While some tech junkies might shun old cars, there are some advantages to cars that have a few more miles on the odometer. In particular, many classics older than 25 years are easier and more enjoyable to repair because they often have less complex software and computer systems. With less software and computer components, you can more easily fix things by hand.
The best tools for old cars are something every grease monkey should have on hand, but there are also tools you should invest in if your car is starting to become a classic. According to Autoguide, the first thing you need is a set of wrenches and screwdrivers. These basics include flat and Philips screwdrivers in various sizes, as well as metric (mm) and SAE (inches) wrenches.
A special tool you may need if you have a classic car is a feeler gauge. This gauge helps you precisely measure tolerances by looking at the gaps between spaces in the engine. For example, you may need to measure the distance from electrode to electrode in your spark plugs, a spot where the feeler gauge is usually the best tool.
Next, get a hammer and dolly for your fixer-upper. These tools are combined to help you bend metal for bodywork. Some dings and dents can be hammered out using this special combination, something that’s next to impossible without the right tools. Specially designed and contoured to smooth out kinks, a hammer and dolly are invaluable.
Finally, pick up a multimeter. This basic electrical tool lets you track where problems are coming from in the electrical system. Without extensive computerized software to perform diagnostics, you may need this simple electrical tool to see what the problem is.
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