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Old 03-07-2012, 12:50 AM
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I would have to say the most stupid thing i ve done while doing repairs was to rotate the the crank on the 951 with out the timing belt being in place. .It wasnt done by being absent minded as I had given it a lot of thought overnite before doing it. The key for the crank pulley would not come out no mater how much heat and PB blaster i used so I made a very short drift that I could use along with a hammer to tap it uppard as its cresant shaped but the angle was all wrong to get a good blow on it. So I unlocked the crank and rotated it very slowly until I could get to it. I spent the rest of the day worring about bent valves but it all worked out for me.'they were fine. I got away with doing it that one time..!!!
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Old 05-17-2014, 11:12 PM
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So the other night I was searching for the exhaust valves for an 8V head I am building. I searched for 20 minutes because I could only find FOUR of the exhaust valves After searching everywhere and tearing my garage apart (and accusing my wife of moving them) I noticed that I also only had 4 intake valves...then it hit me. I guess this is what happens when you get old.
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Old 05-18-2014, 12:10 AM
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There. Happy Thom?

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Old 05-18-2014, 02:46 PM
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HA!!
Couldn't be left out of this thread, so I "decided" to go out this morning to create my contribution.

Not 944 related but defiantly qualifies as stupid.

So I need to change out the battery in the work truck before heading over to Home Depot. Pull the old battery and drop in the new Optima blue top. Needs some shimming since it's smaller than the OE battery, no problem. Clamp it down and go to attach the ground cable......my 1/4 drive rachet,extension and 8mm deep socket becomes trapped between the +/- posts on the battery ARCING like a welder. Yank it off, 8mm socket goes flying, hear a few ting, ting, clank but it never hits the ground.

End result, is 8mm socket is MIA somewhere in the engine bay. Wobble extension is deformed from the arcing and is toast. + battery post is little deformed but luckily not too bad. Yikes!!
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Old 05-18-2014, 03:13 PM
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I don't think dropping things in the engine bay should be qualified as stupid, but rather as bad luck. Just like cutting yourself without actually noticing how it happened.

Last stupid thing I did was dropping the engine into the engine bay, wrestling about 20 min to get it to align with the torque tube still attached to the clutch bellhousing, to notice after it eventually got done that I had forgotten to place the clutch disc in there.
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Old 05-18-2014, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Thom View Post
I don't think dropping things in the engine bay should be qualified as stupid, but rather as bad luck. Just like cutting yourself without actually noticing how it happened.

Last stupid thing I did was dropping the engine into the engine bay, wrestling about 20 min to get it to align with the torque tube still attached to the clutch bellhousing, to notice after it eventually got done that I had forgotten to place the clutch disc in there.
wow! that would have annoyed me a lot.
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Old 05-18-2014, 10:46 PM
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I once polished a magnesium cup intake manifold
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:38 AM
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I once polished a magnesium cup intake manifold
I think we all know about this one
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:40 PM
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I once opened the hood while the windshield wiper arms were in their extended position. Awesome!
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:46 PM
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I put the tranny back into my race care and was completely finished with the job when I see the trans coupler laying on the floor by the tire.
I had to go for a walk before starting over....
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Old 05-19-2014, 12:49 PM
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I have to put a block under my trailer door so my extended ramps and slope work otherwise the car bottoms out. while backing the car out, the block slipped out and the car bottomed. It was misting, so i could not drive back up into the trailer.

so I get out my jack with the intention of jacking up the trailer door (with the car on it). and just about the time that i think (hmm.I should just raise the front of the trailer instead), I press down on the jack handle puncturing a nice big hole in my trailer door
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Old 05-19-2014, 01:31 PM
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Worst case I remember reading about on here was a guy performing a complete clutch job and noticing after having put pretty much everything together that he had forgotten the starter ring gear...
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Old 05-19-2014, 02:06 PM
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Swapped the idle bypass and crankcase ventilation hoses on my car before my second attempt at my first club race. Blew the rear main seal out on the first practice lap.

Why my second attempt at my first? Because on the first attempt, while on the track entrance ramp, when I shifted into 2nd gear, I spun the wheels and went right into the wall.

I win.
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Old 05-19-2014, 02:09 PM
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I put my power steering reservoir back on too high and closed the hood while thinking to myself, "hmm, that seemed harder than usual.", before looking up and noticing the hood was bulging up.
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I converted to manual steering.

While the intermediate shaft was removed I spun the steering wheel like a 5 year old.....just because I could. Now I know what a clockspring is and how it affects the airbag light.

Thanks to Lart for a new part....and 3 tries (about 30 tries prior to replacing the clockspring)....airbag light is reset.
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