But I have found having two cars (one together and one apart) help you figure out how to put one back together : )
Buy 3M headliner adhesive (3M only, don't get cheap here).
I was ALWAYS taught when doing brakes on a car, NEVER take the second side apart until the first side is finished. That way you can always look at the second side to see how to put the first side back together. This applies to ANYTHING on a car in pairs.
Regarding the 3M adhesive stuff.. It is NOT cheap, and its for GOOD REASON! The 3M adhhesive he speaks of is one of the greatest glues yet coneived by man, and 8-10 bucks a can is a BARGAIN PRICE FOR IT! Just don't go too crazy applying it; remember the lessons you learned in kindergarten with the white glue and construction paper versus newsprint.. wrinkles...
Heres a good one
Word, I had already contributed to this thread without even knowing it!
Clean rope can be threaded into a spark plug hole to stop a piston before TDC to allow you to either tighten or loosen a crankshaft pulley bolt or a flywheel bolt.
A piece of old timing chain can be wire-tied together after wrapping it around the camshaft sprocket to use as a wrench to hold the sprocket stationary while you torque those bolts.
Screwdriver stethoscope: stick the butt of a large screwdriver against one ear, hold the other ear shut, and touch the tip of the screwdriver to various points on the engine to loclaize a sound. Tubing can be used in the same way to fish around hunting for vacuum leaks, or to listen for flow through a fuel line or water line.
Start you car before bleeding your brakes!!! it makes a WORLD of difference having the booster aid you in your pumping.
Stock factory lugnuts for use with steel wheels have one tapered side, and one flat side. GREAT spares to throw in your toolbox; you can use them with either tapered-seat or flat-seat rims.
Standard size aquarium tubing can be used to replace the windshield washer lines.. but that doesn't take an einstein to figure out.
I have several old jack base plates from chevy OEM jacks.. they are blue, and its the type of ratcheting bar jack that lifts the frame rail from the side. I use the base plates as wheel chocks.
And here is an interesting tidbit.. If you have a selection of small flathead screwdrivers, picks, and probes, you can ALMOST ALWAYS find the retaining clip that holds a wire terminal into a large plastic plug housing. Every manufcaturer is different, but there is usually just a simple spring pin that you have to find to pry back, and you can then pull the wire in question from the large plug to inspect it, clean it, or replace it. Unfortunately, it is fiendishly difficult to find replacement terminals from any source other than another plug from the same OEM manufacturer, so it would be butt-crimp time.. BUT, in a pinch, the ability to do this can be a lifesaver! I wish I could give more explicit directions, but every plug is slightly different.. it is more of a skill than a trick, but it CAN be done.
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1-5-3-6-2-4, counter-clockwise from 9 o'clock when viewing from driver side fender
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