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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old Sep 12th, 09, 11:50 PM Thread Starter
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Home made Performace Tools.

Money is tight these days, so some ideas for home made tools could really help out. Besides being trick and time saving.

All I have to offer are the standard Trick tools. What do you have?
I have angle plug heads, so Sparkplug install/removal can be tough.
This modded Sparkplug socket really helps out. Cost $0.00 dollars. Old socket.

Header bolts can be a real pain. This old wrench ground down works great.

When it came time to install my inner springs I needed to pressure up the cylinders
to hold the valves in place. Air fitting and a old Sparkplug. Cost $0.99 for Air fitting.

What do you have?

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I made this tool 20 years ago to be able to reassemble Saginaw power steering gears.



When pressing in my control arm bushings several size spacers and supports were required to get the job done





The GM service manuals used to have photos of the special tools and I made all I could to save money.

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here's a shot of my piston stop. I made this thing like like 20 years ago out of a piece of 3/8" strap I found somewhere. Notice adjustable stop and convenient mount bolt storage in the threaded holes in the far end. It's actually drilled for a small block but it works just as good with one bolt on a BB. cost? free, more or less, but I already had a drill press and taps. I used rocker studs for bolts because they have those handy handles on them.
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Heres my homemade 13/16 plug wrench.I needed something to get # 6 & # 8 plugs in & out with.

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Re: Home made Performace Tools.

Getting some great ideas here. With next to no cost.
It don't matter how they look as long as they do the job.

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Re: Home made Performace Tools.

Made a bunch of things over the years, a few items i can think of that are real cheap:

adjustable clutch tool,cut off the 90* end of a [ball end style] 5/16" allen wrench,slip the non ball end into a 5/16" [1/4" drive] socket and tack weld together, I use this with a 1/4 drive ratchet.

bring a seal to the auto parts store and find a short piece of exhaust pipe for use as an installation tool that fits into the groove of the seal

take a piece of 1/4" thick steel maybe 8"x8" put some bends into it like this \_____/
and weld on a stem that fits your floor jack,makes for a cheap floor jack adapter for manual transmissions!!! ,I even glued on a rubber pad on for no-slip.

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Re: Home made Performace Tools.

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Made a bunch of things over the years, a few items i can think of that are real cheap:

adjustable clutch tool,cut off the 90* end of a [ball end style] 5/16" allen wrench,slip the non ball end into a 5/16" [1/4" drive] socket and tack weld together, I use this with a 1/4 drive ratchet.

bring a seal to the auto parts store and find a short piece of exhaust pipe for use as an installation tool that fits into the groove of the seal

take a piece of 1/4" thick steel maybe 8"x8" put some bends into it like this _____/
and weld on a stem that fits your floor jack,makes for a cheap floor jack adapter for manual transmissions!!!
,I even glued on a rubber pad on for no-slip.
This is something I have been meaning to do for years.

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Re: Home made Performace Tools.

Necessity is the mother of invention. I love it!
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