This tool inserts aluminum thread into almost any material. It works like a pop rivet gun, but leaves a nice set of perfectly formed threads in the hole. For those panels that are screwed in place and seem to be constantly on and off, this is the best answer to self-tapping screws. You can counter-sink the threaded insert and a dab of anti-seize on the thread, makes them almost as durable as the stainless screw. The inserts come in all the popular sizes and are available at most of the larger home lumber companies.

The Propylene Glycol Refractometer is one of those tools that has come to be more and more necessary as the world slowly converts to the new non-toxic anti-freezes. This model from Camco, will also test green anti-freeze and battery specific-gravity. Comes with a  lighted sight port or an unlighted sight port and is supplied with the battery dipper and syringe for use with anti-freeze. Once you use one, you'll never use your old battery float tester again.

This 1/4 drill / rasp, makes speedy work out of enlarging holes that are just a tad small . It's shank acts like a file to clean the fiberglass burrs off the edges.

And what marine mechanic hasn't broken a snap or two. Those buggers rust up pretty quickly and just don't want to come off. This Vice-Grip with snap Tool attachments is the answer for a mechanic. If your going to do canvas, professionally, this is not your tool. It's a little hard to use and the plastic adapters do wear out, but in a pinch it will do a fine job on those one's / two's type jobs....
Time Saver Tool Co. (219) 845-2500

When you've tried everything else to get a set of twin engines to run identically, there is one final possibility that the problem is a mix-matched set of cam shafts. This kit from Kent-Moore Tools will verify cam lift and duration. It fits most engines and is easy to set up.
The biggest culprit is aftermarket cams used by re-builders  that don't always stack up to the OEM model. They may be close at idle and mid-range, but at 5000 rpm, the performance usually is off a bunch.

These glow stick's last for up to 12 hours, have hooks on the top and won't burn or spark. When working behind a tight dashboard, flashlights and shop cords don't always do a good job or are in the way. Besides turning the dash lights, on, when possible, these glow sticks, especially the yellow and green ones, give more than enough light for all day use.

When will people learn that you can't fix a stripped out spark plug thread with a spring coil or a non-locking sparkplug insert. Nothing slows a tune-up down more than a cheap insert coming out with the spark plug.  Kent-Moore makes an insert kit that is almost fool-proof. The installation kit inserts a solid repair sleeve that is locked in place by pins that are driven in place by the tool. Once installed, you can machine the cylinder side of the insert for a near perfect match to the original cylinder head shape, and it stays there. Of course if everybody used a torque wrench to install sparkplugs, we probably wouldn't see as many stripped heads...

The thermostat takes the reading of the operating temperature of the engine at the thermostat housing. Have you ever wondered what the temperature was at the head? I have seen cases where the gauge and warning buzzer said all was well, and yet the heads got hot enough to drop the pressed-in hardened valve seats, out of the head.
This digital pyrometer, will answer those questions by allowing you to monitor accurate temperatures at almost any part of the engine. There are a surface probe, an air flow probe, and a wire loop attachment that can be inserted into or on the engine, manifolds, exhaust pipe, and or in the cooling system itself.

Note: I also have a new digital infrared heat gun. This is self contained and allows you to check surface temperatures from a distance of about 5 to 10 inches from the surface.

And who doesn't own one of these. Is there anything a Genuine Swiss army knife can't do. It cuts, it slices it dices, it scrapes, saws and reams, and to top it off they last a lifetime. If your in the mobile repair biz, you should never be caught without it.....

Is it me, or are you sick and tired of getting into peoples boats and half of the switches and fuses aren't marked.....
An inexpensive label maker like the one, on the right, should be strapped to anybody's body that does installation work.  Come on guys, give it a try, we'll all save time and money.....

If you've ever wired customers tow vehicles for trailer lights, you will want to have this tool. It checks spade fuses that are used in most trucks and cars without removing the fuse from the panel. Two lights, inside the tool, tell you which side is the power side and which is dead. It then has an easy removal tool, on the other end, so you can put away those needle nose pliers....

Until I loaned mine out one time, I had a nice EFI fuel rail pressure adapter. Then in a pinch for one, I came up with an adapter from one of those cans of emergency tire inflators and put a brass fitting on to fit my  pressure gauge and I haven't looked back since. (as you can see I have a spare)

And this is a love note to the riggers in our shop... This is a hole saw kit... they are inexpensive.... buy your own...
Stop borrowing mine....

Oh, and while I'm thinking about it, these are the two taps you need to clean the block and manifold pipe threads before you re-install the drain plugs in those engines you guys left the plugs out of, all winter.
I'm not loaning you mine...  1/8-27 NPT and 1/4-18 NPT

Do you have any tips for tools?
If you send me a description of how you save time with some tool, a picture, and I use it on this sight, I will list your name next to the suggestion, if you'd like, and send you a small gift for your time.
( As they say on TV, not less than a $10 value)

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