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Offline Archialfa

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Imperial tool set
« on: November 27, 2016 - 10:34:07 am »
I would need recommendation for an imperial tool set. Over here everything is metric and we managed to take the Challenger apart using metric tools, but I think it would definitely be better to get an imperial tool box.

So, what do I need? Would something like (https://www.amazon.co.uk/Kamasa-55702-Tool-Set-150-Pieces/dp/B002SQI452/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1480256881&sr=8-1&keywords=imperial+tool+set) this be ok?

What do I have to look for? How many sizes are required? Anything special I should look for? Imperial for me is like reading Chinese: for every measure I see I need a translator (calculator) to understand it.
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Offline GoodysGotaCuda

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Re: Imperial tool set
« Reply #1 on: November 27, 2016 - 10:44:43 am »
Personally, that would be a kit I would consider keeping in the car for me in case of an emergency.


To put a car together, I would look for a healthy set of short and deep sockets in 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" drive.

Look for:
1/4" drive: deep and shallow sockets in 1/4" through 1/2" sizes
3/8" drive: deep and shallow sockets in 3/8" through 3/4" sizes
1/2" drive: deep and shallow sockets in ~1/2" through 1" sizes.

Wrenches, I would want 1/4" - 3/4" at a minimum


Likely, the most popular sizes you will run into are: 3/8", 7/16", 1/2", 9/16", 5/8", and 3/4".
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Offline Archialfa

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Re: Imperial tool set
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2016 - 11:11:14 am »
Thanks the reply and you reminded me that I also need a set of tools to have in the car.


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Offline blown motor

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Re: Imperial tool set
« Reply #3 on: November 27, 2016 - 02:12:32 pm »
1/4 drive, 3/8 drive and 1/2 drive is overkill. Get 1/4 and 1/2. You don't need three 7/16, etc sockets laying around taking up storage space just to restore one car.  :2cents:
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Offline js29no

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Re: Imperial tool set
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2016 - 10:20:07 am »
It is nice to have two 3/8, 7/16, 12, and 9/16 box/open end wrenches on hand. :2cents: :working:

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Re: Imperial tool set
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2016 - 10:11:47 am »
1/4 drive, 3/8 drive and 1/2 drive is overkill. Get 1/4 and 1/2. You don't need three 7/16, etc sockets laying around taking up storage space just to restore one car.  :2cents:
If money is tight maybe. I think it is best to have all three sizes. Plus an 1 1/4" six point socket for the harmonic balancer bolt for turning over the engine.
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Re: Imperial tool set
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2016 - 09:38:39 pm »
As these are for a single project, not the every day usage my vote goes to buying the sets. With bulk of work under the hood 3/8" drive is primarily sufficient.  Suspension and motor internals you will need to step up to the 1/2 drive pieces. These I would consider smaller quantity sets.
1/4 drive for more of your internal car items.

3/8 drive wI'll get more use than both other sets.
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Offline PanelBeater

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Re: Imperial tool set
« Reply #7 on: March 14, 2017 - 02:30:58 pm »
Hey Archialfa, i'm guessing you are UK based judging by the Kamasa amazon.co.uk link you shared.
We're based in Lincolshire and still use imperial units.  Can't teach an old dog new tricks!

Take a look at these guys: https://www.greasemonkeydirect.com/pages/tools
They have all their stuff in imperial and metric.  Makes it easy.

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Offline Archialfa

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Imperial tool set
« Reply #8 on: March 14, 2017 - 06:02:55 pm »
Not UK based, but EU (Croatia).

I'm using UK Amazon a lot because I know the language and I figured that there might be some imperial tools available.

Imperial units are like Klingon to me! When I read for example 5/8" I need a calculator to convert to metric... this dog also has a few problems learning new tricks. ;-)

Thanks for the link!


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