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Old 10-12-2018, 17:10   #91
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Re: Bad MacGyvering ! Questionable Funny Repairs

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LOL! That is a wonderful repair. I see you are also short a stud. That side needs all sorts of attention. That would have kept most reasonable people from pulling that trailer that day. Good one.

Once used a key ring from our car keys to attach the tack of the jib to the boat. Luckily it was a small boat and light winds and it held up. No photographic evidence available!

I'm also going to confess that we sailed the boat with that key ring for nearly a season before replacing it with a proper shackle.

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Key ring from the US, versus a shackle from China.....
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OK...

consider my skill set in the MacGyvering field to be far better than most.... I've saved a boat by dewatering it with a jet ski.... And Turned a V8 motor with a rod thrown out the side of the pan into V6, on the side of the road in the middle of the desert... Continuing 100 miles with a boat in tow....

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Old 11-12-2018, 01:09   #93
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Lovely to see an old thread revive.

Okay, guys, lets see some more MacGyvering!............

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Old 11-12-2018, 01:36   #94
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I remember setting the ignition timing on a 2 stroke lawnmower engine in a kart, remove spark plug, put finger (we were kids) in spark plug hole, hold plug lead in other hand; another kid plus starter cord, if you got a shock at the same time the piston hit your finger the timing was good!! We could only do 2 or 3 goes before having to change kids. I often wonder if my shoulder problems now i'm in my mid 60's stem from the dozens of shocks.
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When I had my first pile of junk car I was very much in the time rich cash poor club. So when my clutch went out I removed the clutch disc and ground down the rivets slightly to keep it going a bit longer. Worked well even if it did raise a few eyebrows...
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After my shock absorber snapped for the 2nd time on my South American motorcycle tour, my girlfriend and I were stranded on Ruta 7 in Chile. This is in an isolated region with no hope of getting a repair done.

Failing to find a way to lash the mono shock back together, I decided to create a hard tail using a tyre iron wedged up into the spring of the shock and resting on a plate on the swinging arm.

The problem with that was the Caratera Austral is not paved. It's loose stone, gravel, volcanic ash, and badly corrugated. The back end was hopping and skipping all over the place. For the worst parts the GF got off and walked.

We then hit an asphalted section and I got gready cruising along at 120km (70mph). We hit a bump and tyre iron punctured through the swing arm casing. That was the end of that.

Eventually a truck passed with a rally driving French girl at the wheel, who gave us and the bike a ride to Chaiten.

The plan was to get a ferry to Puerto Montt. The problem was I'd have to ride the bike on and off the ferry and then to my accommodation at the other side. The solution was to craft a mount for the end of the mono shock out of a hard wood and tie it to the swing arm using lock wire.

Unfortunately no pics of the bodged repairs



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Key ring from the US, versus a shackle from China.....
I can't be certain of the key ring's country of origin. It was one of those big ones that holds about a hundred keys, like the school custodian used to carry.

The forces stretched it into an oval shape pretty quick, but it never failed.
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