Making/improvising Special Tools

Discussion in 'The Tool Shed' started by timgr, Jul 12, 2016.

  1. Jul 14, 2016
    PeteL

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    Not in this case, but I have indeed used hundreds of bags of pre-mix, restoring my two hydro dams nearby. Every village needs an idiot.

    In this case it was poured, with a 100-foot boom/pumper needed to reach the far bank. I designed the abutments and built the custom forms, then re-purposed the forms as pre-fab walls to build an addition on the house, for my daughter's room. :D

    Do concrete forms count as "special tools"? :rolleyes:

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  2. Jul 14, 2016
    Twin2

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    ok now that were off subject , how did you get bridge across . one piece at a time . never knew anyone that had there own bridge . I find this very interesting
     
  3. Jul 14, 2016
    PeteL

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    Big f-ing crane - all in one 80 ft. piece.
    To reconstruct it piecemeal would have involved building too much staging and 'falsework' in the river.

    There are good reasons most individuals don't buy bridges. Trust me, I learned all of them.
     
  4. Jul 14, 2016
    PeteL

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    We need to get back on topic.

    Here is a special Jeep tool I made in a hurry one day.
    It gets that pesky carb base nut next to the rocker cover, on an F-head.

    Who's next?

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  5. Jul 15, 2016
    ITLKSEZ

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    ^^ Good one. I've cursed at that stupid bolt enough that I'd let that tool sleep on my pillow too!
     
  6. Jul 15, 2016
    Twin2

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    socket for nuts on top edge of hard top . no need to move roll bar
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    and a wrench for cylinder head bolts on a shovelhead . that's why I buy cheap wrenches
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  7. Jul 16, 2016
    Jeepenstein

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    You guys are gonna make a grown man cry..
     
  8. Jul 17, 2016
    ITLKSEZ

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    This isn't a "special tool", but helpful nonetheless. The best improvement you can make to the el-cheapo HF yellow work gloves:

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  9. Jul 18, 2016
    mortten

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    image.jpeg Clutch hub puller for a unit twin Triumph.
     
  10. Jul 18, 2016
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    Hey, I got one just like that, only it has a grade 8 bolt. I've also got a '76 Bonnie.
    -Donny
     
  11. Jul 18, 2016
    PeteL

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    Here's a tool I built to handle 8x8 timbers up to 24 feet long by myself.
    Pictures taken today. The ice tongs are handy too.

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  12. Jul 19, 2016
    aallison

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    That is cool! How often do you have to handle timbers like that?
     
  13. Jul 19, 2016
    PeteL

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    Regularly. Timber framing is a primary income occupation for me, although I do a lot of other stuff too.
     
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    I love your locking notch on your beam. I've only seen that (similar) one other time.
    -Donny
     
  15. Jul 23, 2016
    cadwelder

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    20160610_155941.jpg 20160610_160105.jpg I made a stand several years ago for rebuilding early CJ axles. The axle mounts to the stand like it would to leaf springs, and can be pivoted up or down to make gear work easier.
     
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  16. Jul 23, 2016
    aallison

    aallison 74 cj6, 76 cj5. Has anyone seen my screwdriver?

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    Seems like you would have to do a lot of axles to need to make a stand. Normally I just use jack stands. But that is a very impressive axle stand.
     
  17. Jul 23, 2016
    ITLKSEZ

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    You only have to do one set on jack stands to wish you had a stand like that!
     
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  18. Jul 23, 2016
    PeteL

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    Loving that stand. Makes me want to start rebuilding an axle, even if I don't need to.
     
  19. Jul 24, 2016
    47v6

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    yup
     
  20. Jul 24, 2016
    cadwelder

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    I rebuilt one set of axles on the stand and plan to rebuild one more set. I used scrap materials to make it so I only have my time invested in it. It does make the job a lot easier. :D
     

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