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ClearStar Online Locksmith Association (COLA) Presents
 a Gonzo ClearStar Online Magazine Installment
Posted by Rod Williams - Phoenix, AZ - USA - Gonzo Impressioning on March 01, 2003 at 00:17:34:
Tool Box

Tools I find necessary for
Automotive Locksmithing


This 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.




1: Reverse Pliers, if you don't own a plier like this, you are missing out. This plier is good for grabbing objects internally and they are quite strong, would not be without
them.

2: Auto Upholstery Pin. Great tool

3: Small Water Pump Plier. These are the cats meow, they are small and hold
objects very tight, I use them mostly for removing the tilt lever handle from columns.

4: Small Torx Drivers for MATS column. You do not need to turn the plate to
line up an access hole for removal of the Torx fasteners, after removing the lock plate retainer, there is always plenty of room with these small drivers.

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
ClearStar Sponsor, Robert Sieveking.

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
pads and such.





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 extra battery.

13: Milwaukee 90 degree adapter for tight spaces.

14: Long reach 10 mm tool for removal of door handle on GM pickups for lock
removal. Slick, worth its weight in gold.

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 bolts.

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 all.

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