getting old sucks and having the correct tools helps

Discussion in 'Tools, Procedures, and Testing trouble shooting' started by Grumpy, Jun 24, 2016.

  1. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    one of my neighbors brought an old power steering pump over to the shop today and ask me if I had the correct allen key to remove a set screw that he needed to remove!
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    the old part was covered in old dirt/grease and after trying a few allen keys that didn,t fit I grabbed a can of brake cleaner spray and cleaned and degreased the area.
    I grabbed my lighted magnifying glass we use mostly for reading spark plugs and found I was dealing with a ROLL PIN which was about 3/32" in diam. so a drift punch was required to push it out! obviously no allen key would be of any use!
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    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Dasco-Pro-Small-Pin-Punch-Set-3-Piece-34/100507476


    http://www.harborfreight.com/3x-magnify ... 94367.html
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    http://www.harborfreight.com/315-piece-roll-pin-assortment-67682.html
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    I could easily see where the confusion was due to the dirt and poor lighting
     
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2016
  2. rlphvac

    rlphvac Well-Known Member

    Damn Grumpy is there any tool that you can't come up with when needed
     
  3. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    dozens, and dozens, but they are all on my list, to acquire!
    but mostly rather expensive ones,
    Id say 8 times out of ten, when you first start working on cars youll find its the smaller less expensive tools that cost under $30 that cause you to stop a project for awhile until you get access to them, after awhile youve acquired a larger collection and don,t give it a second thought, at the wide selection your using

    http://garage.grumpysperformance.com/index.php?threads/starter-tool-set.6032/
     
    Last edited: May 24, 2017
  4. NOT A TA

    NOT A TA reliable source of info

    set screw assortment------------check
    punch pin drift sets-------------check
    Roll pin assortment-------------check
    Magnifying glass----------------check
    enough light??????????--------Really like the magnifying glass with a light, gotta pick one up. Ya, pushing 60 and already up to 2.5 reading glasses.
     
  5. rlphvac

    rlphvac Well-Known Member

    Yeah I know the feeling. I could have 5 Snap On trucks full in the garage & still need something else the next day.My biggest tool problem was born 33 years ago & always forgets the meaning of the words lend & borrow
     
  6. Loves302Chevy

    Loves302Chevy "One test is worth a thousand expert opinions."

  7. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

  8. Loves302Chevy

    Loves302Chevy "One test is worth a thousand expert opinions."

    Yep. I can't find any of those hard-to-find pieces anywhere around here.
    Great quality and very reasonable prices too.
     
  9. Indycars

    Indycars Administrator Staff Member

    I've used this place before. I think he gets some of his stock from businesses that
    are closing and he buys all their fasteners.

    http://www.asmc.net/
     
  10. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

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    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Powerbuilt-23-Piece-Ball-Joint-U-Joint-Service-Kit-648617/203120548?cm_mmc=Shopping|THD|G|0|G-BASE-PLA-D25T-Garage-Automotive|&gclid=CM7-rI-e-tQCFUa4wAodcnEHfg&gclsrc=aw.ds
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    http://www.harborfreight.com/36-piece-3 ... 60669.html


    harbor freight has cheap and perfectly acceptable calipers
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    http://www.harborfreight.com/6-in-dial-caliper-62362.html
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    http://www.harborfreight.com/1-inch-travel-machinists-dial-indicator-623.html
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    https://www.summitracing.com/parts/ATI-918999/?image=large


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    https://www.summitracing.com/parts/arp-100-9942/overview/

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    one factor I find rather annoying is that every time I price out tools, I purchased years ago , or need to replace worn out tools,
    , the price has increased a great deal, Ive purchased dozens of tools over the decades,
    and yeah, occasionally lent those out and its seems like a great many never get returned or get returned with broken or missing parts.
    yeah I'm well aware of inflation, but its still a bit of a shock when a tool you purchased a decade ago now lists for 2-3 times what you originally paid.


    yeah! theres long bloody fingernail marks on the pavement showing where I was reluctantly being drug kicking and screaming all the way into the computer age... this was what I was REQUIRED too use in college when I went through engineering classes
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    now I carry a more modern version, so yeah over time I learn too adapt.
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    Last edited: Apr 13, 2018
  11. Strictly Attitude

    Strictly Attitude solid fixture here in the forum

    I feel your pain Grumpy and they probably last half as long
     
  12. Loves302Chevy

    Loves302Chevy "One test is worth a thousand expert opinions."

    Grumpy's wrist watch.:rolleyes:
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  13. Indycars

    Indycars Administrator Staff Member

    Much too funny !!!
     
  14. Grumpy

    Grumpy The Grumpy Grease Monkey mechanical engineer. Staff Member

    yeah, you can,t use an abacus that small....
     

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