Had a vicegrips for a door handle on my old pos van!
Workarounds such as this are always key to fast productivity and well running machines...
Many moons ago I was on tour with my band and we were in nowheresville Utah, near Zion national park in a astro van when the gas pedal cable broke. With the inginuity that only five stoners from wisconsin stranded in the desert could come up with, it got fixed with with some bale wire and a vise grips. THe rest of the way home (about two days driving) and the duration of the band (about another year or so) we drove that van by pulling on the vise-grips to work the gas.
This was not my fix, btw, just the sort of thing I find around the shop everywhere. Most of them become permanent features, unless they fail and are replaced with something sketchier. It's like a true rat bike, but it's a machine shop.
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