WORKSHOP

A general pupose workshop with the usual assortment of tools is a good start.  Metal work on the left and woodwork on the right.  Though rebuilding an engine on the kitchen table is not unheard of!

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PLASTIGUAGE

This comes as a thin strip, similar to plasticine.  Placed on the bearing surface, which is then reassembled, it squashes flat, you then compare it to the provided markers.  This gives the clearance in thousands of an inch.

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The telescopic magnet and mirror have all sorts of uses, finding and picking up dropped metal items.  The O ring removing tool is self explanatory.


P1000325

A versatile vice, picked up at a car boot.

P1000476

A torque wrench is essential for two jobs on BBM69, firstly to pull down the head nuts after the head has been replaced, second to set up the double front shock absorbers equally.  The coversion scale is very useful.

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Proper stud extractors are essential to safely remove studs without damage.

P1000308

Some taps and drill guides as described in The Austin Manual..

P1000314

These adjusable reamers are useful for cleaning out the seats for press in bushes.  they remove corrosion very accurately.  In the past I have split an aluminium brake lever housing when I had not cleaned the bore out properly..

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I have a set of these reamers from 1/8 th 1/2 inch.  they come in handy for all sorts of problems.  Used to make a new sun screen mount out of solid brass, the pivot needed a 1/48 tapered reamed hole.

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Digital inside and outside calipers, cheap and very affective.  Useful for converting metric to imperial at the touch of a button.


P1000323

These thread replacement inserts are easy to use and can rescue a damaged component.  I have replaced threads on blocks, heads and carburettor float bowls, the later being 7/1mm thread.  The tool in the middle is the removal tool for the inserts.

P1000311

Thread cleaning tools are a must when working on old components.  Not very expensive, off EBAY, but they do the job.

DIE NUTS AND THREAD FILES

Inside or outside circlip pliers.

CIRCLIP PLIERS

This scraper can be used to accurately remove small ammounts of metal, typically off white metal bearings.

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A dial test indicator with a switchable magnetic base.

P1000381

A set of adjustable pry bars..

P1000377

A collection of bearing related scrap items that are invaluable as supports when drifting bearings in or out.  The rear crannkshaft bearing holder is really useful when getting bearings out of hubs.

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Flywheel/bearing clearance sleeves described in The Austin Seven Manual.  Page A5-4.

P1000309

This brass tool is used to drift out the old bearing from the brake lever fitting.  Using this no damage is caused to the aluminium body.

P1000327

 Blocks to use as anvils.

31METAL BITS

A cut down hacksaw blade, useful in confined spaces.CUT DOWN HACKSAW BLADE

My homemade brake spring tool, only works with the backplate off the car.

BRAKE SPRING TOOL

Sorting out my tools and spare parts my back started playing up, what I need I thought  is a workshop stool.  I found this one on a kitchen website.  What the information did not tell me was the weight.  23lbs, or 10.5 k.  it is very strong.  Looks good in the workshop.

P1000520

STRING

Not really a tool as such, but this steering wheel for the Lincolnshire  Group trial car, shows what can be done. this is shown before 5 coats of varnish.

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A set of hole punches plus some homemade specials.

An indispensible booklet, for all information on threads and sizes. Metric and Imperial.