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During the maintenance, restoration and general tinkering around of a Series 3 there will be times when certain tools will be become either just useful or a necessity. I am presuming you will already own a basic tool kit of spanners, sockets, screwdrivers and of course a big hammer etc, but sometimes there will be items that you do not use on a regular basis but will need at some point. Therefore I have put together a list of tools that I have used during the work detailed on this website. In some cases substitutes can be used or indeed some tools can be made at home depending on your skills and equipment.
A 27mm deep socket used for wheel nuts and the bolts that secure your spare wheel to the bonnet.(As well as the drain plug on your fuel tank)
A 52 mm box spanner to remove/replace hub nuts. Use a socket extension bar slid through the hole to turn. A 52 mm socket is available to use with a ratchet but is a lot more expensive.
A 12 Ton bottle screw jack for (do I need to say) lifting your vehicle. I use a 12 ton model purely because the minimum and maximum dimensions suited my particular Land Rover as it sits quite high.
Support your series with a decent set of axle stands. 2 Ton minimum rating. Make sure they are used on a firm level surface.
A screw type ball joint separator for track rod ends. I prefer the screw type as opposed to the forked type which is struck with a hammer to force the joint apart.
An oil seal remover. Handy for hub, pinion, front timing cover and gearbox output shaft seals as well as many others.
A small puller is useful for removing the arms at either end of the steering relay and the steering box drop arm. Often sold as a wiper puller (which it is) or a battery terminal puller.
A prop shaft tool. Not essential but handy for removing/replacing prop shaft securing nuts.
Gearbox main shaft nut socket. Essential as the castle nut it fits has a domed head. Using a cold chisel to undo or tighten this nut can lead to expensive gearbox damage!
Crank shaft front dog nut socket. Personally I use a slightly too big a size of 1 13/16”. This is to allow the socket to fit if the nut has previously been butchered with Stillsons or a cold chisel.
A Torque wrench is essential for tightening component fixings correctly and safely without over stressing them. Check out the Torque Settings section on this site.
An Impact driver can help shift stubborn screws by using the force of a hammer blow to shock and turn them free. It also helps relieve any stress built up in you whilst trying to undo the screw without it in the first place.
A tap and die set is one of those things that once you have you will wonder how you ever did without. Brilliant for cleaning rusty/worn threads as well as cutting new ones. Make sure you get a set that covers both Metric and Imperial.
Extremely useful when working on the Brake, clutch and fuel system on your series. A hose clamp will effectively isolate a component whilst you strip and repair it.
A pry bar set will save your decent screw drivers when shifting, separating and ‘coaxing’ components into place. Excellent for checking play in ball joints and universal joints too.
A Bearing and oil seal installation tool set will make the fitting of seals and bearings a joy. It keeps the seal or bearing straight and level as its tapped ‘home’. Can be used to seat internal circlips as well as fitting engine core plugs too.
A pin punch set is great for tapping things home, driving out pins, spent rivets and grommets. Can be used for ‘fine tuning’ the position of springs, clips and fixings.
A rivet gun for the fitting of rivets. You will come across many of these on your series Land Rover. Without a rivet gun you will not be able to fit rivets properly. The bigger more expensive models come with attachments to fit Rivnuts. Very handy!
A dead blow hammer or mallet is great for things such as removing brake drums, freeing off stuck cylinder heads, dislodging gasket sealant stuck components etc without damage. Its filled with lead shot to minimise bounce and to ensure a good meaty blow is delivered.
A set of gasket scrapers is invaluable for removing old gaskets, sealant and silicone etc. There are lots of gaskets used on a Series Land Rover and you will find these better and quicker to use than an old screwdriver or wall paper scraper.
Probably not the first tool to spring to mind when working on a Land Rover but I have used my Dremel Rotary tool countless times on a variety of little jobs. Brilliant for cleaning up threads, removing burrs, cutting off bolts, brightening up electrical connections, grinding down small patches of rust etc etc. There’s so many different attachments available for this tool that it makes it quite versatile. Its not a heavy duty tool but for small light jobs its perfect. Mine is the cordless variety for ease of use around the vehicle.