Forge Ahead with a Solid Cast Iron Anvil

For anyone handling metalwork or forging, an anvil is a necessary item. One of the oldest tools in existence, the anvil has had ample time for improvements and tweaks to the design. But at a certain point, you just can’t mess with perfection! And the 55 Lb. Rugged Cast Iron Anvil (Item #: 69161) from Harbor Freight Tools is a top notch forging tool for the rock bottom price of just $59.99.

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Whether it’s taking on a heavy duty job or withstanding continuous use over a long period of time, this top grade anvil holds up to the stress. Featuring a wide 8-3/4” x 4-1/8” work surface, this is the ideal anvil for creating custom work with professional-looking results.   Solid and durable, this versatile anvil is ready to take just about anything.

“I have used the anvil in leather work and I have also used it in bending and forging. You can cold-form soft metals and iron too. If you need to hammer on a cable clamp, it’s easy to do. It is portable since it is 55 pounds and it is wide enough for knifemakers and small forgings.” – by Dave from Kentucky

Need to see it in action? YouTube user Shadow Forge demonstrates how he uses the Harbor Freight Tools anvil to make railroad spikes.

And for smaller jobs, be sure to check out the 15 Lb. Rugged Cast Iron Anvil (Item #: 3999) which retails for only $19.99. This is a great anvil for hobbyists and jewelry-makers that don’t need a heavier anvil for their projects.

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“A great anvil if you are making jewelry, riveting chainmail, or working with metals of 18 gauge or lighter.” – by Nebraskan Saxon from Omaha, NE

“I love Blacksmithing and this is the best anvil I have ever worked with. The torch will not cut it and it does not wear. I rated it do-it-yourselfer but it is really professional quality.” – by “Torch” the blacksmith from Riverton, UT

TOP 10 MUST-HAVE COSPLAY TOOLS/ACCESSORIES FROM HARBOR FREIGHT TOOLS

When you think of cosplay, you may think of places like Comic-Con, E3 or Anime Expo, but you probably don’t think of Harbor Freight Tools. If you’re into making your own cosplay costumes, Harbor Freight Tools should be your first destination. Harbor Freight Tools is your one-stop tool shop for creating your cosplay attire, accoutrements and weapons. While cosplayers are willing to invest ample time and money into their passion, saving money is still a big plus! Harbor Freight Tools is known for “quality tools at ridiculously low prices.” Following is a list of the Top Ten Must-Have Cosplay Tools/Accessories from Harbor Freight Tools. All of these items are available at any one of their 500 stores nationwide or through harborfreight.com. (Note: prior to using any tool or material, please make sure to utilize all necessary safety precautions and safety equipment.)

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Heat Gun

Heat guns are a must when working with materials like foam, Sintra, Wonderflex and Worbla. A heat gun provides controlled heat so you can form and shape materials to your costume’s specifications.


(FOA Cosplay made this amazing World of Warcraft Paladin with Sintra)

 

Harbor Freight sells several different heat guns within a modest price range. Plus, there’s a nifty accessory kit to expand the functionality of your heat gun.

1500 Watt Dual Temperature Heat Gun (572°/1112°) item #: 96289

 

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430°-800° /570°-1160° Interval Heat Gun with LED Temperature Settings item #: 69343

 

1600 Watt Heavy Duty Dual Temperature Heat Gun

1600 Watt Heavy Duty Dual Temperature Heat Gun (1000°/1100°) item #: 69342

Heat Gun Accessory Kit 9 Pc

Heat Gun Accessory Kit 9 Pc item #: 68695

 

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Glue Gun

A glue gun is mandatory for costume construction. In many cases, a glue gun is the best way to bind materials, like EVA foam.

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(Cosplayer Nona Neon used EVA foam to make this incredible Pacific Rim Gypsie Danger costume)

 

Harbor Freight sells three glue guns along with the glue cartridges sold separately.

 

Professional Industrial Glue Gun

Professional/Industrial Glue Gun item #95939

 

High Temperature Full Size Glue Gun

High Temperature Full Size Glue Gun item 68334

 

High Temperature Mini Glue Gun

High Temperature Mini Glue Gun item #: 68337

50 Piece MultiTemp Full Size Glue Sticks

50 Piece MultiTemp® Full Size Glue Sticks item #: 68336

50 Piece MultiTemp Mini Glue Sticks

50 Piece MultiTemp® Mini Glue Sticks item #: 68329

 

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Woodburner

As the name implies, a woodburner is an excellent way to add detailed ornamentation to wood pieces. However, it’s also used as a detailing tool for other materials such as foam.

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(The middle details on this wood sword are 2mm foam detailed with a woodburner)

 

Harbor Freight offers a woodburner that’s ideal for soldering jobs, working with Styrofoam, cutting stencils or burning designs into wood or leather.

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30 Watt 5-In-1 Hobby Woodburner item #: 38593

 

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Orbital Sander

Whether you’re evening out the surface of a large shield or smoothing out filler on a mask, an orbital sander will quickly become your new best friend. The time saved compared to hand sanding is priceless let alone the fatigue you’ll avoid trying to generate up to 12,000 OPM (Oscillations Per Minute) on your own (I’m good for 60 OPM myself…)

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(An orbital sander was used several times during the construction of the Mirror Shield from Zelda: Ocarina of Time)

 

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(The finished shield)

 

Harbor Freight carries several types of orbital sanders, including a wet orbital sander. You’ll also find sanding discs in a variety of grits for rough work, finishing work or something in between. Check out their complete selection of orbital sanders and sanding pads.

 

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Epoxy

Bonding materials is a given when it comes to making your own cosplay costumes. You’ll need to have one or more epoxies on hand and ready to go. Sometimes you need to bond materials quickly. Other times, you need some wiggle room—time to line up or adjust the materials perfectly before the bond sets in. Harbor Freight offers several different types of epoxies, including:

0.2 Oz. Single Use Quick Setting Epoxy Adhesive item #: 96031

0.2 Oz. Single Use Delayed Setting Epoxy Adhesive item #: 96033

 

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Hobby Knife

The hobby knife is simply indispensable for the cosplay costumer maker, especially if you use the pepakura method to build your costumes. It’s also used to cut intricate stencils, EVA foam, you name it…

Harbor Freight sells a 33-piece deluxe hobby knife set that comes with 26 assorted blades, 2 standard blade holders and an ergonomic blade handle. The set also includes scratch awl blades, caliper, jeweler’s precision screwdriver, tweezers and a bonus pen-type precision screwdriver with six bits. It comes in a well-organized case so you’ll have quick and easy access to the blade you need for cutting, carving and crafting.

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33 Piece Deluxe Hobby Knife Set item #: 96551

 

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Spray Gun

For detail paint work, look no further than the 4 oz. Adjustable Detail Spray Gun from Harbor Freight Tools! The paint sprays from a standard circle pattern to a pinpoint fan for more accurate and efficient coverage. A spray gun can also be used to apply coats of wood glue to seal EVA foam for making armor and other accessories to your costume. Check out this video on how to do it!

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(Fan video – using the 4 Oz. Adjustable Detail Spray Gun to coat EVA armor)

 

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4 oz. Adjustable Detail Spray Gun item 92126

 

Note: a compressor is needed to run the spray gun. Harbor Freight carries an inexpensive line of compressors and compressor accessories as well.

 

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Nitrile Gloves

Before your cosplay costume is a site to behold, there’s a whole lot of mess leading up to it! Paints, epoxies… it’s veritable chemical warfare on your hands! In addition to masks, safety goggles and the like, all available through Harbor Freight, you should have several packs of nitrile gloves on hand. The form fitting gloves provide plenty of dexterity while providing superior chemical resistance. Harbor Freight offers thicknesses ranging from 3mm to 9mm in medium, large and extra-large sizes.

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Check out Harbor Freight’s full selection of nitrile gloves!

 

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Safety Goggles/Face Shields

You’ll be cutting, sawing, sanding… and Zeus-knows-what-else to get your costume convention ready. Just remember, it’s all fun and cosplay until someone loses an eye! Make mom proud and put safety first! Safety goggles and face shields are absolute necessities to keep your eyes and face protected while you focus on the task at hand. Harbor Freight has numerous eye safety options from which to choose.

 

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Rotary Tool

If Jerry Maquire were into cosplay, he would look at the rotary tool and say “You complete me.” Cutting, buffing, boring, sanding, engraving—more than a dozen jobs can be performed with just this one tool!


(Harrison Krix and Bill Doran create the hammered metal look with a rotary tool)

 

Harbor Freight offers plug-in and cordless rotary tool options. And in case you’re worried you won’t find enough uses for your new rotary tool, then check out the 249 Piece Rotary Tool Accessory Set which includes 67 cut-off wheels, 60 sanding wheels, 12 grinding wheels, 5 fiberglass reinforced cutting discs, 18 aluminum oxide grinding stones, 7 diamond burrs, 3 cutter burrs, 6 drill bits, 6 wheel brushes… the list goes on!

That’s the Top Ten list, but we’re really just scratching the surface. From duct tape to drill presses, batteries to shop vacs and hand tools to workbenches, Harbor Freight has what you need to fortify your cosplay costume making workshop or build one from scratch while saving a ton money in the process!

Adjustable Shade Welding Helmets to Fit Any Job

Aside from a top-notch welder, the most important welding accessory you can have is a great, reliable welding helmet. At Harbor Freight Tools, we don’t just have the best in welding protection, but also a couple of stylish designs to choose from that will help you stick out from the pack!

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For the Do-It-Yourselfer just looking for a basic helmet without any fancy artwork, the Adjustable Shade Auto-Darkening Welding Helmet (SKU #: 46092) is all you need. At just $49.99, it’s the most affordable of the welder’s helmets available and features adjustable sizing for a comfortable fit. While it’s not recommended for TIG welding, this basic welding helmet is a perfect fit for the novice welder as well as the professional for handling a variety of welding tasks.

“Works just as good, if not better, than hoods costing 3x as much. It’s great for MIG and SMAW welding. Quick changeover filter makes this a pleasure to use. I have no problem with purchasing another if this one should ever fail.” – by Phil from Louisville, KY

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If you’re the type that likes a little extra flair on their equipment, maybe step up to the Auto Darkening Welding Helmet with Blue Flame Design (SKU #: 91214) for only $54.99. This welder’s helmet is suitable for TIG welding as well as MIG/flux, plasma arc welding and cutting, air carbon cutting, and stick welding. And all with the cool blue flames emblazoned on your helmet, you’ll look just as hot as the metal you’re welding!

“I asked my wife to get this for me for Christmas last year. I just got a chance to use it. It works perfectly! The adjustments to speed and sensitivity are perfect. As a former professional welder I was amazed that something so low cost could work so good. The suspension is a bit less than desired, but for the money? This is a GREAT DEAL. So, 5 stars is valid. Thanks Harbor Freight for another great deal on a tool.” – by gliverson from Boise, ID

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Need a little more flash on your gear? Then check out the Auto Darkening Welding Helmet with Racing Stripe Design (SKU #: 67854). This handsomely designed welder’s helmet is available for $59.99 and comes with a grind mode feature as well. With this mode engaged, the helmet becomes a grind shield with no shade flickering. And along with battery assistance, the helmet includes a solar powered component for added efficiency.

“Bought this at the same time when I bought the 90 amp HF flux core welder. It worked just fine and has good features. I’m glad I bought it and I’m sure I will get plenty of use out of it AND the welder. Thanks HF once again for making tools affordable for the do-it-yourselfer!!” – by Dewart Lake Tackle Company from Syracuse, IN

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For the top-of-the-line in welding helmets, you’ll want the Variable Auto-Darkening Welding Helmet with Metal Head Design (SKU #: 68782). This versatile welder’s helmet features variable sensitivity as well as adjustable delay time that can be fine-tuned for each individual project. And even this advanced helmet with its cool metallic look is only $69.99.

“A little more money but I think it’s worth it because it’s more comfortable. It looks like a more expensive helmet. The sensitivity is higher too. Had the basic helmet (the black one) 49 years . Worked great, then the batteries died but I got my money’s worth out of it. Hope this one lasts that long!” – by Dom the excavator from Pensacola, FL

Lucky for Dom, these durable helmets are made to last. So head over to your local Harbor Freight Tools store today and pick up the welder’s helmet that best suits your needs and experience! Each one of them comes with tons of features and a ridiculously low price that you’ll find only at Harbor Freight.

A Versatile Multi-Task Ladder That’s a Step Above the Rest

While it’s nice to be prepared to handle a variety of tasks, it’s not always easy. Every garage and shop should have a stepladder but not every workspace has room for a scaffold, extendable ladder and workbench as well. Besides, paying for all those items individually would add up quick! Well, that’s why Harbor Freight Tools has created the 17 ft. Type 1A Multi-Task Ladder (SKU#: 67646). And this handy shop accessory is so easy to use, you could have it changed to a different position in the time it would take you to say its name. image_8094 The 17 ft. Ladder can be put into 23 different configurations, allowing you to handle just about any job that could come up. And not only does it reconfigure to become a step ladder, extension ladder, and stairway ladder, but also a scaffold or workbench! Plus, when you’re done with the ladder for the day, it folds flat for easy storage. Just think how much room 23 separate items would take up! And at just $137.99, it won’t take up much room in your wallet either. Here are comments from a few actual customers who have gotten a leg up on their project with this multi-task ladder:

“Very easy to use, especially with the ability to extend the sides separately when used as a step ladder. This is a very sturdy ladder, one of the sturdiest aluminum ladders I have ever used. It is also very easy to adjust height and configuration. I keep one at my log cabin in the woods and one at home. I’ve had mine about 4 months with no problems at all. Are there more expensive ladders? Yes. Are there better ladders? Not that I’ve found, especially for the price.” – by Jerry from Evansville, IN

“This is a great ladder in terms of quality and price. Its solid and just as good as the other higher priced brands. You cant get this at a better price and with a discount coupon its 20% off. You can’t beat that for good quality. So if you need a multitask ladder this one is highly recommended.” – by DC from Miami

“After looking at other ladders of the same type, I had thought the prices were just too high for me to purchase until I saw this ladder in the HF sale paper. I had used all tricks in the book to work on my 10 ft high ceilings, Putting myself at great risk as I’m 71 yrs old but not anymore with this great ladder from HF!!!” – by GJ from Ringgold, GA

Sturdy, reliable, and convenient, this multi-task ladder supports up to 300 lbs. in any position so you can work efficiently and quickly from job to job. Plus, since it’s made out of super strong aircraft grade aluminum, it’s lightweight as well as durable! But this is an in-story only item so get to your local Harbor Freight location today and pick one up!

Haul More for Less with the Steel Mesh Deck Wagon

If you love your Harbor Freight tool cart but wish you had one for the back yard, then we’ve got just the thing to lighten your landscaping load. The Steel Mesh Deck Wagon (SKU#: 60359) does the exact same job as your rolling tool storage but designed for the outdoors! Now, with this open-sided wagon cart from Harbor Freight Tools, you can haul up to 1,000 lbs. of yard materials, tools, fertilizer, or whatever else you need easily. Whether you’re working the farm, seeding a field, or just gardening in the back yard, this convenient deck wagon cart is the ideal outdoor accessory for easy transport of equipment and accessories!

Because this steel wagon is designed with large turf-tread pneumatic tires and a wide wheelbase, it travels easily across grass, dirt, and other terrain without tipping over and spilling whatever you may be carrying. And with a cushion grip on the easy-to-maneuver handle, this wagon handles like a dream. Just load it up and you’re ready to go!

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“I bought one to haul tools, ready mix concrete bags, mixed concrete (in plastic mixing container), axes, shovels… Liked it so much I’m buying one to haul heavy tools, equipment and supplies from my workshop at home to and from the pickup truck and boat. My back is hugely grateful for the relief.” – by jeenious from Northwest Louisiana

“My 10 y.o. son bought this cart for his lawn mowing business. His 22 inch cut mower fits on it. I have welded on a ramp that folds up so he can push the mower right up on it and 2 poles with hooks so he can put the string trimmer on. The wire mesh is great for bungee cording everything down to keep it in place.” – by Chef Marc from Harrisburg, PA

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For any gardening enthusiast, landscaper, or outdoor do-it-yourselfer, this handy Steel Mesh Deck Wagon is not only a back-saver, but a money-saver too. At just $79.99, the cart is a cost-effective addition to your outdoor arsenal and will pay for itself by saving you back strain as well. If you want to double-down on your yardwork comfort, then also take a look at the Rolling Work Seat (SKU#: 91495) too. While the Wagon holds your tools, the Work Seat allows you to sit and work comfortably while keeping strain off your knees in the process. And if you need quick access to a tool, the Work Seat provides a convenient tool tray just under the seat so you won’t have to get up repeatedly to grab one tool.

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With all the saving you’ll be doing on your back, joints, and tool budget, you almost can’t afford to NOT get this ultra-convenient outdoor wagon. Even if you only work outside intermittently, you can definitely benefit from a portable tool carrier like this one.

Keep Fenders Clean and Scratch-Free While You Work!

Whether you’re a professional mechanic or an at-home auto enthusiast, you know how important it is to keep things clean and organized. At least as much as possible anyway. And when you’re working under the hood, things can get messy. That’s why Harbor Freight Tools has you (and your fender) covered with the heavy duty Fender Cover Work Mat. With this handy accessory draped over your fender and work area, you’ll not only keep grease and oil off your vehicle but scratches too. And at just $9.99 each, you won’t be spending a lot of scratch to get it!

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This tough, durable mat fits right over your fender and stays put for as long as you need it to with four covered magnets.  And the vinyl surface is simple to clean and wipe so there’s no lingering mess.  The underside is made of nylon to improve longevity and makes this excellent fender cover mat a must-have accessory for any auto worker! Just see what one satisfied customer has to say:

“If you do any under hood work on cars or trucks this is a lifesaver. Stop from accidental scratches or spilling chemicals (like brake fluid or coolant) on the finish of your car or truck while working on them to save money. Plus, with this cover you won’t scratch the car with your belt buckle or tools that drop. Work better with more confidence w/o worrying about the finish of the car.” – by Big Bad Dad from Bellingham, WA

Obviously Big Bad Dad loves his cars. And for anyone else who loves cars, you want to keep them damage free and clean, even while you’re repairing them. So don’t leave the smoothness of your car’s finish up to chance! Pick up a Fender Cover Work Mat from Harbor Freight and keep your work area clean!

Dig This Towable Ride-On Trencher

Digging a trench is heavy duty work!  Which is why you need a heavy duty tool to get the job done right.  Enter the Towable Ride-On Trencher from Harbor Freight Tools.  This machine lets you dig trenches up to 8 feet deep with ease and quickness. And with the attached padded seat, you’ll do it in comfort too.  Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a veteran do-it-yourselfer, this trencher is a workhorse that will save you time, money and hassle by providing reliable results and pinpoint accuracy. image_18941 The sheer number of tasks that this machine can accomplish will surprise you too.  Sure, it’s made to dig trenches but the machine does more than just that.  Replace drain field lines, dig up bothersome tree stumps, or just dig a hole for a septic line.  It’s all possible with the Towable Ride-On Trencher.  And even if that 3 Tooth Trencher Bucket wears out after putting in its time, a replacement trencher bucket is available through Harbor Freight for just $250. image_13124

“This little devil can grip and rip! I purchased it in 2008 and thought I’d kill it off by now. It has a well-balanced design that allowed me to walk it out in soft tidal muck and back out again. Engine always starts easy. An incredible bargain. I’m sorely tempted to buy another one since they are on sale.” – by Greg from Florida “I am so glad I talked myself into purchasing this trencher. I have gotten so much use out of it in just the 2 weeks I have had it. I’ve dug a couple holes in hard ground for the trees my wife bought and I have used it to clear out a bunch of brush.” – by Skoalmt from Eureka, Ca “We have had this trencher for over 7 years and keep finding new uses every day. We have used it for everything from stump removal to digging out footers. Friends and family always want to borrow it and we have no problem letting them since we know it will get the job done. I wish that we had an hour meter on it to prove the amount of use we have gotten:  500 + hours.” – by Brian from Allentown, Pa

This incredible trenching machine gives you the power you need to handle big digging jobs quickly and easily.  A 9 horsepower industrial engine powers the hydraulic pump so you know you’re getting all the leverage you need as you dig up to 7 feet deep.  Plus, with the included hitch coupler, you can easily hook the trencher up to your pickup truck for added portability.  Now you can work without breaking your back OR the bank!  Pick up this behemoth machine for just $2,499.99 and find out for yourself why everyone is raving about the Towable Ride-On Trencher.

Low Cost Auto Restoration Tools

dazed chevelle Remember back, driving your parents’ station wagon or sensible Buick, dreaming of the cool wheels beyond your reach? Cherry Bomb and header and 4-barrel carb were part of our vernacular, just not part of our lives. It’s funny how, now as we get older, we can do all the cool stuff we wanted to do when we were punk teenagers. We were car crazy, man, and many’s the time I envied the guys in the neighborhood who were out on their front lawns, working on their Dodge Challengers or GTO “Goats”—

—not just because they HAD them (which would have been enough), but because they WORKED on them. They probably borrowed their dads’ tools, saved up working shit jobs to get parts and supplies, and spent Satyurdays doing whatever it took to keep their wheels “cherry.” Nowadays, though, when you hear (and feel) a carb-powered 426 Hemi thundering down the road, it’s a geezer you’re more likely to see behind the wheel than a punk. And chances are, that geezer is one of us. Classic car restoration is more popular than ever, and with the help of online parts stores, chat forums and YouTube videos, guys who thought they’d never get to rebuild their favorite classic rides are now living the dream– in their garages (and on their lawns), doing just that. If you’ve decided to restore a vehicle yourself, I salute you. Not only will you save thousands of dollars, you’ll be embarking on a long, challenging– even therapeutic– journey that will reap rewards for years to come. But before we start doing that victory lap, to “Eye of the Tiger,” let me suggest some basic tools you’ll want right out of the gate to make the dream a reality (unless, of course, you like repeatedly going back & forth to the store when you’re in the middle of doing something): The Must-Have Tool The Air Compressor will quickly become your best friend over the course of your restoration. It’s the first thing you’ll need for your arsenal. Between the Die GrinderPaint Sprayer and Impact Wrench, you’ll get a lot of use out of it and, believe me, you’ll thank yourself every time you facea big chore that you don’t have to do manually. It needs to have a decent enough CFM—at least 5-6 CFM per minute at 90 psi– so that the long bursts of sanding, buffing or cutting won’t wear too hard on the compressor. You could get the job done with a 29-Gallon Tank Unit, but if you can swing it, go for a 60-Gallon Compressor, with power to spare. By the way, the Die Grinder is great for polishing the inside of the head ports, cleaning up metal and using with a cut-off wheel to repair panels. Air power, man… it’s a bacon-saver.

Engine Work Compression Tester will help diagnose vital motor issues, such as worn piston rings, burnt valves and bad head gaskets.  This is a great first tool to use when you get your new project car home. You can even take it with you to test a car before you buy it! While it’s not vital for the project, you may want to consider picking up a “cherry-picker” Engine Hoist, especially if you’re planning to restore more than one vehicle. A good 2-Ton Shop Crane should be sufficient, and will more than pay for itself in the long run. Most likely, you should have the cylinders re-bored. A cylinder bore gauge is needed to check for taper, out-of-round and oversize on the cylinders if you are rebuilding the motor yourself. Any critical wear on the cylinder can be reached with this gauge. An Engine Cylinder Hone will de-glaze the cylinder walls and give them a nice, smooth finish. Next, you’ll want a Valve Spring Compressor to remove the valves for a rebuild. Also a cheap valve lapping tool, with grinding compound, helps reseat the valves. Piston Ring Pliers will help you remove and replace the rings on the pistons without breaking them. A Piston Ring Compressor is needed for the installation of the pistons. Also, a piston groove cleaner will remove the carbon crud from the piston grooves. A Dial Indicator is used to measure run-out on things like the flywheel, and endplay on the crankshaft. While there are various types of mounts, including magnetic base and screw mounts, I recommend the clamping mount because it’s faster and easier to work with. Next, a Stud Puller is necessary for removing stripped, rusted and otherwise stubborn head studs, as well as exhaust & intake manifold studs. Another tool you cannot live without is the Torque Wrench—two, actually. Get both a 1/2″ drive and 3/8″ drive for your tool cabinet. These are essential to torque all your bolts to factory specs. Have a complete Tap and Die Set on hand, preferably with both SAE & metric. You’ll find this invaluable for cleaning up old bolts and restoring rusted holes. A good Digital Micrometer is needed to precisely measure anything.

Body Work MIG Welder. You won’t get through a restoration job without it. Why a MIG welder, as opposed to another type? Well, for starters, if you’re new to this kind of project, the MIG is the easiest to learn. Also, they work with the most common types of metals, overhead welding is easier, and the MIG welder works fast. You’ll also want a Hammer & Dolly Set, otherwise known as a “Body & Fender Set.” These tools go a long way in repairing and straightening steel panels, and all-around custom fab work. This one, made by Pittsburgh, probably has the best price you’re going to find, and one look at the customer reviews should convince you there’s no need to keep looking. A Step Drill is essential to make quick, clean work out of drilling large diameter holes for auto-body jobs such as installing chrome trim, and for firewall holes. A Spot Weld Cutter works great in restoration projects and does just what its name implies. Also, a Plumber’s Torch is great for softening and shaping metal. As you work on your project, you’ll find a Bench Grinder and Drill Press are extremely helpful in the auto restoration process.  Plus, a Wire Wheel on the grinder is a must and makes cleaning up parts quick and simple.

Additional Work Make sure you include various Brake Tools, a Tubing Bender and brake flare tool. Finally, get a CreeperPaint StripperTransmission JackDent Repair Kit, and a Comprehensive Mechanics Tool Kit, and you’ll be equipped to tackle most everything involved in your car restoration, as well as many other future projects. Of course, you’ll inevitably be needing cleaners, sealants, lubricants and the odd part along the way, but consider yourself the proud owner of an equipped auto restoration garage.

gremlin Now, get out there and make that Gremlin Funny Car a reality!

Tale of the Tape

Sometimes the simplest tools can be the most effective.  Any do-it-yourselfer knows how essential tough, reliable tape can be and no self-respecting handyman would be caught without it.  Duct tape and electrical tape both are two indispensable items that you can never have enough of.  And, when it comes to high quality expendables, Harbor Freight Tools has everything you need.  Whether it’s traditional duct tape or electrical tape, with these handy items, you’ll be able to handle any sticky situation.

There’s no denying that duct tape is one of the most versatile and useful tools in the world.  If you don’t have a roll somewhere in your toolbox or garage, there’s a good chance you’ll find yourself in a tight spot at one point or another and wish you did.  For just $4.29, you can pick up a big roll of 2” x 50 Yard Cloth Back Silver Duct Tape (or 4 rolls for $14.99) and be ready for just about anything.  From the more traditional uses like repairing air ducts and handling small household projects to more unique applications like patching a hole in a tarp or fixing broken hoses, duct tape can be a life-saver as well as just unbelievably useful.

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“Incredibly strong, durable and very long lasting. I can honestly say it is the best duct tape I have ever used.” – by PRIMETIME from Houston, Tx

“I recently bought a roll of this tape and I am really impressed with its performance. It sticks as good as duct tape costing two times the price.” – by ironduke from Parts Unknown

So what about you electricians out there?  Need to stock up on electrical tape?  Of course you do because this stuff is the cousin of duct tape and just as important to have on hand.  Heavy duty electrical tape not only provides insulation for wiring jobs but also handles other tasks in a pinch.  With a tight grip and the ability to conform to sharp contours, electrical tape is pretty handy as just regular old tape too.  How many rolls of 60’ x 3/4″ Industrial Grade Electrical Tape do you think you could get for $4.99?  How about 10?  Only Harbor Freight sticks by that kind of deal.

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“I recently had to cut open some wire looms I’d taped up a few years back to move some harnesses and I noticed how well this stuff held up under the hood, through Michigan winters and salt. It’s about time to buy more so I figured I’d go ahead and review it. I like it!” – by EvilSteve from Warren, MI

You don’t have to be a professional grade contractor or run a repair shop to benefit from duct tape or electrical tape.  These are items that anyone should have readily available, just in case.  Even if they don’t provide a permanent solution, reliable tape can solve lots of problems temporarily and allow you to get some professional help if necessary.  But, if you like to handle things yourself, don’t hesitate to load up on this terrific tape.

Pittsburgh Tubing Roller: This Is How We Roll

If you’re in the market for an economical manual tubing roller, you really should take a look at the Pittsburgh Tubing Roller (SKU #99736) from Harbor Freight. This sturdy, heavy-duty tubing roller is an absolute wonder.

It’s easy to use and includes 1, 1-1/2 and 2-inch rollers that can bend tubing anywhere from 3/4-inch to 2-inches in diameter. It even supports 3/4-inch, 1-1/4-inch and 2-inch Electrical Metallic Tubing (EMT) conduit sizes.  Whether your project is for work or hobby, the tubing roller works incrementally so that you can create bends as precise as necessary. An excellent tool for the price!

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The Pittsburgh tubing roller bends it like Beckham.

The Pittsburgh Tubing Roller does a lot and takes up little space. It’s portable and a prize to have around the shop. It’s made for bending mild steel, copper and aluminum tubing, alike. You can use it to fabricate an exhaust, roll bars and many other projects. This is one of those fun toys when doing a cage because your tube work can follow the arc of the windshield, have a domed roof, or whatever other normal or wacky job you can think of. It also does a decent job with bike-quality bends for the serious cyclist. The roller can be bench-mounted as well on this Central Machinery Adjustable Pedestal Stand (sold separately); just make sure your workbench is solid, level and strong enough to support not only the tool itself, but your work material and any pressure applied while bending.

Here are just a few comments from owners:

Really great tool and easy to use. This took about 5 minutes or less to complete and I was going slow and easy.”  The Nettletons – Marietta, GA

“Works great. If you start rolling bigger tube such as 1 1/2″ you will get a work out but 1″ and smaller is a piece of cake but no matter what size you roll the results are amazing. Just take your time and it will turn out great. I have been using mine to build furniture and it turns out gorgeous.”  JoeBro – Undisclosed

“I am always afraid of cheap tools but this is a great tool for the price. It is a substantial piece of equipment. It comes with 3 sets of dies and works very well. I bought the flat die set as well. Makes beautiful rings in 1/4 x 1 1/2 steel.”  Robert – Undisclosed

Keep in mind this unit is designed for bending copper, aluminum and mild steel. Never try to bend plastic or PVC pipe with it. Another word of caution: Always check your minimum practical bend radius. This depends on the diameter and wall thickness of the tube you are working with. Making bends with too small of a radius will result in tube deformations like flattening, folding or rupturing. As always, practice on a piece of scrap material prior to starting your project.

The Pittsburgh Tubing Roller performs like much higher-priced models without bending your budget. At just $169.99, it’ll keep you rolling for years to come!