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Kyle
Moderator

The feeling of success from building your own tools is worth the grind

Just about every repair or maintenance job on a car requires tools. If you're like me, your garage is piled with stacks of tools on shelves and in neat organizers. Dozens of wrenches, sockets, and even a slew of specialty items that are intended for only one task.

Humans have been using tools for roughly three million years. Advanced use traces goes back 10,00 years. Maybe these primitive roots explain why building one's own tools provides a satisfaction unlike anything else for the home do-it-yourselfer.

 

Read the full article on Hagerty.com: https://www.hagerty.com/media/maintenance-and-tech/the-feeling-of-success-from-building-your-own-too...

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drjim
Detailer

Thanks for the encouragement, Kyle!

 

I'm going to have to build a tool almost identical to yours to hold the cam sprockets on my Toyota 5M-GE engine when I change the timing belt. I've had this in mind for a few months now, and since it's finally warmed up enough to work in the garage again, I'm gonna get crackin' on this.

 

I have the metal stock, bolts that fit, and a length of all-thread if I need it. All I needed was a little nudge, and you just gave it to me.

 

- Jim

Kyle
Moderator

Glad to be of some help! Playing with timing always makes me nervous, but careful work will make your timing belt easy. be sure to let us know how it goes!
drjim
Detailer

Well, I made the tool and it fits just fine. After I finish refurbishing the urethane front bumper I'll get started on the timing belt change.

DougL
Intermediate Driver

Nice job! 

Kyle
Moderator

Thanks!