Joined: June 07, 2008 Posts: 109 Location: Las Vegas
Posted: Sat May 12, 2012 5:07 pm Post subject: Buggy Box (need to have tool list)
So this box is gonna be dedicated to just the Bug. Any and every tool that is used on the bug effectively will find a home in this box. For example a 12mm socket used effectively as opposed to a whole socket set.
Any suggestions to go in this box? I'm sure we could compile a nice list here of "need to have" tools. All suggestions are welcome as I will openly admit my noob status and I'm sure it can help a lot of people.
If we could, can we also mention what tools are utilized for what parts? And please correct me on any and all wording of parts and or tools as the wrong part/tool name could make it difficult for the newer V Dubber to find said part/tool?
Edit: Im just gonna kind of condense a little to make it easier for other noobs like me:
+First and most important tool to have in your arsenal for married guys (like myself) or guys in a serious relationship is a VERY ANNOYING HABIT: this is the tool that's gonna free you up and even get you sent to the garage to be able to play with your beetle lol
-tow bar and 1 7/8 tow ball: for getting the beetle home in the first place
-jack + handle, jack stands, 4 way and block of wood: for raising lowering and storing
-latex gloves: keeps those hands and finger nails clean (for us married guys)
-work gloves: minimizes busted knuckles
-tire pressure gauge
-spark plug gapping tool
-bondo dipped flat head screwdriver: softer than just bare metal
-pb blaster/penetrating catalyst: break loose rusted and stubborn bolts and nuts
-magnet: tons of uses
-knife: scraping and cutting
-pry bar: for CAREFULLY separating parts
-long phillips screwdriver (motorcycle carbs): opening stubborn hood latches
-wire brush-scouring pads-rags-simple green: cleaning up parts
-rubber mallet: for stubborn but delicate parts
-pistol in tool box drawer: for sketchy neighbors and passer bys when garage door is open
-cardboard box, milk crate, plastic storage bins etc...: for storing body bagged and toe tagged parts
-masking tape: labeling
-zip ties: labeling
-zip lock baggies: labeling
-ends of card board boxes (for bolt organization)
-vernier caliper: inner and outer diameters / nut and bolt sizing for the right socket/wrench the first time. remember to round off sizes due to crud on bolts and nuts
-3/8 drive air ratchet: for all 3/8 drive sockets of course
-step up and step down socket drives (works very well with breaker bar)
-19mm socket/wrench: generator pulley / Tranny mount bolts
-30mm socket/wrench: crank pulley
-17mm socket/wrench: rear motor mount bracket bolts / tranny to engine bolts (bell housing) / 4 front pan to body bolts / starter to bell housing bolt
-20mm socket/wrench: also rear motor mount bracket bolts
-13mm socket/wrench: bumper (nerf bar) / starter connections / exhaust manifold bolts / 18 pan to body bolts
-8mm socket/wrench: throttle cable holder (adjust)
-10mm socket/wrench: ignition coil mount bracket / exhaust clamp by heater tubes / exhaust manifold (or crankcase) breather tubes /
-flat head screw driver: heater channel clamp from exhaust manifold
I will update as my list grows. Thanks to everyone participating in this thread. Its been a big help so far! _________________ Everyone's a nerd about something!
Last edited by buglifebaby on Wed May 23, 2012 7:23 pm; edited 3 times in total
Joined: May 08, 2002 Posts: 7388 Location: White Mountains Arizona
Posted: Sat May 12, 2012 6:07 pm Post subject:
Well for sure 10 11 13 15 17 19 mm open and box end wrenches as well as sockets. Variety of screwdrivers. My list could go on and on. _________________ Volkswagen: We tune what we drive.
Numbers Matching VW's are getting harder to find. Find one keep it Stock. You will be glad you did.
PS Wife wants a Type 3 Fastback
Joined: July 04, 2011 Posts: 1714 Location: Niagara Falls, Ontario
Posted: Sat May 12, 2012 6:23 pm Post subject:
honestly, i thing itd be best to just figure it out as you go, figure out what you need most and what you will only use a hand full of times. Save you some dough on stuff your not going to use. Buy it when you need it. _________________ 1974 SuperBeetle Build
Joined: November 07, 2007 Posts: 611 Location: northford,ct
Posted: Sat May 12, 2012 6:28 pm Post subject: tools
When you pick up your wrenches, try to get the ones with open end on one end and box ratchet on the oyher, metric of course, good set screwdrivers,flat and phillips. hand cleaner, list goes on and on Jeff
Joined: November 07, 2007 Posts: 611 Location: northford,ct
Posted: Sat May 12, 2012 6:56 pm Post subject: tools
I can go on and on forever.set of pliers, vice on the bench is like a third hand, bag of rags when greasing , extra fuses when working on electricle, jack stands, bently manual. small fridge in the corner, sound system. Getting carried away now. Jeff
Joined: February 22, 2004 Posts: 738 Location: palatka, fl
Posted: Sun May 13, 2012 10:46 am Post subject:
In no particular order:
internal snapring pliers
heavy duty external snapring pliers
cam gear puller
oil pump puller
valve spring compressor
clutch pilot tool
deck height measuring device
end play measuring device
Not shown in the above pic:
flywheel puller. Mine's homemade and will also pull an EMPI weighted balancer pulley, the one with the two holes. Here it is in action:
some sort of device to prevent flywheel rotation
gland nut socket
the usual set of metric hand tools
I have a steering box adjustment tool for the adjustment under the box and ball joint fixture in the gallery.
I also have a tool for the upper adjustment of the steering box. It's a socket welded to a piece of flat stock bent into a handle. A screwdriver can be inserted through the socket's drive hole for adjustments in the same manner as a valve adjustment. Once it was welded together I noticed it was easy to bend out of shape so I heated it to a dull red with a torch and quenched it in oil to harden it a bit. _________________ Remember, kids------> KCR Transmissions SUCKS
Joined: April 12, 2012 Posts: 154 Location: New Zealand
Posted: Sun May 13, 2012 8:27 pm Post subject:
a good thing i did was to do is start off with the basics. sockets in standard v-dub sizes (mentioned above) and various other basic stuff. Allen keys, vice grips etc. Ratchet spanners are always awesome. one thing at a time - that way you save money and just buy something when you need it. worked for me.. now i got a good collection of v-dub related tools!
Joined: February 07, 2001 Posts: 5407 Location: Auburn WA
Posted: Mon May 14, 2012 3:03 am Post subject:
You'll never have enough tools..... Trust me!! you'll out grow that box FAST _________________ 1302s sunroof..
TimsACVW 1600cc motor. Glenn ring 010. full toplineparts.com suspension. factory front disk brakes. Tram type-3 rear brakes. Hurst shifter. empi-8's. low-back's. tons of mods!
Big thanks to my friends Jes67 & Keoki
Joined: March 18, 2010 Posts: 276 Location: Garden Grove, CA
Posted: Mon May 14, 2012 2:01 pm Post subject:
I see nobody's mentioned a hubcap puller/tool. Just one of the simple bent wire ones, and to help with leverage I use an old flat-head screwdriver, dipped in liquid rubber (the stuff you use to coat tool handles) so it doesnt scratch anything. Also good for trim! _________________ Cars So Far:
-73 Super Beetle
...well I didn't say it was a long list.
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