Tools of the Trade - Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board
Hotrodders.com -- Hot Rod Forum



Register FAQ Search Today's Posts Unanswered Posts Auto Escrow Insurance Auto Loans
Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board > General Discussion> Hotrodders' Lounge
User Name
Password
lost password?   |   register now

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 01-22-2004, 11:49 PM
Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2003
Location: MN
Posts: 76
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Tools of the Trade


    Advertisement

Last edited by Gen3_with_455; 07-19-2004 at 11:51 AM.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 01-23-2004, 12:09 AM
W.O.T. Stang's Avatar
5.0 Mustang Owner
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Amherst, OH
Age: 32
Posts: 6
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Re: Tools of the Trade

Quote:
Originally posted by Gen3_with_455
I'm switching fields from Computers to Automotive... I've been working on, and building customs, cars for about 12 years now... We have three "shops" set up, my dad actually owns a business (I've been scrubbin' there for the past couple years, but business isn't big enough to support the two of us), at my mom's we've got a setup (compressor, cutter-torch, ceiling-hung engine hoist, and some tools), and at my brother's we've got a garage (compressor, impact/cutting/sanding/paint tools, ceiling mounted engine hoist, jacks, engine stands, etc.) set up. I basically use the tools at the shops, but, now that I'm going to be going to work for another shop, I need tools of my own.

My question is, in a general automotive shop (like Pep Boys, or Midas) what tools would I need? I have compression, fuel, vacuum, and timing tools, serpentine belt tensioner stuff, and three sets of both metric and standard sockets (1/4" set, and 3/8" shallow and deep sockets) hammers, alldata small torches (MAPP and Oxy/Acetylene ), a couple of pry bars, and screwdrivers (a small set). I DON'T have any air tools (I know I'll need some). My big question is, what tools do I NEED to get for this career switch. I'm so used to just grabbing what I need and going with it. I don't really want a "brand-war" I know that everyone has a preference (Snap-On, MATCO, Craftsman, Mack ...), I will be getting craftsman tools for now (they are the one's I can most easily afford right now).
You have quite a few of the major ones listed, but make sure you get a real good torque wrench too, that's all I can think to add right now.

Craftsman tools arent bad at all really. They break, but almost all tools break sooner or later. My dad always used to say that if you never broke a tool, then you werent trying hard enough.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 01-23-2004, 12:13 AM
BstMech's Avatar
NYOFP4RJ3CHRIS
 
Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: TN. In the corporate states of America
Age: 41
Posts: 1,552
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
What ever tools you end up getting (it's a never ending thing), make sure that you get a good engraver to insure that they'll remain "your tools".
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 01-23-2004, 12:14 AM
W.O.T. Stang's Avatar
5.0 Mustang Owner
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: Amherst, OH
Age: 32
Posts: 6
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Quote:
Originally posted by BstMech
What ever tools you end up getting (it's a never ending thing), make sure that you get a good engraver to insure that they'll remain "your tools".
Excellent point! I was just coming back here to mention that to him!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 01-23-2004, 05:53 AM
k2mooch's Avatar
Member
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Sep 2003
Location: Fort Mill, SC
Age: 34
Posts: 174
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Air compressor and air tools are definitely a versatility to own. I'm so used to using them at my old job changing tires, I need to get one.

Breaker bars, will save your butt too. Torque wrenches. Craftsman is good for a business, IF they break, take em to sears and get a new one. No problems at all.

MoocH
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 01-23-2004, 06:12 AM
Member
 
Last photo:
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: St Louis
Age: 55
Posts: 253
Wiki Edits: 0

Thanks: 0
Thanked 1 Time in 1 Post
Duct tape, JB Weld, and a big hammer.....kidding.
Don't scrimp on the compresser. Big two stage standup. I use a little 5hp single stage on a thirty gallon tank, and some of my tools keep it pumping continuously. I'd want a much larger one if I had to depend on it for a living.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

Recent Hotrodders' Lounge posts with photos

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Hot Rod Forum : Hotrodders Bulletin Board forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name (usually not your first and last name), your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.




Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:00 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2
Copyright Hotrodders.com 1999 - 2012. All Rights Reserved.