Tool of the Week: Heat Gun


The heat gun is one of those tools like the five pound sledgehammer which reveals its many uses as time passes. The idea is simple if not slightly dangerous. Like a hopped up hair dryer, the heat gun focuses superheated air in whichever direction it is pointed. This makes the heat gun great for softening up and removing everything from old vinyl graphics to unwanted paint. The … [Read more...]

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...]