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  • The Best Battery Charger You Can Buy for Your Classic

    The Best Battery Charger You Can Buy for Your Classic

    Most of us who own classics have a Battery Tender. Battery tender's are good products, but they are very basic products, and are very limited in their function. Many of us with classic cars have switched from lead acid batteries to the AGM batteries like Optima and Odyssey. Neither Optima, nor Odyssey list the Battery Tender as their recommended charger for these batteries, even though many hot rodders use them anyway. Let's face it, the Battery Tender is a cheap solution to trickle charging, and...
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  • USER REVIEW: Eastwood Trim Removal Set

    USER REVIEW: Eastwood Trim Removal Set

    So I'm looking for something a bit better than the flimsy ass trim removal tools that we're used to. I stumble upon this set from Eastwood that looks pretty sturdy and well made. I think to myself, yeah, but I've never really had a lot of good stuff to say about Eastwood's tools. Ah, whatever. I bought them anyway. Well, I actually like them.

    The big rubber grips and thick S/S construction makes them a sturdy, yet comfortable tool. So I tested them out. Took off some interior trim peices...
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  • REVIEW: Eastwood MIG 135

    REVIEW: Eastwood MIG 135

    The Eastwood MIG 135 is a Gas/No Gas Mig welder with a base price of around $340.00. I say base price, because if you add a spool gun, cart or other items, it will of course be more. Eastwood has combo paks with those items for this welder.

    This MIG comes with some nice features, that may or may not be useful to the average home/hobbyist welder. No, it's not a professionals welder. It's a 115v welder, that is for smaller tasks like autobody sheet metal. This is why I bought it. 99%...
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  • Craftsman broken/rounded bolt sockets review

    Craftsman broken/rounded bolt sockets review

    originally posted by Poncho1961 on 02/04/2014

    After posting a tip on using a welder to remove broken bolts or studs in the tip section, Another member here mentioned the vast array of tools he has to do the same job. There are many tools on the market that claim they easily remove broken or rounded nuts, bolts, studs. I have a box of those tools too. Most broken or worn after little use. There is one item I swear BY, instead of AT though. These sockets flat out have never let me down....
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  • REVIEW: Lincoln Precision TIG 225

    REVIEW: Lincoln Precision TIG 225

    Originally posted by Poncho1961 on 12/05/2013

    OK, I'll start this up. I wanted a TIG machine, so I did some shopping, and to be quite honest, mostly centered my research on the bigger 3 name brand wise. Lincoln, Miller and Hobart/ESAB. This doesn't mean its better than the lesser known brands, but I felt more comfy knowing that I'd have better luck with replacement parts as well as finding optional add on stuff if I so desired. I went into this with no brand loyalty, so best bang for...
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  • Harbor Freight Blast Cabinet

    Harbor Freight Blast Cabinet

    originally posted by Runningwild on 03/15/2014

    This is one of the most valuable and useful tools in any garage. The blast cabinet. It can clean and refinish anything that will fit in the cabinet. It is not big enough for a wheel, but it is pretty big. Cost was about 200 bucks, but worth it. There are several things you need to consider before investing in this. You will need a very good compressor for this to work efficiently. I have a 60 gal from Lowe's and it is adequate. I wouldn't...
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  • Harbor Freight Band Saw

    Harbor Freight Band Saw

    Originally posted by Runningwild on 02/09/2014

    I don't own one of these, but I have used one at the Museum many, many times. I have considered buying one often but I really have no room for it. If in the future I can make room for one I will buy one. Harbor Freight has two different metal cutting band saws and this is the cheap one. It works in the upright position or horizontally lowering by gravity. Lowering speed can be controlled by a spring adjustment. This thing works really,...
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  • PowerWeld Auto Darkening Welding Helmet

    PowerWeld Auto Darkening Welding Helmet

    The following review was originally posted by Ponsho1961 on 1/21/2014

    OK, I decided I wanted an auto darkening welding helmet I could leave at work. I have a regular old fixed shade that I use there, but I've been spoiled by the Miller auto darkening helmet I bought last year. I use it at home and when I know I'll be melting a bunch of metal, I bring it to work with me. I found this at Menards, not sure who or where else its available. Normal price is $99.00, but it was on a bunch of...
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  • Harbor Freight 12 and 20 Ton Press

    Harbor Freight 12 and 20 Ton Press

    Below are multiple reviews of the Harbor Freight 12 & 20 ton press. Each author is listed above their review.

    Originally posted by Runningwild 03/15/2014

    This is one of those tools where if you need one, nothing else will do. I purchased the 12 ton press from Harbor Freight when building my rear diff. The bearings on the pinion shaft and the axles are pressed on. Yes, you could use a BFH, but these are very expensive parts to be beating on. This is not an expensive...
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  • Pneumatic Gasket Scraper

    Pneumatic Gasket Scraper

    The following review was originally posted by Poncho1961 on 02/03/2015. It's a good review, so I moved it here.

    OK, in my never ending quest to purchase every single POS tool Harbor Freight offers, here's the latest.

    I work on pumps for a living as most of you regulars know. Every pump has some sort of gasket. Some use O-rings, a lot use some sort of paper type gasket. Paper is a catch all word here, as the gasket science is actually a bit more complicated than using old...
    pic originally taken by Poncho1961 pic originally taken by Poncho1961 pic originally taken by Poncho1961
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  • The Best Battery Charger You Can Buy for Your Classic
    LORD HARDCORE
    Most of us who own classics have a Battery Tender. Battery tender's are good products, but they are very basic products, and are very limited in their function. Many of us with classic cars have switched from lead acid batteries to the AGM batteries like Optima and Odyssey. Neither Optima, nor Odyssey list the Battery Tender as their recommended charger for these batteries, even though many hot rodders use them anyway. Let's face it, the Battery Tender is a cheap solution to trickle charging, and...
    01-24-16, 09:03 AM
  • USER REVIEW: Eastwood Trim Removal Set
    LORD HARDCORE
    So I'm looking for something a bit better than the flimsy ass trim removal tools that we're used to. I stumble upon this set from Eastwood that looks pretty sturdy and well made. I think to myself, yeah, but I've never really had a lot of good stuff to say about Eastwood's tools. Ah, whatever. I bought them anyway. Well, I actually like them.

    The big rubber grips and thick S/S construction makes them a sturdy, yet comfortable tool. So I tested them out. Took off some interior trim peices...
    01-16-16, 08:00 PM
  • REVIEW: Eastwood MIG 135
    LORD HARDCORE
    The Eastwood MIG 135 is a Gas/No Gas Mig welder with a base price of around $340.00. I say base price, because if you add a spool gun, cart or other items, it will of course be more. Eastwood has combo paks with those items for this welder.

    This MIG comes with some nice features, that may or may not be useful to the average home/hobbyist welder. No, it's not a professionals welder. It's a 115v welder, that is for smaller tasks like autobody sheet metal. This is why I bought it. 99%...
    01-16-16, 07:11 PM
  • Craftsman broken/rounded bolt sockets review
    LORD HARDCORE
    originally posted by Poncho1961 on 02/04/2014

    After posting a tip on using a welder to remove broken bolts or studs in the tip section, Another member here mentioned the vast array of tools he has to do the same job. There are many tools on the market that claim they easily remove broken or rounded nuts, bolts, studs. I have a box of those tools too. Most broken or worn after little use. There is one item I swear BY, instead of AT though. These sockets flat out have never let me down....
    01-16-16, 07:01 PM
  • REVIEW: Lincoln Precision TIG 225
    LORD HARDCORE
    Originally posted by Poncho1961 on 12/05/2013

    OK, I'll start this up. I wanted a TIG machine, so I did some shopping, and to be quite honest, mostly centered my research on the bigger 3 name brand wise. Lincoln, Miller and Hobart/ESAB. This doesn't mean its better than the lesser known brands, but I felt more comfy knowing that I'd have better luck with replacement parts as well as finding optional add on stuff if I so desired. I went into this with no brand loyalty, so best bang for...
    01-16-16, 06:56 PM
  • Harbor Freight Blast Cabinet
    LORD HARDCORE
    originally posted by Runningwild on 03/15/2014

    This is one of the most valuable and useful tools in any garage. The blast cabinet. It can clean and refinish anything that will fit in the cabinet. It is not big enough for a wheel, but it is pretty big. Cost was about 200 bucks, but worth it. There are several things you need to consider before investing in this. You will need a very good compressor for this to work efficiently. I have a 60 gal from Lowe's and it is adequate. I wouldn't...
    01-16-16, 06:36 PM
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