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Friday, September 20, 2013

Redneck Engineering

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Strike One:  The promised clamp that went from Ohio to Colorado won’t be in until Monday.  UPS is completely at fault on this one.

Strike Two:  The exhaust pipe that was in stock at the hot rod shop came out to be to be 1/2” smaller in diameter than promised.

Strike Three:  The NAPA band clamp came in as promised but won’t work with the smaller diameter pipe.

Strike Four:  My beloved Dremel tool died.  Fortunately I was able to quickly purchase a new one for twice as much as I paid for the original.

The Challenge:  Finding a way to fit the two different diameter pipes together for a tight seal.  This is going to take a whole load of Redneck Engineering skill to make this work.

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Stay tuned.  I’m as interested to see how this temporary fix is going to work out as you are. 

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Once we get back to South Carolina, I’m going to order all new parts from the factory to make the repair like new.

Thanks for visiting and feel free to leave a comment.

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17 comments:

  1. Get a lot of duct tape and wire clothes hangers.... also an empty Folgers coffee can and a muffler sprocket...mix it all together with that DI (Dahl Ingenuity) and GIT-R-DONE!!!!

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  2. I don't think this will work unless it is diet coke!

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  3. I think you both missed the mark. Pepsi will put it together :)

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  4. That Coke can reminds me of a V-8 can that held my muffler/tailpipe together on a Chevy Malibu many, many years ago :) You do what you gotta do!

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  5. Will be interesting to see how this saga develops!!

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  6. Do you get the feeling that Murphy is having a real field day here:))

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  7. Oh no .. it's not a Diet Coke fix at all. Remember you're in the South. You need to add a can of sweet tea to the mix. That's the only true southern red-neck fix. :-)

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  8. I guess this is a stupid question, but can't you just leave it off until you get to South Carolina?

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  9. Would it get too hot for Eternabond?

    I also wondered if you could leave it off. Would it be really noisy?

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  10. Can't tell from the photo but sure hope there is some duct tape in the mix;o) It can't be a southern fix unless it includes Duck Tape!!! You are a hoot and hope it works!!

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  11. Hmm..yup, thinking duct tape for a few miles might have to do :)

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  12. Whatever the fix it will have to do for now, good luck.

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  13. With so many suggestions, how can you go wrong?

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  14. I got here a bit late so all of the really good suggestions have already been made. Perhaps you could sneak into an RV sales lot at night and maybe "borrow" the piece you need?

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  15. Love it! I say if it does not fall off, leave it alone ;)

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  16. Only thing to add is baling wire, originally from iowa and a lot of farmers repairs involved duct tape and baling wire.

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