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Projects What tools does it take to build a Hot Rod

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by RDE, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. coolbreeze1340
    Joined: Aug 18, 2009
    Posts: 1,340

    from Indiana

  2. Gman0046
    Joined: Jul 24, 2005
    Posts: 6,260


    One rule of thumb I have when doing something on my cars is what ever the time you think it will take multiply it by three.

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  3. 3banjos
    Joined: May 24, 2008
    Posts: 472

    from NZ

    Bottle opener never goes astray.
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  4. mammyjammer
    Joined: May 23, 2009
    Posts: 506

    from Area 51

    Simple answer. You buy tools as you need them.
    I wish there was Craigslist when I started doing this.Most every tool you will need shows up there..eventually
  5. Tradin times or nickle trader was before CL. CL is cool but man the people are something else
  6. DDDenny
    Joined: Feb 6, 2015
    Posts: 14,755

    from oregon

    Boy, that's a no-shitter!
  7. A couple of good friends that know what they are doing always helps. Just a couple.
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  8. lewk
    Joined: Apr 8, 2011
    Posts: 802

    from Mt

    Tonight? A band saw and a disc sander. I'm gunna make it happen with a saws all and a angle grinder.

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  9. 41GASSER
    Joined: Aug 2, 2009
    Posts: 188


    Been working on and building cars for over forty years and I still come across tools I cant seem to live without. But patience and passion are still a must.
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  10. sawbuck
    Joined: Oct 14, 2006
    Posts: 1,889

    from 06492 ct

    some times i am a tool ...
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  11. I got a couple of guys who are around when I have something big going on. They know their shit cold. I help with their cars too. Nice to trash someone else's garage now and then.
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  12. chargin03
    Joined: Jan 8, 2013
    Posts: 488


    Plenty of beer !
  13. Fore thought, a vision, imagination and the determination to complete it. Oh and most everything posted before
  14. gpohl6
    Joined: Sep 22, 2013
    Posts: 60


    First, be honest with yourself about your definition of "hot rod". If you are only going to hop up an engine, your requirements will be vastly different than if (probably like many HAMBers, myself included) you are going to "spin from whole cloth" (or however that old adage goes). If you are going to build your own chassis or do major structural assembly, get all the welders you can afford (not #'s but types). I have a lathe, but have not had to use it much. I wish I had a mill, but local shops can assist on small milling projects for far cheaper that buying a mill and dedicating shop space to it. So, space is also a factor too. Start slowing...both on the build and on the purchasing of tools...and more than likely the answers to your question will present themselves in short order. But basically, if you honestly don't expect to dedicate the time and practice it takes to effectively buy ANY tool, don't buy it just to "put it on the shelf". I'm sure there are others with far more practical advice (I have never held myself out as being practical), so this is just what has been working for me (up to age 75 that is...). Good luck! Oh, and yes...don't waste money on cheap tools, unless you view them as expendable. I buy "throw aways" at Harbor Freight. I use their air die grinders for $10 to $15 until they quit (oil them daily) and have a new one on the shelf for when it quits. But spend more for a little better grade of tool for those long term "keepers" and/or precision tools...IMHO.
  15. Sometimes you just need a pair of steel balls....
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  16. seb fontana
    Joined: Sep 1, 2005
    Posts: 6,919

    seb fontana
    from ct

  17. As with the post above (and OMG I didn't see that coming) you need a brain and desire.
    Everything else can be worked out with friends/time/tools.
  18. 283john
    Joined: Nov 17, 2008
    Posts: 814


    shitload of ziploc bags with the white panel you can write on with a marker, digital camera to take pics of stuff as you disassemble it. Air tools cannot be praised enough. A lot of people don't realize how much spent time and fatigue are avoided with a good impact wrench and 3/8" air ratchet. Good disc grinder. Long breaker bar. Folding engine hoist can do many things besides hoist engines.
  19. dreracecar
    Joined: Aug 27, 2009
    Posts: 3,133

    from so-cal

    Most important tool is the one between your ears--- use it !!
    another one is something to wheel the project outside to stand back to get a real good look at it. It takes time and distance to visualize the progression, 5ft back in a dim garage does not cut it
  20. 45_70Sharps
    Joined: May 19, 2010
    Posts: 331


    A hammer......
    A hammer and a case of beer......
    A hammer, two cases of beer and a crecent wrench......
    A hammer, a beer trucks crecent wrench, a welder and a buffer.....

    More beer

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  21. I use a C clamp-
    having a C clamp that both closes caliper pistons and holds stuff where I put it just be seems more practical than a sawed off caulk gun, doesn't it?
  22. graveyardsledder
    Joined: Oct 30, 2006
    Posts: 294


    A good set of wrenches, sockets, ratchets, air gun, air ratchets, a few hammers, a few bumping dollys, engine stand, engine hoist, and a hand made leather sand bag for shaping metal. Sawzall, die grinder, face shield or safety glasses, a good welder, the list goes on forever until you are broke and have more money in tools than your house and all your cars/trucks combined.

    My name is Ben and I have a hot rod and tool addiction. It has only been a few hours since I've bought a tool or a hot rod part.

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  23. PoRodder
    Joined: Sep 28, 2014
    Posts: 90

    from St. Louis

    The biggest and most used tool of all. A roof or workshop to get it done. Also stops the neighbors from bitching about that "redneck" with his "junk" in the driveway.
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  24. gas & guns
    Joined: Feb 6, 2014
    Posts: 370

    gas & guns

    Liquid wrench and tetanus shot.
  25. 33skippy
    Joined: Feb 27, 2015
    Posts: 28


    enthusiasm is all you need, thats what everyone who ever built a hotrod, ratrod, dragster started with. good luck with your adventure
  26. nunattax
    Joined: Jan 10, 2011
    Posts: 2,547


  27. jetnow1
    Joined: Jan 30, 2008
    Posts: 1,777

    from CT
    1. A-D Truckers

    When I built my first house with my ex father in law, he showed up to frame the house with a drywall bucket full of tools. Said if you could not do it with what fit in that bucket you were depending on the tools to do your thinking for you. I carry a lot more tools than that but have found that you can do a lot of jobs more than one way if you just stop and think about it. As stated in another post, it sometimes makes more sense to pay someone who has a special tool than to buy it for limited use. Rentals can be
    useful also., no storage or friends looking to borrow it.
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  28. 55styleliner
    Joined: May 11, 2015
    Posts: 558


    A 4 1/2" electric grinder with cutting wheels
    Step bits and a good cordless drill
    A good mig or tig welder (220V)
    A bandsaw
    60 gallon compressor or bigger
    Die grinders with 2" and 3" roto-loc heads
    Magnetic level and angle finder
    Toolbox full of all sizes of wrenches and sockets
    A big ball pean hammer
    Good wire crimpers and strippers
    Soldiering iron
    A good heavy bench vise

    That's a good start
  29. 57JoeFoMoPar
    Joined: Sep 14, 2004
    Posts: 4,856


    You need a lot of tools, and a lot of money to do it right. You'll be hard pressed to do anything legit without a welder though.

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