New workshop, essential kit?

  1. GreenBlood New Member

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    building a new workshop next year, and welding and forming is quite new to me but I’d like to have a space with the kit I need to do most repair fabrication on old cars. What would you spec for a basic metal bashing corner?
    Steve
     
  2. Burdekin

    Burdekin Chief Bodger

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  3. bigegg

    bigegg I drink and I know things. Its what I do.

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    at least two three six lots of angle grinders.

    bench shear
    tin snips.
    pop rivetter

    <edit> a citric acid and/or electrolytic de-rusting tank might be a good (cheap) investment: a 1000l ibc will de-rust a complete car door, quarter panel, or a subframe, but even a 10l bucket will clean nuts, bolts, hinges etc.
     
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  4. Bullet2012

    Bullet2012 Forum Supporter

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    Kettle, fridge, milk, tea, biscuits, beer and mugs. Once you have these everything else should be purchased for a maximum of £50, at least that’s what Mrs Bullet believes.
     
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  5. 8ob

    8ob Member

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    Must also include no phone reception, a garden gate that only opens from the inside, somewhere to hide your car and must be completely inaccessible to SWMBO and the kids.:thumbup:



    Bob
     
  6. steviec_lj

    steviec_lj Rust Welding Professional

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    What’s your budget?

    How deep in to restoration are you going? Full nut and bolt from the chassis up, or a quick patch for an MOT?
     
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  7. indy4x

    indy4x Forum Supporter

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    ^^^

    As above, depends what your doing, basics would be

    Angle grinder (s)
    Lots of mole grips
    Tin snips, preferably right and left handed
    Hole punch for plug welds
    MIG welder
    Selection of hammers and dollies

    You can do metal bending with a length of RSJ and some angle iron

    Relevant PPE

    That would get you started, rest then is budget and space dependant and if your like most on this forum you will always be acquiring additional stuff which means a bigger workshop, storage space.......
     
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  8. skotl

    skotl Forum Supporter

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    Compressor, plasma cutter...
     
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  9. davidjohnperry a different breed

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    In all fairness that's a very open ended answer every person will give the things that help as have been mentioned are how big is the restoration how long is the time frame and how much space are you willing to lose with some tools you might need I honestly don't weld cars or avoid it at all possibilities but If i were to take a good stab in the dark
    A good 4 1/2 inch grinder with a selection of cutting disks and grinding wheels
    Cutting shield visor good respirator gloves welding and handling f/r overalls or at least a leather jacket and the best you can afford welding mask that's probably at 200+ notes so far
    Welding plant again best you can afford there are lots to choose from some good some bad you can often find good second hand deals between 350-2500 notes
    Hammers clamps drills basic hand tools plus the more specialist tools for doing body work as previously been mentioned before I chimed in lol good luck with the build look forward to seeing the process and your future projects for got to mention is this a business or hobby venture
     
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  10. chunkolini

    chunkolini celebrity artiste

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    A decent stereo. I work on my own and find music helps keep me focussed.
    And a kettle
     
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  11. premmington

    premmington Member

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    +1 for kettle...
     
  12. dobbslc

    dobbslc Member

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    Sound proofing / insulation so when you wack your thumb with a club hammer the neighbours can't here you swearing. :D
    It'll also keep you warm.
     
  13. Hopefuldave Member

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    Better yet, a Bakelite-cased valve wireless tuned to the 1950s...

    Dave H. (the other one)
     
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  14. Robbie260 Member

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    How long is a peice of string. All depends on your space and budget.
     
  15. 8ob

    8ob Member

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    Light,heater,tele,stereo and computer :thumbup:

    Bob

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  16. owenwatts

    owenwatts New Member

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    We open the workshop in Dubai and looking for a workshop, essential kit that our two or three technicians use at the same time. Someone please refer me some good essential kit.

    I need this in Dubai. if someone knows a good freight forwarding company, then please refer as well thanks
     
  17. Melvyn Best Member

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    A bigger workshop, the one you build will never be big enough!
     
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  18. sako243

    sako243 Member

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    So that's what that end of your man cave looks like. Never seen it that clear before...
     
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  19. indy4x

    indy4x Forum Supporter

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    I wish I had 2 workshops, not only cos I need the space but dust is a complete PITA

    Like most of the guys on here my garage is a multi functional space, the problem is grinding dust and paint dust get everywhere.

    Trying to keep stuff dust free is next to impossible so a second garage/workshop for the dusty messy grinding, welding and painting goes on in there and the other garage for lathe/Mill and stuff you don't want messed up
     
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  20. catman275 Member

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    First aid Kit
     
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