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Makes life easy tools?

I plan to redo my garage next spring in preparation of a near future engine rebuild. I am wondering what tools are a must have and what are a man that makes life easy..

Like cleaning tools/devices, since cleaning is so important to a rebuild... I was thinking about something that would make that process easier.

I do plan on a lift as well as a full wall of storage and a large work surface as well as folding tables to sort bagged parts.

Thanks guys.
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Big strong, did I mention big, clean workbenches/counter tops. Then shelves so you don't leave everything in the work area. Plenty of power outlets.
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Not really a tool, but need it for some tools... At least one 220V electrical outlet.
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I love my scissor lift, and the heat and AC. Most of all, the bathroom in the garage. But I am an old guy that likes to be comfortable as possible. Oh the beer fridge as well!
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For the rebuild:
-Large, stable engine stand. 4 caster version preferred.
-Good quality engine yoke (not the VW version)
-high quality digital calipers
-Acetylene torch and quality stud remover for replacing head studs
-Heated ultrasonic cleaner (not harbor freight), with drain valve for cleaning parts. Find a local shop with large ultrasonic cleaner for case/crank/cam towers etc.
-Extra large baking pans from restaurant supply company for catching drips under engine and for laying out clean parts before assembly.
-Parts storage cases from harbor freight for organizing engine hardware (much easier than trying to label and keep track of 97 ziplock bags)
-Order all your 911-specific engine tools (cam bar, z-blocks, etc) well ahead of time, as these are often back-ordered for several months.
-Wiseco ring compressor sleeve
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I bought the max jax M6 lift from home depot's website. It was delivered into my garage as part of the shipping, which is important as its shipping weight is like 900+ lbs. Since I've started using the lift, I never want to go back to floor jacks and stands ever again. With the engine build, my intake and exhaust has a lot of custom stuff, so I've probably put the engine in the car and taken it back out at least 4 different times before I finally installed it with the transmission for real. In conjunction with the lift, I use the 1000lb hydraulic table cart from harbor freight. I use that cart to get the engine to and from the car and then put it on a stand with a yoke made by a fellow pelican.

There are tons of other tools that I've used throughout the process but it also depends on how much of the work you do yourself. The next big spend was on micrometers and a caliper. You need a 0-4" micrometer set for measuring the crank. The calipers are used all over the place.

Tools that are nice:
-Pneumatic impact, I have a 250 ftlb and 800 ftlb
-Ratcheting crescent wrenches
-Beefy 1/2" drive socket wrench
-Swivel joints and extensions for socket
-Long allen wrenches and allen sockets, 8mm and 10mm are the important ones
-Stomski cam tool, wrist pin circlip injector, and piston squirter air tool
-Irwin stud extractors, be warned they will wear if you have to use it a lot as Porsche uses higher grade hardware which is a harder material than lower grades
-Depending on work being done, I've gotten a ton of use out of my tig welder
-Plus a bunch of stuff from above
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OMG, this is an awesome list so far. I am planning the max jack lift. I am not sure about the parts clear, does that require that I run water in the garage?
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Not really a tool, but need it for some tools... At least one 220V electrical outlet.
^ This, at least one 220V outlet on each side for air compressor, welder, plasma, etc. Note that the breaker probably can't handle more than one high-current machine running at a time, so keep that in mind if you have a friend helping.
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I guess this why an engine rebuild costs over 10k
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I work in a very modest garage. Some tools that have been game changing in the past couple years for me:

1) Cordless power tools - I prefer Milwaukee. Their impacts are powerful and compact. The M12 cordless ratchet is a real time saver.
2) Small parts washer - I purchased an OEM tools portable washer that is small enough to place directly under a wheel/hub assembly.
3) Lang thread restorers

...probably lots more...
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Every Stomski tool I bought (all of them), I had a little "buyers' remorse" --- until I used it rebuilding my engine and I always looked back and thought how could the job be done accurately without it.
He's got a few excellent youtubes as well....
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OMG guys this is great stuff. I have a very small garage, only a 2 car. So I am going to try to make it as usable as I can.
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If you plan to do a chassis restoration I would suggest a rotisserie. It will make the stripping, body work and repainting much easier.
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Yea, that is a task I am not sure I will even be up to. If life goes according to plan I hope to move after the kids are out of high school. It will be to a house with much more garage

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I finally bit the bullet and got a rotisserie. wish I had gotten it early in the process of dismantling the car.

good list, glad I have several local friends who have rebuild 911 engines to borrow tools from.

my engine parts and case are at the shop for rebuild / reconditioning / machine work. in the middle of rebuilding the engine for my 951 track car.

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