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Subject: Re: Tools
From: David Littlefield <>
Date: Tue, 5 Dec 2000 17:14:35 -0600
On Tue, 5 Dec 2000 14:40:37 -0800 "Dodd, Kelvin" <>
>       If at all possible (big expense) try to budget for a small
> oxy-acetylene outfit.  Sears has a little portable one that is 
> within
> reason.  This will save you gigormous amounts of time dealing with 
> rusted
> and frozen bolts.  Heating a stuck bolt may mean the difference of 
> having to
> drill it out once it breaks.

Although an oxy-acetylene torch is also valuable for welding and is quick
and definitive in heating a frozen nut, a propane torch often works, for
a much lower cost.  For a bit extra heat, buy the MAP gas cylinder
instead of the propane one.

>  A sawzall is another expensive tool 
> that I
> have done without for many years.  Now I wonder how I existed 
> without it.

I took an old rusty TD frame to a welder to have him cut out a portion to
save.  I thought he was going to use a cutting torch.  He got out his
sawzall and cut right through the thing!  And these were the big box

David Littlefield
'62 MGA MkII
'51 MGTD
'74 MG Midget vintage racer
'88 Jaguar XJ-S

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