If you are a car enthusiast and you like to restore old cars, then you are not unfamiliar with salvage yards and u-pull-its. These businesses allow people to come in and pull parts off junk vehicles for an amount of money.
So, while some people bring their junk cars to salvage yards and take cash home, there are others who go to these yards and pay cash to salvage parts off the vehicles.
If you are a budding car enthusiast and you are planning for your first trip to the salvage yard, follow this link to learn what to expect when you get to the salvage yard. In addition to that, you will find the tools you must never leave home without and their respective importance in this post.
However, it is important to note that the tools you take to a salvage yard depends on the parts you plan to pull at the junkyard. The list below outlines the general tools, and as a beginner, they will probably suffice for your first few junkyard forays.
It goes without saying, but you must never go to a junkyard without hand gloves. Firstly, and most importantly, they keep your hands safe from sharp vehicle parts, broken glass and the countless potential dangers that can be found at salvage yards. Apart from safety concerns, vehicle parts, in most cases, are grimy and stained with one kind of oil or the other. Gloves also helps you get a better grip when taking components apart.
For your screwdriver needs, the right choice is the simple choice. Just get one universal-style screwdriver and arm yourself with as many tips as you can find. This should suffice for any screw you are likely to find at the salvage yard. You may, however, run into some problems with torque heads, but if you are fully covered in the screwdriver tips section, you should be okay.
To err on the side of caution, you can also go along with a Phillips and a flat tip. If you can find some space for it in your toolbox, a big pry bar could come in handy too.
A nice set of ratcheting wrenches, coupled with a variety of adjustables should do just nicely. With these, you are covered for any wrench size you may need. As far as increments are concerned, you can either go with standard increments or metric increments, depending on the vehicle you intend to salvage parts from at the yard. If unsure, go with both sets. You can leave one set in your vehicle and go for it if the need arises.
For scavenging in the salvage yard, your best bet is the locking type plier; sometimes, it is just not possible for one person to hold both the bolt and the nut all at once. In addition to the locking type, it is smart to go to the yard with one (at least) of each plier type. Equipped with the regular, channel locks, needle-nose and side-cutters pliers, you should be covered as far as pliers are concerned.
Oil Filter Cutter
If you are planning to get an engine from a salvage yard, an oil filter cutter is a shoo-in. With it, you can run a couple of pre-checks and confirm if you are getting a good deal or not. You can tell a whole lot about the internal condition of an engine from its oil filter. If you happen to find sizable amounts of metal filings in the oil filter, that’s a no-no.
There is a choice to be made on which Allen keys set to take along to the salvage yard. You can either choose the straight, bent, or assembled set. The assembled set should do the trick, but when unsure, go with all of them. Like in the case of wrenches above, you can leave some back in your car and go for it as the situation demands.
This comes in handy for taking metal sheets apart. With a Powertank bottle filled with approx. 3,000 psi of CO2, your saw can run long enough to cut through any filler piece.
Running the oil filter check is the most basic engine check you can run at the salvage yard. For further inspection, you would need other engine-checking tools e.g. a starter button, a dual leak-down tester, a timing light etc.
Hammers will always come in handy at a salvage yard, as will batteries (to check engines), and sockets. A portable flashlight is also a good idea; for when you want to look in dark places. You can also go along with a can of penetrating fluid in case you come across some bolts that have rusted over time.