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Old 05-06-2011, 09:51 AM   #81 (permalink)
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Yes, I was just about to hack up an old Onan opposed twin for a hair-brained project when I got the idea to check the prices of it's various bits on the web.... Onan parts are like GOLD! So I think I might part it out instead...

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Old 05-06-2011, 12:21 PM   #82 (permalink)
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One of my favorite finds was an atomic clock... cleaned it up, replaced the batteries, and voila! I had me a nice full-featured clock... not only that, but one of my neighbors must have one too, as the outside temp feature works on it but I never got the transmitter that went with it! My theory on why in the world someone would throw out a perfectly good clock? They were too stupid to realize that yes, even "atomic" clocks run on batteries...
I almost threw mine away. Replaced the batteries on the temperature transmitter, and it refused to work, even after following the directions on the back of the unit to resync them. Right before I gave up, I found the instructions on the Intarwebs and got it working again. (Not atomic, though.)

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Tons of lawn equipment and bicycles get tossed for equally ignorant reasons... not that I mind, really. Keeps me busy.
I hauled a lot of useful-but-needing-fixing items to the dump during my recent move. Of course, our transfer station has an outbuilding where they salvage those items to resell at yard sale prices, so I made sure that anything useful got sent over there.
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Old 05-07-2011, 12:13 AM   #83 (permalink)
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Cali scrapyards are AWESOME!!! Got some very useful stuff outta them.
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Old 05-21-2011, 04:57 AM   #84 (permalink)
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Sport Coupe - '92 Ford Tempo GL
Last 3: 69.62 mpg (US)

ShWing! - '82 honda gold wing Interstate
90 day: 33.65 mpg (US)

Moon Unit - '98 Mercury Sable LX Wagon
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Latest free finds- and it's not like I go looking for this stuff, it practically jumps in my lap:

Two John Deere lawn tractors, lawn edging (first piece went on F150 airdam), nice pile of 2x4s, Lawnboy mower (decoked it and it runs great), wood step ladder (they must not have known how easy it is to tighten the bolts under the steps to eliminate the wobbles- about a 1 minute fix), oscillating fan (absolutely nothing wrong with it- perhaps the child-proof switch was too much for the adult? New-looking and clean to boot!), ceramic heater (somehow took a shotgun pellet which was then shorting out the element; removed pellet, wire brushed the burn mark off the element, cleaned it up... perfectly good unit).

I'm going to have to have a garage sale pretty soon...

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