Tuesday, August 25, 2009

More Improvised Weaponry

I'm kinda really bent out of shape right now.

The factory limited slip differential blew up in my Tahoe. Local places (just calling them up) want between $1800.00 and $2000.00 to rebuild it. That is, of course, just a ball park figure since they haven't looked at it yet. Could be less, could be more. I'll wager it'll be more.

I'm going to replace it with an Eaton Posi unit. It uses an odd size bearing, and I might have to replace the ring and pinion gears too. I found a place where I can get just about everything I need for about $600.00. Now, I just need to find the time. Yipee.

I'm not going to put another GM GovLoc unit in because the vehicle is lifted and has oversize tires. We bought it outfitted that way. It was a lease return, low mileage, great condition. It has served us well for the past six years. Talking to people who do moderate offroading (not extreme or rock crawling) told me that the GovLoc is great for factory vehicles but not for modified.

Everyone pointed me to the Eaton unit as a good upgrade. It won't alter the vehicle's handling significantly, which is important for my wife.

This place has tons of Ford drive train stuff too, at extremely reasonable prices. The folks on the phone are knowledgeable and polite!

I'll post a link to them after I get my stuff. (that way I make sure I get my stuff and it doesn't wind up backordered, and just in case it's all show and no go, I won't be steering my readers wrong!)

If any of you have any thoughts on other units (I'll skip the ARB Airlockers, too extreme for my needs) I'd be interested in hearing them.

So anyways, improvised weaponry.

I'm kind of short on time, so I found a couple of videos you might enjoy.

The first uses Calcium Hypochlorate (granulated pool chlorine) and DOT3 brake fluid. It is a magnificent incendiary device, and has a built in delay after mixing. The delay is anywhere from 3 to 4 minutes from personal experience.

I used this trick when I was in college. Use your imagination for possible applications.

The next is a rather crude home made rocket launcher, but it does show pertinent details and will allow you to construct a much more finely constructed device. My brother and I used to do this back in the 70's. To build something like a projectile in a LAW rocket, where the fins lay flat against the projectile until they leave the weapon, we would cut up aluminum and tin cans longitudinally. The curved pieces would lay flat against the body of the rocket. The fins would pop up into their flight position through the use of springs.

And finally, an easily constructed distraction device using pool chlorine and denatured alcohol.

See? You have alot of things in your home to help defend yourself.


lysander said...

Well, that sucks. Sorry to hear about that, Catman.

HermitJim said...

Sorry about the auto problems...always something, huh?