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Old 03-17-2009, 07:13 AM
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New Hotroder.. in the making

Hello, i am just wondering what the basic tools i will need in my shed before i go getting a rod i better buy all the bits and peices that will fix it all up.

What tools will i need? can someone please give me a list of all the tools please?

any help would be great, thanks.

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The first thing I would do is look at the posting guidelines for this site. This site is a great resource for information and there are a lot of people here that can answer just about any question you have. The info here is worth far more than any tool you can buy at a store.

To answer your question, unless you have about $10k to drop on tools there is no way you could possibly buy every tool your going to need for your project. I probably have more tools in my garage than everyone on my street and I seem to have to buy something everytime I work on a project. It's not a bad idea to get the most complete socket, ratchet, wrench and screwdriver set you can find. I believe sears has their largest craftsman tool set on sell right now actually and it's around $300, down from $500 (I just happened to be there over the weekend.). Organization is just as important. It's no fun being held up for an hour looking for a tool that you need to use for 5 minutes.

What kind of work are you going to be doing on your project? Body? Mechanical? Electrical?
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I'm going to have to do body repairs, paint the whole car, new engine, was thinking about manual conversion and needs lights wiring up.

i have a toolbox but its nothing flash. was gunna by all the tools i needed and than get stuck into the car.
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I think most of us amassed our tool collection the same way, buying good quality basic sets such as screwdriver sets, then socket sets and ratchets, then hammer sets, etc., etc. Like DaSouthWon said, you will never have the tool you need for a specific problem and will continue buying specialty tools until they shovel dirt in your face.

My best advice would be to buy the very best quality you can find, even though this reduces the number of tools you can buy at one time for the same money. Good tools will last a lifetime. Cheapo tools will break, bend or wear out and you'll spend double money replacing them with good ones. It's not unusual at all for a hobbyist to have $20,000 invested in a box and hand tools.
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Okay guys, thanks for the advise but another question would be...
What is a good tool brand that i should buy? i have been told sidchrome is a good brand, what are your recomendations?
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I really hate to recommend any particular brand. But for the weekend warrior non-professional buying Snap-On and other tools designed for a lifetime of professional use is silly. Sears sells Craftsman, Home Depot sells Husky, and Lowes sells.... well I can't recall Lowe's store brand but I'm sure it's comparable to Sears' and Home Depot's store brand. I will say this, buy the best quality tools you can afford. Cheap tools always seem to fail you at the most important time you need them. You only want to have to buy them once, that way instead of replacing junk you're increasing your toolbox. If money is an issue check eBay, you can buy used sockets and ratchets at a fraction of what they were new, and if there a brand like Craftsman you can get new ones if they break for free.

The best thing I ever did was buy an air compressor and air tools. It makes working on cars not near as much "work" and you work a lot faster.
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Okay guys, thanks for the advise but another question would be...
What is a good tool brand that i should buy? i have been told sidchrome is a good brand, what are your recomendations?
That's a hard question to answer. I have no idea what brands are sold in Australia
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