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Rotating the flex plate or flywheel on a Detroit V8 can whip you in a hurry.  Any who have been under the hood a few times to do this will tell you that it takes some arm power to move that bad boy.  A flywheel turner tool is the ticket.

The turner tool has an arm that hooks in the teeth on the flexplate or flywheel and cranks the wheel around via a fulcrum on the other end — that hooks into teeth at that end — and applies leveraged force to move the stubborn wheel.

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Toolaremia writes: “If any of you have ever changed the exhaust pipes on a car made in the last 20 years, you’ve dealt with the rubber exhaust hanger supports.  I usually get them off the hanger barbs with a crowbar, WD-40, bloody knuckles, and swearing that would make a sailor proud.  Now I see the Lisle has felt my pain and created a simple solution.  At about $15 delivered, it’s cheaper than stitches, too.”

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Richie writes: “Air pockets within your auto’s coolant system can cause big problems when its hot out.  This tool allows you to painlessly get rid of those pockets without flushing your entire system — unless you’re due for a flush anyway!”

Essentially this funnel snaps into your radiator fill port and slowly/steadily meters in the fluid, giving two advantages: less air in the system, and the ability to fill the whole system in an unattended fashion.

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Ever blow the gasket on your exhaust manifold?  We’re not admitting why we know this can happen — and rest assured it doesn’t involve fracturing the speed limit —  but it can happen.  Theoretically.  And if when it does, you might find that the manifold has warped and the holes don’t line up anymore.  That’s when you need a manifold spreader. 

A manifold spreader helps you expand a warped manifold so that all the bolt holes are accurately aligned.  This helps to prevent cross-threading of manifold bolts, which believe us isn’t something you want to deal with.  Just position the tool between two pipes and crank the center with an opened wrench. The tips will expand and push the pipes into place.

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Ok, this is actually my socket organizer of choice.  I saw these over at a friend’s place a while back and have been meaning to pick up a set.  Myself writes: “Sockets rolling around in your toolbox?  Drawers too shallow for the Hansen or Craftsman stand-up organizers?  Try the Lisle magnetic organizer and tote. 

“It holds standard and deep sockets, comes in two colors to keep metric and fractional separate, and will stick to the side of your toolchest if that pleases you.  Just be sure to wipe the accumulated metal dust off the bottom before sticking it to your car’s fender.”

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One of the first steps in turning a mild mannered street vehicle into a show-stopping monster-of-doom is to remove the stupid looking factory body molding.  For that, you need a molding remover set.

The set consists of two spring steel blades; the larger 3 ½” hand held tool works well, but for tough projects where elbow grease just won’t cut it you can attach a pneumatic air hammer to apply up to 40 PSI of force to the 2” edge.  That’ll peel that 80’s crap off like a banana.

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It’s been our experience that working on exhaust under a vehicle is a great deal like going to the airport: make sure that when you’re there you have everything you need and you know what to expect — and you might get out of there in a reasonable amount of time and accomplish what you need to do. 

Or, as the case may be, you might get out from under your ride with as little rust on you (or in your eyes) as possible.  Any little step in that direction is a good thing. When we saw the oxygen sensor socket our “good thing” light kicked on. 

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post-creeper.jpgLisle Corporation has manufactured the “Jeepers Creepers” line of automotive creepers for some time, but has recently added a line of plastic “low profile” creepers that’ll be of use to anyone working on a modern, lowered car.

(For those not in the know, creepers are wheeled devices on which you can lay when moving around underneath your car.  They keep you off the hot — or cold — ground and allow much easier movement than “scooting.”  Ok, you dog lovers out there can quit snickering about the “scooting” bit.)

These particular creepers are mode from plastic, which is resistant to solvents, greases, and fuels.  They’re not particularly resistant to shock, though, so you’ll want to be careful manhandling them around the garage.  The best part, though, are that their wheels are recessed to allow just a 7/8″ ground clearance.  Think of it this way: The lower the creeper is, the lower your head (or, let’s be serious, gut) will be, and the less you’re going to have to jack the car up — or the more room you’ll have to work.  All good things.

They also include threaded inserts that you can use to add a light holder or tool tray, both of which Lisle sells separately.  Street pricing starts around $70, and they’re available all over.

Jeepers Creepers Low-Profile Plastic Creeper [Lisle]
Street Pricing [Froogle]