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What are your most useful tools...

Post by themildbunch » Thu Jun 12, 2014 9:58 pm

Having been doing some nastier BX jobs recently I've come to love and find work much easier with a few key tools... Here's my favourite few to stop me swearing at the moment:

Long, flexi 7mm hose screwdriver
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140 lumens LED bulb upgrade for my Maglight - I can really see down the back of the engine now...

Set of Flexi headed ratchet spanners
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Re: What are your most useful tools...

Post by jeremyC5 » Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:25 am

My mug of Tea !!
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Post by Mothman » Fri Jun 13, 2014 6:27 am

My fekkin hammer!!

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Re: What are your most useful tools...

Post by Thread Bear » Fri Jun 13, 2014 7:18 am

My 3/8th drive instant grip two way socket wrench with articulated handle. Brilliant for nuts you cannot get at, or rotate, normally. Bought at Mannhiem Veterama for about 9 Euros.

Also several special tools as without them the task is a bruising battle and things get damaged. The tools, while avoidable, make the task so simple. Front bearing removal tool for the Messerschmitt being a rare but cunningly good item. No doubt some such exists for BX, like a proper shere tool.
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Re: What are your most useful tools...

Post by David » Fri Jun 13, 2014 10:14 am

My standard toolbox. It has a flexible part for screwdrivers & small sockets, knuckle joints to get at awkward bolts. Also the torque wrench for undoing stubborn nuts or bolts.
& I have to add to the list Jehovah's witnesses. :lol: I used them to hold my 4x4 axle as I screwed it on.
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Re: What are your most useful tools...

Post by citsncycles » Fri Jun 13, 2014 1:18 pm

For medium term repairs it has to be my roll of gaffa tape! Otherwise it's not a single tool rather but rather a set - my welding, cutting and metal shaping tools! There's several cars running round the west country today that would be bean tins now if I hadn't repaired them, either for myself or for friends!
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Re: What are your most useful tools...

Post by rutter123 » Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:39 pm

1/4 inch drive palm ratchet prob the most recent and well used. Remarkably my tzdt didnt need any welding for its mot this year (first time in 8 years) so the 4 inch angle grinder stayed in its box, again well used, got quite attached to my power file too.
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Re: What are your most useful tools...

Post by citronut » Sat Jun 14, 2014 8:58 am

Mothman wrote:My fekkin hammer!!

Andy
and your curb stone cutter :twisted: #-o :roll: :lol: :rofl: :rofl:

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Re: What are your most useful tools...

Post by Adam202 » Sat Jun 14, 2014 10:05 am

The most useful tool in the World is an adjustable spanner, closely followed by metal coat hanger wire, I think.

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Re: What are your most useful tools...

Post by jeremyC5 » Sat Jun 14, 2014 12:21 pm

Mothman wrote:My fekkin hammer!!

Andy

That's called a "special" screwdriver in my toolbox.
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Re: What are your most useful tools...

Post by themildbunch » Sat Jun 14, 2014 2:05 pm

rutter123 wrote:1/4 inch drive palm ratchet prob the most recent and well used. Remarkably my tzdt didnt need any welding for its mot this year (first time in 8 years) so the 4 inch angle grinder stayed in its box, again well used, got quite attached to my power file too.

Mmm, those palm ratchet's look good - might have to get a set...

My other favourite tool at the moment is my hammer.. really nice old one from a car boot... long hickory handle, larger than household flat / ball head... just heavy enough to give things a good shock but not too heavy to make your wrist hurt!
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Re: What are your most useful tools...

Post by MULLEY » Sat Jun 14, 2014 8:32 pm

David wrote:& I have to add to the list Jehovah's witnesses. :lol: I used them to hold my 4x4 axle as I screwed it on.
So they do have their uses, that's brilliant :lol: :lol:
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Re: What are your most useful tools...

Post by citronut » Sun Jun 15, 2014 8:16 am

David wrote: & I have to add to the list Jehovah's witnesses. :lol: I used them to hold my 4x4 axle as I screwed it on.
so is the Jehovah's witnesses still screwed on and has it stopped talking yet :twisted: :roll: [-o< :lol: :rofl: :wink:

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Re: What are your most useful tools...

Post by Thread Bear » Sun Jun 15, 2014 8:33 am

Adam202 wrote:The most useful tool in the World is an adjustable spanner, closely followed by metal coat hanger wire, I think.
Did you know the German's nickname for the adjustable spanner is the 'English Spanner'!
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Homer - 19 TXD E, Red, 189k miles - £250
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Re: What are your most useful tools...

Post by Thread Bear » Sun Jun 15, 2014 8:38 am

themildbunch wrote:
rutter123 wrote: My other favourite tool at the moment is my hammer.. really nice old one from a car boot... long hickory handle, larger than household flat / ball head... just heavy enough to give things a good shock but not too heavy to make your wrist hurt!
Its got to balance right, then its all in the wrist action. Pro celebrity larraping. My fav hammer is axctually my great granfathers panel pin hammer. It is beutifully ballanced and has a megnet one end to pick up a pin, tap rotate the hammer and drive it home. Oh, so satisfying.
Miguel - 16 TRS Auto S, light blue, 43k miles - £450
Pluto - 14 E S, White, 105k Miles - in work
Egbert - 19 16v Gti, White, A/C & Leather, - Keeper
Walt - 17 TZD Turbo S, graphite, 70k miles, good op extras - Keeper
Scraper- 17 TZD Turbo E, blue, 208k miles - parts
Homer - 19 TXD E, Red, 189k miles - £250
Gary - 17 TZD Turbo E, 118k miles - in work

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