Things I've tried over the years....and have pictures of:
Volkswagen CIS injector seals. A Sharpie marker body works great for rolling those tough Viton seals over the injector tip.
Removing the strut cartridge insert top nut. Jack handle on a pair of channel locks.
Camshaft sprocket nut removal. A piece of scrap aluminum with a slot in it. Two bolts/nuts with sockets to stabilize the shaft while removing the nut.
Timing hole cover - VW's have this plastic hex nut that covers the hole on the top of the transmission (for you boxer motor guys, that's because the Cabriolet motor sits SIDEWAYS
). I ground down a PVC pipe fitting to fit the hex and then drilled a hole for an small hex wrench to turn it.
A friend of mine was helping replace my Legacy's rear struts. But since we couldn't get a spring compressor before the shop closed, he improvised with a rope and a breaker bar to twist it. I HIGHLY discourage anybody from attempting this recipe for disaster (but we still did both rear springs
) I have a proper spring compressor now.
And drifting off to completely unrelated auto tools.....I made a clamping block out of old kitchen drawer knobs when repairing the bridge on my guitar.