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What did you do in the garage today?

Replaced all the radiator and heater lines. All still marked with "DOM 05/95". I can't believe these things lasted almost 30 years without failing and needing to be replaced.
Added a bit of wind protection to the old girl. Still far from finished with it, but a good start. Will house the Garmin XT, plugs for accessories, etc.







No not at all. It's well below eyesight. Phone cameras are deceiving. It's only about 10 inches tall in total height. They do offer a clear one I may try eventually, but I like it for now. I'm standing mostly anyway.
@LaserDave, I believe you and I do things in a similar manner. Work on bike/car involving gas, then say let’s light up the pit and not worry about catching fire. Steaks and cold beverages take our focus.

It's a learned thing after all these decades. Flammables, high voltages in iffy situations, the cold beverages... you learn respect and lose fears and enjoy life more without blowing yourself up (quite as much). It's good to be able to do such work where habits keep you safe.
This wasn't in my garage, and it wasn't today, but I came across this photo and had to share it. I had my old riding mower repaired when I got a newer one, so I needed to get it back home but I couldn't find a breathing soul over age 3, and neither could the mechanic who couldn't leave his shop. So, I lashed them together with a rope inside a piece of pipe, and lashed the steering wheel down.

Necessity is the mother of invention. Mother, behold your invisible child!

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Arrived home lickety-split, 1/2 mile, right-left-right, and 3 stop signs. Zero incidents.

I think I could tow a full-sized vehicle like this, but I'd use 2 ropes with 2 pipes...
Lol, you could pass for one of those caravans heading south of the boarder!
Installed a new Seat Concepts foam and cover onto my XT250 seat pan. Went with the tall seat option, and it was a huge improvement in ergonomics and comfort. About 45 mins or so, with the longest part being removal of about 50 or 60 staples from the factory install. The HF pneumatic stapler really made the installation quick and easy

R&R’ed one of the front control arms on the Subaru.
Came out easily enough (soooo glad I don’t live in the rust-belt), but aligning everything getting the new one in was a wrestling match...even with “persuasion”.

And my ~27 year old Lincoln floor jack started giving me trouble. It has dribbled hydraulic fluid for a while now but today it lost pressure. I filled it with what hydraulic oil I had but it seems to want more. I’ll have to look into what it takes to re-seal it.
I finally got around to solving the side cover problem on my Scrambler:


Not exactly the right color white, but once it gets dirt and stickers on it, it should look fine.

FWIW in the process of this, I continued my great enjoyment of this tool:

I bought it mostly to fix the side stand spur that I had added to my Vespa side stand... oddly enough the Malossi side stand doesn't have any kind of spur on it, so it's nearly impossible to put down, and I had drilled a hole and tapped it to put in a long allen bolt with a jam nut to serve as a spur. Anyway, that hole eventually stripped itself so I needed to put a nutsert in. $25 tool with a whole bunch of metric alloy nutserts, Bob's your uncle.

To do the number plate side cover job on the Scrambler, first thing I had to do is find a way to tap the lower bolt hole from where the stock exhaust was mounted, which is kind of a tubular sleeve. M6 nutsert to the rescue. Then I made up some alloy L-brackets to go on both sides, M8 and M6 nutserts to make them work to mount the upper bolt of the number plates. On the left side I had to make up an alloy extension bracket, yep, alloy nutsert there too. Just makes me want to mount stuff on everything I own now, it's so easy to just pop a nutsert on there and then you can screw anything in.

I should ride these motorcycles in the picture sometime.

:thpt: :lol2:

Either the big bolt holding the axle and radius arm together wasn't torqued quite enough, or I tightened the radius arm bushing too much, or a combination of that might have been the cause. The axle bushing was undamaged, and I went slowly putting it back together, centering the radius arm bolt end then torquing down the axle bolt, then putting in the radius bushings and matching the other side which is fine for tightening. THEN tightened the axle bolt with all the torque I could manage with a breaker bar. Right alignment was wildly off when checked, so maybe this is right.

Test drive tomorrow, continual cursing of the camera 24/7.
Try a modern 60V cordless brushless chainsaw and you'll never look back. Greenworks now has an 80V and if I wasn't already invested in the 60V platform with numerous tools and batteries, I'd buy one without a second thought.
I have a Hart (Walmart) 40V chainsaw and it's good for little things around the house, but when I need to get serious and start cutting up the larger logs for my woodturning it really burns through the two batteries that I have. Typically, one will still be charging when the second one dies and I really don't want to invest in a 3rd battery, so the thought of an electric chainsaw has been bouncing around in my head. As much as you like your Greenworks I'm not sure I want to invest in another battery operated unit.
I happen to have 3 batteries and a two-well charger, so I basically don't ever run out. But I have only had to swap the battery once or twice. Never burned through two batteries. However, I am not felling entire mature trees, just doing some pruning and limbing. I have had to swap the battery during the storms when our 20+ year old pear tree broke off 1/3 of it and I had to cut up the fallen part. But also, I don't have the high capacity Greenworks batteries, I just have the small ones. I'd have to say, this is probably one of the differences between the Greenworks tool and the Hart tools.
I think I know the problem.......
What was it doing....beside being a Ford? :duck:

I remember the same vintage Explorers would chaw thru that radius arm bushing. Specifically the passenger side one with the catalytic converter right by it. There were TSB kits to add another heat shield and all kinds of other remedies because the vehicle was so popular back then. Putting a 4-door body on the Ranger suspension revealed the weaknesses.
Added bar risers to the T 7 today . Bolts that came with the risers were too short to work with the Hepco Becker lever protectors so a trip to TSC solved that issue .
Nothing exciting. Changed the oil on my wife's SUV and mom's car.
Also had to mess with my sisters garage door. Would start to close them open back up almost immediately.

Found some spider webs were moving in front of the sensor just enough to trip it.
Got it cleaned up and working and headed home, about the time I get home, mom says it only goes about 3/4 closed and then opens again. Head back, and apparently in cleaning the sensors, I knocked them partially out of alignment, when the door was about 3/4 closed, it shook the sensor mounted on the track just enough to break the beam, so had to readjust that, now works fine.
Also had to mess with my sisters garage door. Would start to close them open back up almost immediately....now works fine.
Mine will be opening, then 1" along, backs up again. Turns out it just touches the edge of the sheetrock. Going on 3 years now, I just use the pull rope...