December 7, 2011

We've all been less than careful with tools over the years. Be honest now, how many times have you used a screwdriver as a pry bar or a scraper? Or perhaps you grabbed that nearby adjustable wrench to use as an impromptu hammer instead of walking back to your toolbox (all of eight feet, right?) to get the correct-sized ball-peen. It's OK, your secret is safe with us. Besides, if we turned you in to the tool police, we'd have to turn ourselves in as well!

Getting away with these little "tool transgressions" usually means you were able to complete the task at hand while walking away with all ten fingers intact. Some jobs do require special tools--tools that you really should use for the job in question so that no damage occurs to the vehicle or those aforementioned ten fingers. Nowhere is that more prevalent than working on classic Mustangs.

For example, classic Mustangs use stainless windshield trim to conceal and beautify the window glass mounting gasket area. In order to remove these trim pieces, a special window glass molding retaining clip tool is required to release the "death grip" on the trim from those little clips designed by some sadistic engineer from decades past. If you don't use the proper tool, you run the risk of damaging the molding, potentially scratching the nearby paint, or worst of all, breaking the glass. For around five bucks, you can purchase the right tool for the job and save yourself a lot of headaches, not to mention the potential damage to your ride and your wallet.

In order to help you help yourself while working on your vintage Mustang project, be it basic maintenance or a full blown resto, we've gathered up a slew of special tools that we've always found helpful when working on our Mustangs. Many of these tools cost under $10 each, with only a select few taking a couple of Jacksons from your wallet, so needless to say, just about anyone can afford to do the job right. Besides, do we really need an excuse to buy more tools? I didn't think so. All it took was a call to National Parts Depot for the majority of these specialty tools, with a few other favorites we already had on hand from Eastwood checking in too. Check out the photos and start making that tool list!

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