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Stupid things I have done to,in or with my pinto/bobcat
« on: April 06, 2013, 07:11:59 PM »
This will either be a very short topic or very long. It will depend on how honest you are. Here is mine.

A couple of months ago I decided to take a 3 gallon plastic jug of used oil to recycle. I have been adding to this jug for about a year. It has sat out in the sun the whole time. I put it in the back of the bobcat in the hatch area. Because it was exposed to the weather it had become brittle. I hit a bump the jug shattered. I had 3 gallons of black oil flowing all over the back of my nicely restored bobcat. I had my daughter bring a shop vac out to my location. I sucked up as much oil as I could. I stripped the fabric off of the back seat. I rinsed it in Dawn dish soap for hours. I cut the sponge rubber into manageable size pieces and rinsed them out as well. Believe it or not, it all came clean. Now I will try to glue the sponge back together. I plan to use silicone caulk to do this job. Anyone have a better idea? So there you have it. stuuuuupid!!!!!!!!!!!!! 
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Re: Stupid things I have done to,in or with my pinto/bobcat
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2013, 09:04:53 PM »
I am so glad you were able to get that oil out!!! I don't have any better ideas about the sponge rubber fixing, but I will play Captain Hindsight and say when I transport used oil in ANYTHING I put the oil container (usually the pan that I drain the oil in in the first place- it has a cap) in one of those big black pans that you can get at Home Depot or other home improvement place (they also make great litter boxes for cats!) BTW, I had a quart of brand-new motor oil ooze out of the container and into the carpet in my living room. The stain's still there! lol  :P

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Re: Stupid things I have done to,in or with my pinto/bobcat
« Reply #2 on: April 06, 2013, 10:50:15 PM »
You're lucky it was oil and you had Dawn. I had a battery, in a small cardboard box about the size of the battery. It flipped over even though it was behind the drivers seat on a floor mat. The carpet got soaked with acid. This car sfuff is a big learning curve.

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Re: Stupid things I have done to,in or with my pinto/bobcat
« Reply #3 on: April 06, 2013, 11:28:01 PM »
Silicone caulk is not what you want to use to put the foam back together.  Use contact cement (not the low VOC California-style crap...the real stuff that uses real solvents.) like Weldwood.  Basically you want to brush it on both sides of the join, wait until it's tacky and stick them together.  Depending on how you did your cuts, you may need to reinforce the bond with some fabric across the bond line.
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Re: Stupid things I have done to,in or with my pinto/bobcat
« Reply #4 on: April 07, 2013, 03:03:04 AM »
i plead the 5th !!! :o
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Re: Stupid things I have done to,in or with my pinto/bobcat
« Reply #5 on: April 07, 2013, 06:45:08 PM »
A few months ago I brought a 2.3 longblock home in the back of my wagon with a couple quarts of oil still in the pan. Of course it rolled over & dumped all that oil in my spare tire well & all over the spare. I wiped up the major mess but haven't really cleaned it well so the tire & rim are still oily.
 
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Re: Stupid things I have done to,in or with my pinto/bobcat
« Reply #6 on: April 07, 2013, 08:26:40 PM »
I did something differently stupid when I had a 1975 bobcat wagon back in 1987. I used to explore the dirt roads along high power line rights of way. I was heading down a hill and the front end bottomed out. Bent my lower lights back and bent the bottom of the radiator support backwards. Thankfully, the radiator or nothing else was damaged. I stayed to paved roads after that.

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Re: Stupid things I have done to,in or with my pinto/bobcat
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2013, 01:26:51 AM »
I took my moms old Pinto CW and drifted the back roads up where we lived in Apache Junction AZ lol. Lots of dirt roads to play on back then.

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Re: Stupid things I have done to,in or with my pinto/bobcat
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2013, 02:54:00 AM »
I took my moms old Pinto CW and drifted the back roads up where we lived in Apache Junction AZ lol. Lots of dirt roads to play on back then.


that sounds like a whole bunch of fun!
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Re: Stupid things I have done to,in or with my pinto/bobcat
« Reply #9 on: April 22, 2013, 03:11:56 PM »
running late for work one morning, I noticed a train coming in to town from the west. already having a bad power booster and master cylinder, I decided to go for it. went through the crossing doing about 45 or so (beat the gates) and caught some air like the dukes of hazzard. the car bounced back up into the air and broke all 4 shocks. lucky I didn't crush the oil pan or blow a tire. got to work, looked at the schedule posted in the back room and had an hour to kill before I had to clock in.
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Re: Stupid things I have done to,in or with my pinto/bobcat
« Reply #10 on: April 23, 2013, 03:36:51 PM »
Back when my 78 Cruising Wagon was new and I was commuting to college I customized the interior of the car, using 1" diamond tufted red and silver velour, van lights in the back, all kinds of stuff. Then I had an aftermarket sunroof put in as well. One night I got home late from work and just set the glass sunroof on top of the car, but didn't latch it in place. Next morning before I got up my mother couldn't get her car to start to go to work, and took my Pinto. About a mile away from the house the wind just sucked the glass right off the roof and it shattered on the street behind her. That was bad. Then, because one bright idea is never enough, I had a window intended for the side of an Econoline van installed in the back of the Cruising Wagon roof, centered inside the rails of the roof luggage rack. When I replaced the old sunroof with a new one, I had a sunroof and a gigantic moonroof in my car. It looked cool and my girlfriend loved it. But I kept seeing drips in the rear view mirror because the thing leaked, not being meant for the roof of a wagon anyway. So I had to take it out, weld in a new piece of metal and paint it. Never again.
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Re: Stupid things I have done to,in or with my pinto/bobcat
« Reply #11 on: April 24, 2013, 10:26:33 AM »
Matt,
You idea sounds like the inspiration behind the "Panoramic Vista Roof" I have in my 2012 Lincoln MKT.  Unfortunately, it leaks too! :(
 
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« Reply #12 on: April 24, 2013, 09:24:22 PM »
Matt,
You idea sounds like the inspiration behind the "Panoramic Vista Roof" I have in my 2012 Lincoln MKT.  Unfortunately, it leaks too! :(
 
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« Reply #13 on: April 25, 2013, 03:42:04 AM »

that sounds like a whole bunch of fun!


It was till she caught me coming back from Circle K side ways lol.

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Re: Stupid things I have done to,in or with my pinto/bobcat
« Reply #14 on: May 05, 2013, 06:33:30 AM »
Had my head through the rad support welding in the new motor mounts. Rod stuck so took the stinger off the rod. Lifted the helmet & wiggle the rod off & sort of falling backwards, the helmet got knocked down.....shovi ng the hot tip of the welding rod into my left eye. Lucky, got the eye lid closed in time. Just burned a line from below the eye brow to the eye lashes.
Rushed outside & put a handful of snow on it.
Very close call. Had me freaked for a couple days.
Did this last week....

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Re: Stupid things I have done to,in or with my pinto/bobcat
« Reply #15 on: May 05, 2013, 07:26:19 AM »
Had my head through the rad support welding in the new motor mounts. Rod stuck so took the stinger off the rod. Lifted the helmet & wiggle the rod off & sort of falling backwards, the helmet got knocked down.....shovi ng the hot tip of the welding rod into my left eye. Lucky, got the eye lid closed in time. Just burned a line from below the eye brow to the eye lashes.
Rushed outside & put a handful of snow on it.
Very close call. Had me freaked for a couple days.
Did this last week....

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Re: Stupid things I have done to,in or with my pinto/bobcat
« Reply #16 on: May 05, 2013, 07:40:13 AM »
Sounds like that one falls under - blessings I have received-  Glad to hear you came away from that one OK.
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« Reply #17 on: May 05, 2013, 07:12:47 PM »
Yeeeoooowww!!
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Re: Stupid things I have done to,in or with my pinto/bobcat
« Reply #18 on: June 02, 2013, 11:31:55 PM »
This is what I call a truckload.
 

 
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« Reply #19 on: June 03, 2013, 03:16:52 AM »
This is what I call a truckload.
 

 
40 landscape timbers, 6 bags of mulch, 3 gallons of stain & a partridge in a pear tree.

i see 41 landscape timbers in there!  ;D
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« Reply #20 on: June 03, 2013, 04:00:16 PM »

i see 41 landscape timbers in there!  ;D

Luckily I only paid for 40  8)  I counted those 10 times as I was loading them & still got it wrong lol. The 2nd load was 25 more timbers & 800 pounds(20 bags) of topsoil. It was heavier but didn't look as impressive. You won't catch me doing this once the car is finished.
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