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Making/improvising Special Tools

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

  1. Nov 2, 2017
    Focker

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    In this particular case I needed to check the bearing preload on my Ram truck's steering gear box.
     
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    Rick Whitson

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    Wow, I am going to keep an eye on this site more often, what I see here make me think we are all related in one way or another. Thanks Rick
     
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    Rick Whitson

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    OzFin

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    Homemade service tool.
    I made a yoke holding tool out of 3/4" black iron pipe and 1/4" plate. I have used pipe wrenches over the years but they always tend to slip off when their is not constant pressure to keep the "bite". In addition, the pipe wrench always left sharp teeth marks on the yoke that I would sometimes cut my hand on at a later date when I forgot that they were there. Such a simple tool to make, I should of done this 40 years ago.
    Much more control and easier to get the pinion nut to 200+ foot/pounds.

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    PeteL

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    Nice. And thanks for the inspiration.
     
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    Twin2

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    figured I would show it here . used in another post
    when your warn hubs are full of mud/snow & ice
    and your fingers are too cold to work turning knobs
    copied this from a magazine . in the 80's
    hub tool2 - Copy.JPG
     
  9. Feb 12, 2019
    ITLKSEZ

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    I always used linemans pliers.
     
  10. Feb 14, 2019
    mike starck

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    I made seal installer tool for the inner seals on dana27's, dummy counter shaft for T-14 trans.Dust cap installation tool for tapered rear axle. Probably a few others. So glad I have my little 12x36 Craftsman lathe. mike
     
  11. Feb 16, 2019
    plastikosmd

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    Here is today’s improvement, something useful out of the scrap piles of end mills/bits etc. (well at least I repurposed one endmill!)
    I was finally able to get some quality coal (500lb) and figured I’d try my hand at making a knife. Now I have an excuse to get 2x72” belt sander!
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    I left a bit thick, I didn’t want to burn it.
    Next to start profiling/grinding
     
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    73 cj5

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    Focker

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    garage gnome

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    So, Ted had a bad axle U joint. I wanted to get the mud and dirt out of the axle tube (D30 NT). I usually scrape it out with a fender washer on a piece of threaded rod. A piece of 3/4" heater hose and some duct tape on the shop vac did the trick.

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    ITLKSEZ

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    I made these little tabs this morning for disassembling a Trak-Loc.

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    Every rebuild video starts with "...use some spare spider gears..."
    Most of us don't have a spare set of Trak-Loc spider gears in a drawer. :susp:

    These fit in between the teeth on the side gears, and when used with a big C-clamp, allow you to remove/install the washers behind the spiders by compressing the clutch packs, which relieves pressure from the spiders. It's one of the first steps in disassembly and one of the last steps in reassembly.

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    I'll gladly ship these out to anyone who needs them for the cost of shipping (after I'm done with them, of course).
     
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  16. May 15, 2019
    jeep2003

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    Good thread there is a page like this called homemade tools and equipment on the Hamb that is very good.
    Heres a few to start. I made a bracket to hold my jd bender die its only 7/8" so no need to buy the whole machine it works great. Second one is a gas powered battery charger. It worked but i never really used it ended up using the parts on other progects. The third is some angled pliers for bending things in tight spots.
     

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    jeep2003

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    Heres some more. a shot of the handle for the bender.
    An extended hammer for those times when theres no room to swing.
    a jack for thin spots
    car ramps made from 4x4s and a 2x8 on top. I use these daily
    and a metal roller works great on flat stock or square stock. i havnt yet made dies to do round stuff but havnt needed to yet. I usually use a tree for that anyway
     

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    Focker

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    These make my neck hurt.
     
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    Lockman

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    Agree .They make my head...... Hurt :confused:
     
  20. May 15, 2019
    47v6

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    Brilliance. The toe jack.. Awesome.
     
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