Ok, I am always looking to improve on things….thus the first version cooler will now be designated to the crew chief, along with a “Cool mat” which is in the design/redesign phase. The idea was two fold…..after chumping at Brainerd, I realized that it was a pain in the rear to try and remove the cooler, drain the water, add new ice, put back in the car, etc during a 5 minute pit stop. Thus, we will now have 2 …

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Something I have been tinkering with for awhile now. My grandpa Wilen’s old tool box. Another thing that has been hauled around for years without much love, lol. There really isn’t anything special about this box, I just thought it would be neat to clean it up a bit. Years on the farm and in various garages had it looking pretty rough. It was surface rusted pretty badly, but for the most part was still fairly solid. I’m not even …

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We have been watching for awhile now trying to find a good bead blaster. The little cheap harbor freight units are ok if you are doing a few small parts on occasion, but the dust collection systems and general operation of the units leave a lot to be desired. So we finally found a nice quality unit for a good price and picked it up. Pretty much a new unit for a smoking deal! And it’s big. A bead blaster …

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Power Probe 3

What can I say, I’m a guy….I like tools. Errrr I love tools. I love cool tools that most people don’t know about. One of those tools is a little guy called a Power Probe (3). This is a fantastic, versatile, circuit tester that makes diagnosing electrical systems a much easier process. As you might guess, there has been a PP1, PP2, and now a third generation PP3. What is neat about the tool is that you can plug it …

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I thought I’d throw this out there after a recent customer service issue I had. The nice thing about the blog, is that I can see where people visit from, if they google the site and what keywords they used to find it, if other sites pick up or link to one of my articles etc. My tool articles get picked up by quite a few tool review websites etc, which is neat to see. The bendpak lift review is …

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It came to my attention last night, that I might have been withholding information for personal use only, lol. While I do have the tools necessary to scan and diagnose Porsches, I also have a little fellow that will diagnose other cars as well. If you have an airbag light, check engine light (CEL), or anti lock brake system (ABS) light that stays on when driving, likely you have a problem with one of those systems. A lot of times a CEL …

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The 993TT project gave me the excuse to finally modify the lift for droping engines. I was really nervous about cutting out part of the lift, but it worked out beautifully. The rear most bar blocks the transaxle from dropping down (engine and transaxle are lowered as as unit for certain repairs such as a clutch job), so I needed to remove that. Many 911 owners who have the bendpak have said that this bar is not necessary anyway for …

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Been doing some “testing” over the last couple of weeks on the new addition to the garage. If you follow the blog, you have probably noticed a few visual changes over the last couple of weeks. After a few years of work out of the garage and it was starting to look a little worn, so I put my wife to work. First we added a few more outlets (only 1 was installed in the wall, and 1 for the …

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Brought in a freind’s Gemballa 996TT for some maintenance 🙂 Never mind the skinny minny wheels on the car, they were only there for the track, lol.  If you haven’t read about Uwe Gemballa, he was found after many months in South Africa dead.  Turns out he was in bed with the wrong people.  Note to self….don’t steal a million bucks from the Russians and skip town.  Oil Change….rag stops any mess when removing the filter 🙂 Anddddd another stiff clutch …

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I see a lot of posts online on the forums about the average guy trying to repair something on their car, and they have been at it for a couple hours and are completely frustrated with the job.  It usually ends up something like “changing motor mounts sucks,” or I can’t get my CV axles out.  I usually shake my head, and think to myself, it isn’t that the job is impossible, it is that you probably don’t have the …

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