ChrisTropea Associate Editor
9/19/23 8:10 a.m.

If it’s so important to use the right tool for the job, then why use for a screwdriver for anything besides putting screws in?

Classic Motorsports publisher Tim Suddard shows us some of the punch tools you should be using instead of a screwdriver.

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husky450cr New Reader
9/19/23 12:33 p.m.

I took Metal Shop in High School, I think it was my Junior year I had finished my "semester project" and needed something small to do before the end of the school year.  So I grabbed some 3/8" aluminum round stock, cut it about 10" long, chucked it up in a lathe and turned an aluminum drift punch....tapered on the business end and knurled mid-way to give greasy fingers some grip.  I have used it countless times over the decades.  My only regret, I should have turned several of them in different sizes.    

mcloud New Reader
9/19/23 2:56 p.m.

Many have cursed phillips heads for slipping-out.  A J.I.S. (Japanese Industrial Standard) screwdriver will help this problem.  Specially designed tip grips the screw head better.  VESSEAL makes one, available on amazon.

elvacarsdallas New Reader
9/19/23 4:46 p.m.

The vast majority of people I have talked to did not even know there was a difference in the Phillips and A.J.I.S screws. If you only play with English cars I guess it will work, for a while.

Keith Tanner
Keith Tanner MegaDork
9/19/23 6:10 p.m.

JIS drivers are wonderful things.

bosswrench New Reader
9/19/23 6:25 p.m.

A hand impact driver and a medium hammer have worked for me on those pesky screws, on bikes and other things since the early '60s. At least on motorcycles, I was once told that the Japanese use calibrated air-impact guns with the castings nice 'n hot, and good luck to you at the side of the road with the factory tool kit. Which I think are made of recycled coathanger steel.

BillKeksz New Reader
1/29/24 5:28 a.m.

I don't destroy screwdrivers. 
I modify them...

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
2/2/24 2:59 p.m.
Keith Tanner said:

JIS drivers are wonderful things.

I need to get a set.

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