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Old January 10th, 2010, 11:47 AM
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essential hand tools?

OK, so I've never worked on my own vehicles and am new to the land rover world. But I want to start being able to work on my truck. I'd like to start making a list and acquiring the basic hand tools (and manuals?) I'll need. I am not mechanically inclined, but I can learn.

Can anybody give me some advice as to the basic hand tools I should have? Wrenches, sockets, etc.? Best brands?

Any advice is greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 12:23 PM
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RAVE Disc
Fluke Multimeter and a test light
Full Socket set, with SAE and Metric with a 27mm socket
Box and open-ended wrenches
Brass Hammer
Hub Nut tool 2 1/16
Air Compressor
Impact wrenches (3/8 & 1/2)
Impact sockets (3/8 & 1/2)
3/8 Drive shaft tool (works very well and makes quick work of removing/installing a DS)
Good wire strippers, pliers and screwdrivers.
Electrical tape
2 grease guns
PB Blaster
Metric Tap and Die set
Nut and Bolt extractors
Creeper
Good rolling jack and jack stands
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Old January 10th, 2010, 12:53 PM
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Old January 10th, 2010, 01:04 PM
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I usually buy Craftsman, and then augment them with specialized Matco, MAC and Snap-on through CL and eBay. Buy what you like and what you can replace under warranty.

The only other word of advice is get your work shop or work area organized, so you can find the right tool, when you need it.

Lastly, don't forget a good supply of beer.
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Old January 10th, 2010, 03:44 PM
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I am in a similar situation building my tool base. I can say that Craftsman is as good as you get though. How do I know? I have been in all the plants.... The also make a number of other higher end tools in the exact same line, same time and same material. Different die to stamp the name. I got a good mechanics set from them and have thanked myself numberous times when I went for something and it was there.
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The challenge for me has been to try keep a minimum set of tools that is complete enough to do any task, but also able to travel with me. I've gotten tool rolls for most of it and for the most part I think this is the best route to go if you want to keep a single set of tools and have them with you all the time. I'm too cheap to build up two sets, and craftsman is top if the line for me (but well worth it)
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Old January 10th, 2010, 04:44 PM
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The challenge for me has been to try keep a minimum set of tools that is complete enough to do any task, but also able to travel with me. I've gotten tool rolls for most of it and for the most part I think this is the best route to go if you want to keep a single set of tools and have them with you all the time. I'm too cheap to build up two sets, and craftsman is top if the line for me (but well worth it)
so Charles, do you have a list of tools you carry in your truck you could share?
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Old January 10th, 2010, 05:02 PM
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Hehe, I'm not that organized and my set has holes. It's very similar to what Scott describes though. A full set of metric box end wrenches including those new ratcheting kind for the common sizes, as well as a small set of standard ones. A full set of sockets in both standard and metric as well as a few large sized ones you end up getting as you do various repairs (I don't have a list of the sizes). I have 1/4, 3/8, 1/2 ratchets and a 1/2" breaker bar which is useful with a socket for lug nuts as well. I have various screw drivers, pliers, allen wrenches, hammer, BFH, chisel, pry bars, hub socket, u-joint socket, pb blaster, anti-seize, thread lock, jb weld, etc. etc. I have various electrical related stuff, extra wire, fuses and relays, recently broke down and spent a small fortune on a fluke multi-meter.

I have two Troy Smith boxes in the back of the D90 where I can put all these tools, spares and fluids.

One day I'd like to put together a definitive list of every socket/wrench/tool needed to maintain a defender.

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Anyone know a source for decent canvas tool rolls ... I like the idea for keeping organized and they'd fit nicely under or behind the seats.
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I have gotten a lot of use out of my magnetic picker upper. Also a really really long set of needle nose pliers and you cant have to much light in the work area.
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2 10 mm and 2 13mm sockets and wrenches. Carry a regular wrench and ratchet wrenches in both sizes. Socket swivels. I think a big ass pry bar was missing from the lists also. A big heavy hammer, a piece of pipe and a bottle jack for spreading the frame.........small torch for heating things. I'll think of more
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If you have a '97, I recommend an OBD-II reader. Other than that, the only other thing I would recommend is a big box of latex gloves if you're a pansy like me and don't want to have to grease permanently embedded under your nails.
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Anyone know a source for decent canvas tool rolls ... I like the idea for keeping organized and they'd fit nicely under or behind the seats.
I dont know if its decent yet but I bought this last week and Im waiting for it to show up.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/LAND-...Q5fAccessories
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I got mine here: https://www.expeditionexchange.com/ortt/

The large one is $25.

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I dont know if its decent yet but I bought this last week and Im waiting for it to show up.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/LAND-...Q5fAccessories
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Latex gloves are a great idea. That synthetic oil stinks and it is really hard to wash off.

Plus your cat won't die when you pet it.

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Plus your cat won't die when you pet it.

I was wondering what in the hell happened to all of those cats.
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Thanks for the list. I'm a newbie too. I started about 1 1/2 year ago when I got my truck. I have to say that I'm really grateful for all the support and answers that I've gotten here on this site. It has been really helpful, especially when you are new and clueless to world of car mechanics. I really appreciate it and you guys are awesome.

I picked up a pop rivet tool yesterday. Seems like a good thing to have. A lot of panels (rear windows if you have them) etc are pop riveted.

Questions:

Why a brass hammer?
Which Fluke Multimeter do you recommend?
What's a creeper?
Which PB Blaster do you use (they have a bunch of different ones)?

Thanks!

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RAVE Disc
Fluke Multimeter and a test light
Full Socket set, with SAE and Metric with a 27mm socket
Box and open-ended wrenches
Brass Hammer
Hub Nut tool 2 1/16
Air Compressor
Impact wrenches (3/8 & 1/2)
Impact sockets (3/8 & 1/2)
3/8 Drive shaft tool (works very well and makes quick work of removing/installing a DS)
Good wire strippers, pliers and screwdrivers.
Electrical tape
2 grease guns
PB Blaster
Metric Tap and Die set
Nut and Bolt extractors
Creeper
Good rolling jack and jack stands
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Old January 11th, 2010, 12:57 PM
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A creeper is the thing you lay down on and use to roll around your garage. If you have kids, it's what they use for street luge:

http://www.amazon.com/Advanced-ATD-8...3232494&sr=8-6

I'm curious about the brass hammer as well. Brass drifts are needed to remove bearing races but I guess a brass hammer could come in handy as well.
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I got these

http://www.tools-plus.com/bucket-boss-07003.html
http://www.tools-plus.com/bucket-boss-07004.html
http://www.tools-plus.com/bucket-boss-06004.html
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