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Posted 25 June 2011 - 06:59 PM

I suppose as a starter you can buy socket sets from Halfords along with screwdrivers etc. If you have a trade card then you can make some good savings.

Ebay is another good place for tools but really what you need are a set of Imperial sockets and spanners and then a set of metric as well.

Phillips screwdrivers and flat bladed, pliers, side cutters, some mole grips, feeler gauges, hammer, punches, torch, mirror, adjustable spanner large and small.

This should get you going then you can start buying the more specialised items as you go, Doughnut compressor (suspension) torque wrench, large sockets for drive shafts and front subframe tower mounts, ball joint splitter and so on.

Its not cheap but build up slowly and you will get everything you need.

Different story for a full on resto as you can see from what i have already listed. The biggest expense will be the welder and compressor.

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Posted 01 July 2011 - 03:43 PM

To everyone who has been trying to view the first part of this thread you should be able to now. The bandwidth for my Photobucket account had been exceeded so now upgraded to Pro so should be viewable now.

Sorry for any issues caused by this.

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Oh and as a footnote if you find that your welding wire is starting to corrode on your Mig due to damp in your garage etc then take it out and store the wire spool in a warm cupboard ie an airing cupboard.

If you have access to silica gel bags(desiccant) then you can wrap these around your spool rather than taking it out each time but do remember you must dry the bags out before reusing them.

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Posted 02 July 2011 - 11:38 AM

Hi neil, great thread,just one question about these cleco pins,

are they used to hold two pieces of steel together in order to do a plug weld in hard to get places??

Thanks Dave

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Posted 02 July 2011 - 03:42 PM

I'd go for a full face mask over goggles for grinding etc, good protection and more comfortable =)

Mate you should keep these pics handy for insurance purposes! I need to do the same ^^

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Posted 02 July 2011 - 04:38 PM

Hi neil, great thread,just one question about these cleco pins,

are they used to hold two pieces of steel together in order to do a plug weld in hard to get places??

Thanks Dave


Hi Dave you can basically use them anywhere you want providing you can get the pliers on to fit them in place. You can use them for plug welding/spot welding or seam welding but the one thing to remember with them the mating surfaces need to be nice and flat or they will not clamp tight. They are not designed to pull two surfaces together with force ie like c clamps or mole grips.

If you do need to have a really tight joint then C clamps or welding clamps will be the way forward.

I generally use Cleco's when i am positioning panels then clamp up with C clamps but providing you use enough of them they will form a good join.

We use these on aircraft repairs for their speed of fit and removal also on aluminium they do not leave a mark on the metal unlike C clamps where you do need to be careful.

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Posted 02 July 2011 - 04:43 PM

I'd go for a full face mask over goggles for grinding etc, good protection and more comfortable =)

Mate you should keep these pics handy for insurance purposes! I need to do the same ^^


The full face mask is good if you are in a nice open space but if you need to get up close and personal then goggles are better as you wont catch them as easy. I have a pair of goggles that have a separate face mask that can be clipped on if required.

As to the photo's we have got hundreds of the things so when it comes to insurance whether for the car or household then we are covered. Also for the car Scott has kept every single receipt so when we go for an agreed value we should have an easier job on agreeing terms.

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Posted 02 July 2011 - 10:05 PM

My goggles always steam up! but the clip on face bit sounds good - I like to get up close and personal with my angle grinder but don't like burning holes in my face :P

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Posted 03 July 2011 - 02:24 PM

I use a pair of Bolle Trackers for light grinding and I've got a pair of Bolle Blast goggles with the clip on face mask on order for extended use. The Trackers haven't let me down yet but I think the extended field of vision the Blasts offer should be good on longer jobs.

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Posted 03 July 2011 - 02:37 PM

I use a pair of Bolle Trackers for light grinding and I've got a pair of Bolle Blast goggles with the clip on face mask on order for extended use. The Trackers haven't let me down yet but I think the extended field of vision the Blasts offer should be good on longer jobs.


Yep those are the beasties although the ones i have are a different make but were supplied by Cromwell quite a few years ago.

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Posted 13 July 2011 - 08:50 AM

really good guide m8, well done.. got right to the point on how to do each bit and what tools to use >_<

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 07:37 PM

Great thread! Just a quick question with regard to the roloc holder. How does the grit paper attach itself to the holder? Is it simply velcro'd on? Cheers!

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Posted 20 July 2011 - 07:57 PM

Great thread! Just a quick question with regard to the roloc holder. How does the grit paper attach itself to the holder? Is it simply velcro'd on? Cheers!


No the discs have the grit glued onto a stiff card with a small coarse plastic screw intergrated that screws into the holder, all disposable.

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Posted 10 August 2011 - 06:08 PM

this is a great post i have a mig weldied but need some extra tools to get rust out !

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Posted 20 August 2011 - 11:06 AM

Hi neil
How do you use the cleco pins is it drill the correct size hole for the pin and then use the pliers to put them in???
Thanks Dave

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Posted 22 August 2011 - 01:18 PM

Hi neil
How do you use the cleco pins is it drill the correct size hole for the pin and then use the pliers to put them in???
Thanks Dave


Hi Dave yes it it, they are normally 1/8th, 5/32nd and 3/16th. I personally use the 5/32nd ones.




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