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I got tiny, small, intermediate and large sizes of vice grips in the home tool box, the Jeep tool bag and the motorhome tool box. I got small, intermediate and large hammers in all the same. I read quite some time ago, either in a Jeep forum or a motorhome forum that one fella said he not only didn't have any form of vice grips in his possession but, would NEVER use any also. I thought, hmmmm, this boy's never really done any REAL headache work on various mechanical things. He definitely got a series of responses concerning the use of vice grips. You use the proper and correct tool for the job. But, if that doesn't work, then the HAMMER or the VICE GRIPS are called up as a SWAT TEAM!
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I've used vice-grips to replace a swing arm nut an axle nut and a shift lever along with holding a broken fender together long enough to get home. Don't leave home with out them!
 

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I agree Fred. I was lucky and grew up in the garage with my late father who was a side car racer. We "had" to help him in his workshop, had a lot of fun and laughs and as we grew up had a lot of beers with the old man while spannering the boneys. I see chance for the old school bikes but im shit scared when it comes to EFI and CDI's. I suppose a person would also need the right equipment for the new stuff. We play with main jets for the altitude but nowadays they plug in the laptop and sort the fueling out with a click of a button. Anyway my shed is my favourite place to be and the misses often threaten to burn it down :)
 

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Good stories one an all.
I started out as typical 'lil munchkin asking father and grandfather those little kid questions that can drive an adult bonkers when they are trying to accomplish something "Whatcha doing? Why?".
Rather than say " Go see your mother" I would be be given a tool, an explanation and allowed to "help" . "Son, we're fixing mom's car. We need to tighten this. Now hand me that screwdriver, the long pointy thing".
So as a five year old I learned to hammer nails "helping" build a garage. Sure I bent most of them but I was learning with supervision. Drilled my first holes and loosened nuts shortly thereafter learning difference between clockwise vs. counterclockwise. Abused nuts with pliers until shown how a wrench works.
Gradually learned skills until now I think I can adjust my TW valves usually without adult supervision.:)
 

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I agree Fred. I was lucky and grew up in the garage with my late father who was a side car racer. We "had" to help him in his workshop, had a lot of fun and laughs and as we grew up had a lot of beers with the old man while spannering the boneys. I see chance for the old school bikes but im shit scared when it comes to EFI and CDI's. I suppose a person would also need the right equipment for the new stuff. We play with main jets for the altitude but nowadays they plug in the laptop and sort the fueling out with a click of a button. Anyway my shed is my favourite place to be and the misses often threaten to burn it down :)
OK Nichea, I gotta ask: What is a "boney"?
In Texas that would indicate something very useful in the boudoir.
Much like a "stiffie".
As opposed to a "softiie".

The beers might also be useful, but never a spanner!
Maybe I'm missing something...

PS: I like your old man...sorry you don't still have him.
 

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OK Nichea, I gotta ask: What is a "boney"?
In Texas that would indicate something very useful in the boudoir.
Much like a "stiffie".
As opposed to a "softiie".

The beers might also be useful, but never a spanner!
Maybe I'm missing something...

PS: I like your old man...sorry you don't still have him.
Spanner is a wrench and I would guess boney is a triumph bonneville.
 
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