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Definition of Cheap?

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by mountainexplorer, Dec 11, 2005.

  1. mountainexplorer

    mountainexplorer 1/2 ton status

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    I was trying to get a '77 K5 in my driveway running better since something wasn't right with it... robbed a Q-jet and base gasket off a motor in my driveway, then went to change the cap/rotor and spark plugs/wires.

    I found a different distributor with a better rotor on it laying on a shelf, and after finding two cracked or busted caps, found a decent one and put it on. Then I started sorting through my used-but-not-broken-yet spark plug bucket, matching all the autolite 26's into one pile and the mis-matches into another... went and cleaned up the 26's and put them in. I dug through my pile of saved plug wires and came up with 8 that weren't burnt. Got it started up, adjusted the timing by ear and carb, and it runs better now.

    As I was sorting through half fouled plugs, I thought to myself... am I cheap?

    I do have my "almost new" pile of plug wires I saved off trucks I had that had new wires, but I'm afraid to use them on anything because they are good and I don't want to risk having one get burnt.
     
  2. Inu-Hanyou1776

    Inu-Hanyou1776 1/2 ton status

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    Yep, I'd say you are.
     
  3. justhorsinaround

    justhorsinaround 3/4 ton status

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    Maybe thrifty or opportunistic but definately not cheap. If'n ya got the parts why not use 'em?
     
  4. tRustyK5

    tRustyK5 Big meanie Staff Member Super Moderator GMOTM Winner Author

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    Hell, if you weren't gonna use them why save em? Just because it isn't brandy new doesn't mean it doesn't have any life left in it...

    Rene
     
  5. mikey_d05

    mikey_d05 1 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Hey man, whatever saves time, money, and frustration.

    I can't even recount all the times that I've needed a spare of something that the garbage truck had already hauled away.
     
  6. mountainexplorer

    mountainexplorer 1/2 ton status

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    If only you could all see some of the stuff I save... you may change your mind. Or just call me a packrat. I save every fitting, every gasket thats not completely split or broke, and every little bolt, nut or washer.

    Sometimes I leave garbage in the cab of my truck thinking "I may use that to start a fire if I have to". Usually I don't have to.
     
  7. Inu-Hanyou1776

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    Yeah, I think packrat does fit your description then.
     
  8. outlawtorn

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    Id just say your a badass mofo :wink1:
     
  9. Robert79K5

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    Im sort of a hybrid... If its for my 79 k5 I will go all out and buy the best new stuff for it. If its for something I care less about such as my Escort I will rummage through my personal pile-o-spares rather than spend good money. I too have a bucket of used spark plugs and about a hundred plug wires hanging from the rafters in the garage. I love to recycle old household junk though. I have a chicken brooder that uses an old lightbulb socket to run a light for heat, and a salvaged power supply from my old tandy computer to run the fan that was also salvaged from another puter for it. Im trying to get better though... I have recently thrown away some broken appliances without first cutting the chord off. So yeah... in other words, dont worry... your not alone.
     
  10. redneckdude

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    Most of us, at one point or another, do do stuff like that...or have times we wished we had. Since ive had my truck ive put atleast 2 sets of wires on, 2 or 3 sets of plugs, etc. and i have thrown away most of it...when i was puttin on my headers on i broke a plug and i wished i had been like you, had some old ones sittin around...now i have burned a plug wire or two and thrown on some "good" old ones i had laying around before. Most of the time i do it as a fairly temporary set up, but hell, it works and its cheap at the time.
     
  11. pauly383

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    I save mine too . The DD gets new stuff each year , and the old wires and plugs etc go in the trail box , and the garage . The 8 best ones are sitting in the trail rigs motor waiting to be fired up , along with my old q-jet that doesn't look like I am doing the throttle shaft bushings on any time soon ( still runs awesome ) :D
     
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    after frying a plug wire on my DD Ive kept some laying around. You just never know. I think there is one in my trail box and atleast a few laying around the house. I dont have any spark plugs tho.

    I too save all the nuts and bolts I get my hand on. Ive parted a few trucks this year and have a 5 gallon bucket that if full of them. It comes in way handy. :D
     
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    Resourceful, but certainly not cheap.
     
  14. MTChevy

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    1 more vote for badass mofo
     
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    I would call you thrifty:rolleyes: :haha: .

    If you have the parts why not use them up.

    Or why would you spend money on something that you already have.

    I would do the same thing if I had all those parts laying around for a vehicle that will likey be sold soon or traded off anyways.

    If it was for my daily driver that I intended to have around for a while though, I would probably bought a lifetime warrenty part for it.
     
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    One of the things I liked/like about working in my Grandaddy's (now my Uncle's) garage was 99 times out of a 100 he either had the extra bolt or part or the tools to fix the issue.

    Keep up the squirreling away. It will continue to pay off many, many, many times in the future.
     
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    guess I'm not alone!

    Alan is frugal,not cheap!...I save everything that has an ounce of life or usefullness in it too,even if its only me who'd ever use it!...It gets out of hand fast though..now I have a garage,3 sheds and a greenhouse filled with parts,tractors,small engines,and about anything else you can name..must be me scottish heritage showing through...:rolleyes:

    Many of the "treasures" came home with me from the landfill..others my friends give to me who run repair shops..."here Bob--I just put theese plug wires on this car last fall..the owner wants ALL NEW tune up parts again!":D ...I get lots of good useable stuff free from the dumpster at his shop...

    Anyone need 2 brand new rotors,inner/outer tie rods,brake pads,and a tranny filter for an 81-90 Escort,Topaz,or Merc Tracer?--he just tossed them out because the customer bought them for 90+ bucks..the car got totalled last week during that storm!..so I'm going to try to get what I can for them..not many Escorts that old here though..might make good paperweights..I just hate seeing new stuff get tossed out...:(

    Like we said at the junkyard.."Used Parts is Good Parts!"..Even president Bush's limo drives on used parts every day!..I loved working there..it was a rare day you ever had to go BUY anything..if you couldn't find it there,you either didn't need it,or you were too fussy..!

    Phhhfftt...5 gallon pail of bolts and nuts!...I have 3 chests of drawers of them I bought at auction when a machine shop went out of bussiness!..and enough used ones to fill a 55 gallon drum!...yet I still have to go BUY metric ones..I have 99,0000 SAE and USS bolts and nuts..and about 10 metric ones!:mad: ..boxes and drawers of fittings,plumbing,electrical stuff...so much I cant remember all of what I have,and end up buying stuff I already had,but forgot I had it,or worse,know I DO have it,but cant FIND it!..:doah:

    I have about 100 fan belts hanging up in the shop..I had over 250 at one time,but used a lot on mowers when I was fixing them...I bought a huge cardboard box FULL of brand new DAYCO fan belts at a swap meet for 50 bucks..it was from a gas station someone cleaned out..got over 150 belts for 50 bucks,plus a ton on flex hoses for radiators..but it seems like they rarely ever fit anything I need one for..:doah:

    I got a garbage sized can of "Mighty" brand spark plugs for free from a guy who had them for years..it filled half full with water and ruined many of them at his shop when the roof leaked..but out of those thousands of spark plugs I've salvaged enough to do 10 free tune ups,and I still have tons of mopar and other plugs that fit cars from the 60' left over..might have to chuck them soon,some are getting too rusty from sitting...


    I have guys stopping here all the time looking for parts,and what not..guess my packrat reputation has spread!..but lately I've been weeding out a lot of the bigger stuff..I need more room for newer treasure,and I'd like to park more than one vehicle in my 20x40 garage--so far only my Ford barely fits in there....:rolleyes:

    I've yet to toss any broken appliance away without cutting off the cord and saving it too!...it must be a disease!..now I have about 50 cords looking for something that needs one!..even saved a few weird ones for toaster ovens and coffee makers that probably only fit that particular one!--they have cotton braid insulation!..I'm thinking maybe I'll find an electric heater that needs one like that someday..:blush:

    Some folks say I'm a junk collector..but I always say one mans junk is another mans treasure!..and I'll gladly exchange it for cash..I'm a cash collector too,though lately I haven't seen much of it to collect..:crazy:
     

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