On a currently running Subaru ownership venting thread, which also contains some Hyundai content, I was just posting about this beater 2001 Hyundai Accent I had for awhile. It got me thinking about a few "extreme car repairs" I got away with on that car and a few others at various times of being a grown-ass, broke-ass man. I had the friction material come off of the front brake pads on one front brake in that '01 Accent, which scored the hell out of the brake rotor. Needed the car, like, now, and could only afford the cheapest set of front brake pads from Autozone. So while I had that front wheel off, and that corner up on a jack stand, I "turned" my own brake rotor by locking the emergency brake, starting the engine, and putting the car in drive. The other front wheel was still on the ground, so the rotor was spinning due to the idling engine. I took my angle grinder and carefully, lightly and gradually went to town on that rotor. Luckily only the outside rotor surface was scored; only that one pad lost its friction material. If I'd had to do the inside surface too, I might have had a problem. Well, clearly I already had a problem, but... Anyway, I figured the worst that could happen is the new pads might wear a little quicker until the surface got smoothed out a bit, or the rotor might warp due to being ground below some thickness dimension. But nope, worked fine. It was a little grabby and noisy for the first three of four stops, and then it was fine. I had a muffler disintegrate on a '94 Cherokee 4.0 once, and I just broke out the welder and installed a length of straight pipe in its place, so my exhaust system was catalytic converter but no muffler, stock tailpipe still in place. Didn't look altered unless you got underneath, and it wasn't THAT loud...althought it did have a cool little inline-6 snarl after that. I ended up driving it like that for nearly a year. My dad and uncle had to repair a similar problem in our slant-six '64 Plymouth Belvedere wagon when I was a kid, but in their case they used a slit-open metal tennis-ball can wrapped around the pipe break and a bunch of twisted baling wire. That sounded like gentle under-car farting and we had to drive with the windows open until it got fixed right. Also on that Belvedere, on a trip from Denver to Kansas City, the accelerator linkage broke once, late on a Sunday, and my dad rigged up a length of wire (speaker wire, I think) from the carb linkage, through a firewalll grommet, up onto the front bench seat, where he clamped on a pair of vise grip pliers. You pulled on the vise grips to open the throttle. I was about eight or ten years old, and dad had me "man the vise grips" for part of the time to give his hand and arm a rest. I remember thinking it was pretty cool to have a direct link to the car's speed and throttle opening. I doubt I was very smooth at it as he worked the clutch and column-shift three-speed, but it's kind of a cool memory. So come on, post 'em. Surely some TDPRI'ers "got 'er home" with some ill-advised non-standard repairs...?