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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 8:02 pm    Post subject: D.I.Y. tools Reply with quote

I'm sure that at some point most of us here have made or modified a tool of some sort. I mostly just do it for the enjoyment and satisfaction of using something homemade or repurposed. Some may be from necessity or time restraints or for whatever reason. Thought I'd share a few of mine and hopefully others will do the same.


Rod bolt stretch gauge
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Flexplate hub for mockup
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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

This is going to be a good topic.

Clutch breakaway tool to see at what FT. LB. the clutch is slipping. I use it on a dial torque wrench.

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PostPosted: Sat May 17, 2014 8:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

valve spring compressor
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stretch gauge, didn't work as well as I had hoped
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adapter to use a torque tool with a 1.5" gland nut
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In the end I found that using a main bearing pin to space the end of the rod bolt out of the cap let me get a better measurement.
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I love making stuff myself
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 11:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here is my rod stretch gauge

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=488674


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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 11:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Torque multiplier

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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 11:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hinge tool
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 12:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Where did you get the spline bit from? Nice !
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bugguy1967 wrote:
This is going to be a good topic.

Which is what I thought when I bookmarked it over in the Bay forum:

http://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewtopic.php?t=531899 Wink

Now will someone please put aside your 'Trade Secret' ideas and post dimensional drawings of the tool you use to separate kingpins on spindles that are already flipped? Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 2:45 pm    Post subject: Re: D.I.Y. tools Reply with quote

I love that you used a rocker shaft.
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 6:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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stretch gauge, didn't work as well as I had hoped
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Don't give up on this one. You have a nice rigid frame there. Just need to do a little fine tuning. There is a small dimple on each end of the bolt that you need to seat into for it to work correctly. You might be getting some flex on the adjustable end. If not, check the tip on that side. It needs to fit and seat into the dimple. BTW I use mine with the dial end at the head of the bolt.
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 6:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Hinge tool



If you have never tried to remove an old hinge pin then you can't really understand just how truly awesome this tool is. Well done!
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 6:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Flywheel puller

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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 8:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My home made tubing notcher.

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the fish eye cut it made...

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Fits nice without any grinding....

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I've made three intakes with it so far and it does the job.
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 8:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My favorite site for homebrewed tools.

http://www.homemadetools.net/
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PostPosted: Sun May 18, 2014 10:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I built my own engine stand...
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Adapter to mount VW engine on std stand...
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English wheel...
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modified HF bead roller...
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quick release steering wheel adapter [somebody borrowed my idea and is selling them now]...
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I have a test stand I have been working for awhile...
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I have some more but no pictures of them. I made most of them while I was working for a metal shop running a water jet machine but they closed the doors and I am disabled now and I can barely get out of bed in the morning.

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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 4:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Great thread, a topic close to my heart.

I'm always building tools to do different jobs. For me this is half of the fun of restoration and the thing I get the biggest kick out of. Recently I've been getting into panel work, here's a few things I've made up in the past month or so.

Simple but necessary - spot weld drills made from normal twist drills - saves a fortune

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A panel chisel for cutting and separating panels after drilling out the welds - just a heat treated bit of flat bar - heaps better then a big clumsy cold chisel.

Heat it up cherry

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Quench it in oil (yeah I know - it should be clean oil but who wants to waste good oil on stuff like this)

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Don't forget to hone the edge!

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Tucking forks for shrinking metal.

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Flange bending tool - an absolute necessity. I used to use an adjustable wrench but this is heaps better

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(you also use it with a hammer to make a nice sharp edge)


Old hubs and wheels make a great tinmans stake stand - much better than mounting the stakes in a bench holder or in your vice as you can work at a nice comfortable height and easily move the panel around it.

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it also makes a great stand for my bead roller - I cut the bottom off of an old stake I had spare. At some point I will also get around to making up some similar stands for my sand bags.

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And now with an added hammer holder

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There's heaps of other stuff that I don't have good photos for - slapping files, anvil stands, a jacking beam setup in my pit, a 3d printer. Will post some up if I can dig them out.


By far my favourite DIY tool is my CNC plasma cutter - designed and built by me mostly from scrap I had laying about the workshop.

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The great thing about this is that it is now even easier to make other tools up.
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 9:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

earthquake wrote:
I built my own engine stand...
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Adapter to mount VW engine on std stand...
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


English wheel...
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modified HF bead roller...
Image may have been reduced in size. Click image to view fullscreen.


quick release steering wheel adapter [somebody borrowed my idea and is selling them now]...
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I have a test stand I have been working for awhile...
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I have some more but no pictures of them. I made most of them while I was working for a metal shop running a water jet machine but they closed the doors and I am disabled now and I can barely get out of bed in the morning.

Casey
I worked in a small prototype shop for a shortwhile learning to program&run cnc mills&other stuff.did mostly aerosapce&detroit car stuff,and some off the wall stuff along with tool&die.I wish I still had all that equip at my fingers.you can make just about any thing.the 3D programing was sweet.I miss realy using my brains for stuff like that.I never did get my own cnc machine hear at home like I had planed.that was the whole reason I went to work there for little over a year. shit happens.as does life....and now??? these darn lawn mowder powered cars in my way.
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PostPosted: Mon May 19, 2014 10:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mick wrote:

By far my favourite DIY tool is my CNC plasma cutter - designed and built by me mostly from scrap I had laying about the workshop.

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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 4:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Mick wrote:

By far my favourite DIY tool is my CNC plasma cutter - designed and built by me mostly from scrap I had laying about the workshop.


you win
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Darnit, asked the Wife and was told that I couldn't have one. [hands in pockets, kicks rock]

Very cool! Applause
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PostPosted: Tue May 20, 2014 4:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

andy198712 wrote:
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Where did you get the spline bit from? Nice !


Starter gear?
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