Tag: Tools

According to you: 10 of the most underrated tools – Sanjeev Mehta @Hagerty


Last month I asked members of the Hagerty Community which was the most underrated tool in their collection. The answers covered the entire spectrum of automotive repair, so the ten examples listed here may not necessarily be suited for your particular project. But this discussion brings up the point that if you haven’t yet interacted with your fellow Hagerty readers in our Community, whatcha waitin’ for?

Join the fun on the Community and enrich our collective passion for all things related to the automobile with your knowledge. Anyway, let’s get to the answers that YOU provided us.

MAPP gas torch

Community user RedRyder_SFZ chimed in with a tool that isn’t needed regularly—but when you need one, you need it bad! These torches run on MAPP gas for its safety and ease of use compared to a conventional oxygen-acetylene setup, thereby making them great for smaller projects like breaking free rusted bolts and brazing metal together. RedRyder went further to say: “Without my gas torch, I’d go through more cutting and grinding discs than I care to think about. Sometimes after the torch gets the rusty fasteners loose, I pound my chest and exclaim ‘I … have made fire!!!’”

Braided wiring loom installation tool (DIY)

Again, this isn’t a tool for your average brake job or oil change. But when you need the finishing touches under the hood for your project car, Hagerty Community user johnman has a word for you. He made a DIY tool to run wiring into these looms: “I discovered a quarter-inch wrench worked the best on the half-inch split plastic wrap. Put the wrench into the split gap sideways, then turn 90 degrees to open the gap. As you lay the wires into the gap, pull the wrench through, and follow along with your thumb to secure the wires inside.”

Reciprocating saw

The Sawzall cutting tool is a bit of an Internet hero these days, for many reasons and likely countless applications. Which is why our CitationMan has one, and tells his friends, “I can cut anything you own in half.” Enough said—it’s gotta make the list.

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3 handy electronic tools to keep in your modern classic – Brandan Gillogly @Hagerty


Not everyone wants or needs to carry a tool kit in each vehicle they drive. Your late-model daily-driver that’s proved totally reliable shouldn’t need more than a spare tire and a jack, if that. Each tool kit should be balanced for the vehicle and its intended purpose. Even if you could carry a Snap-On truck’s worth of tools, many mechanical issues aren’t practical to fix on the side of the road. For labor-intensive problems, it’s best to have your phone with you to call roadside assistance for a tow—whether to your own garage or to a trusted repair shop. In the spirit of this list, perhaps a phone is truly the #1 piece of electronics that can rescue you from a spot of bother.

However, if you venture off-road in your Jeep or pickup, or if you find yourself in more remote locations searching for fun backroads, you likely want to be much more self-sufficient. You’ll want to carry a well-stocked tool bag, plus spares for the parts most likely to leave you crippled in the event of failure.

Last year, our own Kyle Smith gave some tips on how to properly select the tools to bring with you in your vehicle. His advice led me to practice some of my most probable road-side repairs. In the process, I realized that 2 additional feet of extensions made a disabling sensor failure a 10-minute fix rather than an obscenity-laced knuckle-buster.

For my Jeep Cherokee, I keep a basic socket set—in standard and in metric, because Jeep hadn’t yet made up its mind in 1998—with lots of extensions, wrenches, pliers, and screwdrivers (including Torx drivers). There are some spare nuts and bolts, fuses and relays, and wiring terminals in there as well. I also keep some spare fluids (ATF and engine oil at least, along with a funnel) and the most common parts that could fail and leave the 4.0-liter stranded: the MAP sensor, the crankshaft position sensor, and the coil.

Following the lessons from Smith’s previous article, I decided to add three electronic doodads to my on-board tool kit.

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Considering an Ultrasonic Cleaner?


Recently purchased a budget Ultrasonic cleaner

Really good value listing is here

I can highly recommend the use of one of these well priced cleaners which have a number of uses, for me the parts and tool cleaning aspects will be the best value

A tip to start with, save the need to keep cleaning the machine, the items have been put in various containers. As the machine works on cavitation the cleaning isn’t really hampered.

Results after about 10 mins, these bolts had 90 years of junk on them!

All that’s really needed for pretty good results is washing up liquid or a non bio washing machine soap (my result) but you can use a number of different detergents dependent on the item in question and the results required.

It’s not really crucial to have the lid on if you have a heated unit.

As you can see the results are quite impressive,. these items had about a 1/4 of an inch of oily residue attached. This is after 20 mins at around 49C. The container is a cut off water bottle, pegged to stop it rolling over.

Snap-on and Blue Point Tools 1930-1959 – @alloyartifacts


A great site for those of us vintage car geeks, as you need vintage tools for vintage cars 😉

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23 favorite tools the Hemmings Staff can’t live without – @Hemmings


As we started planning for our Tools & Supplies Special Section in Hemmings Muscle Machines, talk among our staff turned to some of the stuff stashed in our personal toolboxes that we’ve each grown to treasure. Everyone who works on cars has tools, and delving into projects or even just simple jobs will soon cause the user to form bonds with those bits that help make it all happen.

These items may have made a certain task easier, or might even have saved someone’s bacon a time or two by providing a solution to a particularly vexing problem.After hearing such vast and varied input from our crew, a collection of favorites seemed a natural for a story. We agreed the list of favorites could include items that are currently available as well as the useful things no longer offered.

An admiration for well-made implements is a common tool-lover’s criterion, but we heard plenty of suggestions for inexpensive stuff as well—so long as it provided some particularly useful function, it could be included. Some items are complex, some brutally simple. A few of the listings seem fairly obvious, and in those cases we tried to offer insight on what made that particular type or brand worth mentioning. Others included odd specialty tools that many of us were completely unfamiliar with.

In any case, the following tools and other useful stuff are all things we’ve come to rely on to get our cars together and keep them going. What about your favorite tools? We’d like to keep this rolling, either for a future installment in these pages or for an ongoing online feature. If you’ve got something interesting that isn’t here, send us a picture of it, with your description and explanation of what makes it so vital. Email us at musclemachines@hemmings.com using the subject line: Essential Tools. In the meantime, take a look at our staff-compiled list for inspiration.

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Here’s what you need to know about torque wrenches – Kyle Smith @Hagerty


Here’s what you need to know about torque wrenches

It’s easy to tighten bolts, but sometimes a bolt needs to be a very precise tight. That is where torque wrenches come in. Davin is here with the latest DIY video to take some of the mystery out of the tool that every home mechanic needs in their garage.

The duty of a torque wrench is often misunderstood. Torque is not about making sure the head of a bolt is all the way against the surface of the part it is holding, but rather, that the proper amount of stretch is being applied to the bolt, which amounts to clamping force imparted. A torque wrench is a simple system that allows a mechanic to easily measure the tension of bolts during assembly.

The two most common measurement units used by torque wrenches are foot-pounds and newton-meters. Essentially, this is equating the twisting action the mechanic places on the bolt to a one-foot (or meter) lever with a prescribed amount of weight on the end

Here’s what you need to know about torque wrenches

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Related – B&M Torque Converter

More here at Wikipedia

Visit to Richard Edmonds Auctions – Chippenham UK


Took a visit to Richard Edmonds Classic Car, Motorcycle, Automobilia and Parts Auction viewing day.

Not a great deal of American stuff, but what was there was pretty good 🙂

Very well run viewing day with some interesting Cars, Bikes, Parts, Automobilia and Tools all ready for auction.

Richard Edmonds website is here