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MNSmith Offline OP
"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
Maybe not in their world, but we certainly do in ours!

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I actually used a hand saw today. Would have taken me longer to find an extension cord or even get my cordless saw out. ohwell Every tool in my arsenal is ready for use.


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I certainly agree with the conclusions of the article:

These tools might not make much sense in a dealership technician’s work bay, but that doesn’t mean they should disappear forever. Knowing how to service antiquated technology is as important as ever, whether using old tools or new ones. If you’ve got any of these items, consider it your responsibility to document what the tool does and how to safely use it. Keeping alive the knowledge of where our modern tools came from is powerful.

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1958 Apache, long bed Fleetside, V8 w/SM420
Driveable but the rear axle needs work.

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What a stupid article for Hagerty to put out considering the fact that they insure hundreds of thousands of antique cars - the owners of which use nearly all those tools.

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1939 Packard Standard Eight Coupe (The Phantom)
1950 Chevrolet 3100 (Ol' Roy)
1956 Cadillac Coupe de Ville (The Bismarck)
1956 Cadillac Sixty Special Fleetwood (The Godfather)
1966 Oldsmobile Toronado (The Purple Knif)
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1964 Ford Galaxie 500 coupe
1979 Ford F-100
1976 Ford F-150 (Big Red)
1995 Ford F-150 (Newt)
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Wait, wait, wait. I don't think there was anything stupid about it. I thought it hit its point: it drew in some interest. I came here to HQ and I sent it on the Mark ... and tada ... it's in here! grin

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LOL, Don't let Jerry see this!! He'll have a conniption. big_eek

I'd guess he has nearly all of those.

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When I display Justin or Lurch at car shows, I usually lay out a bunch of old tools as part of the display.

I also put out an extra split rim and all the 'antique' tools that were used to change a tire. Folks get a kick at seeing all this stuff and hearing about them when I explain how they were used. I also mention that I use these tools!!

Makes for a fun day for me too!

See the attached photo of Lurch at the Concours d'Lemon near Monterey, CA. He won the Rust Belt American Belt: GM award. ;-)

Cheers, Dean

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Lurch, friends, and old tools on display.

Dean 'Rustoholic' Meltz
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Yep, I've got most of them, plus a few others that they didn't mention. They get used pretty regularly, and when one's needed there's nothing else that does the job as well, or at all, in some cases. The really scarce item is the operator who knows how to use those tools the right way! Watching a modern "mechanic" trying to use those clincher rim tools would be as amusing as watching a monkey molest a football!

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Air impacts for sure, the shop sound changed very quick in the last few years before I left the GM dealer life. I've got a drawer full of air tools that don't get used anymore.

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