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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old Nov 11th, 01, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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I just bought a camaro, and I want to buy Craftsman tools to work and maintain the camaro here. Which set of tools do I have to buy ? Remember i don't have any English metric tools. I will do what you tell me.

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post #2 of 16 (permalink) Old Nov 11th, 01, 11:51 AM Thread Starter
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Yes i forgot... I plan to find some used jack stands here.
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post #3 of 16 (permalink) Old Nov 11th, 01, 12:15 PM
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Congratulations. What did you buy?

I would suggest getting one of their package deals - sockets, wrenches, ratchets, etc. The savings are significant over buying individual or small combination sets. Also, a torque wrench, timing light, small mirror and magnetic pickup tool. I'm sure others will 'help you'. Keep us posted.

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post #4 of 16 (permalink) Old Nov 11th, 01, 12:21 PM
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A good start would be one of Craftsman's 150 to 250 piece starter sets. There's one in the paper for $230.Includes a lot of SAE and metric. Or you could buy individual socket sets and various tools on sale. YOu will want deep well and standard sockets in 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 drive.
You'll also need a torque wrench (probably 1/2") and a set of vice grips and channel locks.

I've been collecting Craftsman stuff for 25 years, and I still check the paper or stop into the tool dept. regularly.
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post #5 of 16 (permalink) Old Nov 11th, 01, 12:34 PM
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All nuts and bolts on a first generation Camaro are American or English "inch" type. The newer Camaro's hve both "metric" (mm type) and inch type on them.

My own tools consist of both so that I can work on anything!

I have sets of 1/4", 3/8", 1/2" and 3/4" sizes although my 3/4" set is just a cheap set from China. Short and deep well sockets, open and closed or "box-in" wrenches from 1/4" to 1-1/4" and metric equivalent. Adjustable "Crescent Wrenches", all sorts of pliers (slip-joint, channel-loc's and "Vice-grip's" as well as electrical type wire pliers.

Also the usual hammers, chisels and punches, screw-drivers (straight blade, four sided Phillips type and a few "torex" or "star-type"), a 3/8" sized sets of socket type "Allen wrenches" and "Torex wrenches", too.

Please note that my tools are a hodge-podge mixture of good ones like the Craftsman's as well as quality ones of other brands that I have been gathering together since I was 15 years old (now 54).

I still buy a single tool or an odd set of them every chance that I get when I have some extra money b/c I will spend the money anyway and this way I will have something to show for it. You know that they last forever unless they are stolen or lost!!

I buy my tools from retale stores when they go on sale as well as from "neighborhood garage" sales and "flea-market" type sales places and have even bought some from "Pawn-Shops".

I recently aquired some of my father-in-laws tools after he passed away when we lost my Mother-in-law for keep-sakes. I even have a couple of my fathers tools since when I lost him at 14 years old.

I guess what I am trying to say is that building a good set off tools is a lifetime's commitment. And it is generally a GUY'S THING!!

Good luck with your search for your set. pdq67

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post #6 of 16 (permalink) Old Nov 11th, 01, 01:45 PM
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MARC are you in the military by chance if so The Exchange now carries Crasftman tools and their cataog carries a wide varity of name brand performance parts from Carbs/intakes to rims and tires. Check them out if your military. besides remember AAFES = to no sales tax

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post #7 of 16 (permalink) Old Nov 11th, 01, 01:57 PM
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One tool that I call essential for tuning is a Vacuum gauge. Everyone else has hit all of the other tools.

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post #8 of 16 (permalink) Old Nov 11th, 01, 02:12 PM
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Just don't tell Sears you're in the military...then a single wrench, for example will cost you roughly $500.00.
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post #9 of 16 (permalink) Old Nov 11th, 01, 02:42 PM
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Hey cavemate,
I liked your last response, being retired Navy I can relate to what you are saying. Marc lives in Belguim, so I doubt he has access to the Exchange, but Ghant and Brugge are great cities

Looking for 67 project car!!!!!

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post #10 of 16 (permalink) Old Nov 13th, 01, 03:25 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you everybody!
I 'll try to find and buy that on the web and ship it to the shop where the car stays now.
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post #11 of 16 (permalink) Old Nov 14th, 01, 05:34 AM
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When buying sockets, I prefer the 6 point (sided) version...not 12 point. Your old car will have many bolts and nuts with which you'll need to get aggressive and the 6 pointers won't strip anything. Good luck!
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post #12 of 16 (permalink) Old Nov 14th, 01, 07:05 AM
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Hey Marc,Im just around the corner in Germany .I go to the car show in Belgium!and besides that I'm a tool salesman.if you want to talk tools,rods or anything else for that matter give me a post and I will give you my e-mail add.Later
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post #13 of 16 (permalink) Old Nov 14th, 01, 07:06 AM
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I have found a foam can cooler to be an invaluable tool when working on mine!
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post #14 of 16 (permalink) Old Nov 14th, 01, 12:59 PM
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I suggest and oil drilling rig.
What does gas cost in Belgium? In Canada it is 65 cents a litre. 4.5 litres to the Canadian gallon.

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post #15 of 16 (permalink) Old Nov 14th, 01, 05:36 PM
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Marc, I have noticed your postings looking for a Camaro. Which one did you finally get? and from where?

Good luck and welcome to the group!


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