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A.K. Boomer
11-16-2012, 02:30 PM
How many times have you seen those broken little plastic prop rod holders under cars - and people just live with it rattling around - seen one that would come to rest on the side of an alternator pulley and was worn about half way through the rod.

I must of fixed hundreds of them - takes about a minute and a half...

First break the other side of the holder off too, then file the entire area flat, and drill a hole directly down the center where the clip pushes through.

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r249/AK_Boomer/DSC03006.jpg


then gitcherself a screw with a taper head so it will countersink and screw it through a small chunk of fuel line that you slit lengthwise.

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r249/AK_Boomer/DSC03008.jpg


and Walla, you got yourself a rattle free prop rod holder that may be far from "stylin" but does a great job,

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r249/AK_Boomer/DSC03009.jpg


so you don't charge the customer and they think your the bomb, then they bring the car back so you can stick it to them for something else --- lol just kidding. it is damn good PR though and most really appreciate the little bit of effort that it took.

becksmachine
11-16-2012, 03:24 PM
Great KISS fix! :)

However it does beg the question, why can't those design engineers get it right to begin with?

Dave

dfw5914
11-16-2012, 08:16 PM
Excellent quick-fix!

Black_Moons
11-16-2012, 09:09 PM
Great KISS fix! :)

However it does beg the question, why can't those design engineers get it right to begin with?

Dave

That would require they actualy stick with the same design for more then 5 minutes instead of redesigning everything from scratch every year without learning from any of the past failures.

actionaj
11-16-2012, 09:24 PM
Now thats a good fix. have to remember that one.

chipmaker4130
11-17-2012, 01:46 AM
That would require they actualy stick with the same design for more then 5 minutes instead of redesigning everything from scratch every year without learning from any of the past failures.

Actually, they don't care if it fails so long as it happens after the warranty.

Forrest Addy
11-17-2012, 11:13 AM
Gimme a couple months and I can come up with a way more complicated and expensive solution than that. Maybe a double acting, toggled clamshell design of no more than a dozen custom machined parts worked by rack and pinion and sliding on separate dovetails. Yup! Couple months max and only five more to make it but the teeny hydraulic pump and one shot lubricator may be stumbling blocks.

Seriously, good fix, Boomer. Elegant.

lynnl
11-17-2012, 11:52 AM
Turn the problem over to Rockwell Int'l Automotive, ...These guys can engineer anything!
See their turbo Encabulator...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fjcJp_Nwvk&feature=related

A.K. Boomer
11-17-2012, 12:08 PM
Dang Forest - you could get a job at Mercedes :p

thanks everyone,

that was an old beater of a subaru - if it was a lexus I would have taken the fuel line to my grinding wheel and buffed out the edges nice and round, ;>}

Just remember - if the women don't find you handsome they can sure find you handy... whatever gets their weasel squeaked...

madokie
11-17-2012, 02:38 PM
great idea .some ford cars from the 1980's have steel ones, so i save um when i see them in the local pull a part.

sasquatch
11-17-2012, 05:21 PM
Nice fix AK, rattles drive me bananas!!