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Essential and Special Tools

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Unlike the Citroen 2CV, which is the other type of minicar I own, the 451 is crafted with fine engineering in mind and as such, can best be served by having a variety of essential and special tools handy.

So far I have noticed that the following are essential for work on the car:

-1/4" and 3/8" drive ratchets, breaker bars, extensions and universal joints
-Metric short and deep-well sockets to 21mm
-Stubby and standard six point combination metric wrenches from 5mm to 21mm inclusive
-Variety of TORX-drive metric sockets from T-9 to T-60 in different drive sizes
-Variety of lengths of flat blade and Phillips screwdrivers
-Pliers of various types to include: slip joint, channel-lock, diagonal cutters, lineman's pliers
-Multiple sizes of pin punches and C-Clamps
-Multiple sizes of mandrels
-Small and medium ballpein hammers and 2lb dead-blow hammer
  • Crimping set to repair wires or make splices and some wire to go with it.
  • An inexpensive volt-ohmmeter with leads
  • A good OBDII diagnostic unit. I have a Foxwell NT-510 made for MBs and smart models

Anything else you can think of? I am especially interested in MB special tools related to the smarts.
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I often drive deep into the wilderness so it's good to be prepared.
Are you boondocking? I want to get into teardrop camping and have seen many uk guys doing it. PS, those torx sockets are really helpful in the 453 if you need to remove the seats.
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