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Re: Dropped bolt

Post by FM-USA » Tue Jul 24, 2018 6:12 pm



Shop rag, old hand towel, bath towel, T Shirt is what I use to cover the HUNGRY HUNGRY crevices.

I scored a yard sale $1.00 vinyl & cloth back tablecloth as a whole bike cover when spraying chemicals. Sliced a slit for the bars to poke through on one end about a 1/3 from one end.
Taped the cut ends to stop it from ripping further. Works rather nice except parts slide right off. BUT you got time to catch it.
Maybe I'll tape up the rim like a barbers apron. HUMMmmm...

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Re: Dropped bolt

Post by Bones66 » Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:22 am

Drop them more as I get older too!

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Re: Dropped bolt

Post by FM-USA » Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:05 am

Bones66 wrote:
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:22 am
Drop them more as I get older too!
My theory on that is,...
When we were younger we used to catch'm no problemo.
Older we get our arms are getting shorter and shorter so we
"MISSED'M BY THAT MUCH", said Max Smart.
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Re: Dropped bolt

Post by DenverWinger » Fri Jul 27, 2018 7:34 am

FM-USA wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:05 am
"MISSED'M BY THAT MUCH", said Max Smart. [/b] :)
:lol:

There's an 8mm Deep-Well socket on a 2 inch 1/4 drive wobble extension and a 1/4 - 3/8 drive adapter that rolled thru the hood latch opening on the front of GF's 1999 Grand Prix. And absolutely no way to get it out of there without dismantling the front of the car. Hidden by the maze of sheet metal and brackets or I could try to fish it out with a magnet. Grrr. That thing is a PITA to work on, would probably take half the day just to get the grille off. Not worth it. :o

Isn't there a "Murphy" law about that? :roll:
They say 98% of all Hardleys ever made are still on the road..... The other 2% made it home. :lol:
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Re: Dropped bolt

Post by FM-USA » Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:13 am

SAME THING happened on my 63-Prix. 5/16 shallow went down the latch hole. But the older cars had lots of room...miss those times.
Removed 2 top radiator bolts loosened 2 lower and reached down for it with a pencil magnet.

I WONderrrr.. .. ..
Were big cars in the 50's & 60's the original tiny homes? 😋

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Re: Dropped bolt

Post by Bones66 » Fri Jul 27, 2018 8:32 am

FM-USA wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 12:05 am
Bones66 wrote:
Thu Jul 26, 2018 9:22 am
Drop them more as I get older too!
My theory on that is,...
When we were younger we used to catch'm no problemo.
Older we get our arms are getting shorter and shorter so we
"MISSED'M BY THAT MUCH", said Max Smart.
:)
I find too that a dropped bolt worries me in different ways as I get older.
In my old age I “worry” about where it went and finding it.
In my younger days I “worried” if I had a replacement bolt in my used bolt box that would work.

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Re: Dropped bolt

Post by DenverWinger » Fri Jul 27, 2018 9:04 am

I've got three coffee cans about half full of miscellaneous nuts, bolts, screws & washers in the garage, they never fail to yield EXACTLY :D what you need when you search them. Only trouble is they will only do that ONCE in a day, if you have to visit them again in the same day you will NOT find what you need and a trip to the hardware store is in order.... :roll:

.....some sort of WEIRD magic going on there.....
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Re: Dropped bolt

Post by Alan_Hepburn » Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:40 am

Back in the day I would save every extra nut, bolt, screw, nail, etc. in baby food jars. That way, when I needed an extra I could find it on a shelf in the garage. I've still got a ton of baby food jars full of stuff, but when I need a nut, bolt, whatever I end up going to the neighborhood hardware store because it's easier to brab a pack of whatever rather than spend time trying to find the right one in the garage!
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Re: Dropped bolt

Post by FM-USA » Sun Jul 29, 2018 8:58 pm

Alan_Hepburn wrote:
Fri Jul 27, 2018 11:40 am
Back in the day I would save every extra nut, bolt, screw, nail, etc. in baby food jars. That way, when I needed an extra I could find it on a shelf in the garage. I've still got a ton of baby food jars full of stuff, but when I need a nut, bolt, whatever I end up going to the neighborhood hardware store because it's easier to brab a pack of whatever rather than spend time trying to find the right one in the garage!
We rummage through Resale Shops partly for entertainment, alleviate saddle sores and for a walk.
So seeing your post and resale shops... I wonder if one were to setup a hardware store resale shop. Hummm :roll: , a nightmare? :twisted:

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Re: Dropped bolt

Post by MikeB » Sun Jul 29, 2018 11:04 pm

RockportDave wrote:
Tue Jul 24, 2018 5:47 pm
Lost one of the acorn bolts that holds the center piece on the 1500. Fell...rattle, rattle...somewhere in bike. Went to Ace and bought more stainless acorns, nuts, bolts, screws, washers. Whatever size metrics I could find for backups.
I use the magnetic 4” parts holders from HF. Cheap and work great, but gotta get the fastener to it before it goes rattle, rattle...
Of course, if the little parts are stainless, they are not going to stick to the magnet. Stainless is non-magnetic.
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Re: Dropped bolt

Post by wiretician » Sun Aug 12, 2018 3:27 am

Had decided to do some polishing on the windshield. Took the side deflectors off, you know the ones with the nice little brackets to hold it on. Finished the polishing, got out the deflectors and hardware, and wouldn't you know it, dropped one of the backing plates. Of course it didn't go to the garage floor, it had to fall into the fairing. AND sounded as if it went to the bottom. Looked with flashlights and inspection mirrors. If I could have turned it upside down, it might have fallen out (maybe). Gave up and found some aluminum, and made another, painted it and put deflectors back on. Some weeks later, the wife and I were out for a ride, up the interstate to see her brother. Pulled into the restaurant parking lot he worked at. Made a looping turn around in the parking lot, and heard a noise like the one that the little bracket made when it fell into the fairing, you know the sound that the nut or screw makes as it is hitting everything on the way out. Stopped and looked back, and there was the backing piece had fallen out. Guess it was tired of playing hide-an-seek when I wasn't playing anymore.
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Re: Dropped bolt

Post by FM-USA » Mon Aug 13, 2018 6:57 pm

Being an X-Painter I have several white T-Shirts.
Makes great hole covers where them Long Legged Screws love to run and hide.
Old dish & bath towels, bed sheets, table cloth covers work well also.
JUST suggesting. ;)
Garage & Yard sales usually sell used towel & bed stuff REALLY cheap. BUT!!! don't mention what your doing with'm, the ladies frown big time knowing they're used as grease rags.

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Re: Dropped bolt

Post by wiretician » Mon Aug 13, 2018 10:43 pm

Yeah, the wife and i like to go to auctions. She looked at me funny when I bid on a box lot of household items. I won and got the two boxes of wash clothes, bath, and hand towels. She kind of got upset with the fact that we didn't need any more towels. Got them home, washed the whole lot, then went to cutting into 2, 3 or 4 pieces depending on the size of the towel. So, I'm making shop towels. $6 for about 60-70+ towels. After she saw my reasoning, I asked would she rather I used the ones from the bathroom? Of course, I got the don't you dare stare. Don't usually go to yard sales, but that is probably a good source too.
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Re: Dropped bolt

Post by FM-USA » Tue Aug 14, 2018 9:11 am

"Of course, I got the don't you dare stare."
Sooo...you got 'THE LOOK' huh.

:D I got THE LOOK (and verbal disdain) also the first & only time I mentioned to a yard sale woman I was needing garage rags.
Can you imagine if we were still in the Wild Wild West? Shot at the mere mention of rags. :shock:


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Re: Dropped bolt

Post by Asphaltmaniac » Mon Sep 10, 2018 10:51 am

Took out the clutch lever bolt on my 06 with the top shelter removed (left side as we all know) and dropped it..A friend an I went nuts with magnet fish looking for it....No dice! Ordered a new one and alls good with the world again...4 months later I'm removing the Honda fog lamps down behind the lower cowl and find the clutch lever bolt lodged behind the (right) fog lamp. Say what!?!
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Re: Dropped bolt

Post by tamathumper » Mon Sep 10, 2018 1:07 pm

My version of the graph...


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Re: Dropped bolt

Post by JohnUSA » Fri Sep 21, 2018 9:15 am

Don't know where it came from, but I discovered this little guy hiding between the saddlebag and frame rail...wedged in tight..gotta loosen up the bag to get it out.



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Re: Dropped bolt

Post by DenverWinger » Fri Sep 21, 2018 11:53 am

That might be the bolt WingAdmin lost in the first post.... :mrgreen:
They say 98% of all Hardleys ever made are still on the road..... The other 2% made it home. :lol:
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Re: Dropped bolt

Post by GL3 » Mon Oct 01, 2018 3:14 pm

Many years ago, owned a Kaw 1000 Z1R. Was replacing a cam chain tensioner and the bolt slipped and fell down into the crankcase. Could not fish it out to save my life. Had to remove heads, cylinder assembly so I could peer into the crankcase and finally grab it with some long tongs. My neighbors surely heard words they never knew existed.

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Re: Dropped bolt

Post by DenverWinger » Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:07 pm

Ya know, the bolt prolly would have just laid there in the bottom of the oil sump and not bothered anything..... But ya never know.
They say 98% of all Hardleys ever made are still on the road..... The other 2% made it home. :lol:
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Re: Dropped bolt

Post by GL3 » Mon Oct 01, 2018 4:32 pm

Oh, yes I had that argument with myself: figured the trouble would happen when I was out in the middle of nowhere............and this was before cellphones!

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Re: Dropped bolt

Post by wiretician » Sun Oct 07, 2018 4:13 am

And if that is the Z1R I'm thinking of, the only ones that had any kind of mobile phone were the filthy rich with the car phone the size of a suitcase in the trunk and cost hundreds to make a minute phone call.


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