Fun Stuff

17th July
written by Todd Harrison

My distributor in my 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee 318 v8 5.2L decided to blend. The magnet for the hall effect cam sensor fell out of its plastic bracket inside the distributor and ground up the insides of the distributor which through ODB1 code 54. In this video I show how to replace the distributor and set it so the timing is correct. The computer does most of the timing work on this vehicle but it is critical to get the distributor housing and rotor set correctly when the engine is at top dead center (TDC) of cylinder number 1 on the compression stroke.


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6th June
written by Todd Harrison

Video, photos and links below…


Here is a great video on how to replace the Transmission and Brake Assembly

You will really need this Spanner wrench!
Clothes Washer Wrench w/ Adapter – TB123A

Bearing 6205-2RS-1
The ‘-1’ is important, it means 1 inch inner diameter

GE WH02X10032 Tub Seal
This is the tub seal I used in my washer repair video to fix the top loading GE washer.

You should always install a new tub seal!
Make sure to put the tub seal in using
Permatex 20539 Indian Head Gasket Shellac Compound
Use lots on seal to tub, not seal to shaft.
This will help keep the seal from leaking between the tub and seal.

Blaster 16-PB Penetrating oil
Put this on some stuck or rusted nuts and let soak for an hour or overnight. Must nuts and bolts will come right off! Way better than simple WD-40.


Photo Gallery

CLICK PHOTO for gallery view and click a SECOND time for hi-resolution image. Click thumbnails on lower right and lower left of gallery to navigate gallery photos.

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29th December
written by Todd Harrison

My daughter Veronica shares her design for a wooden gumball machine. Her build is based on an old design that I had originally built for shop class when I was in high school. I no longer have the original plans so my daughter measured my old candy machine and made up new drawings that use off-the-shelf stock red oak lumber that required far less cutting and produces a much easier to build candy machine. She also uses common Mason jars for the top which you can purchase in multiple colors.

In this video she explains everything upfront and then covers the build in detail. After the video I will have photos, material list and a PDF of Veronic’s hand drawn plans.

Materials for one – (PDF plans):

3.5” x 0.75” red oak stock 7” long for top and bottom bases
2.5” x 0.75” red oak stock 5.5” long for uprights
0.75” x 0.75” red oak stock 8” long for candy pull
5/16” dowel 1” long for candy pull stop
3/16” dowel 1” long to connect wooden door knob
wooden cabinet door knob
Two #4 x 5/8” flat head Phillips screws
One quart Mason jar with ring lid


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