HILLMAN CAR CLUB
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Tech Tips:  Staying Clean
and safe while working on your car
HILLMAN CAR CLUB
OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA INC



From: Vic Hughes [v.hughes(at)austarmetro.com.au]
Sent: Sunday, 19 October 2003 6:51 PM
To: Hillman
Subject: Re: "Hillman " mufflers

I agree entirely with Larry. Unless you can (and are willing to) buy a complete, off the shelf, replacement system, exhaust work is too hard for the savings you might make by DIYing.  Without a hoist you are scrabbling around on your back with years of accumulated grot falling in your eyes, trying to slide pipes over one another when they are either the same size or far too different in size to seal when clamped.  It's worse than re-fitting a tranny.

Vic



From: Keith Johnson [keiths55(at)bigpond.net.au]
Sent: Monday 27 October 2003 10:43 PM
To: hillman@can-inc.com
Subject: Re: "Hillman " mufflers

C'mon Vic

changing the transmission you can get a face full of nice 30SAE (this is a Rootes gearbox after all :-))
Doing exhausts you just get busted knuckles and flaking rust bits in your eyes.
Even if I had a brand new off the shelf, guaranteed to fit system, I would still get the experts to fit it.

Keith (chicken? or just wiser :-)
55 Californian



From: Jan Eyerman [jan.eyerman(at)usa.net]
Sent: Tuesday, 28 October 2003 9:09 AM
To: Keith Johnson; hillman@can-inc.com
Subject: "Hillman " Other Kinds Of Tools

This message forwarded by the Hillman List.

After 45 years of Rootes tinkering, I have finally gotten a little smarter.  I bought one of those plastic eyeglass shields the ones that completely cover your eyes.  Why didn't I do that years and years ago?  I also wear a bandana on my head keeps all of the gook out of my hair a hat gets in the way.  There is also a package of rubber gloves two kinds thin latex and heavy rubber.  Make working with nasty stuff easier.  I now also have a box of nose/mouth masks when I don't want to inhale stuff (like when working on 40 year old brakes!).

Finally, I have a jar of cold creme to put on my hands BEFORE starting to work on greasy stuff.  It makes cleaning up a snap (which is why women wear it under makeup).

All of this made working on my '62 Minx almost a joy.  It was indeed fun, but in the past there were moments of misery as a pile of rust flakes fell onto my face, etc.

Anyway, all of that stuff is now in my garage along with my SAE, Metric and Whitworth tools!

Jan



From: Wendy or Glen Davies [wlwk_11(at)hotmail.com]
Sent: Tuesday, 28 October 2003 10:34 AM
To: hillman@can-inc.com
Subject: Re: "Hillman " Other Kinds Of Tools

This message forwarded by the Hillman List.

'Nother grease prevention tip.  Scrape bar soap under your fingernails before starting.  Afterwards, old toothbrush/warm water and, voila, clean nails.

cheers, Glen

'59 Husky



From: Tony Tynan [ttynan(at)iol.ie]
Sent: Tuesday, 28 October 2003 8:54 PM
To: Jan Eyerman; Keith Johnson; hillman@can-inc.com
Subject: Re: "Hillman " Other Kinds Of Tools

This message forwarded by the Hillman List.

The only kind of eyeglass shields (goggles) I've ever been able to find cause me a lot of bother since I wear glasses.  Even though the goggles have vent holes my specs. keep steaming up inside and I've got to keep removing the goggles to wipe, which defeats the object to some extent.

TT
4 x Hillmen complete with flakes and other hazards



From: The Becketts [thebecketts(at)optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Tuesday, 28 October 2003 9:11 PM
To: Tony Tynan; Jan Eyerman; Keith Johnson; hillman@can-inc.com
Subject: Re: "Hillman " Other Kinds Of Tools

This message forwarded by the Hillman List.

Try wiping the interior of the lens with household washing up detergent

Ron



From: jeff coen [jeffco(at)airmail.net]
Sent: Wednesday, 29 October 2003 4:15 PM
To: hillman@can-inc.com
Subject: Re: "Hillman " Other Kinds Of Tools

This message forwarded by the Hillman List.

Tony there are several soap based products that are "anti-fog" which clean your glasses and leave a film that prevents the glasses from fogging over.  I don't know how it works, but it is fairly effective unless you get into a steam bath.  The stuff I use is from a local chemical company so I'm sure it is available most places.



From: KosmicDancr(at)aol.com
Sent: Friday, 31 October 2003 12:04 PM
To: Hillman@can-inc.com
Subject: "Hillman " other tools

      on the subject of eye protection, i've been told in the auto repair business, rust in the eye is the most common work comp claim, so I'm a real believer in eye protection..... plus it makes you look like a scientist.
      on the subject of work gloves, I like the white terry cloth ones, because they fit either hand, so it saves alot of time because you dont keep putting the wrong one on the wrong hand.  The down side is, they support flame, and welding embers are attracted to them.
      the disposable rubber ones are much easier to work in, but they remind me too much of a doctor and hospital and stuff like that, so I would rather get burned and use the terry cloth ones.

steve.... iowa



From: Vic Hughes [hughes(at)scides.canberra.edu.au]
Sent: Friday, 31 October 2003 12:28 PM
To: Hillman@can-inc.com
Subject: Re: "Hillman " other tools

Would have thought that when welding you would use those leather gauntlets designed specially for the job.  I assume you use the special face shield that protects eyes from the intense light and the facial skin from burning.

Vic



From: The Becketts [thebecketts(at)optusnet.com.au]
Sent: Friday, 31 October 2003 12:32 PM
To: KosmicDancr(at)aol.com; Hillman@can-inc.com
Subject: Re: "Hillman " other tools

This message forwarded by the Hillman List.

When I was a trainee electronics tech back in the mid-Sixties, we were shown a film of an eye operation after someone had a helical piece of swarf (from drilling some steel) screw into the eye.

Yuk.

I've worn eye protection ever since.

Ron


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