When every problem looks like a nail, every solution looks like a hammer.
The service tool most needed by British Sports Car owners is a car hauler trailer and a serviceable tow vehicle.
Lord help me, I know what some of those are!
Plus, the hammer has a unique ability to adapt itself to special situations. :)
....and not a spanner in the lot.....
I confess I had a thing once, as a teen, for the TR7...but never even had a chance to drive one. And honestly my car-lust trended more to the Italian side, for the Countach, yes with the wing, even though it was negatively functional!
But the tools in the lower illustration seem a little light for the king pin removal. My late 1970's experience with the FIAT 850 Spyder's king pins required the use of machine shop press and a surprisingly large amount of pressure before the king pin came out. It seems the Italian engineers belief that only the upper knuckle needed a grease fitting, and the grease would magically wend its way down through a spiral grease groove into the lower bushing was sadly unfounded. But like other things in life, owning a FIAT was a been there and done that and I do not care to repeat it. The car was a lot of fun to drive though.
Jeez Brigid, you are a glutton for punishment. ;-)
I put over 140,000 miles on my Fiat X1/9 without much grief. The key things were replacing all the crummy hoses, clamps, and belts with better quality stuff, and doing regular maintenance on it.It only let me down twice. Once when I hit the starter when it was already running, and broke the Bendix drive and the starter, and once when the pressure plate failed, requiring a clutch replacement.It wasn't very fast, but it sure was a ball to drive!
Tr6 have service tools? I did not know any of them stayed running long enough to need a service. :P
Looks like you and Jeremy Clarckson share tool chest philosophies. Enjoy. I owned a Corvair once and still have many hammers.
You're missing the 3lb sledge... Just sayin...
As a long time British car mechanic, I actually OWN some of the tools in the top pic, and I totally concur w/ the Old NFO. I get more use out of the 3lb sledge than any other fine adjustment tool. Some day maybe I will explain how to use an air hammer to remove Jaguar XJS AC hoses....without damage.
A friend had a BSA 650 motorcycle, and his favorite tools were a hammer and cold chisel. One day, we attended a motocross event where there was a British bike and a factory race team. Imagine our delight when we observed them using a hammer and cold chisel to loosen nuts!
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