Are you thinking of starting a classic car restoration project? Or maybe you’re just starting out as a DIY mechanic? Either way, if you are lucky enough to have the space, there is a vast choice of kit available to equip your dream garage. Here are our top tools for a big garage:
A tool chest is essential to keep your spanners, wrenches and other small items well-organized and easy to find. Tool chests come in a range of sizes and finishes, so you are sure to find one to meet your requirements.
A compressor will provide compressed air to all your pneumatic tools. If you are planning to do your paint spraying yourself, it supplies air to the air-fed masks worn when spraying.
This will save you time and effort when removing nuts from those hard-to-reach places.
Ideal for undoing wheel nuts speedily.
Tyre pressure gauge
A small but necessary piece of equipment, a tyre pressure gauge will ensure that your tyres are inflated to the correct pressure.
When working on a project, you can keep a car battery on a trickle charge so that it is ready for action when you need it. Battery chargers can also be used to jump-start cars whose batteries have gone flat.
LED rechargeable magnetic lamp
The best-lit garages will still have areas that are in shadow. These little lamps give a bright white light, perfect for illuminating dark corners. Because they are magnetic, you can attach them to any convenient surface such as the car bonnet.
If you are working single-handed, it can be a problem when you need to move a vehicle without starting it. A vehicle mover such as the CM or 360 makes moving even a large car easy, by reducing both the effort needed and the risk of injury.
Used for the safe lifting of heavy components such as gearboxes.
If your budget does not run to the cost of installing a lift, axle stands are necessary to support a car safely when its wheels have been removed.
The ultimate piece of equipment for many car enthusiasts, a 2-post lift makes working on the underside of the car much easier and safer than when using smaller jacks.