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Old 03-11-2006, 11:54 PM
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Engine Building Tools

What are the more finer engine building tools that any engine builder should have in his box. I'm trying to get a list together and maybe pick a few pieces up this week

Here is what I have so far

Torque wrench
Micrometers in metric
Slide calipers
Feeler gauges
Degree wheel
Ring pliers
Ring compressor



Is there anything else I should have?
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If you have a basic hand tool set , you're good to go.
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Old 03-13-2006, 02:07 AM
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PlastiGage, A wash tank with CLEAN solvent, A good small oil can with CLEAN oil to oil bolt threads and / or nuts for proper torque. Some 12 point sockets if you have chromed 12 point bolts, a tube of All Weather Adhesive, a container or thread sealer, some long box end wrenches (for aluminum intakes) as some bolts you cannot get a torque wrench on, a torque chart showing proper bolt specs......can't think of much more at the moment.
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Old 03-13-2006, 04:20 AM
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You should also have.....a ring groove cleaning tool, a cylinder hone, a cylinder ridge reamer, and a valve spring compressor...just to name a few.
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Old 03-13-2006, 05:20 AM
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A good inside micrometer is a good thing to have too
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Old 03-13-2006, 05:32 AM
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You should also have.....a ring groove cleaning tool, a cylinder hone, a cylinder ridge reamer, and a valve spring compressor...just to name a few.

Just wanted to heads up on these. Make sure you research and go for good ones. Cheap ridge reamer and valve spring compressor can cause nightmares. I have found a ball hone or dingle berry as some call it give better results then blade. Donít forget a tap set , for cleaning threads to insure proper torque.
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Old 03-13-2006, 07:29 AM
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And a cam bearing driver, oil pump primer, and perhaps a harmonic balancer puller/installer. The last just makes things easier.
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rubber mallet, bead blow hammer, small set of hand files, for "dressing" various parts,o-ring pick,

just .02
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3/8" drive swivel sockets, wobble extensions, spinner in 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 inch drive. Bore gauge, gear puller, latex gloves or nitrile gloves if you are allergic to latex. Cylinder hone, both the aforementioned balls and one with stones. Bead blaster is nice to have for making clean parts. A workbench that no one else is allowed to use. Engine stand, not the 3 wheel type, but the 4 wheel type for stability. I made my own 4 wheeler with a solid bottom for catchpans or anything else. A thick clear platic sheet to cover your work. An inch-pound torque wrench.

I guess you can get building with all the tools mentioned here on this thread, but to try to list everything is really tough. I've got about $30K in tools from the last 24 years, not all for engine building but to try to name what I'd only use for engines is tough. Also, what type on engine are you building? If you are building a Ford 4.6L OHC then there is another bunch of specialized tools tht you will need. Post the type on engine that you are aiming to build.
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Also a ring grinder to set the ring end gap. Long feeler gages for checking cylinder wall to piston clearance.
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A dial gauge is nice to have also. I'm not sure about all of them but mine has a magnetic base. Not my most used tool for sure, but I'm glad I have it.
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An assortment of long handled brushes. (I use an old rifle cleaning outfit) For cleaning oil galleys. Good detergent to wash block out with.
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