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Old 06-22-2005, 11:26 AM   #21
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I cleaned mine up, and made it spotless.. in about 2 hours, including removal and installation of starter. And that also included the broken finger incident. But I only stopped for like 2 minutes to make sure my hand wasn't bleeding and continued on. What an idiot I am.


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Two hours and a finger is what is cost....hmmm

I'll stick to the beers while someone else does it. Saves on the fingers.
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There are a few shops around that will pull them apart and fix whatever for very little money if you can find them. Bascially when you look at the parts of a starter they are very simple things and have a low failure rate.
You are right there...

We have a shop or 2 like that around here... But then again, its very easy to take the starter apart and replace the Brushes, starter drive and or the solenoid....
And even eaiser to stay clean and drink a beer while someone else does it for about the same cost. It'* the beer factor man!
LMAO.... I took my car to my friend house so I could use his air tools.... I ended up standing around a lot with a Bud in my hand while he did most of the work....

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It was my fault though, I thought the bolt was in, when it wasn't so as soon as I went to tighten it, it fell on my pinky, and pinned it between the starter and the main crossmember. Wrapped the bastard myself, too! Screw doctors, took a piece of scrap aluminum and wrapped the finger around it. All better.

Anyways, yeah it was worth it though, because all I needed was some WD-40, 5-10 paper towels, and a little time. Let'* see, I didn't even come close to using the whole bottle of WD-40, and that'* only like $2.50, and I get the bargain basement paper towels at $.39/roll, and I didn't even use that whole roll. So, even when you look at the initial cost, in which you can do many more things with the leftover materials, it still didn't even equal $3, and I am sure I could do 50+ starters on that $3. No matter how cheap a shop is, there is no way they could would only charge you $3 for that work. Also got to remember those of us on a budget, or those of us with no money.. this works great for us. So I had to use a $.50 piece of scrap aluminum [again, which I didn't use the whole piece, so I could wrap two or three more broken fingers with the leftovers], and a little bit of $.99 masking tape [don't say anything, it'* what I had], and once again, I didn't use the whole roll of masking tape, and I could wrap many more fingers with that same roll.

I could go on and on about all that.. I'll just spare you the bordom


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Deep in sarcasm here.

How did the WD-40 help with the broken finger?

And don't you have insurance so you could at least have a Dr. line up the finger in case if won't heal right cause it'* outta whack

Ohhhh I get it...you were sniffin the WD-40...that explains a lot.
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WD-40 was for cleaning the motor

and I totally sniff glue, not WD-40.. that'* for dumb 12 year olds

Yeah, I should have a doc look at it, but to be honest, we really cannot afford it. it looks straight right now.. so I should be alright. I bent the metal on the sides, to keep my finger slightly bent [the way my joints let it bend], and super straight length-wise. It'll due, and if it heals wrong, then it heals wrong. Me mum doesn't give a damn, she just says take some advil and shut up.

I've got pics of before/after, along with a small write up on it.. I'm just waiting to test my motor a little more, make sure it still works.


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Is there a pic of the finger in there as well?

Do the write up...we don't need to know if it works.... We hope it does since you sacrificed a finger for it.
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Naw, there'* nothing to see on the finger. I just can't move it except that the knuckle [even before the metal brace]

I'll do the write up this afternoon.


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After reading this i took the starter off the 91 and tested it. Works fine I still have not gotten around to the fly wheel bolts yet :(
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