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Old 08-06-2020, 01:06 PM   #1
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Home Made Tools

Anyone got photos of those home made gadgets you made to get the job done? You know, the thing you need for that third hand or whatever to get a quick, non repetitive job done?

I had one the other night in the shop trying to press new lower ball joints into my lower A arms. They are off the truck and painted so I thought I would use my 12 ton press to install them. Problem was I didn't really have the right fixture to hold the A arm for the pressing. I only have two to do and it was about 10:00 p.m. so there wasn't any going to the parts store to borrow a ball joint press. A little thought, some left over lumber and here is my lower ball joint fixture. Piece of 4x4 with a hole cut in it for the ball joint stud and reinforced with more than just a few wraps of aluminum tape. Just wanted it to last for two pressings and it worked like a champ.

What you guys got that could inspire the rest of us?
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Old 08-06-2020, 02:46 PM   #2
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I needed a spindle nut socket for my front end, and when I went to O'Reilly the kid behind the counter looked at me like I had asked for a plasma fusion inductor. So I went home and made one:
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Old 08-06-2020, 02:59 PM   #3
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I needed this pulley on and didn't have the proper tool so...
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Old 08-06-2020, 03:17 PM   #4
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To many to count...usually if I need it I make it....
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Old 08-06-2020, 03:37 PM   #5
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I restored 3 old Cushman scooters and needed an engine stand so I could work on the engines.. I designed one and cut out the pieces.. My grandson was studying to become a welder so I gave him the pieces to weld up the stand..
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Old 08-06-2020, 04:31 PM   #6
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I have a plethora of homemade specialty tools that I have made
I suppose I cheat because I own a machine shop
Here's one I used just last week to install a TrueTrac locker

case spreader for GM 12 bolt truck
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Old 08-06-2020, 06:38 PM   #7
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That is pretty cool, I would never think you could stretch cast iron!

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Old 08-06-2020, 06:56 PM   #8
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Have lots of home made tools for cars . But I've been doing knives and hatchets for about 5 years . My hookaroon hand forged made the handle out of ash .
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Old 08-06-2020, 08:40 PM   #9
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There were a couple of these threads over in the Shop forum over the years. This is the one that sticks out in my head, but I swear there was another one in the 2006-2008 era also :
I randomly sell stuff at stupid prices: $40 for huge box o' stuff | $20 for new visors | OEM intermediate shaft, $20

I can't check the forum daily. If I don't reply to you within 24 hours, drop me a PM! I'm (hopefully) still alive and will reply faster to a PM.
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Old 08-09-2020, 10:52 AM   #10
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You know how we all save stuff. Had a broken breaker bar handle. Rusty Proto ball peen head with no handle. Put the two together, made one of my favorite little hammers. I use it for small roll pin installs quite a bit.
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Old 08-09-2020, 11:32 AM   #11
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I needed a NPT tap on a saturday late afternoon so I whipped this up from a 1/2 piece of pipe. Worked like a champ and have never needed it since. I cut 3 grooves in it with my grinder.
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