SP Tools -- Schley Products Inc.

Capt. Mike

If you've ever seen those nifty VW specialty tools in a shop, chances are they are made by SP Tools. And typically at reasonable prices, especially compared to the "official" VW item.

SP Tools has a small web site www.sptool.com where you can order a catalog. They do not sell direct, but you can order their tools from most of the "tool trucks" as Snap-On, Mac & other's are also authorized dealers.

I've got many of their tools both direct and under other distributor names. My latest Snap-On Cummins diesel set has several (at I'm sure double the cost). Some are indispensable, like their O² sensor socket, while other's are simple approaches to complex problems, like their axle nut removers -- a combination breaker bar socket with striker capacity for those without the high-power impact wrenches. At $12 for either 36 or 46 mm sizes, they're half the cost of a cheap impact socket.

There is one company that will mail order -- Pendergrass Tool Specialist. This is a small one-man operation that specializes in marque or specialty tools. He also handles other brands including several that supply VW.

Pendergrass Tool Specialist
5145 North St.
Somis, CA 93066
Phone 805-386-2653

I hope to have an email for him later.

[This message has been edited by Capt. Mike (edited 11-10-2000).]

Capt. Mike

A friend recently bought a special SP tool from Pendergrass. I asked his experience and shipping costs. His comments:

"Yep -- Pendergrass was right on the money. He offered me everything from "slow boat to China" to overnight delivery. I took 2nd day air for I think $6 or so. The tool wasn't exactly cheap, but it worked well, and Pendergrass was a pleasure to deal with."

[Mod. note: When he mentions 'not exactly cheap' he's still talking something in the $75 class vs. the factory's $200 with the factory on months-long back-order anyway.]

[This message has been edited by Capt. Mike (edited 12-14-2000).]

Capt. Mike

I had opportunity to use some of my SP tools in a teardown of a '69 VW Bug engine.

The distributor drive puller worked -- though I had some problems getting past half-way out. Apparently it requires the fuel pump pushrod to be removed first. There's also tight friction as it tries to unmesh from the gear drive. I tired the crankshaft pulley puller without much luck. Theirs lips over the edge and my pulley started to flex. The VW is the same design but smaller and fits into two puller cut-outs. I then put a slide-hammer puller on them and it came right off.

The cam drive gear on the cranshaft came off fine with that specialty puller. I do think it would be better if they made an adaptor plate so it could be used on the distributor drive gear (which is smaller) first rather than ask the puller to pull 3 items simultaneously -- the distributor drive gear; a spacer collar and the cam drive gear. That's 3 press-on items that don't like to give up their grip after 37 years.

I used the starter bushing puller when I did the tranny as well. I used their valve lifter retainers as I reassembled the case halves and then the flywheel holder to retorque the crank, flywheel & pressure plate. Their clutch alignment tool put the clutch dead center. Most of their tools are also available from SIR (own topic this forum).