Having good car restoration tools is a prerequisite to a successful car restoration project. You should take a careful inventory of your toolbox prior to any car restoration project. Make sure you have basic mechanic tools, sockets, wrenches, pliers of various sizes, crescent wrenches, Allen wrenches, a set of screwdrivers, and so on. Car restoration, however, requires a variety of specialized tools as well. Make sure you keep a running list of all the specialized tools you will need for your restoration project. If you plan on doing just one project, then consider renting the more expensive tools instead of purchasing them.
Here is a list of the most important car restoration tools you are likely to use in your project. The list is by no means exhaustive, but contains the really necessary tools.
Several car restoration tools are powered by an air compressor. These include tools such as hammers and grinders, impact wrenches, and a spray gun for painting your car. Additionally, an air compressor can be used for other uses around the house.
Stringo Car Mover
Sometimes you might need to move your car around the building without starting the engine, or move it when you have dismounted some components making it impossible to start. A Stringo car mover is an excellent choice in such a case. This tool makes it very easy to move your car around. A Stringo car mover requires only one person to load the car as opposed to four or five people that are required to move the car manually.
A good impact wrench is absolutely necessary when doing a car restoration project. This tool will help you remove nuts and bolts, as well as lug nuts.
A creeper helps you maneuver underneath your car. You will also require a good jack and reliable stands.
Invest in a good body grinder to help you do the body work. A grinder will help you remove the metal panels, remove rust from the metal panels, and buffing the rough edges. This is a must-have tool and a good staple for your tool arsenal.
A paint stripper is useful for any car restoration project. If you plan only on just removing small amounts of paint or rust, then go for a less powerful and less expensive model. You can get a good car painter for only $100. If you, however, plan on doing extensive paint removal, you can rent a larger and more powerful model.
You can buy hydraulic lift from the larger shops or an A-frame lift from smaller ones. An A-frame is a sturdy block and tackle lift that can be moved around on rollers. A lift can either be hand-powered or electric.
Other useful car restoration tools include a transmission stand, an auto jig, a dent puller and hand tools. If you are not DIY guy, you can contact your nearest car servicing Sunshine Coast firm to help you out.