Most of you already have the basic hand tools, power tools and such, so I'll touch on the cleaning and cosmetic items. Here is a list of things that I keep handy on my shelves, and use quite often:
1.Majic Erasers - removes scuffs and stains from vinyl seats, and cleans chrome.
2.Rubbing Compound - removes oxidation from original paint surfaces.
3.Polishing Compound - brings back the shine of original paint and smoothes out the paint surface.
4.Simple Green - general cleaner and plastic restorer.
5.Maguires Car Wax and Cleaner - protective cover for tractor finish.
6.Bug and Tar Remover - for removing rust stains on chrome.
7.Easy Off Oven Cleaner - paint and grease remover.
8.Dawn Dishwashing Liquid - for removing greasey residue from freshly stripped parts, and as lubricant for tire installation.
9.Armorall - rubber, plastic, and wiring harness restorer.
10.Comet Powder - tire cleaning agent.
11.SOS Pads with the Pink Soap - aluminum cleaner.
12.#0000 Steel Wool - aluminum cleaner and polisher.
13.WD-40 - lubricant, chrome cleaner, and aluminum polisher.
14.Nevr-Dull - chrome, brass, copper, aluminum, and nickel polisher.
15.Mothers Chrome Cleaner - self explanitory.
16.Penetrating Oil - for ease in removing old rusted bolts and nuts.
17.Zip-Strip - paint remover/disolver.
18.Acetone - for cleaning up overspray and for prepping surfaces to be painted.
19.100% Mineral Spirits - for cleaning painted surfaces before applying another coat.
1.Toothbrushes - helping to get into little nooks and crannies.
2.Dentist Picks - for scraping areas of paint that the wire wheel or sand blaster didn't get.
3.Telescopic Magnet - removing nuts and bolts that your arm or hand won't allow you to get to.
4.Cardboard - for inserting bolts into for ease of painting.
5.Painters Masking Tape - for taping off areas that you don't want disturbed.
6.Good Filtered Respirator - for keeping the paint fumes from entering your lungs.
7.Safety Glasses - for keeping the rust out of your eyes while working under your tractor.
8.Big White Blanket - lay it under your work surface, so it's easy to find dropped nuts and bolts.
9.Big Plastic Storage Bins - for storing parts after disassembly.
10.Small and Large Storage Organizers - the various sized drawers come in handy for valve stem cores and caps, carb parts, miscellaneous electrical fittings, miscellaneous knobs, etc.. Organizers are available in numerous sizes and have a variety of drawer quantities and sizes available.
11.Work Gloves - light weight, but heavy to give your hands protecting from sharp edges and high heat.
12.Turkey Baster - for helping to fill transmission while still attached to the tractor frame.
13.Scrub Brush - for cleaning tires.
14.Wire Brush - for cleaning paint overspray from original ties.
15.Small Detail Brushes - for miscellaneous touch up of assembly scatches.
16.Empty Soup Cans - for holding touch up paint.
17.Empty Coffee/Paint Cans - for storing miscellaneous nuts and bolts.
18.Pegboard with Hooks - aids in keeping parts up off the floor, and keeps them on the wall out of the way.
19.Head Mounted Flashlight - frees up your hands to work on other things.
These are some ideas as to what I have, and find very useful. You may use some, then again you may not. You may find other items that you come up with, that might be helpful for us! Just enjoy what you're doing, and do the best that you can with what you have.
Edited by johndeereelfman, January 11, 2013 - 12:32 PM.