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  1. Just looked but can't see a thread to share home made or modified tools, so I thought "well as I'm interested to see what others have done or got.. then why not".. so to kick off here's a simply but actually quite useful modification ..and then if you look carefully an adaption of something else which I find invaluable in the garage. My apologies if this thread is somewhere else that didn't come up in the obvious listings or in a search. ^ aside from removing wheels or working on suspension parts I rarely now use the 1/2" drive socket set. And because I'm largely working on motorcycles or engines I use 3/8" drive sockets more than 1/4" drive. But there are occasions when a little more leverage offers better control. Spark plugs for example can sometimes take a little more effort to break the seal, but are then finger tight. However if I just use the 3/8" drive on its own then it can twist and break the plug's insulation. So a little more leverage undoes that plug's seal without effort ..and with lots of control. I modified an old trolley-jack handle to use with the 1/2" drive ratchet, but here I modified my (already longer ratchet) by grinding the end of the handle to take the 1/2" square drive extension bar. . ^ suitably smoothed off so it doesn't dig into my hand ..when not using the 1/2" extension bar. Plugged in and ready to go. Dead easy mod to make, and cost nothing but a few minutes with the angle grinder, and a couple more minutes with the power-file to smooth it off. Of course the 1/2" ratchet handle could similarly be modified so it can be used with the extension. That would be handy when carried in the tool roll and then is needed to release the wheel nuts. NB. my other 3/8" drive is a stubby rubber handled one (.. £5.99 from B&Q 5 years back) which is just 5" long, and that is very handy for quick turning. . . . so did you spot the other invaluable adaption in the background ? ? Pete. Come on now - Let's hear about and see photos of tools you've made, adapted, modified, or seen. From ingenious storage ideas, or car rotisseries, to parts cleaners and grit blasters, to the humble spanner which has been suitably ground to fit in a tight corner &/or its handle bent . . . Oh yeah , useful vintage tools too !
  2. Badwolf


    Lidl and Aldi tools have been bought by many members and usually get a good review. This thread is so members can post upcoming tools and also reviews of them. I hope that it might be useful in keeping all the details together.
  3. I’ve just noticed Lidl have some tools becoming available from this Sunday, 21/3.
  4. Quick tidy before my next lot of parts come for the 2500s
  5. Given the stage I’m at of being about to start from scratch on the GT6, I think this will be the best £19.99 I’ve ever spent in the middle aisle in Aldi !
  6. Had an “interesting” day today removing my coil springs from the front struts. I had two types of compressors - an old pair of “single jaw” Draper ones (picture 1), and a new pair of “double jaw” Drapers I bought last week from Amazon (picture 2) The double jaw ones didn’t really fit well due to their radius of curve not suiting the GT6 springs - I pressed on undaunted.......Lesson 1 - if they don’t fit TOTALLY snugly, abandon the project One of them then detached itself under pressure and flew smartly across my workshop - happily in a northerly direction while I was standing to the West.......lesson 2 - keep the released strut inside the spring to avoid a bowing explosion, and don’t stand in line with the resultant end point ! The said compressor came to rest in my stock of Diet Coke, inflicting an impressive wound on one can......I was suddenly aware that this could have been my stomach, kidney, eye or other vital organ - see picture 3 lesson 3 - wear protective gear ! All’s well, and I was uninjured and a bit older and wiser. The two-jaw compressors also both suffered stripping of their screw threads bizarrely, which could again have been dangerous, and are on their way to Amazon for a refund. Really poor quality.
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