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My Daily Driver / Grocery Getter / Re: I finally found a truck
« Last post by fatfillup on Today at 08:49:13 AM »
Glad the truck is working out.  Adjusting the carb,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,correctly,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,wonder how many folks can do that anymore panicx
Mini nut drivers can be handy for sure.  Not used everyday but can save your bacon once in a while.

I have seen the Proto's driver brand Cat as in Caterpillar.  They did feel good in the hand.
Bruce, derusting tools really depends on the tool, its condition and value.  I use a wire wheel a lot on punches, chisels, pliers and heavily rusted tools.

For sockets I have 1/4 hex to square drive adapters that I will chuck up in a drill.  For chrome sockets, a little WD-40 type spray and then spin in 000 steel wool followed by a spin in a micro fiber cloth.  If they aren't rusty I will skip the steel wool and just spin them in the micro fiber.  Works quite well.

For wrenches with some rust, WD and steel wool.

I do use evaporust on some things also. 

My Daily Driver / Grocery Getter / Re: I finally found a truck
« Last post by krusty the clown on Today at 08:34:09 AM »
Mark, just wondering how the new truck is working out after a couple of weeks.
after readjusting the carb it now cold starts and idles smooth. Getting 13.6 mpg. There are a few little things that need attention but i am very happy with it!
General Discussion Board / Clean-up
« Last post by twertsy on Today at 04:52:14 AM »
I have been advised that due to the size, I need to do some clean-up and maintenance on the ToolArchives site. 

One item in particular that may affect some people is a user cleanse.  So, if you have requested an account but have never actually logged in, I will be purging those accounts on Sunday, 7/30/2017.

If you have logged into the site in the past you've nothing to worry about.  However, I have several hundred users whom I've approved but have never actually followed up and logged in.  If you've forgotten your password simply use the "Forgot Password" link under the password field.  Alternatively, I suppose you could email me at

General Discussion Board / Re: What did you do today?
« Last post by brslk on July 25, 2017, 08:46:13 PM »
Ahhhh.... you never forget your first ratchet.
General Discussion Board / Re: What did you do today?
« Last post by TWX on July 25, 2017, 08:23:00 PM »
TWX, could brakes be causing your truck to pull?

Perhaps, but the pull got worse when I dropped the front suspension an inch and rotated the tires front-to-back on the same side.  Lowered it because it was squatting too much relatively in back when loaded.

Unfortunately fixing the truck has to take a back seat.  Yesterday afternoon we were loading up the Impala to take everyone (baby, mom and dad, grandma and grandpa) to the store and when I went to air-up the airbags in the Impala I couldn't get the shop's double garage door to open from the remote in the car.  Went around and into the shop and found a broken spring, broken spool on the opposite side, and the other spool unwound.

Since I'd already raised the single garage door with around 11" of extra height to make room for the lift and installed a jackshaft opener to clear the ceiling, called a garage door service company to get an estimate scheduled and started figuring out what I'd have to do have this door track similarly modified.  Since this is a double door I'd rather let a pro do the modifications.  Unfortunately the over-the-door storage I'd put in two years ago is in the way and was loaded up with car parts.  Also the hose reel, air regulator, and copper drop are in the way, and some electrical conduit had to be moved, and a new doublegang electrical box was needed in order to power both the old opener and the new one, in addition to cleaning up the shop, around the truck that couldn't be pulled out because the door is broken.

Ended up cleaning up the shop and throwing out a bunch of garbage that had been building up, replacing a light-duty shelf with a heavier one, rearranging to make room for the garage door service tech to get to the tracks, cleaning up a lot of dirt, taking down that over-the-door shelf and all of what was on it, taking down the headers that had been  wired-in for storage to some grid-tie anchors, then grinding-off the excess bolt length for the door header so that the modified door path will clear, moving the electrical conduit, and then adding an extension off of the circuit for the ceiling outlets to plug-in the expected stuff.  Surprisingly had everything on-hand, didn't have to go buy anything from the hardware store.

This took from around 10 am to 7pm, with only a short lunch break.  I'm very tired.

On a lighter note, yesterday got a picture of baby's first ratchet.
Help me fix this please! / Re: Effed up big time. bolt broke ..... and........
« Last post by brslk on July 25, 2017, 08:12:08 PM »
A lot of stuff I do is far from perfect but perfect from afar.
Meh... if I'm buying something for personal use I don't worry about resale.
As long as it works for what I need it for.
Storage Solutions / Re: Junk Craftsman tool box but cheap
« Last post by brslk on July 25, 2017, 08:08:40 PM »
I'd have paid $35 for that. Cheap storage is always good.
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