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Old 02/06/2008, 02:04 PM   #1
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Opinions needed: building my first set of tools for the garage

OK, I am officially putting together my first set of tools and wanted opinions of what you guys think are the must have tools to work on the Stang etc?? Here is what I picked up last night just to get me started.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...&sbf=Clearance
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http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...Cabinet+Combos

I know these are pretty basic but I am just getting started so give me a break lol.
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Old 02/06/2008, 02:26 PM   #2
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...Well, you're off to a great start. How'bout things like gap & feeler gauges, volt meter, oil filter wrench, gear puller(s) torque wrench, electrical repair kit w/ wire stripper/crimpers, compression tester ... plus spare things like hose clamps, vacuum plugs & tubing and any other common parts that come in handy during late-nite diagnosis when the parts houses are closed ;-) I also keep alot spare tune-up parts & gaskets etc... in my toolbox.

You can really go nuts! But it depends on whether you are doing maintenance or major refurb... Oh! Jack stands - Never get under a car without them!

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Old 02/06/2008, 02:27 PM   #3
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You can't go wrong with Craftsman tools. Good quality & guarantee. Just add as you go along. Their shop vac is worth having, too.
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Old 02/06/2008, 04:04 PM   #4
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I'd definitely invest in a good "Air Compressor" and some good air tools. I can't count the number of times I've used mine and not just to air up the tires.

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Old 02/06/2008, 05:26 PM   #5
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my fav tool = 1/2" drive breaker bar.
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Old 02/06/2008, 09:21 PM   #6
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I've purchased pneumatic tools from NORTHEN TOOLS. They're not too expensive, and with light use (as opposed to commercial) they last a long time. Same for a Campbell-Hausfield air compressor (mine survived hurricane Andrew - litteraly floated in my flooded garage!). (My '68 Mustang convert was safely stored in a warehouse at the time.)
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Old 02/06/2008, 10:38 PM   #7
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You can't go wrong with Craftsman tools. Good quality & guarantee. Just add as you go along. Their shop vac is worth having, too.
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RIGHT ON, Neil!!1 I could not have said it better and easier!! Bob here.
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Old 02/06/2008, 10:42 PM   #8
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OK, I am officially putting together my first set of tools and wanted opinions of what you guys think are the must have tools to work on the Stang etc?? Here is what I picked up last night just to get me started.

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...&sbf=Clearance
and
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...Cabinet+Combos

I know these are pretty basic but I am just getting started so give me a break lol.
Thanks guys
Tony,
I started out with almost the same exact things you bought on clearance from Sears. I got a similar deal. It is a great start!

I've also purchased from Northern Tools and have been happy.

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Old 02/06/2008, 11:40 PM   #9
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<~~~~~What Bob and Neil said exactly! I have all Craftsman tools, air compressor, and thanks for the reminder that I need a new shop vac!

I like Northern Tools too!

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Old 02/07/2008, 02:55 AM   #10
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...Here's another handy thread from awhile back that can also help...

http://californiaspecial.com/forums/...light=tool+kit

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Old 02/07/2008, 08:07 AM   #11
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thanks for all the great advice.. I think my next purchase will be the air compressor, how big should I go? along with that is the shop vac and jack stands. thanks again for all the great ideas.

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Old 02/07/2008, 08:52 AM   #12
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Air Comp. = 2 to 2 1/2 HP should be adequate.
Jack Stands = Don't skimp, get Hvy Duty (better safe than sorry)
Shop Vac. = 5 Gal Wet/Dry (shop the sales, Sears, Lowes, etc.)

Are we helping you spend your $$$ fast enough!?

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Old 02/07/2008, 10:06 AM   #13
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Air Comp. = 2 to 2 1/2 HP should be adequate.
Jack Stands = Don't skimp, get Hvy Duty (better safe than sorry)
Shop Vac. = 5 Gal Wet/Dry (shop the sales, Sears, Lowes, etc.)

Are we helping you spend your $$$ fast enough!?

Neil
lol plenty fast enough.. I am already about $600 in the hole and building fast. I kept trying to justify it to the girlfriend telling her that things like this last a lifetime but she just chalks it up to me being a man lol. I told her to go buy some clothes and shoes that she wont be wearing in a year and leave me alone lol

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Old 02/07/2008, 10:18 AM   #14
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I tell you, if I ever get married again, I want my bridal registry at Sears and Lowes. Oh, Harbor Freight is good too! And hey! I never had a girly girl shower/party thing in my life...should I just throw one for myself? Housewarming/car chick/before I die, painting party? Sorry, didn't mean to hijack the thread. I'm outta here.

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Old 02/07/2008, 11:06 AM   #15
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You should also get a good 3 ton floor jack if you don't have one. I don't like hydraulic bottle jacks to get a car up on the jack stands.
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