darn frustrating not having instant access to tools - Corvette Forum : DigitalCorvettes.com Corvette Forums
 
 
Go Back   Corvette Forum : DigitalCorvettes.com Corvette Forums > General Corvette Topics > General Automotive & Shop
Register Forums Garage Garage Mark Forums Read Auto EscrowInsurance

Notices

General Automotive & Shop Non-gen specific technical discussion. Automotive tools, techniques and know-how!

Shops/Tuners
Custom Image Corvettes
A&A Corvette
Corvette tuner

Interior
Corvette aftermarket products

Insurance

Parts & Products
Race Ramps
Edelbrock
ATI/Procharger
Corvetteguys.com
Melrose Motorsports
Parts Taxi
Airaid
Mid America Motorworks
Pfadt Racing
Madvette Motorsports
Hi-tech Custom Concepts
Corvette aftermarket products
Corvette Garage
Corvette Parts and Accessories
Corvette Car Care Products
Corvette HID
Mid America Motoroworks

Tracks/Schools
Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving
Corvette driving school

Wheels/Tires
Cray Wheels

Services
BADWERKS.com
Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 11-19-2012, 10:50 AM   #1
grumpyvette
DC Pit Crew
 
grumpyvette's Avatar
 
Posts: 7,309
Member #1106
Member since: Jun 2003
Location: lox fla

My Corvette(s)
retired engineer, engine builder, racer 1985.1992.1996 cpes

Thanks: 2
Thanked 203 Times in 129 Posts
darn frustrating not having instant access to tools

I got a call from a member that had his work truck stop running, naturally not where it was easily accessed,
but at least it was at his home , not on the side of the interstate or 20 miles up some dirt road
(BEEN THERE AND DONE THAT SEVERAL DOZEN TIMES ALSO!)
any way, I grab a few basic tools and a multi meter, hoping the repair will be something like a blown fuse.



a few tests confirmed the fuel pump in the tank was defective, at this point IM already wishing I had the truck in question back at my shop rather than 20 plus miles away where I don,t have instant access to my tools I spent 40 plus years collecting. once you own the correct tools, having them sitting in your tool box but not having access to that tool box gets a bit frustrating.
NOW PLEASE UNDERSTAND,I USUALLY FEEL A GOOD DEAL OF SATISFACTION IN THE PROCESS OF ISOLATING AND FIXING AUTOMOTIVE PROBLEMS, but once you acquire the tools and knowledge to do a project, working without those tools seems rather frustrating.


HERES A RATHER USEFUL TROUBLE SHOOTING FLOW CHART

http://www.rockauto.com/info/Perform...iagnostics.pdf

http://members.shaw.ca/corvette86/Fu...mDiagnosis.pdf



a quick look on the internet showed the complete fuel pump assembly is available.




prices ran from $60-$300 depending on if you wanted the whole assembly , a brand name O.E.M. part or just a generic fuel pump.
the owner chose a generic pump, that cost about $100 but it was NOT an exact duplicate so some minor fabrication skill was required to get it to fit and function, but the generic part purchased from ADVANCE AUTO, (mainly because they had a part that would work , but one thar required a few fabrication skills to get it to function and fit, vs waiting several days for a slightly less expensive mail order part, ) was eventually installed and did function.
so the basic repair process , was simply a case of replacing the defective fuel pump which is only difficult because access too the pump requires dropping the fuel tank, keep in mind a fuel tank even with only a few gallons of fuel is rather heavy for a single person to easily support and if tipped the fuel tends to run to the lower end of the tank so supporting the fuel tank during removal, as you lower it for access , it is smart if you use a rolling transmission jack



I use a mechanics creeper frequently and the 12 ton jack stands allow about 22"-to -26" of clearance while still providing stable support, something you can,t do with 3-6 ton rated stands as their base size is too narrow

jobs like this, that most of us seem to occasionally get involved in, make you really appreciate having the tools and a well lighted dry and level location to work and access to the tools required to make the job much easier
which when your working without the correct tools,
like good lighting
and a decent set of 12 ton jack stands
and a couple floor jacks
or tools like a transmission jack
and a few other hand tools or
if your really lucky air ratchets,
is a P.I.T.A. compared to what it could be at my shop.
http://www.harborfreight.com/12-ton-...nds-34924.html

These super heavy duty jack stands will hold most cars and trucks safely over 2 feet off the ground. Perfect for repair work or storage.
yes Ive spent decades doing car/truck repairs on drive ways, but one thing Ive learned, over time is that having decent tools and a level concrete floor, a couple good 3 ton rated, floor jacks and decent 12 ton rated jack stands that will allow you to have 22"-26" of space under a car or truck for easy mechanics creeper clearance, and a mechanics creeper thats easily rolled in any direction, can make the same job seem far less difficult , than the same job would be if it was done without those basic tools, lying on an asphalt drive way, which can make the process, seem to be a real extended and far more difficult experience.
thats one reason I saved for decades to build my own shop with air tools and a lift ETC.

how about you gentlemen, ever feel like your working at a distinct dis-advantage when your helping a friend that has only minimal tool access
?





related threads
http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/...hp?f=44&t=7848

http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/...php?f=27&t=116

http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/....php?f=27&t=26

http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/...php?f=27&t=969

http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/...php?f=50&t=609

http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/...hp?f=50&t=5893

http://forum.grumpysperformance.com/...php?f=55&t=211
grumpyvette is online now   Reply w/quote Quick reply to this message
" IF YOU CAN,T SMOKE THE TIRES AT WILL,FROM A 60 MPH ROLLING START YOUR ENGINE NEEDS MORE WORK!!"
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 11-19-2012, 10:58 AM   #2
Texdentist
 
Texdentist's Avatar
 
Posts: 18,699
Member #76657
Member since: Oct 2008
Location: Crowley, TX

My Corvette(s)
2013 Coupe, 2009 Coupe - traded, '74 Coupe totalled, '77 Coupe sold

Thanks: 55
Thanked 542 Times in 396 Posts
Reminds me of dentists I have known who went on medical mission trips to far flung places. Invariably, you find yourself needing a tool or instrument that you didn't take with you. At that point, all you can do is improvise.
Texdentist is offline   Reply w/quote Quick reply to this message
Old 11-19-2012, 10:21 PM   #3
iburke
Sir Dude
 
iburke's Avatar
 
Posts: 17,401
Member #6081
Member since: Dec 2003
Location: St Joseph MO.

My Corvette(s)
1971 T-Top

Thanks: 38
Thanked 57 Times in 44 Posts
I have gotten to the point in life that I only work on cars at my shop. I need my tools..
iburke is offline   Reply w/quote Quick reply to this message
I can't tell if I'm dealing well with life these days or I just don't give a shit any more.
Old 11-20-2012, 03:21 AM   #4
The Torch
DC Pit Crew Boss
 
The Torch's Avatar
 
Posts: 22,978
Member #799
Member since: Apr 2003
Location: Western Kentucky

My Corvette(s)
2004 Black/Mod Red-Z06

Thanks: 61
Thanked 68 Times in 50 Posts
It's not just automotive work. Throw house repairs, yard equipment, etc at a friends house into that also
The Torch is offline   Reply w/quote Quick reply to this message
RACING...Because with baseball, football, basketball, tennis, and golf, you only need one ball

I used to think that I had learned patience as I got older. Then I realized that I just didn't give a shit
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Corvette Forum : DigitalCorvettes.com Corvette Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (12 CHARACTERS MAXIMUM), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.2

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:05 AM.




Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.
2003-2011, DigitalCorvettes.com - All Rights Reserved