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!

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.

Pick Up a Handy Welding Spoon without Forking Over a Lot of Cash!

For any serious welder out there, a Welding Spoon is a must-have accessory for making your work just a little easier.  And if you’re a welding novice who has never heard of a Welding Spoon before then here’s your introduction to a great tool that will help you in filling holes while welding!  If you’re looking to create a smooth, flat surface when filling a hole in metal, you’ll need this reliable welding accessory to ensure professional results.

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Even though it may not be used in every project, the Welding Spoon is a tool that many professional welders consider essential.  By placing the curved copper plate behind the hole you’re trying to fill, the Spoon not only supports the weld but also absorbs the heat, allowing for a cleaner finish.  In fact, with this tool in your arsenal, you’ll be able to fill holes without leaving any evidence at all that there was a hole there in the first place.  And best of all, at just $9.49, this inexpensive item won’t leave too big a hole in your tool budget either.

And what do our customers think?

“Made welding thin sheet metal easier. Just getting back into welding and this really works well.” – by SOCAL SCOUT from Irvine, CA

Thanks, SOCAL, for that review.   Short and sweet, just like your next project will be when you have this great Welding Spoon from Harbor Freight Tools in your Welding Cabinet.  With a dimpled vinyl grip, this welding accessory is both easy and comfortable to use.  And while you may not use it often, when the time comes to fill holes in metal, you’ll be glad you filled your tool box with this simple welding accessory!

A Hot Propane Torch for a Cool Price

Our customers are fired up about the small propane torch #91033 from Harbor Freight!  This hot, little item makes burning leaves, softening paint and melting ice both easy and safe!  At just $19.99, this useful torch won’t burn through your tool budget and will keep you from losing your cool during a tough job.  Plus, you still get the same high quality you’ve come to expect!

With this  trusty propane torch, you can burn weeds and driveway grass, melt ice, thaw metal pipes, destroy insect nests, start charcoals and campfires, remove stubborn, old vinyl flooring, soften paint and melt asphalt in a hurry with temperatures over 3,000° F.  The torch attaches to a standard 20 lb. propane tank and features a turbo blast trigger for maximum flame.

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Some Propane Torch Tips:

  • Never store or use propane indoors
  • Use a long-handled lighter to ignite
  • Always utilize eye protection and leather gloves when operating the torch
  • Always have a fire extinguisher nearby when using propane torches

And, here are a few reviews by actual users so you know I’m not just full of hot air:

“Great Torch. I bought this to light my charcoal since I run my bbq pit and smoker pretty frequently. Got this sucker on sale with 20% off. Connected the hose and hooked it to my propane tank in about 2 minutes. I used a flint striker to light it and I had a full load of charcoal ready to cook in about 5 minutes. I also used this to burn some weeds in the driveway and back yard. Great buy hands down!” — by dat504life from Torrance, CA

“Wow compared to my last burner, this is a 700% improvement. I was almost scared to hit the TURBO feature and I like fire!! FIRE GOOD! cant wait for the weeds next season… they don’t stand a chance. the only thing they could improve is a little longer hose, but to me the way it works is all I care about.” – by regg187 from LHC, AZ

Whether you’re in the market for a propane weed torch, a torch for removing paint from non-flammable surfaces or a general purpose propane torch for other applications, you’ll love this Propane Torch!  Get it while it’s hot!

Save Space and Add Convenience with the Retractable Hose Reel

Sometimes a tool simply adds convenience to your garage or shop, or has a space-saving feature that gives you more room to work in and to store your stuff.  And sometimes there’s an item like the Retractable Hose Reel with 50 Ft. Air/Water Hose that does both!  With this handy steel hose reel mounted in your work area, you’ll have instant access to your water or air hose and, when it’s not in use, it’s out of the way and neatly stored.  This not only frees up space but keeps the hose off the floor where it essentially becomes a tripping hazard.  With all of these benefits and an $89.99 price tag, you can’t afford to pass this incredible item up!  And if that still doesn’t reel you in, check out what actual customers think:

“No complaints. Works as advertised. Very solidly built. You may need an extra set of hands to mount it because it’s pretty heavy. No more air hoses to trip over. Makes things a lot easier.” – Dan from Jacksonville, FL

“I have used this for about 4 months in the shop daily for air, my pressure is 145psi. This unit always locks, always draws up nice, and does not leak. I am very happy with it and glad I bought it.” – Nathan from Elk River, MN

“I bought 2 of these. One for the shop and one for home. I have a 150psi air compressor and no problems with the hose or anything else. This was worth every cent and if you’re looking for a hose reel this is the one!!!!!” – Kevin Steele from North Jersey, NJ

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I would expect no fewer than four exclamation points from someone named Kevin Steele from New Jersey and Kevin doesn’t disappoint with a solid five.  And much like Mr. Steele, the awesome Retractable Hose Reel from Harbor Freight Tools won’t disappoint either!(!!!!) Use the included 50 foot, 3/8” diameter hose anytime you need it and, when you’re done, it retracts smoothly and effortlessly with a spring-loaded release so you can move right on to the next stage of your project.  Just mount the reel to your wall, floor, or ceiling and get to work!…!!!!

Portable Power for the Perfect Tailgating Party

Are you ready for some football??  It’s that time of year again and for the die-hard football fans out there, tailgating is often taken just as seriously as the outcome of the game.  It’s a time to socialize, grill up some pre-game food, and to show off your tailgating set-up of course.  You certainly don’t want to be left without power when you’re still getting geared up for the game and with the 900 Watts Peak/800 Running Watts, 2 HP Gas Generator from Harbor Freight Tools, you can rest easy while you party hard.

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“Used to provide power for tools and appliances in the motor home at the racetrack. Starts easy and runs up to 9 hours on tank of gas. Bolted this to a platform on the back of the motor home to run refrigerator, electric cooler, and fans on the 6 hour tow to the track. Ran great all the way. Ran for 9 hours on a tank of gas on the trip home, powering the 4 cubic foot fridge, and the electric cooler.” – FV Racer from Plainfield, NH

“Works whenever I need it to. Stays in the shed and always starts second pull. I keep stabilizer in the mix and it is over a year old without any issues. I used it for charging my cell phone, radio, and primarily fish tank life support.” – Chromebody from Maryland

At just $129.99, this little portable generator is a reliable and powerful addition to your tailgating kit.  Power up your mini-fridge, a TV or radio, and maybe a little heater or fan depending on the weather!  But no matter if it’s rain or shine, the 900 Watts Gas Generator is sure to make any pre-game party a little brighter.

Simplify Your Life and Save Your Back!

With work, family, traffic, that neighbor that always wants to talk about sports you don’t care about, and trying to figure out your cell phone bill, the last thing you need is more stress!  Instead, why not simplify your life with a gift for yourself from Harbor Freight Tools??

Imagine you’re in your house and you drop the TV remote.  If you’re like me, you don’t have the time or energy to bend over and pick it up.  At the same time, you also really want to change the channel because your favorite show is coming on.  Oh, the aggravation that would ensue! But what’s this? A handy-dandy EZ Reach & Grab Pickup and Reaching Tool to the rescue!  Look, I don’t name these tools, but the fact of the matter is, it works!  If the remote control fell within 3 feet of your couch, you can easily retrieve it by simply employing this ABS-reinforced pick-up tool.  And once you have that precious remote back in your possession, that means more channel-flipping time!

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But what if you’ve dropped something heavier than a television remote control?  Like your favorite paperweight?  I mean, what else will keep your papers and files from being blown asunder when a draft slips in?  Aside from backing up your documents electronically or perhaps going through the rigmarole of setting up filing cabinets and all that nonsense, there’s really only one solution.  With the EZ Reach & Grab Pickup and Reaching Tool nearby, you’ll get that paperweight back in no time.  Whether grabbing, picking up, or reaching, this tool’s got you covered and will lift items that weigh up to 5 pounds!  So that paperweight will quickly go back in its place while you remain squarely in the 20th century by resisting the advances of technology.

But I’m not here to judge, only help.  And the way to help you live a simpler life is to encourage you to get yourself either the 36” Pick-Up and Reach Tool or the EZ Reach & Grab Pickup and Reaching Tool from Harbor Freight Tools!  Sure, it’s not every day that you’ll need one, but when you do, you’ll be ready.  Because accidents happen, and one day you’ll need to bend over and pick something up .  Who needs the hassle?  Certainly not these satisfied customers:

“I have properties where we have to pick up A LOT of trash. I have used other more expensive pick up tools in the past. Frankly I hesitated to buy this one because it was so light weight. Well, it has worked very well, and I have a few of them for tenants to use. Excellent value!” – Locust Point from Hagerstown, MD

“I bought 3 on sale and they are terrific for yard cleanup, no more stooping over for every broken branch or pine cone.” – AceDublB from North Bay, ON

Let Harbor Freight Tools give you the lift you need–for just $8.99!—at your local store or at www.harborfreight.com!

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If you need it now, plan on getting it in the near future — or if you think you’ll probably need it “someday” and this price is just too good! — you’ll likely find the right tool at Harbor Freight Tools. Every week they release new coupons, offering incredibly low prices on their most popular products. Click on the image above and check out the savings on your favorite tools today– and every day!

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Essential Tools for Your First Apartment

 

It’s June– and as with every June, a new herd of college grads is cut loose into the world. This means new apartments, new (or new old) furniture, new roomies, and a whole slew of new domestic responsibilities. Something every grad should consider getting is a decent tool set. Yes, you’ll probably have a landlord that takes care of that kind of stuff. But landlords are not your parents and they sure won’t always be around when you need them. Sometimes you’ll have to take care of things yourself –and wouldn’t it be great if you could? That’s where Harbor Freight Tools comes in.

Here’s a list of just the most essential tools you’ll be wanting:

Design – Decorating is the most likely thing you’ll be doing on your own. Here are some tools that’ll help with that:

Plumbing – this should really be left to the professionals, but sometimes things happen and help is nowhere to be found. When you have nowhere to turn these items can help prevent a disaster.

All Around Necessities – some tools are just plain useful to have around. You never know when you may need to screw a doorknob back on or put together a new piece of furniture.

Lastly, you’ll need a nice toolbox or tool bag to store the stuff in so you can find them when you need them!

Car Restoration Tools Every Garage Needs

It’s funny how, as you get older, you start doing all the cool stuff you wanted to do when you were a punk teenager. Back in the 70’s we were all car crazy, 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 could actually work on them. Somehow, they managed to have the tools and supplies 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 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 dividends for years to come. But before we start doing that victory lap to “We Are the Champions,” 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 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 to get for your arsenal. Between the Die Grinder, Paint Sprayer and Impact Wrench, you’re going to get a lot of use out of it and, believe me, you’ll thank yourself every time you’ve got a 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.

Engine Work

A 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 a must 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 Creeper, Paint Stripper, Transmission Jack, Dent 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.

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