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What’s the craziest jerry rig you’ve ever done?

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  1. 96EscortLX

    96EscortLX New Member

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    Used a bungee cord to hold my door shut.
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    POScort New Member

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    My dad used to do that with his old '79 Buick LeSabre. :lol:

    I can't think of much jerry-rigging on my part, but I have to use zip-ties to attach the under-hood part of my front passenger corner light on my GT because the part it screws to is broke off.
  3. 96EscortLX

    96EscortLX New Member

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    I wasn't thinking and I attatched it to the piece that made the seat slide. I went to take a corner, my seat slid forward, bungee cord came off, door flew open, and I nearly hit a van with both the car and the door when trying to get the door shut! I don't know how I managed to make it alive. I never fixed the problem with the car. I just always had to have a screwdriver with me!
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    Cymmantix My old archenemy, RAKES!

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    Didn't read the first page there, eh? I guess in 10000whatever posts you're bound to forget a few.
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    96EscortLX New Member

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    cool! I thought this was new!
  6. red97lxscort

    red97lxscort FEOA Member

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    ziptyed the rad in to my red car because i had removed the lower mount and slipped it under the rad support to clear the turbo.

    on my bronco the oil dipstick completly pulled out of the block, So it was an irreplaceable item...i just siliconed a bolt into the hole and poured 1-2 quarts of oil everytime i drove it.

    Thats about it that i can think of....
    -Justin
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    One freezing icy winter night after rollerskating my 3 cousins and I
    were heading home in Dennis' (2nd oldest) 52 Chevy when the tie rod broke.

    We managed to kick the right front tire to get it off the road and then sat there for 3 hours. Finally Deniis and Calvin (Oldest) said "Screw it!" and got out and looked to see what was in the trunk.

    They used 2 rolls of duct tape, 3 partial rolls of black tape, 20 feet of
    baling wire and a tree branch found beside the road to build a "splint"
    for the tie-rod. We drove it 30 miles to get home and had to stop
    once to steal some barbed wire to patch it up.

    Dennis drove it like that for 2 weeks until it got warm enough to
    strip another of the "fleet" for a better tie rod. Took him an hour to
    hack all the wire off, cut through all the tape and THEN get started on
    nuts and bolts! The bandaids and cuss words were flying!

    And they had people stop by to buy parts thinking it was a junk yard.
    There must have been 10 49-54 Chevys parked in the yard.
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    ummm when my alternator went at 8pm early last spring my uncle and i put a battery pack under the hood, used a piece of bungie cord which went from the hood to that metal loop under the car, drove 30km to his house like that with just running lights on... and him with highbeams on behind me whipping down the raod at 110km/hr real fun....
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    theres a zip tie holding my a/c condensor in place


    zip ties come in handy :mrgreen:
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    i have (on several occasions) successfully used duct tape to seal cracks in coolant hoses on my friends cars. on one occasion (about 30 mins out into the woods on difficult trails) i used a piece of saran wrap from a sandwich that happened to be on the floor of my friends geo tracker... to seal off a coolant leak. we then filled the radiator with swamp water which we filtered through a tshirt, and made it home.

    in my first car (88 golf gl) i had the entire front seat bracket rust loose from the floor. pushed in the clutch and tipped over backwards at a stop sign. so... i made it home, put a 2x4 under the car, and put drywall screws through the bracket into the 2x4, holding the seat bracket down.

    -jon
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    oh yeah, i forgot one. my friends door latch crapped out on his 99 cavalier. so being the genius that he is, he used his seatbelt to tie the door shut. this meant that he couldnt close the window... he had to climb into the car dukes of hazard style (this was fun to watch in public), and of course he couldnt use his seatbelt.

    -jon
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    I was looking at cars on a lot yesterday and
    went to open the passenger door on a Caravan.
    When it wouldn't open I looked closer and found
    that someone had ran a drywall screw threw the
    upper rear corner and into the pillar! 8O
    Another car the door chime was on with the keys out....
    ...until you opened the glove box! Then the chime shut off. :?:
    I don't think I'll shop there any more. :roll:
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    try not to go to junkyards to buy cars :)
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    I don't jerry rig, I make custom parts out of alternative materials :D

    Most of my jerry rigs have been in the tools department, cutting sections of steel fence post for balljoint presses, made a valve spring compressor out of a pry-bar, and it's amazing how many various clamping and holding arrangements you can get out of a 18 inch piece of angle iron with a few holes in it for bolts and a length of chain.

    Though I'll admit to RTVing a section of plastic milk jug on a broken timing belt cover. Then I've repaired exhausts with various coathangers, beer cans, etc. Beer can repairs actually last quite a while if you slather them in muffler cement and hold them on with hose clamps..

    Found some odd things on used cars I've bought though, wood screws and plastic anchors holding a carburettor on come to mind. Can't remember any other atrocities right now.

    Road Warrior
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    Ignore the circle.
    i dont know if you can see it well, but:
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    yeah, i lost the clip that holds the damn TPS sensor plug in...
    it's been like that for a while.


    but hell, if it werent for popsicle sticks and super glue that car wouldnt be on the road ;)

    my other White Scort, broke the rear muffler hangers, i ended up fastening it with some speaker wire for a week. ;)
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    Let's see.
    Mufflers make noise.
    Most of the sound on the speakers in new small cars
    I classify as noise.
    So speaker wire holding the muffler up?
    Sounds logical to me!
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    my friend electric tapped his broken tierod end. he also put another nut on it, which isnt as bad.


    i used aluminum tape to patch teh spots where water leaked in my old s10. i hated that truck.
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    I've done that in my 1975 Chevy. I went through several aftermarket master cylinders, then finally bought a new one at the dealer which worked. The best way to do it is to drop the transmision into neutral while braking (if you have an automatic).
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    Ohhhhhh yeah, had an s15 jimmy, had to keep duct taping the top of the windshield to keep the rain out of the sucker.....

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