Much of the idea of pickup trucks being performatively macho and aimed at cowboys and construction workers is thanks to marketing, rather than how a lot of trucks are actually used by everyday people. But the automakers work hard at those ideas, like how Fiat Chrysler apparently used six different types of hammer to…
I’m the only one of my friends who uses a headlamp while wrenching, and that means just one thing: my friends are fools. So today, in an effort to enlighten the masses, I will describe the of sheer joy and wrenching efficiency that 1,000 forehead-mounted lumens can bring.
Have you ever heard one of those stories about a surgeon leaving a sponge or something inside a patient? What happened to a Jalopnik reader and 2006 Mitsubishi Evo MR owner is essentially the same idea: he opened up his engine, and found a forgotten socket inside.
Nothing may be as deeply satisfying as watching an old, pressed-in bushing slowly pop out of its hole thanks to a clever use of a drill.
You know a drill really only has one job–make a hole. But what you’re making a hole in dictates the type of drill and bit you actually need. Watch my favorite Canadian mechanic break down the which, what and why of every drill type you’ll ever mess with and some you’ve probably never seen.
This Canadian redneck’s incredible YouTube channel narrating the dismantling and analysis of tools is hilarious, educational and my new favorite thing on the internet.
Tire changes are an inevitability in long-distance off-road racing. They’re also somewhat labor intensive, costing the drivers’ precious time and energy. Not so much if you’ve got an on-board jacking system though!
Few things will make you feel worse than twisting the head off a bolt. It means the threads are seized in the hole, and now you have get the broken stump out of a tight spot. Having the right tools and know-how is essential to avoid that gut-punch feeling of breaking off hardware.
When I had a lawn, I didn’t used to bother mowing it because the grass just kept growing back. But for those of you who are into your property management, and have a bunch of little gas-powered lawn care tools taking up space, the Honda VersAttach actually looks kind of sweet.
Maybe you can’t afford a car that “runs” or “starts” like some fancy millionaire. Maybe you just like the way a jalopy can take stains and scratches without raising your blood pressure. But the novelty wears off when your slab doesn’t start, so here are some easy items to pack as beater-car life support.
A multitool looks dorky dangling off your belt. But at some point being able to summon a knife, screwdriver, saw or plier makes you a hero on every trip. A well-rated tool is $100 to $300, so I marooned myself on an island with the cheapest one I could find to see what happens when you skimp out.
Although we've said that car fans are difficult to shop for, the gearhead subset of our illustrious tribe is a bit easier to please. Don't buy anodized aluminum parts that might not fit, or fan apparel that could leave them thinking you ate lead paint chips as a child.
As I'm typing this, somewhere nearby is a transmission jack that I own. There's also a mini tire changer and a portable wheel balancer and a five-ton gear puller. Five tons! That's a frigload of tons!
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory held its annual open house earlier this month, and like any good space dork I was there. There, of course, was all manner of exciting and interesting stuff to see, tended by scientists who seemed genuinely surprised and delighted by the fact that so many locals want to come gawk at…
Seeing all the comments on the Found Junkyard Tools post reminds me of the eternal junkyard question: Do you bring every tool you own or the bare minimum when hitting the junkyard?
When you spend enough time at the junkyard, you're going to find free tools on a regular basis. Some are in the cars when they get scrapped, while others get lost by fellow junkyard dogs.
Believe it or not, there are other uses for trailer hitches than hanging testicles... like gravel driveway grooming. One item many forget to mention about having gravel driveways is the maintenance required. The Driveway Groomer is a simple device that can attach to the rear towing hitch on any vehicle, therefore…
We've seen some pretty interesting mods around these parts, but this 110cc quad toolbox has to be one of the more peculiar. I hate to jump to conclusions or make assumptions, but this is really just a 110cc miniature quad sawed in half and welded back to a pretty standard toolbox. The owner says it is used in the pits…
How the heck are you supposed to work on your fantasy car without a fantasy garage chock full of tools like MAC's new 10,000-pound professional grade two-post lift? This beauty has a pretty hefty $3,000 price tag and is loaded with enough features to keep your fantasy garage in business through the next decade.