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04-02-2019 01:30 AM
nekkidhillbilly honestly a really complete 1/2 drive and 1/4 drive socket set some wrenches and a screwdriver set will do about 80% of what you need to do and I use hf pittsburg stuff all the time its cheap if it breaks they replace it. however ive not killed none of my sockets (I use impact sockets most of the time) ratchets or breaking bars and ive used it a lot on a ctd dodge. other odds and ends ive needed is a ac gauge set, soldering iron, wire stripper/pliers, grease gun and oil filter wrench or socket and large c clamp with some tubing wrenches. that knocks out about 95 percent of routine maintance items. hf all that prob under 200 bucks. its when you get into body work or engine/trans work you need a lot of special stuff.
03-29-2019 11:30 AM
StephenL Factory service manuals on DVD.
Haynes and Chilton's don't have everything you need.
Also a good understanding of electronics is a must for efi models
03-29-2019 11:00 AM
sharpshooter109 maybe not necessarily a tool for newbies, but if you plan on doing a lot of electrical testing or wiring, i would suggest getting a "Wire piercing probe set" for your Multimeter:

they allow you to simply clamp on to a wire and check the voltage/amperage/current/whatever. the clamps have a tiny needle in them that pierces through the wire's insulation. now that i use them, i would never go back.
03-29-2019 12:01 AM
Originally Posted by dash_cam View Post
I think that's just a ploy to start using foul language so you can divert funds to the bronco

I think I owe back-charges, late fees, and penalty interest to my BKO's swear jar at this juncture.

Meh... still beats a marriage and kids.
03-28-2019 07:50 PM
Originally Posted by silver70 View Post
Swear jar when working on the BKO. Contents to be used for BKO parts. Closed-loop and mutually-sustaining. Like the rain forest.
I think that's just a ploy to start using foul language so you can divert funds to the bronco
03-27-2019 11:31 PM
silver70 Swear jar when working on the BKO. Contents to be used for BKO parts. Closed-loop and mutually-sustaining. Like the rain forest.
03-27-2019 09:47 PM
Doosenberry I highly recommend having patience and the ability to walk away before you make things worse and come back to it later. That's probably saved me the most.
03-27-2019 10:28 AM
nekkidhillbilly money...........
03-26-2019 11:01 PM
PowerB A quality angle grinder is wonderful to have when you need it, quite versatile too
03-25-2019 01:23 AM
haynes/chiltons/motors manuals
Membership on FSB.
03-24-2019 12:49 PM
Blue1551 I got this at Home Depot works great.
03-24-2019 11:34 AM
White Dragon Bottle Jack, Jack Stands and a 4 way Lug wrench w/ Long reach for them there "Oversize Tires".

A Floor Jack & Wheel Chaulks, A Small Ladder or Step Stool helps a lot, but this is about getting a "Newbie" tooled up.

Most Important to Always Remember these rigs are Heavy and, Safety Pays YOU!!!


03-24-2019 11:05 AM
BigBlue 94 Balljoint press for BJs and UJs

Safety glasses for rusty muddy undercarriage work.

Flare wrenches for tight rusty fittings

Fan hub wrench for screw on fans in the 80s

Good dental type pics for removing small clips and o-rings

Dont forget to have BOTH standard and metric tools. Every project will no doubt use both.

Tools that you may not need to buy, but can rent from auto parts stores:
Slide hammer
4x4 spindle sockets
BJ press if you didnt buy one
Vacuum kit
Leakdown tester
Compression tester

Things you may need to find a buddy with, or buy yourself:
Engine hoist/crane
Hydraulic shop press of at least 10ton
Porta-power hydraulic tools
Metal lathe/mill
Oxy/acetylene torch
03-24-2019 01:52 AM
bmad01 I found a good steering wheel puller to come in very handy on my Bronco's.
03-22-2019 07:27 PM
makersneat you forgot a six-pack or bottle of whiskey...
03-22-2019 07:24 PM
Redwagon Wrong forum

03-22-2019 07:02 PM
Must-Have Tools for noobs

Probably already been said, but noobs are dealing with older vehicles whose electrical systems weren’t great to start with snd are now slowly getting worse. So, a timing light, a fuel pressure gauge, a dvom (digital volt/ohm meter), some hand tools and socket sets. Learn to use them all. Safety glasses, ear protection. A good quality test light. Vacuum gauge. Exhaust back pressure gauge. Good flashlight.

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