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10 Essentials for Outfitting a Garage for DIY Resto Projects and More

Posted July 27, 2022 5:00 AM by dstrohl
Pathfinder Tags: restoration Tools

There re no rational or intrinsic reasons for restoring a car yourself, so we’ll skip the platitudes and justifications. If you’re going to dive into it, good luck and Godspeed.

But it’s that diving-off point where most of us waver. We stand in front of our project car like a child peering off the high-dive board for the first time, finding the courage to take the leap. It’s a big one, too — one with a potentially enormous personal reward, but one that will invariably consume more time and money than originally thought, while also testing your patience, fortitude, and talent.

"You’ve just got to take the plunge and find your limits," says Steve Metcalf, an enthusiast who’s transformed his small, older detached two-car garage into a highly functional automotive workshop for his personal projects.

Starting with the right tools for the job mitigates the challenges and frustrations, ultimately saving time and money, but the list of specialty automotive tools is almost endless. For the enthusiast and hands-on hobbyist, we’ve drawn up 10 essentials to augment the basics of the toolbox. They’re tools and support items that enable larger and more-complex projects to be accomplished at home.

Engine crane: If you’re going to pull and/or replace the powertrain in your muscle car, an engine crane is a must.

Engine stand: For old-school engines that have cast-iron intake manifolds heavier than most Hyundais, find a four-leg stand with at least a 1,000-pound capacity.

Air compressor: A compressor with a small-capacity tank is generally fine for short bursts of an impact wrench, but when it comes to the sustained used that’s typical with a sander, grinder or cut-off wheel, a system with a higher-volume tank and higher-capacity pump is needed.

Media blasting cabinet: Another tool that used to be the exclusive domain of professional shops is the media blasting cabinet, but that, too, has been democratized for the home hobbyist. For only a few hundred dollars, there are some great bench-top and stand-alone blasting cabinets that can truly make a world of difference in cleaning and reconditioning old parts at home.

Keep reading to discover the remaining six essentials for the resto toolbox.

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