I am curious as to what parts have been used in situations where they are not intended. I am not talking about things like using a coat hanger and duct tape to hold the hood down or plastic bags taped over the windows but actual parts.
My story would have to relate to the oil filter on my 1994 Geo Metro. I typically buy synthetic oil when it goes on sale and usually have 2-3 changes on hand at any time. This way I pay the conventional oil price for the good stuff. I often have extra filters on hand too. Well, I was getting ready to mow the yard with my riding mower and wanted to do an oil change. So, I rode it around and mowed for about 5 minutes to get the engine and oil warm, then drained it out and removed the filter. I went to go get my oil and my filter. Oops! There wasn’t a filter on hand and now there was no oil in the engine so I couldn’t finish the yard. I was not happy at all and didn’t want to run to the store just for this as town is 10 miles away.
I figured I had 3 vehicles at my place and would see if one of the spare filters for them would fit my mower so that I could refill the engine and go on with mowing. Well, the only filter that fit was the one for my 1994 Geo Metro. Friends always laugh and tell me it is a glorified mower or golf kart so I thought it was pretty humorous that the oil filter bought for the Geo Metro fit right onto my riding mower. My mower has a Kohler engine but these also fit a Briggs and Stratton engine too.
That being said, the oil filter from a Ford 302 V8 engine will also fit onto my mower without issues. It will also screw right on to the Geo Metro as long as you don’t have one equipped with AC. The canister is fatter than the stock version and will not fit when AC is installed. Having the oil filter from a Ford V8 fit a mower isn’t as funny as the one from a tiny little Geo Metro!
It is nice to know that I don’t need to buy the overpriced oil filters from the lawn and garden store when a standard automotive filter fits just fine.