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Stories of Garage Gremlins
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: October 28, 2017 11:16AM

A story of little consequence but continual annoyance:

As you saw in my posts, I pretty meticulously bagged and labeled all the parts from the Firebrier as it was disassembled. This worked quite well for almost everything.

Back in late June at the national Convention, on a whim, I bought another set of the 6 rear seat floor brackets because they were in better condition. But when I got home I discovered that the bag of originals was gone, vanished!, and I haven't been able to find it since. I distinctly remember placing everything - the floor and deck mounting brackets, and the bolts, into a gallon ziplock bag, which was placed on the top shelf near the door.

No big deal... I have a better set of the floor brackets, the bolts and nuts are easily replaced, and I'm pretty sure I can get rear seat deck brackets from the Corvair Ranch - but it drives me nuts that the originals just up and disappeared! I keep imagining that I mindlessly threw them in trash, while expecting them to magically reappear in a most obvious place.

But maybe Garage Gremlins are to blame?
Steve

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Re: Stories of Garage Gremlins
Posted by: stitch ()
Date: October 28, 2017 11:25AM

I can set a tool down for a moment, then go to get it and It's not there anymore!

Gremlins...eye popping smiley

"If you can't fix it with a Hammer, you have an Electrical problem."
Stitch...
Schertz, Texas.
(Smallish town/burg 17 mi. NE of San Antonio)

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Re: Stories of Garage Gremlins
Posted by: john.jackson ()
Date: October 28, 2017 11:35AM

I think it is a major symptom of Half-Hiemers disease. Happens to me all too often. Frequently, I find the best cure is to simply buy more parts - then put them in a "safe place". Eventually, I find new parts I never knew I had.

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Re: Stories of Garage Gremlins
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: October 28, 2017 11:38AM

Alas, I fear I have both halves.
Steve

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Re: Stories of Garage Gremlins
Posted by: Pedigo ()
Date: October 28, 2017 11:45AM

They will always be found in the last place you looked.
If that doesn't work?.. Start accusing the wife. They really enjoy this I have found. ggg



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 10/28/2017 11:48AM by Pedigo.

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Re: Stories of Garage Gremlins
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: October 28, 2017 12:03PM

2 garages.. two miles apart... NO small batteries at one, nor any large or any cars!

A month ago I went to move my Battery maintainer from my riding lawnmower to my surveillance system...couldn't find it... nor anywhere else..including the other garage....

A few days ago while looking in my Paint selection at the garage with no batteries......looked down and there it was....yes I had looked there before....and NO I can not think of any reason I would move it to that garage!





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Re: Stories of Garage Gremlins
Posted by: vairygood ()
Date: October 28, 2017 12:27PM

I know the feeling,I'm sure I have forgotten things but I can't remember what they are.

Buster Tindel
Gulfport Mississippi
63 vert
65 Corsa 140 4 speed

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Re: Stories of Garage Gremlins
Posted by: rowin4 ()
Date: October 28, 2017 03:36PM

My dad always said that 1/2-9/16 wrenches had legs as they always walked off to parts unknown. I have the same problems 50+ years later.

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Re: Stories of Garage Gremlins
Posted by: stitch ()
Date: October 28, 2017 03:44PM

I used to ask my wife " where's my (Fill in the blank here)". She would say "Look in the drawer!" I DID, I would say.! "Well, Look again."
Sure enough, it would be there...
Always wondered how she did that! confused smiley

"If you can't fix it with a Hammer, you have an Electrical problem."
Stitch...
Schertz, Texas.
(Smallish town/burg 17 mi. NE of San Antonio)

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Re: Stories of Garage Gremlins
Posted by: MattNall ()
Date: October 28, 2017 03:48PM

As my Son grew up... I started missing tools.....and I told him it was HIS friends that were "borrowing" and forgetting to return..He scoffed at me... I left......

A few months later he said he was starting to lose tools....

First Xmas after I left... I received a nice Craftsman toolset.





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Re: Stories of Garage Gremlins
Posted by: SteveInMarietta ()
Date: October 28, 2017 05:36PM

Maybe the best strategy is to skip the preliminary effort and just blame the spouse first - it's a great memory enhancer.
Steve

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Re: Stories of Garage Gremlins
Posted by: Lane66m ()
Date: October 28, 2017 06:49PM

I have found the greatest threat in losing anything is I had just walked thru a doorway. Go back into the room and can't find the item or what I was planning to do. Time to start another task instead of wasting time trying to remember what I was looking for and planning to do.

Al Lane
Ellabell GA

1966 Monza Coupe, 110 hp, 4 Spd
1968 Camaro SS Coupe 350 CI 295+ HP PG
1964 Greenbrier Deluxe, 6 dr, 80 hp car engine, PG
2015 Chevrolet Malibu 2LT
2015 GMC Sierra SLT Crew Cab
1947 Farmall A tractor 15 hp


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Re: Stories of Garage Gremlins
Posted by: junkman ()
Date: October 28, 2017 06:50PM

The eve before the 1992 (I think it was 1992) of the Corvair Convention at Lake Placid, NY, I was changing the heads on my 1964 Spyder, since I miraculously managed to blow head gasket on side of my engine. I had the Kelsey Hayes wire wheels off that side of the engine to remove and replace the head. Got the car all back together, and it was about 2 AM, and my wife said it was time to go to bed, since we were leaving early the next morning. I said, I will be right up, after I put the wheel back on the car. Mounted the wheel to the adapter, and looked around for the knock off, but it was no where to be found. After about an hour of looking, I finally decided it was easier to get another from the cellar, and I would find it when I got home. The trip to the convention and the convention itself went well. Actually, it was a blast! When we got home, I searched for that knock off for days, and finally gave up on it. I had no idea where it went, and eventually forgot about it. Two or three summers ago, my neighbor came looking for some 7/8"-14 bolts, and I said that they were in the very bottom of the bolt cabinet. He went to the cabinet, and pulled out the bolts, and also the knock off. I guess that I had slipped it into the bolt cabinet so it wouldn't get the chrome damaged while working on the car, and I forgot about it. Sometimes it takes years before you find what you misplaced.

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Re: Stories of Garage Gremlins
Posted by: Pedigo ()
Date: October 28, 2017 06:58PM

SteveInMarietta Wrote:
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> Maybe the best strategy is to skip the preliminary
> effort and just blame the spouse first - it's a
> great memory enhancer.
> Steve


They know where everything is and will plot against you. ggg

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Re: Stories of Garage Gremlins
Posted by: rowin4 ()
Date: October 28, 2017 07:12PM

On forgetting things, I have a friend that carries a note pad with him at all times. At breakfast and during the day he makes notes on what he wants/needs to do during the day and crosses them off as he gets them done. He said he used to go out to the garage 50 feet away, get there and just stand there because he couldn't remember what he went out there for. To me this is so sad as he is only 60.

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Re: Stories of Garage Gremlins
Date: October 28, 2017 07:29PM

Here is a fine story of Gremlin's in the Garage:

Jay Leno's Garage and Jeff Dunham's Gremlins!

These two comedians had a great time!

Just be glad you don't have a real Gremlin!


Dan Davis ~ Pierce County, WA ~ CORSA Western Director + Corvairs NW + North Cascades Corvairs + Corvanatics
1966 Corsa Turbo coupe ~ ~ 1966 140 Corsa ~ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 'Vert Sierra Tan/Fawn ~ 1964 Monza 'Vert (SOLD) ~ 1960 Monza Ermine White/Red PG ++ ~ 1965 Monza 140/4 Evening Orchid w/ ivory/black interior ~ 1962 Monza Wagon 102/4 ~ 1963 Rampside/Scamper ~ 1963 Red/Greenbrier ~ 1969 Ultra Van #468

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Re: Stories of Garage Gremlins
Posted by: john.jackson ()
Date: October 28, 2017 08:36PM

SteveInMarietta Wrote:
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> Maybe the best strategy is to skip the preliminary
> effort and just blame the spouse first - it's a
> great memory enhancer.
> Steve

Around my house that leads to a hard bread and warm water diet!

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Re: Stories of Garage Gremlins
Posted by: Pedigo ()
Date: October 28, 2017 10:18PM

john.jackson Wrote:
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> SteveInMarietta Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Maybe the best strategy is to skip the
> preliminary
> > effort and just blame the spouse first - it's a
> > great memory enhancer.
> > Steve
>
> Around my house that leads to a hard bread and
> warm water diet!

She makes paper towell sandwiches for me in the lunchbox.
Next stop after work is the flower shop.
Paper towell sandwiches are tasteless and dry.

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Re: Stories of Garage Gremlins
Posted by: Murphy ()
Date: October 29, 2017 10:39AM

There is nothing more frustrating than forgetting where you put something, and to waste time looking for it.

I feel better reading this thread because I thought I was the only one losing my mind.

65 Monza Coupe
61 500 Coupe (under Construction) Getting close.

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Re: Stories of Garage Gremlins
Posted by: stitch ()
Date: October 29, 2017 11:11AM

Murphy Wrote:
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> There is nothing more frustrating than forgetting
> where you put something, and to waste time looking
> for it.
>
> I feel better reading this thread because I
> thought I was the only one losing my mind.


Seems like half of us have "Sometimers"! smoking smiley

"If you can't fix it with a Hammer, you have an Electrical problem."
Stitch...
Schertz, Texas.
(Smallish town/burg 17 mi. NE of San Antonio)

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