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damn it feels good to have BOTH the skills and experiance and the tools at the same time to find isolate and fix a potential problem :grin:
EXAMPLE
my 1996 corvette over a period of about 3 hours started running rought, I pulled it in to MY NEW GARAGE,PUT IT UP ON MY NEW LIFT,used my 30 year old floresent drop lights, diagnosed the problem with my computer diagnostic software ,EZ-SCAN 6000
to the o2 sensor malfunction and found that thier location was at best CRAMPED/RESTRICTED, make that nearly impossiable to easily access,I spray the old soon to be removed o2 sensors down with penetrating oil,first to allow time for it to soak in,while I figure out how to remove the damn things, AHHH, but I have a set of cheap harbour freight wrenchs, purchased as throw away stock for just such a problem, sellecting the 7/8" size I measure off the access area at 3"MAX and at an odd angle, so out comes the vise and torch and in no time Ive got a custom bent weird angle wrench that allows me to access the o2 sensor with no drama, taking a couple o2 sensors out of stock,use of some anti-sieze on the threads, of the new o2 sensors and Im back in business in under 30 minutes
damn thats nice :rofl:

http://www.etoolcart.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=4047

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=2564

http://www.freealloil.com/

example TWO!

http://www.harborfreight.com/cpi/ctaf/displayitem.taf?Itemnumber=91705

http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/topages/sidewinderwrench.php

anyone whos ever replaced spark plugs on an LT1 vette with all the EMMISION CRAP still in place knows theres almost no way to access some of the plugs,especially the rear two on the passenger side , well one tip is to use these tools, (above)and to get that last new rear spark plug started in the threads after coating the threads with anti-seize you can force an 19" length of 3/8" fuel line over the plug porcillin then use one hand to guide it into place while the other hand spins the fuel line to get it started threading, as theres no easy direct access. once its started theres no room to turn a ratchet, the side winder ratchet and longer than common spark plug socket make the job easier

just keep in mind it took me till I was 58 years old to invest/save/deal/plan/design/build that garage and aquire those tools for a hobby/obsesion Ive had since I was about 16 years old
 

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The Punisher
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Great work Grumpy. I remember my dad had a few wrenches that he had bent like that for some application he needed to do in the past, only his were Snap-On that went out of tolerance and GM "threw" them away. :laughing: Harbor Freight is a good place for cheap tools. :partyon:
 

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DC Crew
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I'm sure I'll be 58 by the time I get a garage like you have, Grumpy.

But, if I lived to 158, I'd never be as talented as you. But what makes you the coolest is that you take the time to share your wisdom and expertise with other enthusiasts.

There are a lot of people with knowledge on this site... but won't stop to help others out with their questions.

Thanks for what you do.:thumbsup:
 
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