Tool of the Week: Mechanic Stool


Sitting on a stool is a famously popular activity the world over. Add some slakey beverages, put the stool at a bar, and folks will part with substantial sums of money and time. If you're reading this chances are your stool of choice is out in the garage, probably has some wheels on it, and most certainly has a wrench or two sitting on the handy built-in tray. Such is the dual … [Read more...]

Tool of the Week: Mitsubishi ECI Checker


One of the great laments of the mothballs-in-their-pants set of the vintage car world is the demise of carburetors. These newfangled kids don't know how to adjust a carburetor with a shoelace, crumpled up Chesterfield, and piece of elbow macaroni. Fuel injection is all part of a larger Trilateral Commission conspiracy to keep track of our special thoughts. And so on. Don't get … [Read more...]

Tool of the Week: Mechanic’s Stethoscope


The biggest trick to fixing something broken is diagnosis, or identifying what to fix in the first place. When it comes to vexing mechanical problems there is probably no greater source of mystery than car noises. Pinpointing the source of the sound in question is the key to victory, and there is no better tool for this task than the simple mechanic's stethoscope. For just a … [Read more...]

Tool of the Week: Fiat SST


Going by the book while driving and repairing fine vintage automobiles usually means running into the point where the manual says use Special Service Tool X-5745 to remove a bearing, or SST set 09612-10091 and a block of wood to overhaul the steering gear. Many of these tools have long since been tossed into the dumpster of discontinued parts. Lack of availability can result in … [Read more...]

Tool of the Week: Nut and Bolt Gauge


In a time before nuts and bolts were packaged into useless plastic bags in never correct quantities, gathering fasteners was as easy as heading down to your auto parts or hardware store and just asking for a dozen M8 45 millimeter exhaust studs with a 1.25 thread pitch and matching copper pinch nuts. While there are some auto parts joints and fastener suppliers that still … [Read more...]