March 31, 2013

How To: remove uncaptured alternator sleeve

This method is also handy to slide the sleeve over a bit for an easy install. In that case the sleeve will slide back as you tighten the bolt while reinstalling alternator.

So, to remove. You need a bolt which slides through the sleeve. It has to be pretty long because it has to fit through the sleeve, two sockets, and still have room to put the nut on the end.

Choosing your sockets: The sockets will be used both to push the sleeve out, and to catch the sleeve. (note- they need not be sockets, but I can usually find the right size socket before I can find something else suitable.

One is the receiver. It must be just slightly larger than the sleeve. The sleeve eventually will end up inside it.

The other is the pusher. It must be slightly smaller than the sleeve so it can go through the hole without getting stuck.

Most sleeves i've done this with have belonged to 10mm bolts. The one pictured below is from a suzuki and had an 8mm bolt. So I had a bit of a time finding a pusher socket which would both fit on my bolt and fit through the hole in the alternator. I ended up drilling through an old Taiwan socket. I have also ran into setups where I had to grind one side of the receiver socket flat.

Okay. So slide the bolt through the receiver, through the alternator, then the pusher, and start the nut. Tighten it up, and if everything is straight and the right sizes/shapes, the sleeve should make a small snap sound and then easily push all the way through into the receiving socket. Voila: click on pic.


OH- and if all you want to do is move the sleeve over, place the receiving socket on the side which you want the sleeve to move towards, and just use a washer to get the sleeve flush- eliminating the need to find the pusher socket- or the right length bolt-

January 30, 2013

size matters


New 3/4 drive T-handle and ratchet head along with some other tools for relativity.

March 8, 2012

diesel madness

Lewis starting the cold engine (with no power to the glow plugs)

Me talking and playing (also no glow plug power, but Lew had already warmed it up)

December 5, 2011






continue for more reindeer pictures. click here for the alligator

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August 27, 2011

damn the Swedes

picture from 1998 volvo service manual


August 20, 2011


click on pics for bigger


more pics after jump

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July 5, 2011



more photos (click on below picture)


June 15, 2011

another bird


click for bigger

I made this tonight after work. It was actually a fairly uneventful day. This piece is not directed towards another person. It's been in my head awhile, and tonight it came out.


May 10, 2011


customer at work today... Jeep Cherokee


I wanted to put a yellow smiley face on my old '77 dodge van, but i never got around to it.

For those interested, that jack o'lantern is painted on the rear differential cover which is affectionately known as the rear pumpkin cover by some automotive enthusiasts. The mole on his left cheek is a rubber plug for checking/filling the fluid level. That's a big mole. He should have that checked.

February 19, 2011

little drummer boy


My friend Lew keeps bees. Today is his birthday party. I don't know how to make a bee, so I made this for him instead. He plays drums too.


December 21, 2010

Driver's side airbag plus broken microwave

If the above youtube video does not show up on your computer, here is the URL to copy/paste.

October 16, 2010

two simple steps to belly burning

oh man- I'm gonna get so much spam for that one-

But it's worth it.

My friend Jennifer gave me a washer tub to build a - well- a 'burning man' out of, only this one is reusable. The fire goes in his belly - and his belly is stainless steel. Pher came over today to help build it... and drop off a very nice cat named Stella.

I uploaded a couple videos of the belly burner to youtube. They really don't do it justice. Also I was holding my phone sideways while shooting. I couldn't figure out how to un-sideways them.
Let's see if i can put links here-

close up still picture after jump

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April 15, 2010

mig monkey

I made a monkey.
I sang a song about making a monkey butt.
I forget how it goes now.

Here's some monkey pictures:

April 12, 2010


Yesterday I learned a bit about AC wiring for the home (thanks Pher!). Now I have my 220V welder plugged in. Soon I plan to have a 220V A/C unit in the garage.

So I'm building an army of bears.

Are they Zombie Robot Bears or Robot Zombie Bears? I can't decide. I must build more.

I also made a bird.


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October 31, 2009

Halloween Del Sol

Sean as Beaker from The Muppet Show in his Del Sol

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June 19, 2009


I bought another car.
I'm not sure why.
It's a CRX Si

I could disassemble the car and sell parts off of it and get about 5x what I paid... if i had the space to do that...

Or I could find a few parts and sell it whole as a POS for 3x at least including purchases

Or i could spend a buttload on it and have a nice stock CRX Si (has sunroof).

Or maybe I can trade it for something. The Honda community seems to be big on that.

Why do I do these things? I have 4 Hondas now.

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June 8, 2009


If the kitty ever gets off of my case maybe I can bore you with my borescope. I'll show you the inside of my rusty muffler or other vehicle related dark places.

Antny gave me an old XP laptop so I just have to figure out how to hook it up and make it a video file on :shudder: Windows XP.

I used it to look at Sean's BMW's brakes today but you can pretty much see those with the naked eye looking through the wheels anyway.

It also comes with a clip on mirror and clip on magnet. The mirror is to see things like bent or burnt valves because you go in through the spark plug hole and the valves are above that. The magnet is there in case you drop a fastener or such somewhere from which it NEEDS retrieving due to being a special fastener, or maybe it fell in a delicate place. Run-of-the-mill fasteners can be easily replaced with new w/out spending an hour or more searching.

May 30, 2009

tool chest

My ginormous toolbox is paid for. I decided to use most of my savings to pay it off and save $900 in finance charges.

I think this gives me permission to spend $900 on cool specialty tools.
Next purchase: Borescope- $200

boring youtube video of borescope

Apparently it can also record video... well, it has a "video out" port anyway. I might have to buy a laptop.

March 28, 2009

CCMP trophy

Last year Dreya organized a City Crushing Monster Party, wherein several of us built a cardboard city, dressed up like monsters, and proceeded to crush it. Pics can be seen here

and a short youtube video here (loud)

We were going to give away a trophy for the best crusher, but I didn't get it made in time. I gave it to Dreya for making the whole thing happen.

Anyway, although I'm not quite sure how the judging will work, I made a trophy for this year's CCMP.

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October 20, 2008

duckapus jr

This is our last month in the Alpinis Court garage. The CRX is running, the Austin is safely back at the house, and the shop is all but empty. I still have the welder, workbench, and torch. Mwahahaha!

Dreya and her roomate will have a booth selling their artwork at a fair in Dec, so she asked if I'd like to make some stuff she could try to sell for me there. Cool. I'm working on it, and I have lots of room.

I made another dragon, a stylish crocodilish, another gearhead, and another, ummm... manbearpig?

after jump

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August 12, 2008

red box, blue box, old box, new box

(OK, it's actually black, not blue)

edited on 8-14-08 @ 22:00, jump&scroll*

My toolbox was falling apart, and it didn't fit my tools well. I was losing tools because I couldn't keep them organized. Solution: spend way too much money on a shiny new tool box.

Old box


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June 22, 2008

More twisted metal


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March 14, 2008

March 11, 2008

a lesson on airbag safety

January 20, 2008


Dreya and i have decided on a name for trying to sell our creations.... and we made several things last weekend. Check out our Flickr account at

(cut and paste if necessary)

In other news, Sean bought some steering parts for the Lincoln. We'll be installing those shortly. He's putting some shift solenoids in Vic's Volvo, so we'll see if that pans out, or if it needs a trans.
Mr. Hankey is running fine for Dreya but is a little drafty in the cold. The Camry still needs a Cat. Sean's been driving her to work and she does fine... but she needs a tiny bit of body work and the P. side fender replaced due to a little trailer accident.
I've been driving the CRX since towing it home from Maryland after Christmas. It burnt the power wire going to the new "autozone" fuel pump. Fuses were all fine. And it's been doing fine since fixing the wire. No more long trips until i put in a Honda pump and a fused wire there though. I'm going to do some other work to it too. I fixed the flat tire which I'm sure would have blown out at 80mph had the fuel-pump not quit. Good car.

At my job, among other things, I have to replace a heater core in a '98 Lincoln Town Car. This is not fun. I might take a picture of the interior minus entire dashboard once i get it out. I'm still working on removing the steering column w/o compromising the airbag system. Old plastic is difficult to deal with. Maybe next week or so... or not.

January 1, 2008

A good start

This new year's day Dreya and i finished up a few projects.
She finished her windchimes (1st pic)

I finished an Illumination Stabilizer (lantern holder) which Jeniffer commissioned from me. The pic is of before i added the flat-stock with which to attach it to her brick. It takes the place of Dreya's hands in the pic ("Hurry up! I't's heavy!") (2nd pic)

3rd pic is of a brake rotor flower (The Iron Chrysanthemum) which I had promised to Jeniffer as a gift a while back.

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December 22, 2007


Today I put brake pads on Sam's car. It was fun. It took no time and it made me feel good.

I also recently put a cylinder head on an old toyota tercel for another friend.
It has eleventeen thousand vacuum hoses.
I have upgraded its status from B.F. Paperweight to Well Running Vehicle.
The "new" carb is not correct for this model... it is missing a vacuum port.
Now it idles low at startup is all. Its fine.
It's old
It runs.
I am inexpensive.
I've been driving it for two weeks.
Its fine. Really.
Eleventeen thousand vacuum hoses plus several evsv (electrical vacuum switching valves), bvsv (bimetal vacuum switching valves), tvsv (thermal vacuum switching valves), and vdv (vacuum delay valves...or jets.. according to Toyota), plus the missing port.... it requires more effort than I can give for what it's worth. It runs great. Just low cold idle. Pooh.

I made some beer tap handles for Jason. I hope they work out. See them at his 'Tween party.

Dreya and i made a chicken.

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September 8, 2007

flower bucket

it needs a bit more stuff still I think...

March 23, 2007

Somebody get this freakin' duck away from me!!

newest dragon head
The Elusive Duckapus Rex

March 18, 2007

car stool

I made a stool out of car parts... and a home made cushion. Dreya helped alot with the cushion.
All car parts are worn and useless for road use, but make a pretty good stool.
It's a mix of mustang, jeep, and mini-mopar parts, and it rotates smooth enough to turn your stomach. It's ~30" high, the cushion is 14", and the base is about 25.5" with the tire.
I'm still debating adding a foot rest. Pics after jump.

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December 7, 2006

dead batteries

sorry it's been so long.
It's not that i haven't been working on cars. In fact, i just put some driveshafts in another honda today.

My camera batteries went dead, and posts just aren't as good without pics.

I still don't have any pics. I have some "new" batteries but they're not woking. I'll sneak a pic in at the end anyway.

Let's see, what's been going on in the Korb automotive world.....

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July 25, 2006


Every once in a great while things get too out of hand and i can't find any more tools.
I was once extremely organized with my tools, believe it or not.
Anyway, now i'm not.
In fact, I somehow lost a complete cased 1/2" drive tool set sometime in the past few years.

Soooo, unrelated... I have a spring job coming tomorrow.


mmm actuallly.... OK truthfully,
'cause i like ya....
I need to be very organized in a couple weeks for when i pull the Honda engine,
so i started today.
Last saturday i coudn't even dig out air tools it was so bad.

This's for my Mom.

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June 29, 2006

New spring compressor

I finally got my new strut compressor. It's not as nice as a Branick, but cheaper. It's not as easy to use as a clamshell compressor, but it looks a little more Heavy McDuty, and should work on more struts, like the ones on my sister's Celica. Someday I'll prob'ly get a good clamshell too.

So this spring compressor came from harborfreight tools. The box was beat to hell by fedex, but at least it came partially assembled... and they only stripped out one bolt... one that has to come out all the time for height adjustment.

pic links follow

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June 13, 2006

still done

Geo's still done ;)
I parked it in the shade and started it early morning after sitting a day. Starts fine.

I sent off a couple parts for the Firebird to be rebuilt. If you recall it had low compression in #4 due to a leaky/sticky intake valve. Not sure the exact cause yet as the head needs to come off to find out. It runs fine, so i want a better head to just swap out when i remove this one to inspect. I'm sending off a higher compression head to be redone as a high performance unit to swap out. Also sent off a camshaft to be reground for higher performance and matched to valves. It should bring my engine closer to stock 1968 performance or better on today's pump gas, given the other modifications done.

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June 11, 2006


i changed this lower one, removing the wings. now he's just a sea serpent.

June 6, 2006

the junkman cometh

Salvage yard delivery.
He's bringing a wheel for the Honda, and some other stuff.
Maybe he'll take away some of the other junk here.

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March 24, 2006

more frogs... resting in the shade within their native cardboard environment ;)

March 15, 2006


Jim&Pher came by today to fix our mailbox problems. So far it's just temporary, and the final assembly will be next. Here is the pic of Sean and Jim, riveting a decorative bug on top. I'm just an observer. Tres Manly.

March 8, 2006



February 27, 2006

Car Show

I showed off my Pantera last Saturday. I didn't take many pics of my car, and though there were a lot of very fine cars there, I only took pics of the ones that I found interesting. I invite you to check out the photo sets for kewl pics.

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February 25, 2006

metal sculpture

I thought I'd show off some of the things i made. It isn't anything someone else with a torch and a welder couldn't do, but i'm told they're good. There are more, but i failed to take pictures of them all before giving them out. If anyone who reads this has any of my previous sculptures and can send me pics, I'd like to post them. Just contact me through "comments" or my email. If you dont want your comment posted, let me know. Comments may or may not be posted, or may be edited at my discretion.

Click on pics for larger view.

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January 27, 2006


I think one of the first thing you should do with a blog is link to another blog. So check out for a lovely link to some dunebuggy nostalgia, and the linker Coop has a very sane post on Dev2.0. I love those internets. I know saying "Meta meta" is probably bad english, but I soooo feel like saying that.