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Car Restoration Tools that Every Garage Needs

Sep 10th 2015 at 4:42 AM

A good car restoration begins with the right car restoration tools. You should take an inventory of your toolbox prior to starting your restoration project. You want a good set of basic mechanic tools: such as wrenches and sockets, various pliers and crescent wrenches, Allen wrenches, and a variety of screwdrivers. As you plan your restoration project, keep a list of tools you will need for specific work on the vehicle. Some of this work most likely will require specialized tools. Frequently, tools can be rented as opposed to purchased. Weigh the costs and benefits of renting versus purchasing the tool. Consider if you will need to use the tool one time, or repeatedly.

Here are some of some important tools necessary, however, keep in mind the list is not exhaustive and will depend on your specific project.

  • Impact wrench. An impact wrench is at the top of the list as an absolute necessity. It's used for the removal of lug nuts, nuts and bolts.
  • Air compressor. Several of the tools you will be using need to be powered by an air compressor. A good air compressor is a wise investment for these types of projects. Not only does it power tools like impact wrenches and grinders but it also is used to power the spray gun for the paint.
  • Creeper. Invest in a good creeper. You want to be able to maneuver underneath the car as easily as possible. You also need a good jack and reliable stands.
  • Grinder. An angle grinder is invaluable when doing body work. It will power through rust removal, cut metal, and will buff sharp edges. This is a versatile and effective tool that can be used for many applications. It is a must have for body work, and as a good staple to your general tool arsenal.
  • Auto jig. A jig is used to bore precision holes, and is critical to auto restoration due to the exacting measures needed. This tools will likely be out of the price range to purchase, but can be rented for use during the restoration.
  • Lift. A hydraulic lift is common in the larger shops, but sometimes the smaller ones have an A-frame. An A-frame is a sturdy type of block and tackle, except it is able to be moved around on rollers. These are mostly used to pull and install motors.
  • Hand tools. A well stocked restoration garage needs a good selection of wrenches, from box end to open end. You may need metric wrenches for some vehicles. You need tin cutters, putty, and patch pieces for rust holes and sheet metal for big repairs. A power drill will also be needed. A drill press is a necessity for the big jobs.


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