Tool you have owned the longest and still use regularily

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Use this thing often
 

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08Malibu

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It’s funny that I just came across this picture. It’s from back in like 1993, I was 13. That’s me on the right, my good friend on the left, and my dad in the back. We pulled that engine from a car I thought i could build using my first craftsman tool set and some of his dads tools. My dad taught me a lot, and is a great guy, but is not mechanically inclined whatsoever. I did manage to step in a bucket of oil that day, that’s something my dad passed on to me. Haha
 

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Local Hero

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I'm not sure it's the tool I've owned the longest, but it has a neat story.

Back in the late 80s I worked on a local Sportsman Stock Car pit crew. The track is no longer in existence. At the end of the races each night they held "parking lot drags" where you brought your car from the parking lot onto the track and raced heads up against one other car from a standing start, one lap around. First one back around won and advanced to the next round until there was only one left for the trophy.

One particular night I was heading to the lot to get my car to bring it out for the drags. I used to park near the pit area for easier access. In the dark I tripped over this homemade hammer, laying in the dirt lot, that probably fell off a trailer of a street stock or entry level racecar. You can see that it's been used a TON. It looked like this when I got it and its condition hasn't changed much in the over 30 years that I've been using it. It weighs about 6 lbs.

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abbey castro

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This Snapon Socket set belong to the Uncle Sam. My dad brought it home because they used to throw away tools that had lost plating and weren't allowed to be used in Missile Systems. He used it in the early 60s when he was in the Army as Nike Hercules Mechanic. This is the oldest tool set I have. The smallest socket is a replacement since I have no idea what happened to the original one. Been with me since the late 60's when I borrowed it from Dad and never returned it. I restored the metal box a few years ago.
 
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motorheadmike

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My brain.


No one said it had to be used properly or functioning... kinda feels like a relationship with a 10mm socket.

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JohnIL

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Collecting old tools in one of my hobbies. I have some woodworking tools from my great grandfather that date back to the 1920's. The tools I use regularly are MUCH newer. My parents started buying me mechanic's tools in 1992ish when I started messing around with old cars. The first tools they gave me were a set of Popular Mechanics branded combination wrenches, both SAE and Metric. I use them everyday that I'm in the garage. They've held up amazing well considering how cheap they were back then.
 

MrSony

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harbor freight tool set.
pretty good.
they stay in whatever vehicle im currently driving.
 
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