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Old 09-14-2010, 06:59:07 PM   #1
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What common hand tools (sizes) for late 2nd gen? Buying tools...

I don't have my car here yet, but I'm getting my toolbox in order for when I go get my '80 from Virginia. What would you say are the most common hand tools you use on your 2nd gen? I've got a pretty well rounded selection of mechanics tools, but I'm looking for comments like "you'll need a high quality 3/4" to break loose that widget" kind of thing. What wrenches or sockets do you reach for the most?

I love hitting the flea market or hunting for tool bargains, so knowing of some things to keep my eyes open for would be greatly appreciated!

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Old 09-14-2010, 07:16:36 PM   #2
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Old 09-14-2010, 07:24:57 PM   #3
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Old 09-14-2010, 07:37:09 PM   #4
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For tool answers.................

see the tool forum at

www.garagejournal.com
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Old 09-14-2010, 08:10:13 PM   #5
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For tool answers.................

see the tool forum at

www.garagejournal.com


I'm already an active member there under the same I.D. Good folks at GJ for sure. Thanks though!
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Old 09-14-2010, 08:23:08 PM   #6
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Ratcheting box end wrenches.
You've got metric stuff on that 80.
A set of metric crow's foot wrenches will come in handy if you ever mess with the power steering lines.

Otherwise.... a 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" drive socket set (and some extensions) will handle most of the nuts/bolts on your car.

It's not until you get into rebuilding accesories, steering columns, engines, transmissions and rear ends that you start needing specialty tools.
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Old 09-14-2010, 08:25:20 PM   #7
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T-50 Torx wrench for removal of seatbelts...Which I still need :P.
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Old 09-14-2010, 08:42:54 PM   #8
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I buy as I go. I have found out that no matter what you have, there is always something that you need!

I find my self always grabbing the 9/16", 1/2", and 7/16" wrenches.

Like mentioned, it seems like 75-80% of the bolts on my car are 3/8"
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Old 09-14-2010, 09:30:54 PM   #9
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Harbor Freight is your friend when it comes to buying basic tools on the cheap. Most are more than adequate unless you are a mechanic by trade.

I've bought a wide range of stuff from them over the years and been quite satisfied.
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Old 09-14-2010, 09:46:03 PM   #10
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Personally, I would NOT buy Harbor Freight junk if I wanted tools that will last a lifetime. Most of my tools are Craftsman with a smathering of Snap On, S K Wayne, and Husky tools.

Open end box end wrenches 3/8" to 1", 10 mm to 18 mm

Crescent wrenches 4", 6", 10", 12"

Ball peen hammers: 8 oz, 16 oz, 32 oz.

Soft faced hamers.

Pry bars.

Selection of torx.

Selection of hex key sets.

1/4", 3/8", 1/2" sockets 3/8" to 1" shallow and deep and in metric.

Several p;airs of Vise Grip pliers in all sizes.

A good DVOM (digital volt ohm meter).

A good set of taps and dies (fractional and metric).

Nut drivers.

Drills.

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Old 09-14-2010, 09:56:06 PM   #11
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couple cans of PB blaster

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baby sledge (3lb hammer)

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Old 09-14-2010, 11:46:45 PM   #12
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dead blow or three.
air nibbler is an amazing tool but prolly not neccesary.
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body hammers and dollies (depending on the shape your car is in)
a good welder-see above
cherry picker or chain fall
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:47:55 PM   #13
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i have HFs pittsburgh brand wrenches and they seem to be a decent tool.
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:51:51 PM   #14
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1/2 9/16 double box wrench. Comes in handy so much. i have a snapon one i use mainly, but also have a craftsmen version.
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