VW Beetle Repair
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Body/Paint


The HVLP paint spray gun has it's own web page. A good tool at a great price. I wouldn't buy anything except HVLP when it comes to spray guns. I did also buy a cheap dual action air brush. I haven't tried it yet.

 

 
Channel Lock no. 909. A great wire crimping tool: It is a large pliers-like crimper, with a wire cutter in the tip. It is not a stripper. This tool is great, and really does a nice job on crimp terminals.

 

Adjustable wire strippers. This inexpensive stripper has a cam stop to stip different gauge wire. Works great, and was only about $5. I think this might be a GB brand.

 

I recently picked up a set of distributor wrenches. These small open end wrenches fit in all kinds of tight spots. I loved the standard size set so much that I went back and bought a metric set. The set pictured is Sears Craftsman.

 

Long handled, curved needle nose pliers. I use these all the time. The long handles let them reach some very tight spots, and the curved tips are amazingly useful. I wish I'd bought these 20 years ago.

 

Cheesy mutifunction stripper/crimper. These are almost junk. The stripper part (along the shafts towards the handles) were so poorly manufactured that I had to sharpen them with my Dremel grinder. The crimp part doesn't have enough leverage, so you have to be Goliath to get a good crimp. Avoid this tool, and get the crimper and stripper above.

 

Screw-holding starter screwdriver. This is an uncommon tool. At the tip you see the sliding, spring loaded gripper claws. These hold a slot head screw on the tip of the screwdriver to make it easy tostart. Clever. Not something I use every day, but very handy.

 

Sheet metal nibbler. This is handy for sheet metal up to 18 gauge. At 18 gauge is is slow going, and takes a fair bit of strength. You don't have to fight with the metal curving like you do with aircraft snips, but the nibbler jaw is constantly jamming in the cut. Still, I use this tool regularly. Buy extra jaws.

 

Channel-lock adjustable pliers. Very nice. Must have for any toolbox. The sliding jaws allow you to hold object up to about 1 inch in diameter. You can hold larger stuff, but the grip isn't as good. With their long handles, these pliers can grip quite a bit stronger than locking pliers (like Vise-Grips ™). These are often simply called channel-locks after one of the original manufacturers.

 

Small bolt cutters. Thes open to a max of 1/8 (maybe 3/16). They have tremendous leverage, so they are idea for cutting harder high carbon steel wire and rod. These will easily cut heavy wire that is difficult to cut with diagonal cutters.

 

Six-in-one screw driver. This is also used on every job. Get a good quality tool with high quality steel tips. The six uses are: small and large Phillips, small and large regular, and 5/16 hex and 1/4 hex nut drivers (the driver shaft without the tip). This saves me carrying at least 2 screwdrivers and a nut driver. Most hose clamps are either 5/16 or 1/4 nuts, so this is especially handy. It's good to get host clamps tight, but awkward to have to use a wrench. The Sears model is only 5/16 nut driver (so it is a 5-in-1 tool). Sears hasn't figured out that one side of the driver shaft should be smaller (1/4).

 

Very short and very long screwdrivers. I have Phillips and regular in both the 2 inch long (pictured here), and the 10 inch long screw drivers. The long ones are very handy for almost every job. Every now and then there is a screw that can only be reached by a very short screwdriver.

 

   

Short metric combination wrenches. Sears carries these. They are very handy when you are in a tight space, like trying to loosen the front nut on the fuel pump, or the alternator retaining nut.

I picked up some S shaped box end wrenches from Auto Zone. Pretty cheap. Very useful for the front nuts where the exhaust pipes (heat exchangers or J tubes) attach to the cylinder heads. Very handy for things like carb nuts, and the front nut on the fuel pump, front nuts on the generator/alternator stand.

I had to get the 36mm socket. I just bought the one intended for front wheel drive axle nuts. Works fine on the fan of my 1973 Bug, and on the rear axle nuts of the Beetle. It is a very beefy 1/2 inch drive, six point socket. I also bought the Bug axle nut tool that you hammer on. It works.

Dremel hand grinding tool. I use this mostly for drilling holes in sheet metal in tight areas I can't reach with my real drill. I just use the small cutting bit.

I discovered that a small 3/8 drive breaker bar can turn the rear nut on the intake manifold end piece about 1/8 turn. That's enough to remove the end piece without taking the engine out of the car. Nice.

Three inch adjustable wrench. Sears carries a small adjustable which is perfect for odd nuts that nothing else can reach.

Hex wrench sockets. These are almost a necessity for German cars, and most modern metric cars. I supplement this with a set of metric allen wrenches from Sears. I really like this set because they are longer than normal.

Brownell's screwdriver set with interchangable tips. This is a complete set from small tips to very large in Phillips, regular, and hex drivers. The steel tips are very high quality. Comes in a case. Two or three tips will fit in the driver handle. This tool gets used on almost every job.

Reciprocating electronic saw. This is known by the name of the first brand "Saws All". I got mine at Sears on sale for $60. Very handy. Any time you would use a hack saw, this does the job faster. I use it all the time removing rusted exhaust pipes. Good for cutting any mild steel. Handy for cutting odd shapes in wood. Cuts through nails easily during remodeling/demolition.

  
   

 

 

 

 
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