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Old 10-03-2009, 03:59 PM   #1
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what kinds of tools are must haves for any serious jeep garage or work shop? i mean anything: pliers, welder, mallet, mini fridge for beer, whatever. i am always looking for ideas of stuff to get my hubby to make it easier to fabricate, fix, and restore our jeeps. i seriously mean all types of stuff from small to large, and cheap to uber-expensive (not that we can afford it though ). when he watches extreme 4x4 and trucks tv, he always comments on how easy it is when you have the right tools for the job. he does everything on our jeeps from painting to rebuilding transmissions and everything in between. any input is greatly appreciated (by both of us)

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Old 10-03-2009, 07:02 PM   #2
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Here's a few ideas.

- 2 post lift
- GMAW(Mig)
- Cherry Picker
- 2 of every socket, ratchet, wrench, and extension
- a complete set of ratcheting wrenches
- air compressor and impact drivers
- air hammer
- die grinder
- plasma cutter
- engine stand
- transmission jack
- dremel tool
- half a dozen Sharpies(black and silver)
- complete punch/chisel set
- impact driver
- high quality complete set of snap/retaining ring pliers
- compression tester
- dial indicator with magnetic base
- digital calipers
- set of torque wrenches
- dial torque wrench
- magnetic retrieval tool
- mechanical fingers
- 1/2" drill and a bit set
- spark checker(a little light that snaps in between the spark plug and wire)
- timing light
- brass hammer
- rubber mallet
- dead blow hammer
- a set of hex key sockets SAE and MM
- a set of torx sockets
- and one of these...


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Old 10-03-2009, 07:04 PM   #3
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replace plasma cutter w/ torch.

cut off tool, bench grinder, heavy duty vice.
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Old 10-03-2009, 07:10 PM   #4
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The thought crossed my mind as I was typing it because it can be used for more than just cutting. Plasma though doesn't need bottles and it cuts cleaner and is easier to use.
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Old 10-03-2009, 10:45 PM   #5
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Here's a few ideas.

- 2 post lift
- GMAW(Mig)
- Cherry Picker
- 2 of every socket, ratchet, wrench, and extension
- a complete set of ratcheting wrenches
- air compressor and impact drivers
- air hammer
- die grinder

- plasma cutter
- engine stand
- transmission jack
- dremel tool
- half a dozen Sharpies(black and silver)
- complete punch/chisel set
- impact driver

- high quality complete set of snap/retaining ring pliers
- compression tester
- dial indicator with magnetic base
- digital calipers
- set of torque wrenches
- dial torque wrench
- magnetic retrieval tool

- mechanical fingers
- 1/2" drill and a bit set
- spark checker(a little light that snaps in between the spark plug and wire)

- timing light
- brass hammer
- rubber mallet
- dead blow hammer
- a set of hex key sockets SAE and MM
- a set of torx sockets

- and one of these...


Guinness Fridge
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replace plasma cutter w/ torch.

cut off tool, bench grinder, heavy duty vice.
all of the stuff that i bolded he already has, so i think that he is off to a pretty good start. what do you guys think about a blast cabinet? useful or a waste of $$?
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Old 10-03-2009, 11:26 PM   #6
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spend it on a torch first and an engine taker outer thing ( i cant remember the name)
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well if ur gonna put in a fridge u might as well put in a urinal, makes things more convenient.. and every shop needs some cool posters and a fire extinguisher
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Old 10-03-2009, 11:34 PM   #8
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spend it on a torch first and an engine taker outer thing ( i cant remember the name)
i would really love to get him a plasma cutter b/c i know he wants one and they are great to have. as far as the engine taker outer thing (engine hoist or cherry picker) we have on at work that we never really use, so if he needed on he could take it from there. <those are the kinds of tools i like b/c they are free




oh ya, what about tube bender?
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Old 10-04-2009, 01:24 AM   #9
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Gotta have a bender I got the JD2 295$ die sets are from 100$ to 300$ depending on size.They have a hydro attachment for900$ If you really love him.They also have a nice tubing notcher for 210$ or so works great also.You can use a drill press but this is way more convenient.

I would personaly like one of them fancy painted welderin helmets

wrench and socket sets are always nice too.
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Gotta have a bender I got the JD2 295$ die sets are from 100$ to 300$ depending on size.They have a hydro attachment for900$ If you really love him.They also have a nice tubing notcher for 210$ or so works great also.You can use a drill press but this is way more convenient.

I would personaly like one of them fancy painted welderin helmets

wrench and socket sets are always nice too.
Yes, a pipe bender that goes up to 3" would be very nice.

And one of these would be really nice.
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Old 10-04-2009, 10:34 AM   #11
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well if ur gonna put in a fridge u might as well put in a urinal, makes things more convenient.. and every shop needs some cool posters and a fire extinguisher
why bother, the garage door is always open . and i always get him those tin signs to hang up plus he has the "scantily clad" and "not clad at all" calendars on the wall .

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Gotta have a bender I got the JD2 295$ die sets are from 100$ to 300$ depending on size.They have a hydro attachment for900$ If you really love him.They also have a nice tubing notcher for 210$ or so works great also.You can use a drill press but this is way more convenient.

I would personaly like one of them fancy painted welderin helmets

wrench and socket sets are always nice too.
hhhmmm, that is a good christmas idea.
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Old 10-04-2009, 09:42 PM   #12
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ya, cuz a painted up welding helmet makes the welds 10 times better

i'd like a blast cabinet, and i think he would to since the jeeps you guys work on are older.

my next two additions are a heater, and shop press.
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My homemade diff spreader was a good help for 4 damaged diffs in the last moths.

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Old 10-05-2009, 08:33 AM   #14
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i am seriously considering getting him a blast cabinet or a tube bender.
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tube bender and a torch think of the roll cage u could have him build for u and all the fancy body armor
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Yes. You could have an exo-cage on your jeep.
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A good heavy steel welding table, good for everything from holding your beer and tools, to putting things on it that your hitting instead of the floor. I guess you could weld on it too.
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I good hydraulic press is nice to have as well.
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4-1/2" right angle electric grinder

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A good assortment of ball peen hammers

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Tyre-changers, lifts wheel-balancers, testing lanes etc are the tools for the good workshops.
for more information visite sites like amazon.com ,allthingsjeep.com etc.
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replace plasma cutter w/ torch.

cut off tool, bench grinder, heavy duty vice.

very true but with the torch you can heat up and bend back and cut and heat up bolts and break them loose.
just get one of each 1 plasma cutter and a big torch
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a big 6" vice
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Tube bender and a truck load of cr-moly tubing. All yea cutoff wheels

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