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    Little tools to make life easy

    Have you guys ever made a special tool to make things easier while you are building something? I saw a cool little gadget that I am going to modify so I can weld on endcaps. Basically it is an L shaped bracket with a hole drilled on the short side and a bolt tacked to it. It is then clamped to the end of a tube so you can tack an end cap on it. It allows you to have your fingers away from the work, so you can set the piece in properly. These here pictures, show what a bike builder did to solve a problem.
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    Welded a socket onto a flatbar for a cheap serpentine belt wrench, Don't need no damn 150.00 tool.
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    Magnets work for end caps or tacking a scrap bolt to em first, no need to get all fancy with spiffy tools.... Show off
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    i was at waggy's the other day and he had a sledge hammer head on a broom stick .. i didnt ask
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    Quote Originally Posted by anthony View Post
    i was at waggy's the other day and he had a sledge hammer head on a broom stick .. i didnt ask
    must be for the dirt that won't move with a normal broom

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    Anthony where's the front view of the gf? LOL. Seriously. Anyone make or is there a tool that will safely press the seals into the inside of the d30? Let's see pics of it in action.
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    how about a block of wood????

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkjeeper View Post
    Anthony where's the front view of the gf? LOL. Seriously. Anyone make or is there a tool that will safely press the seals into the inside of the d30? Let's see pics of it in action.
    two people, long bar to slide down the tube, and a piece of pipe at the end that matches the size of the seal, then whack....sorry, TAP the end of the bar till it's set in place. sorry no pictures
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    Quote Originally Posted by tkjeeper View Post
    Anthony where's the front view of the gf? LOL. Seriously. Anyone make or is there a tool that will safely press the seals into the inside of the d30? Let's see pics of it in action.
    I can't find any pics of how I pressed the seals into my D30 axle but I can tell you how I did it.

    Its not an original idea, I read it on the web somewhere but can't seem to find the link. Once I had the old seal out of my YJ's D30 axle I placed the new seals in place and used a long threaded rod and a few nuts & large washers, large enough to cover the seal. You pass the threaded rod through the axle tube & seal and tighten down the nuts till the seals are in place.

    Its a much cheaper way than using an actual seal press tool and far gentler than wacking, sorry, I meant tapping the seal in place.
    just my two cents...take it for what its worth...


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    anyone ever use a Welding Finger, or welder's finger?
    Great little tool, i use them all the time.
    I have a picture somewhere of a "finger" holding a
    loonie on it's edge on top of 1" tubing, I'll try and dig it up.
    Meanwhile here's a pic that shows what i'm talking about,
    hope it's big enough.
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    great another tool to make

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    i made a dana 44 hub nut socket , id get pics but id say you all know what it looks like
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    what is the welding finger for??
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    Quote Originally Posted by WuMark View Post
    what is the welding finger for??
    its another type of securing device.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tkjeeper View Post
    Anthony where's the front view of the gf? LOL. Seriously. Anyone make or is there a tool that will safely press the seals into the inside of the d30? Let's see pics of it in action.
    For the life of me I can't remember who sold this, but now that you have a pic, you should be able to fab one up.


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    Quote Originally Posted by WuMark View Post
    what is the welding finger for??
    It's really good for holding small parts that you can't put a clamp on.
    Keeps your own fingers out of the heat.
    When I find that loonie picture, you'll be able to
    see it better, i think it's at work.

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    Welding finger in action
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    I find this one helpful on many jobs. GM calls it a J-tool. What it is, is a swing-press. Good for swing-pressing in bearings, seals, bolts that don't fit properly, etc.



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    I have a few of those,
    always thought it was called a precision adjustment
    tool. Millwrights call it a "persuader"

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