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v8mgb
Jim Miller

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01/01/2008 11:38AM

Main British Car:
78 MGB Buick 215

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Useful Tools
Posted by: v8mgb
Date: October 09, 2018 03:07PM

Thought I would see if there is any interest in starting a thread of helpful tools. This would provide a spot to share, store and discuss helpful hand tools, software, apps and websites. I will start it out with a link to Dan Masters Speed-RPM calculator which I can host from my Google Drive which is another useful tool. I also converted the spreadsheet to Google Sheets which is free if you dont have access to Microsoft Excel.

I also added a version of the spreadsheet that allows the you to input the actual tire diameter instead of the program doing it. The 205/50-15, according to Tire Rack measurements, can vary from 22.8" to 23.2". The spreadsheet was done by Dan Masters per Carl's request

Both versions are below in Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel

Google Sheets version of Dan Masters Speed-RPM calculator
[drive.google.com]


Microsoft Excel version of Dan Masters Speed-RPM calculator
[drive.google.com]

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Google Sheets version of Dan Masters Speed-RPM calculator - Allows Actual Tire Diameter to be input
[docs.google.com]

Microsoft Excel version of Dan Masters Speed-RPM calculator - Allows Actual Tire Diameter to be input
[drive.google.com]



Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 10/12/2018 03:27PM by v8mgb.


v8mgb
Jim Miller

(85 posts)

Registered:
01/01/2008 11:38AM

Main British Car:
78 MGB Buick 215

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Re: Useful Tools
Posted by: v8mgb
Date: October 11, 2018 10:38AM

Here is an article on the top 20 things to buy from Harbor Freight. It’s where I get my nitrial gloves from.

[www.familyhandyman.com]


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3670 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Useful Tools
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: October 11, 2018 11:24AM

Lifts for 8' ceiling garages (like mine).

Triumph C7000

[nationalautotools.com]

MaxJax

[www.maxjaxusa.com]

QuickJack

[www.quickjack.com]

Kwik-Lift

[www.kwik-lift.com]

EZcarlift

[ezcarlift.com]


RMO 699F
Mike Maloney
SW Ohio
(519 posts)

Registered:
12/09/2007 12:28PM

Main British Car:
MGB Sebring GT, Arkley Spriget, Lotus 7 Stalker 3.9 Rover, 1275cc, 3.4 V6

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Re: Useful Tools
Posted by: RMO 699F
Date: October 11, 2018 07:40PM

Very interesting Jim!


v8mgb
Jim Miller

(85 posts)

Registered:
01/01/2008 11:38AM

Main British Car:
78 MGB Buick 215

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Re: Useful Tools
Posted by: v8mgb
Date: October 12, 2018 03:33PM

Has anyone converted there T12 florescent shop lights to LED? Wondering what the best approach is. A quick cost comparison shows the link below is the lowest cost per lumen vs installing LED lights into my existing florescent fixtures.

[www.amazon.com]



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BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5776 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Useful Tools
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: October 12, 2018 05:21PM

Jim, those are good lights and that is a very good price. I have installed them in the house as indirect lighting and in the tin carport which is being set up for paint work. Considering them for the main shop as well. They daisy chain nicely. I had one bad out of 18 and it was easy to repair.

Easy to install. Mount 2 clips with screws. then clip and plug in.

Jim


v8mgb
Jim Miller

(85 posts)

Registered:
01/01/2008 11:38AM

Main British Car:
78 MGB Buick 215

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Re: Useful Tools
Posted by: v8mgb
Date: October 12, 2018 10:16PM

Thanks Jim. I think I will do the 8 pack.


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3670 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Useful Tools
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: October 14, 2018 11:31AM

6500K is likely going to have a blueish tint.


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5776 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Useful Tools
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: October 14, 2018 12:12PM

They should be available in warm white.

Jim


MGBV8
Carl Floyd
Kingsport, TN
(3670 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 11:32PM

Main British Car:
79 MGB, Buick 215

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Re: Useful Tools
Posted by: MGBV8
Date: October 14, 2018 02:24PM

4000K is better, IMO.


v8mgb
Jim Miller

(85 posts)

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Main British Car:
78 MGB Buick 215

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Re: Useful Tools
Posted by: v8mgb
Date: October 14, 2018 07:05PM

More research, Another way to convert a standard florcent light fixture is to use “ballast bypass” bulbs. Basically the ballast is taken out of the circuit and the neutral and hot wires are connected to terminals on one end of the bulb. Need to make sure the socket you wire up to hot and neutral is not shunted. This appears to be the lowest cost with 4’ bulbs as low as $5 each.

For the garage I will most likely use the solution from Amazon. For a large room like the garage I would like to spread the light sources out. For my basebent shop I think I will probably use ballast bypass bulbs and reuse the existing fixtures. Prices for LED’s will most likely continue to drop.


Scott68B
Scott Costanzo
Columbus, Ohio
(540 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 11:30AM

Main British Car:
1968 MGB GM 5.3 LS4 V8

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Re: Useful Tools
Posted by: Scott68B
Date: October 14, 2018 08:55PM

Here are a couple of tools I inherited from my father-in-law that I think are really useful. This first picture shows a floor rinsing tool. You use it with a hose and it has nozzles that spray down and in a concentrated area so you can get close to things you aren't moving without getting them and the walls wet.

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This next one is a made in the USA Rubbermaid dust pan from the 60s. I'm sure there are good ones out there still but I haven't run across them. When you sweep stuff into this thing, very little of the dust goes under it so it makes the job so much easier....I like it. By the looks of my floor I need to use both of them soon! :)

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Charles
Charles Long
McDonald, TN
(177 posts)

Registered:
09/15/2013 08:54AM

Main British Car:
1966 MGB V6 1994 Camaro 3.4L 60V6

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Re: Useful Tools
Posted by: Charles
Date: January 21, 2019 08:54PM

Jim, good idea, I was going to think of it later but you beat me to it.

I have purchased a new air compressor, so quit you can stand next to the compressor and talk normal.

This thing is "morgue at 3 am" quiet.

I think it is the one supplied by California Air, I got mine at HD.

I don't work for either or gain from either.
charles
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v8mgb
Jim Miller

(85 posts)

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01/01/2008 11:38AM

Main British Car:
78 MGB Buick 215

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Re: Useful Tools
Posted by: v8mgb
Date: January 21, 2019 11:42PM

A quiet compressor would be nice! I have a loud one.


88v8
Ivor Duarte
Gloucestershire UK
(643 posts)

Registered:
02/11/2010 04:29AM

Main British Car:
1974 Land Rover Lightweight V8

Re: Useful Tools
Posted by: 88v8
Date: February 11, 2019 01:27PM

Especially useful for cleaning the underside, rust proofing, suchlike messy things one doesn't want to do in the garage, this giant jack
[newatlas.com]

Just watch out for oil escaping from the engine, that wouldn't be so funny.
$1,000 if you're brave right now, on Kickstarter.


Ivor


v8mgb
Jim Miller

(85 posts)

Registered:
01/01/2008 11:38AM

Main British Car:
78 MGB Buick 215

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Re: Useful Tools
Posted by: v8mgb
Date: February 14, 2019 12:47PM

Harbor Freight Tools Coupon Database

Love or hate the HF its all about the coupon. This is a link to searchable database and allows you to search for the item your interested in pull up a picture of the coupon on your phone. It also has all the coupons for the free stuff My local HF accepts a picture of the coupon. Put the link on your phone and your set.

[www.hfqpdb.com]


kstevusa
kelly stevenson
Southern Middle Tennessee
(912 posts)

Registered:
10/25/2007 09:37AM

Main British Car:
2003 Jaguar XK8 Coupe 4.2L DOHC/ VVT / 6sp. AT

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Re: Useful Tools
Posted by: kstevusa
Date: February 14, 2019 02:51PM

This type of flex 24" long hose clamp tool is great for hard to get to none geared clamps. There are opposing schools of thought regarding geared vs spring pressure clamps. Geared has sub categories( std. and full circle EFI). Spring clamps are said to hold a constant pressure and the rubber softens and not require re-tightening. At least that is Jaguars position. :-)

E-Bay seller listing, no affiliation

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24-034-inch-Long-Reach-Flexible-Hose-Clamp-Pliers-Locking-Tool-Fuel-Oil-Water-Hose
24-034-inch-Long-Reach-Flexible-Hose-Clamp-Pliers-Locking-Tool-Fuel-Oil-Water-Hose
24-034-inch-Long-Reach-Flexible-Hose-Clamp-Pliers-Locking-Tool-Fuel-Oil-Water-Hose
24-034-inch-Long-Reach-Flexible-Hose-Clamp-Pliers-Locking-Tool-Fuel-Oil-Water-Hose

Details about 24" inch Long Reach Flexible Hose Clamp Pliers Locking Tool Fuel Oil Water Hose


rficalora
Rob Ficalora
Willis, TX
(2602 posts)

Registered:
10/24/2007 02:46PM

Main British Car:
'76 MGB w/CB front, Sebring rear, early metal dash Ford 302

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Re: Useful Tools
Posted by: rficalora
Date: February 14, 2019 09:02PM

Here's a cool tool I recently got. $15 on Amazon - it's effectively a bore scope that uses your phone for the display & can snap pics &/or capture video. I haven't used it on the car yet, but will capture some video when I do. I did use it to figure out what was behind a section of wall & it worked great for that.

You have to have a newer phone. The link below is the one I got; it works with Android phones that have a USB-C connector. I've also seen versions that work with newer iPhones.

[www.amazon.com]
borescope.jpg

3/17/19 - Thought I'd post an update on this thing. It can be a bit hard to manuver but once you get the hang of it, it works reasonably well. I needed to figure out if my trans to bell housing bolts had nuts or went into threaded holes. I was able to see all four bolts pretty well. Here's a sample pic showing the resolution...
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v8mgb
Jim Miller

(85 posts)

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Main British Car:
78 MGB Buick 215

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Re: Useful Tools
Posted by: v8mgb
Date: March 25, 2019 11:48AM

I upgraded the garage lights to LED finally. Purchased these from Amazon. Good reviews, these are the lowest cost per lumen and I like that the light can be spread out vs being concentrated in one area like a typical florescent fixture.

I purchased two sets (12 lights) I have 3 lights on both sides and three down the center and a row of three across the front.

One additional advantage of LED lights in the garage is they are not effected my cold temperatures.

There are several color temperatures available, I went with the 6500K which that call daylight. The color temperature is good.

Its a very easy install. I did need to purchase drywall anchors.

[www.amazon.com]


BlownMGB-V8
Jim Blackwood
9406 Gunpowder Rd., Florence, KY 41042
(5776 posts)

Registered:
10/23/2007 12:59PM

Main British Car:
1971 MGB Blown,Injected,Intercooled Buick 340/AA80E/JagIRS

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Re: Useful Tools
Posted by: BlownMGB-V8
Date: March 25, 2019 11:53AM

The prices go up and down on those. I used them in my carport/shed/paint booth and they put out a lot of light. Very happy with them, I bought the warm white.

Jim
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