I am trying to start a T tool loaning/rental program for the Model T club starting in Utah.
I am not doing this to take away any sales of tools from our great venders. There are some people that can not afford to purchase all the tools necessary. Just to help get another T on the road, as I think in my opinion that the best way to spread our Affliction is having them on the road.
Please PM me if you have any tools to donate.
Remind me in the spring. I may have some tools at my summer place. Youve got a good idea, I hope it works out for you.
How about a national tool loan program? Most of tools are used once and it's hard sometimes to come up with a couple of hundred dollars for a one time use.
Just my .02 cents.
I see two obstacles to a national program. 1 Getting a volunteer to run it; 2 Cost of shipping. The latter might make it cheaper to hire work done locally in the case of heavier tools.
Andrew, you may want to get a list of what each member has and is willing to loan or do the work, i tried and only had three people that sent a list even though they ere asking for such a list, keeping track of who has a particular tool at any time is hard and a lot of people are just plain stingy.I will attempt to put the list on here.
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How about at a mim cost so a fund can also be aval. to replace worn of broken tools.
You will need to collect a deposit equal to the replacement value of the tool and then refund, say 90%, when the tool is returned in good condition in an agreed on time frame. If someone gets a tool for free there is no incentive to take care of the tool and return it in a timely fashion. When someone has an investment in something, then that peaks their interest.
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I don't see it happening anytime soon. Tools are expensive if you buy good ones. The junk HF sells just wouldn't hold up to heavy use. I have just about stopped loaning any of mine,cause it is to difficult to get them returned.You can come use a tool here,but the tool stays here.
The idea would be OK for the local club members.
Also if I were a member of the club I would be really concerned about loaning them out to anyone else.
In my 50 plus years working around people loaning things out, almost every time something doesn't come back.
A little off topic: A neighbor wanted to borrow my 16 ft. trailer. I told him I was using it for an extended amount of time. I came up with that after I saw his in his front yard with a bent tongue and collapsed side rails.
I only loan out T tools if I am with the tool 100% of the time.
There are lots of tools that can be made easily. Things like sleeve puller, bushing drivers, etc. One thing that I always thought would be a good chapter project was the HCCT. When I worked up plans for one I thought chapters would take it on. As it turns out I know at least 200 have been made by individuals. I can't stress the importance of someone in the club having a method of correctly setting coils. The buzz box ain't it.
Dedicated tools can be made from other items cheaply. That's the real T way anyhow.
Royce, that tool storage board with tool outlines marked on the background is a great idea, it allows you to see at a glance if a tool is missing or misplaced.
"tool control" is a huge deal in the aerospace industry because some significant accidents and expenses have resulted from misplaced tools.
Nice tool board, Royce !
This isn't another post about all my tools that I don't loan.
You might add to your list of tools that you can make easily is an exhaust manifold straightening channel iron fixture. I made one for one of our clubs and then we did a demo at a meeting.
Check the Tulsa and Long Beach sites for more info.
You are right Gene,there are a lot of things you can make yourself to use in maintaing your car. Simple pullers,rear sleeve pullers as well.
My dad built the T and Model A tool boards. Two years ago he gave them to me for Christmas. He did a great job designing and building them.
Something like the Autozone tool program might work.
They let you purchase a tool, use it and return it for a refund when your done.
They are not always top quality but they work OK for the average guy.
In this case they could pay the shipping both ways and maybe a slight surcharge to cover incidental costs.
I keep the AZ tool about 50% of the time because it is something I NEED in my tool box to take up space - even if I don't use it again.
Exhaust pipe expanders are a perfect example - When I get one from AZ I can't bring myself to return it because I gotta have it -
(It is most likely because as a teen I struggled with putting old exhaust systems back together and I used old water pipes and hammers to try to get the ridges out of the used exhaust pipes.)
It helps if you are an active member of a local club. A long, long, time ago I was the youngest member of the Dallas T club and Ralph Z lent me T tools all of the time. At first I had to sign for them because he would lend tools to any member in good standing and wanted to keep track of them. In return I have lent T tools to local, and some far out of town, T guys that I have met and built relationships within the hobby. I haven't needed to have anyone sign for them. In the 35 + years I have been involved with T's I have not lost a tool yet.
Paul, BINGO! My hats off to you and your group!
Let's try this.
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I never borrowed a tool from Ralph Zajicek but he lent me a hand many times. I have borrowed a tool or two from Royce's dad and he has bailed me out many times with parts, advice and assistance.
In the first picture on the far left you have a manifold nut wrench on top, going down you have a valve spring compressor and then some kind of very small black puller. I have one of the small puller and I see many of them on farm sales. Do you know what they are for ? I have never had anyone that could tell me what they are for. I have tried them on all sorts of things and nothing fits.
I'd try to get a list together of what would actually be a "one use" tool. I'm sure others will add more but what comes to mind off hand:
Mag gap setter
valve seat cutter
valve guide reamers
king pin reamer
rear wheel puller (more than single use tool) rear bearing sleeve installer
Timing cover alignment tool
Valve spring compressor
Trans band changing tool
(I cheated & looked at a catalog).
Another question for Royce. What's that first tool to the right of the #1349 wrench? The thing that resembles the back end of a rear radius rod.
I'll have to look at the list this weekend. I don't remember off the top of my head. A couple of the tools are unknown usage, that might be one of them.
Its a support for working on a T rear axle with the center supported by an engine stand. That piece bolts on to support the backing plate end of the housing, but does not attach the same way a rear radius rod would. It rests on the engine stand at floor level.
If your worried about tools not coming back or damage, put a hefty deposit fee on them (even equal to the cost of the tool). In the case of tools that need occasional sharpening or repair - put a use fee on them too.
I for one think a national program would be a great idea - but I have no T club within many miles of me.
On many tools a hefty deposit and shipping charges would be a blessing compared to the cost of the tool.
Those of you who are fortunate enough to have a T club nearby, or live close to someone like Dave or Royce, don't realize the problem of needing an expensive tool for a one time use.
Dave H. - that is a Ford Bendix drive head part # 5019 puller.
Even if you had people pay twice the value of the tools as a deposit all the tools would soon be gone and the money would be useless in trying to find replacement tools as good as the ones I currently own. Some of these tools belonged to my grandfather. There's no chance I would ever loan one out to anybody for any price.
Steve is correct, it is the starter bendix puller.
It's one thing to get the tool back, but another one altogether to get it back in a timely manner so someone else can use it. Sometimes a guy borrows a tool only to get held up with some other, unforeseen, critical operation that must be done before the tool can be used, and so the borrowed tool sits on the workbench for weeks while he waits.
I agree with RV above - not to mention when the tool is damaged beyond use by someone who has no idea how to properly use it. Loaner programs sound good, but would be very hard to run...