SANDING BLOCK: Describes a rubber block with sandpaper fastened, providing the operator with a first-class grip, making for a very popular tool. Suitable for most sanding jobs before painting thanks to its ability to distribute pressure evenly, thus providing a uniform surface.
SCRIBER: Describes a pointed steel tool used to mark metal.
SHEARS: Describes a scissors-like tool used for heavy-duty metal cutting.
SNIPS: Describes a tool used by sheet metal fabricators to cut straight, circular, and irregular patterns in sheet metal that is available in various designs permitting left-or right-hand cuts as well as straight.
SOLDER PADDLE: Describes a wooden tool made of either maple or beech, designed to spread body solder over the surface of a metal panel.
SPARK PLUG BOOT PULLER: Describes a specialist tool used to remove or install spark plug boots.
SPARK PLUG BRUSH: Describes a stiff brush used to remove the buildup of carbon from spark plug electrodes.
SPARK PLUG INSERT TAP: Describes a specialist tool used to enlarge and tap new threads in damaged spark plug holes that will allow them to accept spark plug inserts.
SPARK PLUG PLIERS: Describes a specialist tool similar in appearance to pliers with specially shaped jaws that will securely grip spark plug boots for removal and installation and insulated handles for a shock-proof grip.
SPARK PLUG SOCKET: Describes a specialist tool used to remove or install spark plugs.
SPLITTING CHISEL: Describes an extremely flat chisel used for body work and panel beating
SPOKE WRENCH: Describes a tool used to secure or remove wheel spokes by turning a nipple shaped nut.
SPREADER: Describes a hand tool used to apply body filler to a damaged area of bodywork.
SPOT-WELD REMOVER: Describes a specialist drill bit used to drill out weld spots on sheet metal without damaging the panels.
STRAP WRENCH: Describes a specialist tool used to loosen and irregularly shaped objects such as oil filters featuring a strap wrapped around the object to be tightened and a lever or key to tighten the object.
SURFACE SPOON: Describes a special metal body spoon with a relatively long, smooth working surface set at a steep angle to the handle.
TAP AND DIE SET: Describes an important tool used to create internal and external threads, usually covering a range of standard sizes.
TAP HOLDER: Describes a specialist tool used to hold taps, reamers, and screw extractors, fitted with two long handles to provide high leverage for turning operation.
TAPPET WRENCH: Describes a specialist wrench designed to adjust valve clearances on OHV-engines with bucket tappet assembly that use an adjusting screw instead of valve shims.
TAP RATCHET: Describes a specialist tool with a ratchet mechanism used to hold and operate taps, drills, reamers, or screw extractors.
TIRE IRON: Describes a tool where one end is flat, and the other has a socket—used to remove a tire from the rim of a wheel.
TORQUE SCREWDRIVER: Describes a specialist screwdriver with a device that can measure and control the amount of torque being applied.
TORQUE WRENCH: Describes a specialist wrench with a gauge with a needle used to measure the level of torque applied to a nut or bolt,-used for threaded fasteners with a critical tightening torque.
TORQUE LIMITER: Describes a specialist tool used in conjunction with a plug wrench that permits the controlled tightening of spark plugs by releasing them automatically once a pre-determined torque setting is reached.
TRIM PANEL RELEASE TOOL: Describes a specialist tool with a fork-like appearance used to pry out fasteners on interior panels.
TUBE CUTTER: Describes a specialist tool used to cut tubing.
TUBING REAMER: Describes a specialist tool used to remove burrs on rigid tubes.
TUBULAR NUT DRIVER: Describes a type of nut driver with a handle and tubular shank used to tighten and untighten hexagonal nuts and bolts.
VACUUM SUCTION CUP: Describes a type of hand tool used to draw out shallow body dents and lift flat, heavy and sometimes fragile objects such as windshields or sheet metal.
VALVE GRINDER: Describes a specialist automotive tool consisting of a wooden shaft and rubber suction cup used to hand grind valves.
VALVE SHIM: Describes a form of calibrated shim, placed between the tappet and the cam, used to adjust valve clearance on an overhead valve engine fitted with bucket tappet assembly.
VALVE SHIM PLIERS: Describes a specialist automotive tool used to install or remove valve shims.
VALVE SPRING COMPRESSOR: Describes a specialist automotive tool used to compress valve springs before removal.
VALVE SPRING LIFTER: Describes a specialist tool similar to pliers with two expanding jaws used to lift and compress valve springs before removal.
VALVE STEM SEAL INSTALLER: Describes a sleeve-type tool used to push down valve stem seals for installation.
VALVE STEM SEAL PLIERS: Describes specialist sets of pliers used to remove valve stem seals on overhead camshaft engines.
WAD PUNCH: Describes a tool with a round cutting edge used for cutting holes in gaskets or other soft materials.
WHEEL NUT WRENCH: Describes a cross-shaped wrench with four socket heads used to tighten or release wheel nuts.
WIDE-NOSE PEEN HAMMER: Describes a specialist hammer with an extra-wide wedge end particularly suited to the shaping of sharp corners and beads in panels
WIRE STRIPPER/CRIMPER TOOL: Describes a specialist multi-purpose design of pliers favoured by electricians and used for cutting and stripping wire and crimping insulated or non-insulated solderless terminals when working on an electrical system.
WIRE BRUSH: Describes a type of hand brush with heavy wire bristles used to remove loose paint, rust and other foreign bodies from metal surfaces. Available in various shapes, wire brushes can either be manually operated or attached to power tools.
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A guide to acquiring, restoring and maintaining UK or European Classic Cars of the Fifties and Sixties- as well as a recollection of the iconic cars of the era and the visionaries that produced them.