Posts Tagged ‘Tools’

Home Made Tools

Posted: 5th February 2013 by asteriskr in Link
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In the middle of finishing off the repairs and waiting for brake pipe at the moment. Found the Home Made Tools website today – it’s worth a look if you’re into that sort of thing.

Hole Swagers

Posted: 25th January 2011 by asteriskr in Rallye 16v
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Looking ahead to some fabrication work I’m going to need to do, I’ve picked up this set of hole swagers from Colin Satchell.




Posted: 26th November 2010 by asteriskr in Rallye 16v
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Okay, not much action happening but plenty of other things. I am convinced that I passed my driving test before January 1997, but wasn’t on the UK mainland when I took the test (I was offshore on Guernsey) and can’t remember the exact date. My Guernsey driving licence had to be traded in with the DVLA when I came back to the UK, but only shows the date it was issued by DVLA Swansea.

I have had to write to the Guernsey vehicle licencing folk and to ask them to look up the exact date I passed and then I will need to try and get the DVLA to amend my licence to include category C1 (lorries between 3.5 and 7.5 tons), D1 (passenger vehicles for nine to sixteen people) and vehicle plus trailer combinations. The relevance/importance of this comes into play if I want to tow the car on a trailer behind the van.

Carbon Trumpets

Also I have sent some of the carbon throttle body trumpets off for repair. Two of the four were slightly damaged around the lip, but Bic is fairly sure that they can be put right, so I’m leaving it to him and Merv to sort them out. I have spent the last few nights polishing and prepping a pile of parts to be sent off to Colour Anodising up the road in Radcliffe. This includes the inlet manifold which has taken many, many hours. Anodising doesn’t hide any surface imperfections like paint, so you want a good finish before the process is undertaken. Fingers crossed on these bits. The anodising will add some protection to the surface of the aluminium and stop them from oxidising.


Finally a few bits have started arriving for the next big push on the body work. I needed some brushes for getting into nooks and crannies so I will give these a go. The magnets are for holding panels prior to tack welding.

Progress at last. Car went up on my home made ramps yesterday as I need to strip all the suspension of it. I knew how the night was going to go when I couldn’t get the gear box drain plug out and sure enough about half an hour later I called defeat for the night: I had a go at removing the hub nuts and it became clear they were not going to come off with my current arsenal of tools.

Not to be defeated, I opted for beer and an hour on here looking at advice in the forum and then online window shopping. After a lot of research last night on the web, I phoned up my local Engineering Suppliers today and they sorted me out with just the kit for removing hub nuts. 24″ 1/2″ drive breaker bar and a 60″ piece of square section steel with 4mm walls all for £20. Halfords wanted £30 just for the breaker bar (I already had a 30mm hex socket).

Hub Nut Tool

So the DIY hub nut removal tool cracked the hubs nuts off like a hot knife through butter.

Then I became concerned that tonight might go like last night, but I was feeling inventive and was not to be easily defeated, so created home made tool number 2. Driveshaft and Hub Separator:

Separator Tool

The O/S drive shaft was to be separated from the hub. I made this up out of two off cuts of 3mm plate steel. Tightened up the M8 bolts a few times with different spaces on the drive shaft and out it popped.

The Bilstein B8 shocks and Eibach spring based suspension came off the car and was sold.



Then I went to pick up the replacements. I decided to go for something with adjustable settings…

AST Suspension

ASTs with the camber adjustable top mounts. And to complement the front springs, a pair of 23mm bars for the rear end:

23mm Torsion Bars

Finally I picked up that little extra I’ve been after for a very long time… an ultralight Streamline Carbon bonnet. A standard bonnet 13.4kg this one is only 4kg! It uses a honeycomb core for a stiff structure that won’t flap.

Streamline Carbon Bonnet