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Old 03-15-2008, 04:33 AM   #26
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I'm a little embarrassed showing these in light of the talent we have on this board, but if you're like me, sometimes you don't have the right tool to do the job. So what do you do? Go caveman and make your own!
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I found it difficult to set the rivets when I rebuilt my wing windows so I got a $1.00 Harbor Fright chisel and notched and welded the setting tool to the end. This allowed me to swing the hammer safely above the frame of window.
Example 2:

I ground a cheap 17MM socket and fashioned a crude spanner to work with the switch bezels.
Example:3 The most shameful of all , I hammered a piece of coat hanger to fit in the electrical terminals to release them from their case.
I know it's not much but I pretty sure these separate me from lower forms of life.
My homemade 1 man cab, bed, stepside bed lift, This thing will easily lift a cab, bed, and turn it upside down and there are brackets for a stepside. This thing has saved me a lot of time and grief.Attachment 344267

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Old 03-15-2008, 05:43 AM   #27
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cool tools,it;s neat to take something out of a pile scrap and something new and cheap to make a useful tool. keep up the ideals
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Old 03-16-2008, 03:22 AM   #28
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Re: Show your homemade tools

I made these to putty the floor of my bed. The wood blocks worked great.
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Old 03-16-2008, 04:28 AM   #29
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Guys i have been wanting to make a thread like this i think homemade tools are amazing and i have made several and have alot more on the drawing board. I am going home this up coming week for spring break so ill be able to get some picture of the tools i already have completed such as a dimple maker for floor boards, oil pump primer and other sbc tools.
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Old 03-16-2008, 08:40 PM   #30
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I made these to putty the floor of my bed. The wood blocks worked great.
Those are great!
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Old 03-16-2008, 09:36 PM   #31
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I'm no genius inventor. I did although make a couple items.
We used to call mallets like that Commanders, they work good at persudaing things to go into place.
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Old 03-17-2008, 12:07 AM   #32
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I had the sawzall/wirebrush idea too. There are places a wire-wheel just won't reach!
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Old 03-17-2008, 12:49 AM   #33
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Re: Show your homemade tools

This one has no pics but is an awesome tool. It's called "Old Ugly." To test for shorts to ground that blow fuses. Instead of keep replacing the fuse, hook a headlamp bulb with some wires to where the fuse that is blowing. If it (battery voltage to ground) is shorted the bulb will light up and protecting the circut by the bulb carrying the load. When you find the short the bulb will go off. Serious, It has been a time saver and a money maker.
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Old 03-17-2008, 01:10 AM   #34
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Here's my welding table/cart I just made.
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Old 03-17-2008, 10:07 AM   #35
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This one has no pics but is an awesome tool. It's called "Old Ugly." To test for shorts to ground that blow fuses. Instead of keep replacing the fuse, hook a headlamp bulb with some wires to where the fuse that is blowing. If it (battery voltage to ground) is shorted the bulb will light up and protecting the circut by the bulb carrying the load. When you find the short the bulb will go off. Serious, It has been a time saver and a money maker.
That is a most excellent idea!!!!

I've used a circuit breaker, with wire leads & clips, around the blown fuse.
Then you can use a cheap compass to chase the circuit. When the circuit is on, it will deflect the needle.
When you get past the short, no more needle deflection.
This works good on long wiring runs, like to the rear of the truck.
It's not really worth a darn for sh....., ahhhhh, stuff, like up under the dash.
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Old 03-17-2008, 11:52 AM   #36
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I got this idea from Haynes. I used it to press the balljoint from the steering knuckle.
Loosen the nuts on the pins but donīt remove them. Then put this between the two pins and tighten it til the pins pop out.



I didnīt have a crimping tool for the spark plug wires so I made this for the vise.

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Old 03-17-2008, 03:06 PM   #37
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Re: Show your homemade tools

that crimping tool is really cool! good for us old geezers that have been turning wrenches since dirt was rock. ya know, us old dudes with carpal tunnel and crs disorder but no, really... sometimes i dont have the hand strength i used to. especially when using a crimping tool, strippers, dykes, or pliers. bottom line, i want one! lol
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Old 03-18-2008, 09:15 AM   #38
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Itīs really primitive but it works. If I get to the shop in the next couple days, I will get a side shot of it. Itīs easier to see how it is built and works.
It holds for about 8 wires, then you have to replace the tape.

OK. I got to the shop today and did a little cleaning and got these pictures.
I cut 2 pieces of square tubing and put them in the vise together and
drilled an 8 Millimeter hole. Do this after it is cut.
Taped the bottom of it together and put it in the vise.
I then taped the sides to the top of the vise.
Open and shut the vice to operate the homemade crimper.
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Old 05-14-2008, 12:39 AM   #39
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Re: Show your homemade tools

Love the blue crimper with the auto open. Perfect.
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Old 05-14-2008, 01:02 AM   #40
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Here are a couple of pics of my homemade bearing puller...for the sm465 tranny
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