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Got the windows done and hooked up the third brake light. Don't want to get pulled for something stupid like that. I'm 2 years overdue on inspection. Have an emissions code that keeps coming up. guess I'll have to break down & fix that. Probably just an O2 sensor But I haven't verified that yet.

NOT BAD for $150 total invested...
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Life is what you make of it. So, why not make a working machine to make it easier.
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got two Argon gas cylinders exchanged..only been sitting by the shop roll-up door for 9months now waiting.."I'll get to it"
got a trailer tire demounted and reinstalled on a new hi-capacity rated trailer wheel..keeps the DOT happy

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Convertible had some issues at inspection time. fails due to rear brake issues and a torn boot on the rack & pinion. rack was leaking too so I got a reman from Rock Auto. figured I would go ahead & do Both CV axels seeing I had to pull them to to get the rack out. they both had ripped boots too. back left brake was only hitting one side of the rotor soooooo rotors calipers and pads for both sides on the back. got all of it for $470.

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Then back to my truck. 2 years out of inspection... won't pass because 4way switch won't work and indicator lights are out on the instrument panel. on to replace the multifunction switch and bulbs in the cluster. expensive little bastards. $8 for two and they're only about the same size as a piece of puffed rice.

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I despise them little bulbs! Having to tear the whole dash apart to fix anything behind it is the worst problem!


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yes the instrument cluster lamps on the Chevy I have twist in from the back,they sandwich a printed circuit onto a plastic cluster..easy to damage especially if its going on 45yrs old like mine..you can reach underneath up into the cluster from under the dash but its way easier to do with the cluster pulled..gas gauge needs attention anyway in the spring once it warms up. Totally rust free 1984 GM squarebody K-30 4x4 350 Ive been offered $10k for it already but wont sell it

So Im into a JLG manlift bucket modification, going to mount it on forklift pockets to turn it into a personnel basket to go on a forklift..photos coming when I can

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manlift bucket on skidloader????? HMMMM! idea sounds interesting!!


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well I guess you could put it on a skidloader, its a brand new basket from a JLG manlift by itself..scrapped, still on the pallet from JLG..god only knows what it cost new..I have two forklifts to use it on, they both go up 14ft so add 1ft for a total 15ft elevation..unless its on a telehandler

the hyd winch is going on the skid steer once the mount plate gets here

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Handy on a forklift for sure!


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I use my mini forklift around here a lot for stuff like that I just put a pallet on it stand on the pallet. Got a piece of conduit I slip over the control valve so I can operate it from any height. Course my little home built dealy only goes 6 ft. Today I'm working on modifying the carriage cuz it keeps cocking and hanging up with a load on it I'll take some pictures. I've been fighting this locking in the up position for a while couple years ago I made those rollers they helped a lot but it's still cocks sideways so I'm adding some rollers to prevent that from happening as well.


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I bought a ancient (1940's)used gas forklift off Craigslist about 20yrs ago,it made work so much easier..it was so worn out,the engine ran strong but the trans(manual shift) had a special Borg Warner reverser box inline with the transmission,worn out..I pulled the reverser box and made new brass bushings for it but it had a big shaft/gear combo that was destroyed..I found the LAST idler shaft/gear on the shelf in the country,it cost $200 but made the lift work good again...sold that lift years later and bought a Hyster pneumatic tired 4000lb diesel lift at auction for $1500..what a sweet machine with 1500hrs and an Isuzu diesel, Ill never wear it out

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cut 3x6 tubing sections to length to be welded for a JLG manlift basket mod...yesterday during the Taylor Swift bowl

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lookin good!


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