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February 2015 n Performance & Hotrod Business n 23 the flange edge. A change out to the flat face side of the ham- mer head is used to close and seal the flange in one pass, he adds. And the anvil and working hammer may be cleaned of any adhesive residue resulting from the hemming operation by using a common solvent. David P. Monyhan, national sales manager for Goodson Tools & Supplies for Engine Builders, notes that "right now, our EPL-120 engine pre-lube tank is in hot demand for a lot of performance shops, as it the only way to pre-lube the LS Series of engines prior to startup." Features include all-aluminum construction, 12-quart capacity, 8-foot fill hose and Ford, Chevy and LS fitting adapters. It is also made in the USA. When it comes to hand tools the pros use, Jim Stewart, product manager for GearWrench in Sparks, Maryland, points to the company's new 120XP Universal Spline XL Ratcheting Wrenches. "Building off the popular GearWrench 120XP ratchet mechanism design, these new ratcheting wrenches confer the benefits of the 3-degree swing arc and introduce a 25-per- cent longer beam," he says. "The open end is narrower and both ends have reduced outside dimensions, making this tool a must-have for working on fasteners in cramped and obstructed locations. The new ratcheting wrenches are also uni- versal spline drive, so technicians only need one tool to access common types of fasteners." They are available in metric and SAE sizes, he adds, and techni- cians can choose from three styles including Combination, Flex- Head Combination and Flex-Head GearBox. Each set comes with an easy-grab V-rack to keep the tools organized. Why Invest in Tools? Tools can be expensive, but there are definitely benefits for professionals who invest in quality items for their shop. The obvious one is time-saving that equals better profit, but Monyhan says there's more to it than just money. "Quality tools are made better and they last longer—plain and simple. Accurate tools and tooling save time, and that saves Quality tools are made better and they last longer—plain and simple. (Photo courtesy Goodson Tools & Supplies for Engine Builders) (Photo courtesy GearWrench)

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