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A Tool Every Gearhead Should Have

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by rustyfords, Jan 28, 2013.

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  2. 39 Ford
    Joined: Jan 22, 2006
    Posts: 1,558

    39 Ford

    Neat, I have long admired them where can I get one?
  3. black 62
    Joined: Jul 12, 2012
    Posts: 1,895

    black 62
    from arkansas

    mine is plastic and not nearly that cool---but it works great---nice gift
  4. Don,,where did she get it? HRP

  5. Beau
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,883


    I have a thread pitch gauge that takes up about two square inches in the tool box. Much more accurate that doing it by feel. $10 new.

    Cool piece though.

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  6. OH YEAH, where did she get it. Too cool!
  7. santa28a
    Joined: Sep 20, 2012
    Posts: 14


    I've had one for years, scored it from my local auto parts store when they were getting rid of it!!
    Here in Australia "Champion Fasteners" supply them to Auto Shops and Hardware stores. I do not think they ussually sell them though. It has been very handy over the years!!
  8. Does it do Whitworth and BCI threads??

    He he


    Pretty cool!!
  9. 35 Dodge Hot Rod
    Joined: Nov 29, 2007
    Posts: 182

    35 Dodge Hot Rod
    from Mecca

    Second on the thread pitch gauge.

  10. lawman
    Joined: Sep 19, 2006
    Posts: 2,665


    Great info Fellow !!!!
  11. NickJT
    Joined: Jul 17, 2012
    Posts: 640

    from S.E. PA

    That tool rustyfords posted is cool and I'd like to have one just because I don't have one already.

    I also have a thread pitch gauge like the pic above. I wouldn't risk something important to my guess, but I almost always identify the thread correctly just by looking at it, maybe counting a few threads.
  12. Terrence
    Joined: Jan 9, 2003
    Posts: 317


    From the time I could walk my dad had me sorting out 5 gallon buckets of nuts and bolts. Now I can eyeball just about any bolt up to 3/4" accurately, Metric give me a little trouble since I don't know have all the pitches committed to memory but I can spot the fact that it is metric right off the bat.
    Nice tool though and nice wife for thinking of it.
  13. fsae0607
    Joined: Apr 3, 2012
    Posts: 871


    Sweet, I want one! My b-day is coming up.
  14. Doctor Detroit
    Joined: Aug 12, 2010
    Posts: 1,017

    Doctor Detroit

  15. Blue One
    Joined: Feb 6, 2010
    Posts: 10,939

    Blue One
    from Alberta

    Fixed it :)

    Attached Files:

  16. saltflats
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 10,561

    from Missouri

    Cool tool. Has your wife whatched you cross thread nuts and bolts.
  17. malcolm1943
    Joined: Sep 28, 2011
    Posts: 239


    I have thread pitch guages for both standard and metric threads, they are real handy!
  18. silversink
    Joined: May 3, 2008
    Posts: 917


    Now that I know what it is, I just got to figure out how to understand what its telling me
  19. AllSteel36
    Joined: Jul 20, 2009
    Posts: 562

    from California

    I'll be think my pop's could have been rich making

    One of the best jobs I ever had sorting nuts and bolts at 5 or 6 years old!
  20. Don's Hot Rods
    Joined: Oct 7, 2005
    Posts: 8,319

    Don's Hot Rods
    from florida

    That's a neat gift, I could use one of those. There was a time when I could look at the hex head and know what size socket I needed, or look at the threaded part and know what size bolt it was, but any more I am not so good at it.

  21. HotrodTrash
    Joined: Sep 21, 2006
    Posts: 306

    from Hanford,ca

    That has to be the perfect gift!! besides the bow and birthday suit.:D
  22. river1
    Joined: May 12, 2001
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  23. Beau
    Joined: Jul 2, 2009
    Posts: 1,883


    Each little gauge has profiles that match the thread pitch they are labeled for.

    T.P.I. (threads per inch) for S.A.E. Or the measure of the thread for metric.


    You still need to have a caliper for measuring the bolt though. But, as mentioned, over time the eyeball measuring system can do that.

    The problem with the type show (by the O.P.) is that they don't always hold tight tolerances. So you can get sizes mixed up. A combo of both tools would be ideal. ;)
  24. i have one of these from Dorman...about $20

  25. txturbo
    Joined: Oct 23, 2009
    Posts: 1,771


    Wow....I need one of those....tell her my b-day is at the end of Feb. ;)
  26. tommyd
    Joined: Dec 10, 2010
    Posts: 11,328

    from South Indy

    Now thats funny!!!:D I needed a good laugh, thanks.
  27. hotrodbrad
    Joined: Apr 21, 2006
    Posts: 180


    I like that it came packaged with a broom and waste can...sneaky
  28. KRB52
    Joined: Jul 9, 2011
    Posts: 1,018

    from Conneticut

    Working in a hardware store, I can usually eye it and be right most of the time. The ones I find funny are the guys that come in with a machine screw, I ask them if it is SAE or metric, and they tell me, "it's off of a Jeep, so it must be American." Usually, metric. Can be a handy tool to verify your estimation. We have one each in the store.
  29. flathead okie
    Joined: May 22, 2005
    Posts: 1,480

    flathead okie

    I have one of those plus a thread dressing file..........good tools to have. I may have to get one of the boards like the OP has too.
  30. Offset
    Joined: Nov 9, 2010
    Posts: 1,700

    from Canada

    That is a really neat tool for the shop. Never seen one before. I think I am going to order one.

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