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Discuss the Austin Healey Sprite and the MG Midget. Two different but similar cars sometimes referred to collectively as the Spridget.

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    Re: Better than cardboard?

    Ohhh, I like that Doug! Might have to spring for that to replace the annual supply of seed sack's that I usually use.

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    Re: Better than cardboard?

    Quote Originally Posted by dklawson View Post
    Hokey Smoke ! What brought this 6 year old thread back to the top?

    As long as the thread is open....
    Years ago a friend of mine gave me a General Tools version of the product shown in the link below. At first I thought "I'll never use that". Then I started using it and I love it. It's thin and low but the padding is great. Folded it's great as a kneeler. I've patched mine several times (weak seam stitching) and will keep patching until it is more patch than pad. Then I will definitely replace it.

    Harbor Freight Item 93896 (or equivalent folding foam pad)

    https://www.harborfreight.com/foldin...pad-93896.html
    I use the same thing, much better than a creeper. Only gripe is I have a few burn marks where I let the metal droplight rest on it.
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    Re: Better than cardboard?

    Apart from the seams that came "un-stitched" the only problem I have had was the total failure (falling off) of the Velcro closures. Those Velcro tabs aren't really needed anyway.

    For my droplights... I have replaced regular incandescent bulbs with CFLs. They are much cooler running and they are not as subject to failure when dropped.
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    Re: Better than cardboard?

    Been through a bunch of trouble lights but the one I always grab has a magnetic base and the bulb can then be swiveled to light where you need it. I've had it for decades and have never seen another like it. When it fails I guess i'll just stop working on stuff. Every other trouble light I have encountered is just...Trouble!

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    Re: Better than cardboard?

    I use a closed cell foam pool float. Jus' sayin'
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    Re: Better than cardboard?

    Does that HF folding pad slide so you can slide and maneuver under the car?

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    Re: Better than cardboard?

    I don't have the HF pad but a nearly identical one from General Tools. The cover is vinyl over a medium density foam. Will it slide? If you put cardboard or a plastic sheet down first it will slide. If you put it directly on concrete, asphalt, or gravel... no, it won't slide.
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    Re: Better than cardboard?

    Quote Originally Posted by 1974MGMidget View Post
    Does that HF folding pad slide so you can slide and maneuver under the car?

    You'll probably slide on top of the mat, rather than the mat sliding across the floor with you on it. You might be able to squirm around a bit and get the mat to move, too. There's this "Magic Creeper" as well, but reviews are kind of mixed: https://www.amazon.com/Magic-Creeper.../dp/B00EZV05OQ
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    Re: Better than cardboard?

    Looks like the two layers of the "Magic Creeper" would slide sideways as easily as forward and back. Not sure I'd be nuts about that and after looking at the pro's and con's of both my seed sacks look just fine after all. Priced right and if they get oily I just burn them and grab another!
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    Re: Better than cardboard?

    So, now you guys tell me that I don't have to wriggle around on the concrete floor.

    I do use a creeper periodically, but most times the clearance under the Sprite is so narrow that it takes up a good portion of the space I have available. I'm using your good old 2 ton floor jack to get things off the ground. Maybe I should look at something a bit bigger? I do find I use the creeper more on the Plymouth as there's a lot more ground clearance.

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    Re: Better than cardboard?

    I have never used a proper creeper because of clearance issues. For most of my life I have just used a sheet of cardboard. It works great for sliding around under the car and obviously is very thin. However, that thin aspect also equates to "hard". The vinyl covered pad is really a good compromise between comfort and clearance. However, as stated above, you are more likely to slide on it than have it slide under the car.

    The Magic Creeper linked above looks interesting but frankly I am too cheap to invest $65 on it. I'll continue to patch my $20 vinyl pad until I am forced to replace it.
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    Re: Better than cardboard?

    I have on of the Harbor Freight creepers, it works fine, but there always seems to be something I am fighting to get it to go where I want, jack stands, cracks in the concrete, or stray tool, air hose, or electrical cord. So I probably only use it about 25% of the time, usually not so much for comfort, more for shorter jobs where I don't want to get too dirty. I end up on the bare concrete a lot. I like the moving blanket idea, I sometimes use a towel or cardboard but mostly focus on getting the job done and don't worry too much about comfort.

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    Re: Better than cardboard?

    I have used a thick closed cell foam pool float - a cast off from a particular pool owner who didn't like the color fade on the dark blue....
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