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  1. Update on my Prius catalytic converter theft...

    Update on my Prius catalytic converter theft saga.

    The cat was stolen about 4 weeks ago. Fortunately even though it’s a high mileage beater we had comprehensive (fire, theft, glass) insurance...
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    John Prine was fond of it. The Handsome Johnny...

    John Prine was fond of it.

    The Handsome Johnny his favorite cocktail was made with vodka and ginger ale and was best enjoyed with a cigarette 9 miles long.
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    And “we’ll continue to break into our shitty on...

    And “we’ll continue to break into our shitty on hold music every thirty seconds with a lame apology until you can’t stand it any more and hang up while screaming a blazing stream of profanity.”
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    Corporate voice mail messages that have begun...

    Corporate voice mail messages that have begun with “We are experiencing greater than normal call volume ...” for the past two fucking years! Greater than what ? 2019?

    They really need to work...
  5. Those would be the words of the venerable Mr....

    Those would be the words of the venerable Mr. Randy Newman who wrote the song in the early 70s.

    C99ZPoKkGmg
  6. Thread: Trucks.

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    I hear you! And they paid some hefty tuition. ...

    I hear you! And they paid some hefty tuition.

    I’ll amend you’re advice though. Never buy a modern or EV BMW without a warranty. These beasts are rolling computers shrouded in plastic.

    I’ve...
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    E-cars and trucks seem perfect for Hawaii...

    E-cars and trucks seem perfect for Hawaii considering Climate, range issues, cost of gas etc.

    Maybe it will be OK with a new vehicle and after you spend an assload of dough on every warranty you...
  8. “You’ll put your eye out kid.”

    “You’ll put your eye out kid.”
  9. Triple M!!! Manufactured Mammary Monday!

    Triple M!!!

    Manufactured Mammary Monday!
  10. Fuckin thieves sawzalled the cat off of my son’s...

    Fuckin thieves sawzalled the cat off of my son’s ‘05 Prius last week.

    He called to say it was making an awful noise. So I told him I’d take a look at it (I’ve been maintaining it for him since...
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    1 toro snowblower in storage Total = 1 Sold...

    1 toro snowblower in storage

    Total = 1

    Sold or gave away 25 cylinders (4cars, 1 truck, 1 shitty old lawn mower) in July and went traveling w/ Mrs. Obstruction. Rented and borrowed rides in...
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    On television Wheeler Dealers Roadkill Garage ...

    On television
    Wheeler Dealers
    Roadkill Garage

    Prefer YouTube wrenching shows though more wrenching less BS. Theses guys have achieved a good balance of strong content, useful information, cheeky...
  13. Not the question asked but some soap boxing on...

    Not the question asked but some soap boxing on the topic of tire warranties. I never ever buy tire warranties. In fact I have never bought an extended warranty on anything- car, stereo, toaster or...
  14. Decent product. Be careful putting lug nuts on...

    Decent product. Be careful putting lug nuts on with it though. Max power will over torque the shit out of them.
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    Hanukkah = Festival of Lights I’m saying full...

    Hanukkah = Festival of Lights

    I’m saying full on Hasidic.

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  16. Unless that is some kind of weird ballistic...

    Unless that is some kind of weird ballistic fabric a regular old razor knife will do the job just fine. You’ll never cut into a drive shaft with one or damage it more than the shit that bounces off...
  17. A word on loaner tools from AZone and others - ...

    A word on loaner tools from AZone and others - take a good look at them before you use them. I’ve borrowed a bunch and usually had good results but they’re only as good as the last knucklehead who...
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    Fuck no! She’s hot and badass!

    Fuck no! She’s hot and badass!
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    Well I suppose so, but none have done sufficient...

    Well I suppose so, but none have done sufficient damage to my psyche to warrant inclusion.

    On the other hand, frequently the pseudo macho examples cited are aimed at the ladies too.
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    Pseudo macho cliches annoy the ass off of me. ...

    Pseudo macho cliches annoy the ass off of me.

    “Let’s do this!” Or “You got this!” Etc.

    Fucking Home Depot and there ilk wants to convince you you’re as badass as Navy Seal if you “man up”...
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    Couldn’t say but given the lack of duct work or...

    Couldn’t say but given the lack of duct work or flex tube it doesn’t look like active cold air return to me. But I’m not a hvac guy either.

    Besides I got the impression from your initial post...
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    Big ass arborvitae. I think I’d have stuck...

    Big ass arborvitae.

    I think I’d have stuck with a vent. First insulated behind and then blocked with something solid (such as super thin plywood). Then the vent painted in the same color as the...
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    The Atlanta Baseball Club? BTW the Braves have...

    The Atlanta Baseball Club? BTW the Braves have sucked since 1952.
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  25. Napper or Rockauto has what you need. Be sure to...

    Napper or Rockauto has what you need. Be sure to use silicone lube on the slide pins.
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    Riser Pfizer? 386365

    Riser Pfizer?
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  27. I hear you but it All depends on your goal I...

    I hear you but it All depends on your goal I guess. I use the paint pen to get it close enough to drive to the alignment shop.
  28. And running with blown shocks? I’ve replaced...

    And running with blown shocks? I’ve replaced broken rear springs on an 05 Prius and an 07 outback. Knee bone is connected to the thigh bone, etc.

    And the 14 - 16 Foresters had a recall on rear...
  29. Beg to differ. Do 09 Forester front struts and...

    Beg to differ. Do 09 Forester front struts and you are going to need an alignment unless you are the luckiest sumbitch to ever turn a wrench and happen to hit the sweet spot on both the L and R...
  30. I was a little sketched out about the low price...

    I was a little sketched out about the low price on the FCS too. I believe I used them on the outback though and they seemed fine.

    I’ll do a little digging and see if I can figure out where I...
  31. People hate on the pre-loaded struts but I’ve...

    People hate on the pre-loaded struts but I’ve found the KYB brand to be pretty reliable. They eliminate the death defying spring compression and they make the job a snap. Would I use them on a...
  32. I poured 5 qts through a car about 40 years ago. ...

    I poured 5 qts through a car about 40 years ago. Every time I mention an auto repair to my older brother the asshole still brings it up.
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  34. Parts prolly 600 at the dealer. Easy install...

    Parts prolly 600 at the dealer. Easy install relatively speaking and an overpriced recharge of the system and there’s your $900 down the drain.

    At an Indy? Maybe save $100?

    I paid $1k at a...
  35. I played the “fuck the 0420 code” game with a 98...

    I played the “fuck the 0420 code” game with a 98 318i for a couple of years. Cat was bad and eventually the honey comb broke down plugging the exhaust completely (on Rte 95 between Providence and...
  36. For real luxury try a big sheet of cardboard and...

    For real luxury try a big sheet of cardboard and then an old yoga mat.
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    Sums up the reason I quit golfing when I retired...

    Sums up the reason I quit golfing when I retired a few years ago. Now I can fuck off in nicely landscaped places during the week without needing an excuse.
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    This mail carrier from the city of sin shows a...

    This mail carrier from the city of sin shows a little more initiative.

    www.nbcboston.com/news/local/former-lynn-postal-carrier-sentenced-stealing-stimulus-payments-other-mail
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    Screw Jack. (Not a sentence- the name of a...

    Screw Jack. (Not a sentence- the name of a tool.)
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    I don’t get how people can’t part with 7 figure...

    I don’t get how people can’t part with 7 figure money for a house with no inspection but that’s how it goes in metro Boston now. We just sold our 140 year old home about 2 months ago. 4 days on the...
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    For lug nuts- I start by hand threading to make...

    For lug nuts- I start by hand threading to make sure they’re not cross threading then use my Milwaukee 1/2 wrench on the low setting to run the nuts in. Then the torque wrench to finish them up and...
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    Another thumbs up for Vice Grip Garage. He’s one...

    Another thumbs up for Vice Grip Garage. He’s one funny farmer that really knows how to turn a wrench. In a similar South Main Auto is a must watch for anyone who wrenches on rusty beaters or wants...
  43. Jaysus! Not to be harsh but if being able to...

    Jaysus! Not to be harsh but if being able to perform at peak level is the definition of meaningful .... and if we have to choose between meaningful or nothing I guess a lot of us geezers are going...
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    I’ve been pretty happy with Harbor Freight 1/2...

    I’ve been pretty happy with Harbor Freight 1/2 impact sockets (short and long , metric and SAE) They’re all 6 point which is key for not rounding, I use them with a Milwaukee 1/2 impact, tekton flex...
  45. Yeah. Seriously annoying. Only on my iPhone...

    Yeah. Seriously annoying. Only on my iPhone using safari so far.
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    Carry a sign? 378524

    Carry a sign?

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  47. Did it on an 02 Dakota a few years ago. Not...

    Did it on an 02 Dakota a few years ago. Not particularly difficult. Tricky part was rekeying the tumblers so the new ignition matched the door lock. Pretty sure I got all of the guidance...
  48. Your next move in avoiding getting boned by the...

    Your next move in avoiding getting boned by the dealer/repair shop is to buy a sniffer. It’s worth a shot. I’ve been chasing a refrigerant leak in my kids Prius for a year or so (not very...
  49. Thread: Trucks.

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    6.25’.

    6.25’.
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    Yeah for my wannabe truck I’d give up the extra...

    Yeah for my wannabe truck I’d give up the extra row of seats for another foot and a half of bed length.
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