What common hand tools (sizes) for late 2nd gen? Buying tools...

Discussion in 'Garages, Workshops & Tools' started by Displaced Hokie, Sep 14, 2010.

  1. Displaced Hokie

    Displaced Hokie Member

    Aug 13, 2009
    Birmingham, AL
    I don't have my car here yet, but I'm getting my toolbox in order for when I go get my '80 from Virginia. What would you say are the most common hand tools you use on your 2nd gen? I've got a pretty well rounded selection of mechanics tools, but I'm looking for comments like "you'll need a high quality 3/4" to break loose that widget" kind of thing. What wrenches or sockets do you reach for the most?

    I love hitting the flea market or hunting for tool bargains, so knowing of some things to keep my eyes open for would be greatly appreciated!

  2. badazz81z28

    badazz81z28 Veteran Member

    May 4, 2001
    Las Vegas, NV
  3. z28rod

    z28rod Veteran Member

    Apr 30, 2009
    hopewell junction,ny
  4. CamarosRus

    CamarosRus Veteran Member

  5. Displaced Hokie

    Displaced Hokie Member

    Aug 13, 2009
    Birmingham, AL

    I'm already an active member there under the same I.D. Good folks at GJ for sure. Thanks though!
  6. Twisted_Metal

    Twisted_Metal Moderator Staff Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Feb 26, 2004
    Bloomington, MN
    Ratcheting box end wrenches.
    You've got metric stuff on that 80.
    A set of metric crow's foot wrenches will come in handy if you ever mess with the power steering lines.

    Otherwise.... a 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" drive socket set (and some extensions) will handle most of the nuts/bolts on your car.

    It's not until you get into rebuilding accesories, steering columns, engines, transmissions and rear ends that you start needing specialty tools.
  7. Zack77

    Zack77 Member

    Aug 16, 2010
    Sturgeon Bay, WI
    T-50 Torx wrench for removal of seatbelts...Which I still need :p.
  8. badazz81z28

    badazz81z28 Veteran Member

    May 4, 2001
    Las Vegas, NV
    I buy as I go. I have found out that no matter what you have, there is always something that you need!

    I find my self always grabbing the 9/16", 1/2", and 7/16" wrenches.

    Like mentioned, it seems like 75-80% of the bolts on my car are 3/8"
  9. Tom 72RS/SS

    Tom 72RS/SS Veteran Member

    Apr 28, 2007
    Lee's Summit, MO
    Harbor Freight is your friend when it comes to buying basic tools on the cheap. Most are more than adequate unless you are a mechanic by trade.

    I've bought a wide range of stuff from them over the years and been quite satisfied.
  10. Cardinal

    Cardinal Veteran Member Lifetime Gold Member

    Jun 22, 2003
    Endicott, NY
    Personally, I would NOT buy Harbor Freight junk if I wanted tools that will last a lifetime. Most of my tools are Craftsman with a smathering of Snap On, S K Wayne, and Husky tools.

    Open end box end wrenches 3/8" to 1", 10 mm to 18 mm

    Crescent wrenches 4", 6", 10", 12"

    Ball peen hammers: 8 oz, 16 oz, 32 oz.

    Soft faced hamers.

    Pry bars.

    Selection of torx.

    Selection of hex key sets.

    1/4", 3/8", 1/2" sockets 3/8" to 1" shallow and deep and in metric.

    Several p;airs of Vise Grip pliers in all sizes.

    A good DVOM (digital volt ohm meter).

    A good set of taps and dies (fractional and metric).

    Nut drivers.



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