GARAGE

My favourite and most used tool , I have had this little quad socket spanner since the early 6o’s, I recently found another in a car boot sale.  Only five inches overall it covers from 1/8 to 5/16 whit.  It is very unlikely you would strip any threads with this tool.  Used every time I work on the car.  The green tape identifies it as a tool out of BBM69’s toolbox.  Having the tools marked, means I do not loose them when assisting others on the road.

QUAD SOCKET SPANNER

A good Whitwort/BSF socket set is a must.

SOCKET SET

Our three wheel braces, one in the car, one in the workshop and one on the shelf.  Note this is another tool allowing little leverage, essential to avoid damage to the nuts and studs.

P1000537

The flywheel puller.

41P1000332

Kneeling pads are essential for me.

3P1000375

This lead block is useful as a counter weight when driving out cotter pins, I have drilled a hole in one end to facility this.

LEAD BLOCK

Some drifts, the yellow ones are old copper alloy resistance welding electrodes.

31P1000305

I inherited this patent valve spring tool from Dianne’s Dad, Monty.  Also shown is an Austin pattern lifter.

P1000397

BACKLASH GAUGE

A simple gauge to allow the backlash between the crown wheel and pinion to be measured.  It should be 1/16 ” at 7 inches from the centre line.

CROWN WHEEL BACKLASH

When working inside the car I remove the front seats, it only means removing four bolts and makes working so much easier.

P1000294

Tommy bar.  Austin tool.  2H86

P1000396

 

Old and new, the bicycle pump is very efficient, but the old one still works well and is always in the car.

P1000473

A modern set of tyre levers and an original one.

P1000557

My homemade toe in gauge.

P1000474

A chain hoist for engine changing.

P1000370

A home made sling for lifting the engine with the above hoist.

P1000373

Nanette dust brushes are indespensible for safely removing dust off paintwork.  It is the first thing Dianne does when we arrive at any meeting or show.  Gets the dust off before bystanders have a chance of scratching the paint.

P1000321

Two EP140 oil applicators.  The large one enables a full fill of 7/8ths of a pint to be put in the back axle.   The small bottle is good for top ups. 

AXLE OIL FILLERS

The oils and greases used on BBM69.  The Rust Arrest is similar to Waxoil, a rust and corrosion inhibitor.  The paraffin is used for cleaning and degreasing.

P1000539

Our two grease guns, old and new.  The new one is cartridge charged.  Monty, Dianne’s dad, insisted on plenty of grease in all the points, to minimise wear.

12P1000367

The compression gauge, invaluable for checking the condition of the valves, rings and cylinder bore.

COMPRESSION GAUGE

An engineers stethascope, makes all the rattles and whirring very loud.

P1000358

This is the kit I use for checking the rear hub nuts are tight.  The socket was bought, brand new, from Halfords on the high Street. note it is called a HUB NUT SOCKET, made for Austin Sevens?

TOOLS FOR HUB NUT CHECK

The tools in action checking the hub nut is tight.  Note the axle stands (four needed) and trolley jack, all essential for safe working.

41HUB NUT CHECKING

This tool is used to lock the crown wheel when checking the backlash between it and the pinion.  It fits into the oil filler hole.

41P1000296

I have started packing and identifying varius items that I am familiar with, that others may think of as scrap!  I seem to have so many odd or home made items that do not appear to have an obvious function, but actually make life with BBM69 easier.  The rod in the axle kit fits through the cover bolt holes and is used to move the adjusters.  The brass plug screws into the oil filler hole to imobilise the crown wheel when checking backlash.

TUBE TOOL KITS

An Austin front hub cap spanner.

41P1000333

My homemade spring pin removal tool.  It is a sliding hammer with a screw thread in the plain end to screw onto the spring pin.

SPRING PIN HAMMER

The safety equipment stowed in the car.  A normal dry powder extinquisher and a modern chemical one, called a fire stick.  Also an electronic flare.  Not shown are two reflective vests.

P1000338

A setof feeler gauges, small rule and a tyre pressure gauge.  Always in the car.

P1000334

Tyre tread gauges.

P1000395

I have had this engine diagnostic instrument since the early 60’s.

P1000361

A trickle charger is on hand all the time on the lifting beam.

P1000525

The strobe timing light.

P1000362

A spark tester, another very useful tool.  I modified this one to work with our plugs and leads, with knurled nuts.

P1000527

A can of compressed gas, sold for cleaning electrical equipment.  I use it for blowing out the carburettor jets.

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An old brake drum cut away to help get the shoes fitted parallel to the drum.  Alongside is a shoe that was not fitted correctly, half the braking power lost.  Adjustment is achieved by carefully bending the lug on the backplate.   sometimes I find that getting the shoe into place can be difficult.

 

P1000509

A pipe bending tool for 1/4″ fuel pipe. Easy to use and good results. One inch minimum radius. Anneal the pipe before bending.