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Cheap/Free Mods

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by piercedtiger, Dec 28, 2007.

  1. Dec 28, 2007 at 4:14 PM
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    Bestop canopy, hood struts, relocated 7-pin, 3" Toytec spacer/AAL, 265/75 16 Yokohama Geolander ATS, Hi-Lift mounted in bed, fog light mod, turn signal mod, locker mod, driver seat mag light mount, step bars, reinforced tailgate, ABS kill switch, black grill surround, bed lights, Brute Force front
    I thought I'd start a thread for "budget" mods for those with an itch to do SOMETHING, but not a lot of money on hand. Or lots of spare parts, tools, paint, etc in the garage.

    I'll add pics and how-to's as I have time to get pictures and such. Feel free to post up any you have done. Maybe this can be one place for all of them.

    Here's a little something that might help all of you before working on rusted nuts and bolts!

    Gen1 Links:
    Toyota Buildups And Information
    Tech Write-Ups (Staging Area, & More Articles In The Wiki) - YotaTech Forums
    Toyota Forums :: Toyota Nation - how to: factory LED/Glass Break Sensor...
    Toyota 4x4, 4WD, 4Runner, Land Cruiser, Mini, T100, Tundra, Surf, HiLux, Tacoma Section on 4x4Wire
    Toyota Forums :: Toyota Nation - Free alarm mod for 03 & 04 Tacomas
    FYI: A/C & Defrost Mod (TTORA)

    From Janster based on her 96:

    Ebrake adjustment:
    http://www.lieblweb.com/tacoma/Mecha...adjustment.htm

    Water pump install:
    http://www.lieblweb.com/tacoma/Mecha.../WaterPump.htm

    Steering rack bushing replacement
    http://www.keystonekrawlers.com/Mods...eeringBush.htm

    2.5" Cornbred lift spacers install w/ AAL
    http://www.lieblweb.com/tacoma/Mecha...rnbredLift.htm

    2.5" Daystar lift spacer install
    http://www.lieblweb.com/tacoma/Mecha...ft/Daystar.htm

    Oxygen Sensor replacement
    http://www.lieblweb.com/tacoma/Mecha...placement.html

    Clutch Pedal bushing replacement
    http://www.lieblweb.com/tacoma/Mecha...tchBushing.htm

    Blinker conversion
    http://www.lieblweb.com/tacoma/Mecha...n/blinker.html

    Gen2 DIY's and guides:
    DIY: Wiring after-market lights - Tacoma World Forums
    DIY: OEM Cruise Control - Toyota Forums :: Toyota Nation
    OEM Intermitted Wipers DIY - Toyota Forums :: Toyota Nation
    2005 Tacoma-Writeup on door panel removal - CustomTacos.com Forum
    Installing AAL's by Chris4x4
    Wire Diagram for Anytime Foglight mod by Crom
    Bed rail attachment hardware
    DIY : How to change sparkplugs 2TR-FE
    Clutch replacement

    Mods:

    1. Airing up the spare tire made easy
    2. Extra D-Rings
    3. Locker Anytime
    4. Maglite seat mount
    5. Foglights on anytime
    6. Day Time Running Lights
    7. Black Head Light Mod (BHLM)
    8. Black Grill Surround
    9. Redneck 6spd Hand rest
    10. Hood Struts
    11. 12V Bed Outlet
    12. Budget OBA Setup
    13. Cup holder LED's Another write here with actual instructions as well as pictures by briangp
    14. Tailgate Reinforcement
    15. Relocating the 7-pin
    16. Keyless Entry Beep
    17. Home Made Bed Extender
    18. Bed Lights ----- Wiring them to come on with door unlock, off with lock here. (And on with door open, off with door close like dome light.)
    19. Bed Pocket lights
    20. Illuminated 4x4 Switch
    21. LED for illuminated 4WD switch
    22. Turning off ABS, VSC, TRAC
    23. Disable Seatbelt Warning Chime
    24. Rear Differential Breather Relocation
    25. Rear diff breather-different view
    26. Map lights on with dome light
    27. Hi-Lift Bed Mount
    28. Secondary Air Filter Removal
    29. Locking Rear Sliding Window
    30. Alternating Turn Signal/Side Markers (easier way at #45)
    31. Wheel Painting - brought to you by TuRDTACO
    32. Bed Storage Compartment Locks
    33. Alternate way for locker anytime
    34. Cheap traction bars
    35. In Cab 110v outlets
    36. Mounting a 285 (or 33") spare tire
    37. Fog Light Indicator
    38. Cabin Air Filter
    39. Cigarette lighter plug always on Another way here: http://www.tundrasolutions.com/foru...ter-systems/35193-05-tacoma-dcab-sr5-12-volt/
    40. Access Cab Rear Seat Cover - Seat Down Position
    41. Engine Bay Light
    42. Engine Bay Light - Alternative option
    43. Auxiliary reverse lights
    44. Mud Flap Modification
    45. Parking lights as Turn signals (No-relay method)
    46. Using Defrost without the A/C
    47. Adjusting inside rear mirror
    48. OEM Intermittent wiper install
    49. Secure Locking Gas Cap
    50. Center Console Lights
    51. Blacked out tail lights
    52. Double Cab Short Box Bed storage
    53. Tranny cooler for non-tow package guys and gals
    54. Brighter stock reverse lights
    55. LED dome/map lights
    56. Heated mirrors - OEM version here.
    57. Quick bed mat mod
    58. Blacking out chrome bumpers with bedliner
    59. Bed rail blocks
    60. 48 LED Dome light
    61. Brinks spare tire cable lock set
    62. Build you own console vault
    63. Tailgate theft deterrent (hose clamp mod)
    64. Short Throw Clutch
    65. driveline vibration fix write up..................may work for you too.
    66. $7 Bed Extender Security Mod
    67. 09 Style backup camera install (>$100 for parts, but a nice mod nonetheless)
    68. LOCK/UNLOCK Chirp for DTRL and Alternating turn signal modders
    69. Footwell/cupholder interior accent led project (AKA Fighter Pilot Cockpit Mod)
    70. Tailgate Cable Locks
    71. DIY Lo-Jack/Vehicle tracking
    72. Battery clamp mod
    73. Low beams on with high beams
    74. Weather proofing the Pop-N-Lock tailgate lock
    75. Reusing cabin air filters
    76. Oil Pan Heater
    77. Hella 700ff HID Conversion
    78. Coin Tray Gun Holster
    79. DTRL toggle switch mod (stealth mode)
    80. Engine Kill Switch
    81. auxiliary side turn signal repeaters / markers
    82. Fishing rod holder
    83. DIY Washable cab air filter
    84. Hood alignment
    85. How to wire a stock auto-dimming mirror
    86. Under hood lights
    87. Radar Detector on with Ignition Power
    88. Team window flag bed mounts
    89. 09+ Always-on rear view camera
    90. Tailgate electrical box
    91. Radio on after ignition is turned off
    92. Cheap center console light
    93. Fog Lights "a la Caribe Style" - Brought to you by caribe makaira PM him with questions please.
    94. How To: Secondary Stand Alone Fuse Block Install
    95. How To - Inverter 400W anytime mod
    96. DIY AUX Input in a 2005-2008 Factory Head Unit
    97. Auto OEM Fog lights for 2nd gen tacos without fogs
    98. Aiming your OEM fog lights
    99. ABS Kill Switch mod for 05+ Offroad EASY WAY! (PICS)
    100. 09 Anytime-On Rear View Camera with Switch on Dash mod
    101. LED lighting door locks
    102. No chime mod - Original thread here.
    103. Hidden CB install
    104. Simple Scangauge II Mounting Mod
    105. Oil Catch Can Install Guide
    106. Hood scoop removal and dis-assembly
    107. Bedside Bottle Opener hardware
    108. DIY: "Raptor" Style Lights
    Download Toyota Factory Service Manuals here if you want them.
    Toyota Tacoma FSM Page

    Other manual downloads:
    Master Portal - forums.bauchan.org

    Headlight Adjustment

    Easiest plasti dip removal

    Toyota 4Runner and Pickup: Cheap Tricks
    http://www.4crawler.com/4x4/CheapTricks/index.shtml
     
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  2. Dec 28, 2007 at 4:16 PM
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  3. Dec 28, 2007 at 4:28 PM
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    Extra d-rings in the bed have been a life saver for me! With a short bed I tend to have to stack things higher so having 6 tie down points help a LOT! :D

    I used these.

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    Actual Product:
    http://www.trailer-parts-forless.com.../10090016.html

    Main page (since there's no "search" option, and they can be hard to find):
    http://www.trailer-parts-forless.com.../10090010.html

    Cheaper online store:
    http://www.armysurpluswarehouse.com/product/rope-ring-with-clip-b21-5-for-500-3752.cfm

    Thread on TN where I first wrote about it:
    http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/t131835.html

    Tools required:
    • #55 Torx socket for impact wrench
    • impact wrench (nothing less will break these bastards loose!)
    • drill - to enlarge the hole for in the ring for the bed bolt
    • grinder to flatten a side of the washer to fit in the d-ring -OR- hammer the washer on the bolt down passed the lock rings and put it under the d-ring
    • knife to cut the bed mat so they are accessible
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    UPDATE:
    The ones I used have really rusted, some barely move and one snapped off the mounting base so now I'm looking to replace with stainless steel ones from here: http://www.mcmaster.com/#3076t13/=rugkyn
     
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  4. Dec 28, 2007 at 4:32 PM
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    How I cut the washer to fit over the D-Rings:

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    Original D-Ring:
    [​IMG]

    Hole drilled out to fit bed bolt:
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    Just take out the bed bolts (using #55 Torx and impact wrench), knock the washer down past the lock rings (or cut like I did), enlarge the hole for the bolt, put the bolt through the rings, put the washer on if you took it off, bolt back down. Then use! They are rated for 400lbs IIRC, and I've never had a problem using one or more ratchet strap with them for almost 2 years. Haven't rusted either with my bed covered most of the time.
     
  5. Dec 28, 2007 at 4:39 PM
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    Not mine, but thanks to TacoGrande on TN and a few other sites.

    Only cost is a DPDT (Double Pole, Double Throw) relay. Radio Shack sells them for under $10 IIRC. I used Radioshack Model: 275-217. http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2049721

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    My relay:
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    EDIT:

    If you are using the Radioshack relay #2750218 then refer to this thread http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/2nd...d-problem.html
    http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2049722&tab=summary

    Per db67fm this is the color code for the above mentioned relay:

    1- Green / Black
    2- Violet
    3- Violet
    4- Pink
    5- Green
    6- Blue
    7- Red/Black
    8- Ground

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  6. Dec 28, 2007 at 4:45 PM
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    Put a Maglite (or similarly shaped flashlight) on the driver's seat in easy reach getting out or opening the door. Do this instead of using the Toyota mount behind the driver-rear seat that rattles and makes you unload that seat, fold it, and then grab it.

    Maglite makes a wall mount bracket, and there are similar mounts out there you can find.

    I lined up the brackets, drilled through the plastic side panel on the seat, and used 2 5/8" rivets to mount each one.

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  7. Dec 28, 2007 at 4:52 PM
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    and if anyone is interested, you can find this "kit" at sams club for around $20. thats where i got mine. it came with the big maglite(3 d cell batts) batteries and clips/brackets, and a mini mag lite(2 c batts) and batts...and you can get clips to fit the mini's at most hardware stores. also....you can do a led upgrade for the maglites as well.
     
  8. Dec 28, 2007 at 5:03 PM
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    great start to a great thread
     
  9. Dec 28, 2007 at 5:17 PM
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    Several ways to do this, but this one was the easiest for me, and I haven't had them come on 4-hours after turning the ignition off like other methods cause. Apparently at least one other method ties into some ignition or emissions circuit that turns on 4 hours after the truck is turned off to deal with emissions so the fogs come on for a few minutes. I parked in front of my living room window for a year after doing this and never saw them come on once so.....

    Tools/items needed:
    • wire stripper
    • 1 quick splice
    • 1 female blade connector
    • 6" of wire
    • drill/bit same diameter as wire
    • shrink tube/electrical tape to reinforce crimp connection (optional)

    1. Locate the green wire on the plug in the pic
    2. splice into it
    3. run the wire to the fog light relay through a hole to keep it low and not hit the cover
    4. crimp on the female blade connector onto the wire
    5. pull the fog relay and bend the terminal in the pic to the side
    6. put the female blade connector onto the bent terminal on the fog relay
    7. replace fog relay
    option2.jpg

    option2big.jpg

    NOTE: The 2012 relay is located in a different position


    This is how the relay tab is bent:
    bent_relay.jpg

    Edit:
    Yes, this will allow you to turn the fog lights on or off whenever you want using the fog light switch as long as the key is turned to ACC or ON. Doesn't matter if headlights are on, off, low beam or high beam.

    To help reduce confusion, this is what a quick splice looks like:
    quick_splice.jpg
     
  10. Dec 28, 2007 at 5:38 PM
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    I wanted Day Time Running Lights for a little more visibility without the headlights on and to be a bit different. :D There's another one on TN by Toku that uses the OEM DTRL relay, but that cost $50 and they turn off when the headlights come on. I like the looks of this way better, and it was free!

    I just stripped half an inch off the wire, twisted it, folded it in half and jammed it in the 3rd hole with the harness unplugged from the bulb assembly.

    Parts/tools needed:
    • wire strippers/pocket knife/teeth :D
    • 4-5ft of wire (to be safe, not sure how much I used. cut to fit)
    • 2 quick splices
    Splice into green wire on the running lights (small lights outside corner of headlight assemble), pull the rubber plug out of the 3rd hole on the turn signal plug, unplug the bulb harness, jam the stripped end of wire in that hole, seal with glue (hot melt, silicon, whatever), and plug it back onto the bulb assembly.

    Wire in third plug.
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    Lights on
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  11. Dec 28, 2007 at 5:56 PM
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    This mod is a little time consuming, but reading up on it takes longer than doing it! :laugh:

    Several links and pics here:
    http://www.toyotanation.com/forum/t106329.html

    Key points:
    • preheat oven to 300F and TURN IT OFF
    • take out bulbs (I just took out the wire harness and left the whole thing hanging on the truck, bulbs and all)
    • remove all screws from light assembly
    • put headlight on a piece of cardboard so it doesn't melt to the rack (don't know if required, but too many people have f'd this up....)
    • put headlights in for 10 minutes for glue to soften
    • gently pull the assembly apart
    • take screws out of chrome surround to remove and paint
    • paint 2 to 3 coats and let dry over night (some have done less time and the fumes from the paint curing fogged the lense)
    • use wax paper or newspaper strips along the edge of the surround to avoid scratching paint while putting it back in the housing
    • put screws back in surround, place 2 halves of headlight back together and reverse the procedure to open them
    • put a bead of silicon around the edge of the 2 halves after it cools so moisture doesn't get in and fog the lense
    While you have it open you can do the clear headlight mod as well by removing the 2 amber/yellow lenses and leaving them out during reassembly. Or, you can tape them off to leave the chrome for a different look.

    Pictures of it done:
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    After BHLM and DRL mod
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  12. Dec 28, 2007 at 6:15 PM
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    With the left over $5 can of Krylon Fusion black paint you can paint the chrome grill surround making this mod free and easy! My chrome paint is flaking off so it looks like crap anyway. I put 3 coats of paint on to see how it holds up, and maybe do more when it warms up with a coat of clear to help protect once I get a can. I had just enough paint left from the BHLM to do 3 coats so that's it for now.

    It's been 3 days with driving salted roads and the paint has held up so far.

    Just take the grill off, tape off any spots you don't want painted, and go to town! I popped the 2 top tabs on the emblem out, tipped it forward, and pulled it out to paint separately.

    Pics of it done:
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  13. Dec 28, 2007 at 6:24 PM
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    You guys will probably appreciate this one! :D

    So I had a 32oz Gatoraide bottle in the truck and noticed it JUST fits in cup holder behind the gear shift on the passenger side. I also notice it put my hand in the perfect position to reach the shift knob with very little movement! Actually very comfortable (even my wife agrees!) and has since been in the truck from around the 1st or 2nd month after I bought it. Elbow rests on the center console, palm rests on the bottle and I can drive for hours without fatigue!

    Cost: one gatoraide bottle so, what? $2 maybe? Or "free" if you already have one.... :laugh:

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  14. Dec 28, 2007 at 6:34 PM
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    Hood struts should be STANDARD on cars now.... :mad: Hell, my FIL's "new" 2000 Dodge Ram has springs to hold the hood.... Since they aren't I added some from http://redlinetuning.com/QL-TOY-TACOMA-95+.html

    I got the $69.95 base model ones, had them in almost 2 years now, and no problems! No hood-head impacts either... :D I swear they make it easier to open this hood than the smaller one on my Corolla! Open it maybe 6" and it starts lifting on it's own. I like watching techs open it, look at it as it raises on it's own, or reach for the prop stick and realize they don't need it!

    They aren't free obviously, and may be "expensive" to some, but to me well worth not worrying about knocking out that damn prop stick again! (Did it once with the car and luckily I caught it in time.) Also, no fumbling to find the stupid hole at night when your buddy needs a jump.

    Instructions were VERY detailed with instructions to tape here, measure X from there, drill here with X size bit, etc. The top brackets rivet in, bottom bolt in with self taping bolts, and ALL hardware is included.

    Open Hood:
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    Top bracket:
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    Bottom bracket:
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    Bestop canopy, hood struts, relocated 7-pin, 3" Toytec spacer/AAL, 265/75 16 Yokohama Geolander ATS, Hi-Lift mounted in bed, fog light mod, turn signal mod, locker mod, driver seat mag light mount, step bars, reinforced tailgate, ABS kill switch, black grill surround, bed lights, Brute Force front
    I have the stock 110V inverter with the outlet in the bed. I haven't found much use for it other than low amperage CF work lights, battery charges, etc. However, I have a rechargeable 2 million CP spot light. Battery sucks, and cigarette plug cord only reaches from the dash to back of the cab so I put a cigarette plug in the bed for that, or any other 12V device I might run back there. Wired straight to the battery with a 25amp fuse, 30amp rated wire, and 25amp cigarette plug/socket/whatever from Walmart. Probably less than $5, but I don't remember. Cheapest one they had, and all of them seemed to have the same max amperage. It's riveted to the storage compartment shown below with a hole drilled through the bottom for the wires, and grounded to the frame.

    Tools/part
    • 10-17ft of wire (I forget, had a spool laying around and doubled up the wire for the 30amp rating)
    • soldering iron, solder, shrink tube
    • inline fuse holder
    • 30amp fuse
    • 2 large round eye connectors (for battery connection, and ground bolt)
    • female cigarette plug
    • drill and bit
    • rivet gun, 2 aluminum rivets
    Plug installed:
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    Ground point and wire from the front (zip tied to top of passenger side frame rail):
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  16. Dec 28, 2007 at 6:52 PM
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    someone's making a late run for the december prize haha good work
     
  17. Dec 28, 2007 at 7:04 PM
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    I want an On Board Air setup, but it'll require a $200-$500 compressor, tank, air lines, adapters, pressure regulator, wiring, switch, relays, and more time/money than I have right now. Next best thing? A Masterflow MF-1050 or MV-50 from Pepboys, Costco, etc. I found mine on eBay for $50 with shipping, and saw some on other 4wd online stores for $86 or more. Look around! They are cheap and sell out FAST when a store gets them! Cheap compressors, but hold their own against compressors costing 4x as much or more!

    Comes with storage bag, 8ft power cable (clips to battery, no cig plug crap to blow fuses), coil hose, inline fuse (30amp IIRC), foam air filter, screw-on flow-through tire inflater with air down capability, and fittings for inflating balls, etc.

    I had to extend the power cord as it would barely reach the driver-rear tire, and would NOT reach the passenger rear tire. It MIGHT have, but you can't hold the inflater steady to prevent airing down, watch the pressure dial, AND reach the switch to turn it off/on. Needle bounces a little so you have to turn it on/off while checking the real needle position to get to the right pressure. Hard to do when you have to hold the inflater steady and can't reach the compressor.

    I used a $10 set of jumper cables from Autozone to extend the cord another 10ft. That not only gives you a longer cord to reach everything, but also gives you stronger battery terminal clamps. (Original ones suck and pop off.) Just cut off the clamps on one end of the jumper cables, cut off the ones on the compressor, strip and twist the wires together and black tape the hell out of them! Coiled up longer power cord still fits in the bag! And the whole thing fits behind the passenger-rear seat next to that little shelf thing. So it's in the truck 24-7 if you need to air down and back up, or fix a flat. Or inflate a wheelchair tire like I did one day at work...

    Box of the compressor:
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    Compressor and longer cables
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    Testimonial for this compressor!
    http://www.gearinstalls.com/pepboys.htm
    Comparison to other cheaper and more expensive ones:
    http://www.parksoffroad.com/prodreview/inflatortest/inflatormain.htm
     
  18. Dec 28, 2007 at 7:06 PM
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    :laugh: Nah, this came up in another thread that would've gone insanely off topic if I had continued there.... :eek: I figured a separate post would be better, maybe made sticky at some point, and I have nothing but time to kill for at least another week (if all goes well at my interview).
     
  19. Dec 28, 2007 at 8:39 PM
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    if we had a voting system for the monthly prize.....i think you'd have this one pt!!!! awesome thread man!!
     
  20. Dec 28, 2007 at 9:00 PM
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    Thanks! :laugh: I'm a BIG fan of free or cheap and easy! My wife and I are pack rats with lots of room to squirrel things away "in case we need them" so I have spools of wire, boxes of nails/screws/bolts/nuts/washers/pulleys... :D And have accumulated lots of tools over the years as every vehicle project leads to needing a new tool to do it. :rolleyes:
     
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