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Pull a small "MacGyver" this morning (loooong) (archive)

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Posted by Miguel on June 25, 2001 at 08:15:12:

I got to work at 11pm to work the late shift. When I parked my car in the garage I decided to re-adjust the thermo switch to my newly installed electric fan. I figured I go upstairs check how things are going and come back down and check on the car. Well as expected I never went back down. At around 5AM I was going to the market and when I got to my car my battery was totally drained. Of all days the ops truck is gone and there is no one else around. I take a walk to the market and do some thinking. I then remember a few bundles of wires left behind by the nice folks of PG&E. I went back to work and found me two 30 foot 6gauge wires. I pushed my car towards the generator room door. After exposing enough wire I went ahead and snake the wire all the way to the massive generator battery. I connected positives on the car and the gen. I then connected the negative to the generator and turn the ignition in my car. I put the wire to ground and got power right away. I jammed the negative to the hole in my camber plate, ran in the car hit my cold start valve switch and ignition and my car cranked up in what seem less than a second (those are nice batteries on the generator). I disconnected the rigged jumper wires and took Peppy for a spin.

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I know to much rambling, I kind of like it wen things turn out ok despite not having the right tools, parts or equipment to do the job. Once I fixed my old 240z with a piece of chewing gum, I drove it like that for a week til I got the parts to fix a vacuum leak.

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