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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-14-2018, 12:37 PM Thread Starter
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Tools Thread (Home made, Special usage, etc).

I have a love and appreciation for tools. I especially like a home made tool that is well executed and gets the job done properly. I thought I'd kick off this thread with some videos of tools which I believe many will appreciate and may even copy the builds.

Making The Hydraulic VISE DIY [Plans]

Home Made Welding Table

FYI: Finding an old bowling ball is more difficult than I originally thought. Craigslist or yard sales should be a good starting point.

Welding Speed Square Fireball Tool Overview

Everyone I know who has done any welding has been amazed by the Fireball Squares. It's the old, "Damn, why didn't I think of that."

Feel free to post pictures and/or video of interesting tools you feels may be of interest. Diagrams are welcome, and please be certain to give a clear description. I'm planning to post some of mine in the near future.

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Ya... I think a few of us have many re-purposed or custom made or altered tools in out collections?

I took a quick shot of these 2 that I knew where they were. So many other were a one time use and could say where in the garage wonderland of horde the others at right at the moment.
I know we all have our collection of specially bent screw drivers and Phillips head for the interesting fastener access challenges. And can leave out the comb- box end with one end hack sawed off for a shorty version.
The first is at the time the only way to actually service none-serviceable rear brake calipers on GEN 1 MINI MCS . Believe it or not this Frankenstein mess of tape on a aluminium tube is perfect for the task.

The next is re-purposed and altered crescent wrench. This allows the changing of what is not normally and shown to be not a serviceable area of a head on a 1.6 Chrysler to change valve springs while the engine is in the bay and still on the short block.

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Tools Thread, Special usage

Tools Thread, Special usage

On many forums there is often a thread about "bleeding" the cooling system. Most of the time the procedure is not done correctly and the results are a cooling system challenged to keep things in check.

This inexpensive TOOL KIT makes the job, easy, and correctly done the first time every time.

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I thought I would add this to go along with my previous responses.

This is actually a very nice QUALITY TESTING TOOL set from HARBOR FREIGHT.
I have an ageing STANT pressure testing kit that I have owned and gotten much use from for almost 35 years. This HARBOR FREIGHT kit I bought in the first part of 2014 and have used it to test at least 50-60 vehicles cooling systems with out any trouble. It has adapters enough to do almost and vehicle and even many Motorcycles that I also have used it on.

If you have a cooling system concern this is one testing kit that is affordable and can help solve cooling system problems.

Yes it looks brand new but that how I take care of my tools. When you use a tool clean it before storing it.

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My old STANT after 35 years it still looks good.



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Next in line of must have tools for both Professional Auto Technician and garage DIY "wrench" racers...

If you are driving a vehicle manufactured from 1995 and newer you really can not do without a Diagnostic OBD1/OBDII/CANbus diagnostic direct connect tool. The better ones will also have monitor access. ABS and TCM are not generally DIY friendly and not really needed for a DIY.

I carry this in any of the cars I drive "always". Even though I have a* ULTRA GAUGE in everyone of my cars this is more for helping others while I am mobile.
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UltraGauge OBDII Scan tool & Information Center
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This is another very good quality HARBOR FREIGHT item that I have had for about 6 years of service and counting. Mind you at the shop I use my Snap-On solstice.

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The NOTEBOOK is to write down information like DTC/Codes and other information acquired with the Diagnostic tool.
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Next must have in the DIY garage...
Another HARBOR FREIGHT TOOL KIT!!!!!

While I would think we all have a compression gauge to check cylinder information that is only the start to verify what is the problem area. To find if it is the head or block you need to do a Leak Down Test.

Here is one that purchased a few years ago to replace my Snap-On kit that seem to grow feet and walk away from the shop. This inexpensive kit is very precise and effective not to mention not bad quality, to help determine to pull a head or not... so to say. Or to just say that engine is beyond hope and needs a complete rebuild.

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What really is going on

What really is going on

So after you have used all those HARBOR FREIGHT Tools to find a problem you are still wonder about things you can't see.
Well This basic model inspection camera scope can get inside many area's of the car you normally can't without disassembling it. This is a very nice quality tool and the picture is very clear. Also it operates and can be controlled very well to get around inside of engines and even under the dash.


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The Super Charged model of the MINI Cooper S (MCS) frequently needs the serpentine changed if the engine is run in a spirited fashion. I custom made a tool that allows for "short Cutting" and reducing the change of the belt to a few minutes instead of about 1/2 hour.
Naturally I had to use aluminum and polish my tool...



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Several years ago, I bought a parts haul of NOS VW parts and also a lot of special tools (all for air-cooled Volkswagens) from a retired VW mechanic. Among the tools was this brake pressure gauge. The overall height is 43-" with the diameter of the gauge face at 5-". He explained the sizing allows a mechanic to connect the hose to the caliper or wheel cylinder bleed port and it's visible while he's in the vehicle, pressing the brake pedal. I had three of these from the haul. One I sold at a car swap, the other I gave to a friend who collects gauges, and the third I still have.

















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Had to repair the oil filter cartridge socket for the MZ3. Drilled the divots from the spot welding process, exposed some bare metal, and hit it with a Mig welder. It's not pretty, but it will work for now (until I convert my car to an spin-on filter setup).




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