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Unread 05-06-2012, 12:17 AM   #706
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Great Job....I have been following this from the beginning and I guess it is time to add something to the discussion. First, I think you have approached the toolkit appropriately and with a lot of thought. It is always possible to make things bigger, but sometimes this defeats the purpose of the initial process. I applaud your attempt to 'keep it simple' and still useful.!! I have been around for more than a few years and have found a couple of variations on your tools that may make sense for you (or someone..??).

First is a plier that would take the place of the Knipex...Those are great pliers, but the ones I found several years back have a very useful locking feature and are extremely well made (from Craftsman Industrial.) The second item is a ball pein hammer about the same size as yours EXCEPT it is a dead blow....yep, a hardened steel dead blow hammer with an unbreakable handle... Like you said, multi-tasking is the watch word here! I might be able to come up with some pics....

Anyway, congratulations on a highly informative build thread..Well done!

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Unread 05-06-2012, 12:22 AM   #707
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Any suggestions on tool Brands? I'd like to start building up my toolkit based off of your writeup. I just dont want to blow $80 on Craftsmen wrenches and sockets if its not worth it.
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Unread 05-06-2012, 12:34 AM   #708
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Any suggestions on tool Brands? I'd like to start building up my toolkit based off of your writeup. I just dont want to blow $80 on Craftsmen wrenches and sockets if its not worth it.
If I was going to buy new mechanic's tools right now, they'd mostly be Snap-On or Mac, and Craftsman as a backup. This is not to say that Craftsman is bad...I'm just more careful with them now that so much of their production is outsourced to China. However, I've also handled some GearWrenches and they have a nice feel to them, too. Pick what works and what you feel good about. It's better to have tools that you can afford instead of not having tools that you can't afford.

For pliers, it's Knipex. I love the familiar blue handles, but Knipex is really, really nice. Wiha gets top honors as well...as does the Vise-Grip brand. For most of the rest, it really doesn't matter...but I like S2 steel in my driver bits and a comfortable handle on hammers.

I suggest you simple pick up and fondle a lot of tools before you buy. Pick the ones that feel right that you can afford to purchase.
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Unread 05-06-2012, 12:39 AM   #709
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If you want something to keep in the Jeep, Craftsman. If you want something NICE to use in the garage when you're wrenching? Snap On. Apply for the student discount, you can get Snap on stuff for much cheaper. My dual 80 ratchet was 65 bucks vs the 120 it normally costs. And trust me, there is a huge difference in the quality.
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Unread 05-06-2012, 12:57 AM   #710
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I would never buy snap on. I love it to death but ill be damned to ever deal with that dick head in the truck again.

Craftsman just just fine for me as a non profressional. The only thing worthwhile is the ratches and even then craftsman has an 80 tooth series.
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Unread 05-06-2012, 03:15 AM   #711
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Ive learned a lot about tools in the past few years, and usually you buy what you can afford along with a good quality. 8 years ago when me and my father, mainly my father had a detail shop, everything was snap on, then city decided to shut down our shop because of its age, and we had no where to put tools so everything was sold. Here about a year ago I have bought a few snap on tools but only because i could afford them. Most of everything in my garage and jeep is else either Crafstman, or Harbor frieght that I lend out so if it gets broke no big deal.

But if you want USA made Craftsman better start buying now before they run of things made in USA, same said about Kobalt, our Lowe's had all Kobalt made in USA until one day they had a clear out sale and restocked the shelves with Made in Taiwan Kobalt tools. Dont get me wrong on this, as I own both USA and Outsourced tools, but I have had no problems with sockets, wrenches, screw drives. The Outsourced ratchets though, Well did not make it the first few weeks of use.

Just my .02 on the tool subject.
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Unread 05-06-2012, 03:18 AM   #712
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the more serious endeavor is the fabrication of a mount that will securely hold a longarm of some sort across the top of the windshield
Ok, you just got another first poster.

I've been trying to figure out how to mount my 870P in my TJ. Look forward to seeing what you come up with.

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I just Googled Sasha Grey...Holy s**t Batman!!!!! She is Amazing!!!! She is deffinetly someone who should meet the Ether Bunny!!!!!!
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Unread 05-06-2012, 03:29 AM   #714
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Just Curious, are you gonna address the issue of Coms? Like CB or Ham Radio. I have a Uniden 520 CB and I'm in the process of adding a Yeasu FT-7900 2M/70cm ( all my jeepin buddies run Ham radios) they are really good for emergencies to find out what is going on, and they have WAY better range then CB.
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Unread 05-06-2012, 08:13 AM   #715
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Sundowner- I just watched Resident Evil for the first time the other day and now I just figured out your Avatar... very fitting for your Wasteland Zombie killer Jeep thread- Props!

P.S.... What does your Jeep look like, again?
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Unread 05-06-2012, 08:56 AM   #716
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I've been trying to figure out how to mount my 870P in my TJ. Look forward to seeing what you come up with.
There's a nice space above the windshield...if you've got something that's short enough.

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Just Curious, are you gonna address the issue of Coms? Like CB or Ham Radio. I have a Uniden 520 CB and I'm in the process of adding a Yeasu FT-7900 2M/70cm ( all my jeepin buddies run Ham radios) they are really good for emergencies to find out what is going on, and they have WAY better range then CB.
I'm working on a HAM license.

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White, black, and red...it's the color scheme of Unsavory Experimental Bio-Research, butchered zebras, the Imperial Prussian Navy, and bad newspaper jokes. I'll get some pictures when next I'm out.
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Unread 05-06-2012, 10:01 AM   #717
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White, black, and red...it's the color scheme of Unsavory Experimental Bio-Research, butchered zebras, the Imperial Prussian Navy, and bad newspaper jokes. I'll get some pictures when next I'm out.
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Any suggestions on tool Brands? I'd like to start building up my toolkit based off of your writeup. I just dont want to blow $80 on Craftsmen wrenches and sockets if its not worth it.
Craftsman sockets. Even one of the cheaper 3/8 and 1/4" kits are great to keep in the Jeep, that's what I do. For the non-moving-parts tools, Harbor Freight is great if you're on a budget. READ THROUGH THEIR WEBSITE REVIEWS FIRST. I'd highly recommend against just buying stuff sight unseen in the store. Some of their stuff is great though. I got my open ended wrench kits in metric and SAE for $20 with all sizes and a carrying case. Can't beat that for a piece of steel. Worse that will happen is it'll break. At which point I'll buy another for a dollar or two.
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Worse that will happen is it'll break. At which point I'll buy another for a dollar or two.
Don't even need to do that. Lifetime warranty on hand tools at HF.
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Can't beat that for a piece of steel. Worse that will happen is it'll break. At which point I'll buy another for a dollar or two.
My only concern is that it'll break exactly when I need it the most.
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