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Great innovations Dan et al. Dan, I had a great chuckle over your rope stuffed in to wrong hole.

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Thanks for all the looks at the custom tools. It helps to see how others use their knowledge to simplify their lives.

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Some very ingenius tools there guys, well done.
A simple one from me, to knock the GL1500steering lowerbearingouter raceout of the tube. The bend and filed out notch in the baris to reach around the base where the bearing sits. You can use a long (well over a foot long) bent screwdriver,but they weren't growing on trees that day and nobody was volunteering to loan me one knowing it would very likelybe ruined.
For me, a piece of scrap 8mm bar was simple andworked perfectly.



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i would say about 1/8th of my tool box are custom tools ive had the tool guys oogle at my ingenuity but the best rigged up tool has to be the cheater bar i mean come on its a classic

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Working as an equipment mechanic for over 30 some odd years, you have to either build or buy special tools to work on the various types of equipment you encounter....From cutting wrenches to bending them..Sometimes necessity was the mother of invention...Some things worked really well, others could cause you many many busted knuckles.......One of my fellow mechanics busted his knuckles bad enough to have to go to first aid....When the safety man found out it was caused by a "home made" tool, he came to the shop and made us open every drawer in our tool boxes.....Any tool that had been heated, welded on, etc we had to throw in this box he brought with him....Then all of our "special tools" were thrown in the salvage yard....It only took us about two weeks to remake all of our "specialty tools" again....Only this time we hid them where the safety man couldn't find them.....Funny but I have had tools break on me and either took them back to Sears, Snap-On, Mac. Proto, Cromwell etc, But I never had any of my "special tools" break??????....

One last thing on our safety man....I took several of my "home made" stuff to this chrome shop had them chromed and our "safety guy" never confiscated any of those tools....He thought they were factory made tools........Like I said necessity is the mother of invention....When I left there I sold all my "specialty tools" to a new mechanic, he was going to need them.....Where would I need now a 5 foot long 2in combination wrench?????



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My Grandfather and his brother were tool and diemakers for Western electric, back before, during, and after the depression. When they needed tools, they made their own. All of them have the date made and their initials stamped on them.

Fast forward to now, and they are family heirlooms.

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All's I got is a spent 22 shell with one side smashed a bit and a wire soldered on it for adjusting the air mixture screw on my Honda Shadow

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This is a good thread, some really inventive members here.

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Wish I could contribute to such a useful thread. But I can't even draw a straight line with Photoshop! My dad, however, after he retired from the ministry, started diddling around with antique clocks. He never purchased a special tool to work with the intricacies of these old clocks. He always made his own out of the existing tools he had in his garage. Pretty soon, he received a visitor. It was the regional rep from Seth Thomas. Seems my dad had become so well known that they wanted him to become their regional repair rep. He turned it down because he just enjoyed doing it for the local people in South Alabama.

Oh...almost forgot.....I did make one little "tool" to seat my fork caps back on. If you wanna call it a tool. But it worked for me

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