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Posted by Rod Williams - Phoenix, AZ - USA - Gonzo Impressioning
on March 01, 2003 at 00:17:34:
Tools I find necessary for
is my tool box, it is made by Contico and it's the best laid out box to
carry that I have ever owned, just ask Jim Hetchler.
2: Auto Upholstery Pin. Great tool
3: Small Water Pump Plier. These are the cats
meow, they are small and hold
4: Small Torx Drivers for MATS column. You do
not need to turn the plate to
5. A good snap ring remover for the the snap
ring behind Ford ignition locks. Snap-On.
6: Long Phillips shaft for driver.
7: GM steering wheel removal bolts.
8: Best dedicated tool for removal of GM
steering wheels, made and sold by
9: Knife file for cutting a new notch in
broken horn towers and etc.
10: White China marker for writing code on the
underside of black plastic horn
11: I made this plate compressor piece for
removal of lock plate retainers on MATS columns, it fits on the inside of
the MATS ring allowing the plate to depress.
12: The best portable electric quarter inch
drive I ever owned. It's made by Milwaukee and a charge lasts me a week or
more. I carry a spare battery, comes with a quick charger. Bends at an
angle in the middle, comfortable and easy to use. Costs around $100. with
13: Milwaukee 90 degree adapter for tight
14: Long reach 10 mm tool for removal of door
handle on GM pickups for lock
15: Tube of blue automotive silicone for
plugging holes and such. Great for breast enlargements if you can stand
the pain and don't mind having blue breasts.
16: Nuts drivers, 1/4 inch dedicated, 9/32
socket on driver that can work with a quarter inch ratchet plugged in the
top and a 1/2 inch socket on driver for r & r of steering wheel puller
17: White plastic wedge for GM pickup windows when using long reach 10 mm tool for outside handle removal.
18: Tube of grease
19: Blue Loctite ($27.)
20: most important tool, air that I breathe.
(okay, I screwed up with the numbering).
21: Shaft for plate compressor, GM, threaded
for 1969 to 1978.
22: A really fine flashlight using LEDs
instead of bulbs, so bright you can't look at it. $29. at selected stores.
23: Torx drivers
24: Four different lock clip removal tools.
25: Can of TriFlo.
This light represents new technology, never
replace a bulb because it doesn't use them. Lights range from a few bucks
for a key ring size light to fifty or so. Some have plastic tubes that
screw into the head to illuminate an area. Comes in red light, blue light
and white light. Great for looking in dark places such as a keyway. Really
impressive. Speaking of lights, there is one that a mechanic friend has
shown me, it sells for $27. from Snap - On and is basically a light with a
long flexible shaft like the common car opening light. What's special
about this one is that it also uses a LED instead of a bulb and no more
worrying about bulbs becoming hot and breaking or bumping them. There is
also a long warranty from Snap-On on this light. Check it out.
26: Teflon tape for wrapping tilt column pivot
pins to compensate for slop. Not all pins need it but on airbag columns,
the pivot pin on the left side usually does as the additional weight of
the airbag causes this pin to elongate and come out a bit.
27: Snap - On dedicated pivot pin removal
tool, good for Ford and GM.
28: Allen set screws to lock down GM
telescoping columns, one is coarse threaded, the other medium, covers them
29: Stubby screwdriver, sold by Snap-on, used
to have a set of 4, they use regular quarter inch bits such as you use in
your electric screwdriver and are great for tight spaces. About 5 years
ago my van was broken into and my toolbox and its contents were stolen. It
was the same basic setup as what I have pictured here, same style box, of
course there are always tools that cannot be replaced exactly, I did a
good job of putting this box together. To replace every tool in this would
cost around a thousand dollars.
This box of tools is what I carry to the
vehicle when service is needed, I have many other tools at my workbench in
the van. Of course if I am going to impression a lock then I leave the
toolbox in the van and carry my dedicated canvas impressioning bag