated for 1000 lb. Hell, I could build a better one myself at home that won't break so easy, or even at all. So that's what I did.I had an old metal one with wheels that held the engine on the oil pan on the pan rails and you could move the engines around. I tried to call the company from the sticker on it, but the phone number is now used for a phone sex line (wtf?).So I used that...
  11. How to Fix Ugly Hose Clamps

    We all know hose clamps are ugly. So with some 1/2 inch heat shrink you can cover them. To me it's all about the detail.
  12. How To Recode A Door Lock

    Well I needed to recode a door lock for the passenger & drivers side of the Dart so I took some pics and am doing a mini write up.I started by taking the old lock top off and removing the springs. Next VERY CAREFULLY tap the top pins out in order. Do Not mix these up. After the top pins are out the bottom pins come out ALSO IN ORDER, lay these in order on a clean work surface. Take the lock to be recoded and do the same. REMEMBER THE TOP AND BOTTOM PINS CORRESPOND. I needed two locks to...
  13. Engine Detail Tip

    Just wanted to show this little trick I thought of the other day.If you have some small areas on your motor, engine bay etc that need some touching up, you can spray the matching color on the end of a q-tip and dab it on. Not sure if this is stupid or not,but it helped me.
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