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Old 05-19-2016, 10:57 AM
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Hey Guys,

I'm looking for tools to buy, things that I'll need right awhile. I know the basics Metric/US Size Sockets, Wrenches etc.

How powerful of a Welder do I need? Do I need a plasma cutter? I'm a former welder, 2.5 years in HS but that was almost a decade ago (Oh my god, I'm getting old! ).

I currently have a two car garage that has no vehicles in it. I'm clearing the junk out to put an engine lift and mount into.

I have a Harbor Freight in town too! My brother keeps stealing my monthly magazine, haha.

I'll also need a way to lock these tools down. My younger brother has a knack for borrowing things and not putting them back. I don't want to spend $2,000 on tools, only to find out he left one in the gravel and it's ruined. I'd have to break ankles with a torque wrench
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Old 05-19-2016, 11:35 AM
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What kinda work are you going to be into? Body work, panel repairs, paint, etc..

Or Mechanic work, engine work, suspension, transmissions, etc?

I do a little bit of it all and the tool buying never ends. They are expensive so collecting tools takes time. I usually go buy what I need for that job and then I always have it for the next time. I just recently purchased the Ball Joint Remover kit from Harbor Freight for $90 and it worked just like I need it to.

For your general repairs in the shop a 140 amp mig welder should do most of the small work.
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Old 05-19-2016, 12:37 PM
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There is a thread on RRR somewhere - I couldnt seem to find it though.

The most basic tools I would suggest:

***JACK STANDS***

3/8" sockets (six point if you can get them - they don't round of bolts as much)
extensions
box/open wrench set

set of screwdrivers
set of various pliers
vise grips
utility knife

ball peen hammer
BFH

pry bar

Variable speed drill and bits (dont get bits from HF, they dull quick)

4" grinder/cutoff

2 medium C-clamps
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Then when you can or as needed:

multi-meter
test leads
swivel exptensions
deepwell sockets
1/2" socket set
1/4" socket set
torque wrench
breaker bar
step bits (good from HF)
ratchet wrenches
GOOD wire cutter/stripper/crimper tool
more vise grips
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Old 05-19-2016, 01:12 PM
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Old 05-19-2016, 03:21 PM
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There is a thread on RRR somewhere - I couldnt seem to find it though.

The most basic tools I would suggest:

***JACK STANDS***

3/8" sockets (six point if you can get them - they don't round of bolts as much)
extensions
box/open wrench set

set of screwdrivers
set of various pliers
vise grips
utility knife

ball peen hammer
BFH

pry bar

Variable speed drill and bits (dont get bits from HF, they dull quick)

4" grinder/cutoff

2 medium C-clamps
Jack

Then when you can or as needed:

multi-meter
test leads
swivel exptensions
deepwell sockets
1/2" socket set
1/4" socket set
torque wrench
breaker bar
step bits (good from HF)
ratchet wrenches
GOOD wire cutter/stripper/crimper tool
more vise grips
How do you find old ones like the you must be a ratrodder if threads and not the tool thread??? LOL......ok...yes I'm being me...a smarta$$
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Old 05-19-2016, 03:37 PM
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To be honest...after the basic's...you never know what you'll need until you find you don't have one, can't borrow one, never saw one, or never knew there was one....
As a former auto tech, I figured I had about anything I'd ever need....I was wrong...so above the basic hand tools and air tools, welder or electric cut offs or angle grinders, you'll probably won't know until you are into the build...
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Old 05-19-2016, 04:47 PM
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Go easy on the Harbor Freight! There are some OK items there but a lot of it is junk, plus it's sending a good chunk of your money right out of the country.

My best tip for affordable QUALITY tools? Start scouring your local estate sales, flea markets and garage sales. You can often find quality old tools at a fraction of what they would cost new, and they are WAY better than any new Chinese junk. Over a short time you can build a really respectable tool collection if you do the legwork...
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Old 05-19-2016, 05:31 PM
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I always figured if you can build a hotrod, you can build a few tools too when those normal everyday tools just don't do what you want...
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Old 05-19-2016, 05:49 PM
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absolutely got many home made harbor freight is ok but really look at it some is junk
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Old 05-19-2016, 09:51 PM
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