Post Tagged with: "Tools"

We’re not peeling out the ball joints just yet in this car and as a result, we haven’t removed the cotter keys and castle nuts, but this photo will give you an idea on how the tool works. (Image/Wayne Scraba)
Product Profiles

Parts Bin: Exploring a Better Way to Remove Ball Joints

Separating ball joints from spindles is common when working on the front end of a car. The usual practice goes something like this: Slip a jack under the A-arm to […]

(Image/Wayne Scraba)
Parts

How to Choose the Best Air Ratchets for Your Garage

At one time, air ratchets were few and far between, particularly among everyday enthusiasts. They were pricey and mostly reserved for pro mechanics. That has definitely changed over the years. […]

(Image/Wayne Scraba)
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NotcHead Shop Grip Tool is a Versatile Game-Changer

When working on cars—race, restoration, hot rod or street, you’ll invariably end up with hardware that has to be stripped, cleaned, polished or otherwise manipulated. Trying to clean bolt threads […]

(Image/Wayne Scraba)
Buyer's Guides

Tool Time: What to Look for When Shopping for a Floor Jack

A few weeks ago I was struggling with my old floor jack—I rolled it under my Nova and eventually lifted the car up. A big issue is the handle needs […]

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Product Profiles

Parts Bin: Lisle Windshield Wiper Arm Puller Tool

Every once in a while, a tool comes along and saves the day. Lisle’s Windshield Wiper Arm Puller is one of those tools. It works similar to a pulley removal […]

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Buyer's Guides

Gift Ideas for Dad: 15 Tools Your Father Probably Doesn’t Have

Gift-shopping for Dad is tough—especially if he’s the kind of guy that always wants tools. Because he probably has a million already and you’re left trying to find new ones […]

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Parts

Parts Bin: IPA Tools Relay Bypass Switches

While they’re usually pretty reliable, troubleshooting a failed relay can be a frustrating endeavor. More importantly, if you’re trying to service a component that relies on a relay for power, […]

This dial indicator has been set up to read component runout and zeroed. That means the plunger has been run down part way through the range of travel. Once that is accomplished, the outer dial bezel is rotated to position a zero mark directly on the large needle. You can see here that the photo was taken slightly to one side. It shows the effects of not reading a gauge straight on. (Image/Wayne Scraba)
How Tos

Dial Indicator Tips: Advice for Choosing, Mounting, Zeroing and Measuring with Dial Indicators

One of the most important tools you’ll find in any racer or rodder’s tool collection is a dial indicator. They’re used for everything from degreeing a cam to checking run-out […]

This is what the terminals and seals look like up close. Protection from the elements is provided by these special silicone seals.  The terminal pins are the pieces that actually transfer the electrical current. The pins consist of a male and female terminal. These terminals are non-orienting. What that means is they don't have to be turned when they're plugged together (some other waterproof connectors mandate a twist every time you plug them together). The terminal pins have double lock tangs that secure the pin inside the connector. They also incorporate an extra-long spring member that's designed so that the terminal can't loosen once you've installed it.(Image/Wayne Scraba)
How Tos

How to Make Professional, Weathertight Electrical Connections

Electrical connections that come loose, break, and short-out can become a major headache—especially on a car that relies heavily upon electricity to function.  If the electrical connections aren’t right, they […]

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How Tos

Video: How to Maintain or Fix a Floor Jack (Air-Bleeding & Lubrication Tips)

It’s frustrating when you need to lift something with your trusty floor jack, but discover that your previously reliable jack will only lift part-way, or not at all. Othertimes, the jack […]