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    Official Contest Thread - Vote for your favorite automotive tool!

    Our first contest went so well last fall that we thought we'd kick off 2014 with a fresh one!

    The theme is: Best Automotive Tool

    Eligible forum members may nominate entries as replies to this thread. Nominations should include both the name of the tool and its HomemadeTools.net link.

    The official rules:

    • Forum members with at least five (5) posts or who've been members for at least 30 days may nominate and vote
    • A member may not nominate his own tool, but he may vote for it should it be nominated by someone else


    Prize structure:

    • 1st = $100 hardware-related gift card (winner's choice of several) + HomemadeTools.net T-shirt
    • 2nd = $50 hardware-related gift card (winner's choice of several) + HomemadeTools.net T-shirt
    • 3rd = HomemadeTools.net T-shirt
    • Bonus = The nominator of the 1st prize winner will also receive a HomemadeTools.net T-shirt


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    The Contest's nomination phase will last for two weeks, followed by a ten day voting period conducted via forum poll. The three tool entries garnering the most votes will be declared the winners and announced on Monday, February 3.

    OK, tool fans: get to it!! Reply directly in this thread with your nominations.

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    My tool nomination isn't for one of the many fine ingeniously clever hand tools I could choose from. I decided to nominate a the tool that would hold my body in position working on a lifted truck, or any vehicle with a very deep engine compartment. The Top Side Creeper @ Homemade Top Side Creeper isn't a tool I'd want to store but I sure would appreciate it when I needed it.

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    I'd like to nominate TPS testing harnesses, as exemplified by this tool -Homemade TPS Harness. Having grown up jetting carbs and messing with venturis and emulsion tubes, using multimeters and studying voltages was a bit of a leap for me.

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    I would like to nominate Tom Hoppe's Digital Camber Gauge. Great job upgrading this tool into a more accurate and reliable one. Slapping the ubiquitous level on to a length of cheap steel, this gauge exemplifies the KISS principle.

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    I'd like to nominate toolman8's Heavy-Duty Rotisserie. A fantastic writeup of an exceptionally well-designed and executed tool.

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    I would like to nominate John Kunkel on board.moparts.org for his Oil Filter Cutter, a very useful tool for aircraft also.

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    I'd like to nominate this Engine Stand, by John Niolon, aka "The Best Damn Engine Stand Money Can't Buy". Great stand, great writeup, and a solid example of a homemade tool that's far superior to one you can purchase ready-made.



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