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What is that one cheap item you find in your shop that you use a lot?

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Bruce Cunha Avatar
placerville, California, USA   USA
1950 MG TD
1967 MG MGB GT
1979 Triumph 1500 ~ For Sale ! ~
1986 Honda Street
I know a lot of us have been working on cars for some time. I have come up with a few items that I find I use frequently that don't really fit into the tool category.

Dixie Cups. A box cost a few bucks for 100. I use them for small amounts of paint, Mixing adhesives, nut/bolt holder. Probably use one every week for something.

Q Tip Swabs, I buy the large pack. Good for touchup paint, cleaning tight spaces in various parts, break the head off for mixing and applying adhesive.



Bruce E. Cunha

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Mick from Scotland Avatar
East Lothian, Scotland, UK   GBR
Cheap baby wipes. Hate to think what they must do to the skin of a youngster, but they are able to clean off all and any grime from hands better than anything else I know - perfect when in the middle of something and just needing an interim wipe up.

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coffeemung9920 Silver Member James C
Inman, SC, USA   USA
1. WD40

2. Zip ties

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late 64 Terry O
Milton, Ont, Canada   CAN
cotton gloves.......

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oily-hands Owen Frankland
Stockton on Tees, Cleveland, UK   GBR
1937 MG TA "Numbum"
1971 MG MGB GT "The Bruise"
I re-use the pump spray bottles that hold some household cleaners.

One with degreaser and one with water. Ideal for cleaning small parts.



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queensland, QLD, Australia   AUS
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dipstick Kenny Snyder
La Center, Washington, USA   USA
1941 Ford N-Series
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Flashlight and reading glasses.



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B-racer Jeff Schlemmer
Minnesota, USA   USA
Paper towels are one of the biggest expendable items I use. And Nitrile gloves.



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Gerry Gold Member Gerry Masterman
Prairieville, Louisiana, USA   USA
I use the cups from Nyquil and Pepto bottles for mixing small amounts of epoxy, yogurt cups for larger amounts. Craft sticks as mixer sticks. I buy pump sprayer bottles by the armload and use with WD40, varsol, cutting tool coolant, alcohol, soap,Ospho, glass cleaner, vinegar, and just about anything I need a squirt of. Because of the stuff i put in them the pumps fail pretty quick. I buy 4-1 epoxy in semi bulk sizes and repackage it in smaller pointed top bottles for easy measuring. I buy sidewalk chalk to keep on my files to prevent them from clogging. And cheap reading glasses-bet I have a half dozen pair in my shop, in two strengths, one for normal use and a weaker set for standing and working on lathe and mill

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dawvid David B
Sharon, Massachusetts, USA   USA
Cheap paper napkins. I get these from the local supermarket and cost $1 for 250. Cheaper than paper towels and I use them for cleaning off bits and bobs.

David



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albeegreen1 Gold Member bob tresch
bordentown, nj, USA   USA
1972 MG MGB MkIII "ALBERT"
Plastic bags my wife gets cotton balls in from the Hotel. Great for all those tiny bits.

mgargiullo Mike G
Hightstown, New Jersey, USA   USA
1957 Ford F-100 "Old Man"
1979 MG MGB
In reply to # 3513157 by Gerry sidewalk chalk to keep on my files to prevent them from clogging.

That's a great idea! Thanks!

mgargiullo Mike G
Hightstown, New Jersey, USA   USA
1957 Ford F-100 "Old Man"
1979 MG MGB
Unfortunately, my current most used item is an old repurposed lawnmower blade I'm using as a panel splitter.

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Wray Gold Member Wray Lemke
., South Carolina, USA   USA
No kidding. I buy them in bulk. Use the gloves whenever I'm handling chemicals or painting, even with a rattle can.

In reply to # 3513148 by B-racer Paper towels are one of the biggest expendable items I use. And Nitrile gloves.

NT, Canada   CAN
A 6 inch round wire wheel on an arbor on an old electric motor. Use it all the time for cleaning rust off small pieces. No loose clothing, safety glasses an gloves at all times.

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