Hot Wheels are small. And once we take them apart, they get a little smaller...or at least we have smaller parts. So we need tools that are good at holding on to those tiny things.
You can find tools in the usual Modeling section of various stores and that is a reliable go-to, but there are lots of tools outside of modeling that can be used for our tiny car chop shops.
One you might see a lot of in photos around here is a small jewerly vise. It's small and great at holding on to things like watches...and Hot Wheels. I just got one after not having one for way too long and it's proven quite handy when drilling out rivets. And hey, it's cheap - only $10.
Of course, you have your various pliers and clamps...and tiny glasses screw drivers and such. You can find those just about anywhere, from Home Depot to the Dollar Store.
And then I came across a video from one of my favorite makers, Adam Savage, you know, the Mythbusters guy. Well, since Mythbusters ended he's become a who's who in the area of making things. He's very entertaining to watch and he's all about sharing his methods. Whether you're modding Hot Wheels or making furniture, his Tested channel on YouTube is worth the price of admission. (His book is great too)
A recent video from Tested has Adam talking about some more tiny tools that he's found fascinating and useful. Some of them are affordable, some of them are not, nonetheless, it's a quick view that, if you're like me, get you searching around for some new tools.
Now if only I had $200 laying around to spend on a ridiculous vise ball...