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Old 05-16-2013, 04:11 PM   #1
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What tools are needed for working these cars?

I know its a simple question. All my tools are metric. Will I need to invest in a set of standard sockets and wrenches for this, my first american car? I do love shopping for tools, but only want to buy them if i have too.
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:43 PM   #2
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Re: What tools are needed for working these cars?

Yes, you will need some standard tools. Most of the standard stuff is on the engine. Just about anything that threads into the block is standard.
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:09 AM   #3
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Re: What tools are needed for working these cars?

Thats what I figured. Thanks for the confirmation shoebox.
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:01 AM   #4
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Re: What tools are needed for working these cars?

My .02%u00A2 you can never have enough tools if you do you you need to get a bigger tool box. Lol !!
best investment a good scanner !! and the camaroZ28 app and you will have all the power in your in your hands....book marking shoebox's tech page would also be a good tool to have in your tool box
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Old 05-19-2013, 11:50 AM   #5
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Re: What tools are needed for working these cars?

Depends on how serious you are on working on it(or how deep you want to go into the engine or transmission). I "could" do my manual trans work, but I choose not to do it. I simply wanted a Pro who does it day in and out to do it.

Good brand hand tools are must. Majority of what I have is Craftsman.
  • Good Air tank to run air tools(don't know how I lived without this for so long!!!)
  • Various air tools(impact wrench for sure...)
  • Impact socket set
  • Standard/Metric wrench set(up to 1.25" and 24mm)
  • Standard/Metric flare nut wrench set
  • Standard/Metric socket/ratchet sets(1/2, 3/8, 1/4)
  • Standard/Metric Gearwrench set(makes life much easier)
  • Adjustable wrench set
  • Standard/Metric hex wrench set
  • Various socket extensions
  • Socket universal joint sets
  • Various socket size adapters
  • Star socket set
  • Various screwdrivers phillips/straight/star
  • Micrometer and caliper set
  • Dial indicator gauge
  • Feeler gauge
  • Mechanics stethoscope
  • Pry bar set
  • Punch/chisel set
  • BFH(big ****ing hammer)
  • Soft face and dead blow hammers

Good car specific tools to have are:
  • Power steering pulley puller
  • Cooling system pressure tester
  • Harmonic balancer puller(or a good pulley puller set)
  • Seal installer set
  • Lisle 24610 spill free funnel(simply awesome)
  • Compression tester
  • Fuel pressure gauge
  • High quality jack
  • Transmission jack
  • 2x4 and nails to make custom jack stands.
  • Standard jack stands
  • Motive power brake bleeder

And as mentioned above, a good scan tool.
Eric R.- Electrical Engineer - ODU
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CC503, 1.6 Pro Mags, Kooks, Stock heads, K&N CAI.

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