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Can anyone tell me what size sockets I need?

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by Ga66mopar, Feb 21, 2014.

  1. Ga66mopar
    Joined: Jun 8, 2010
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    Ga66mopar
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    from Ga

    I’m going to a junkyard tomorrow to take a rear end out of a 1960 Pontiac. Can anyone tell me what size sockets and wrenches I need to get the control arms and driveshaft out?
     
  2. BIG-JIM
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    REALLY???
    How about take an assortment? Breaker bar, torch, liquid wrench? But REALLY?
     
  3. BIG-JIM
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    Oh I got it. Take an adjustable but make sure it not a metric one.:rolleyes:
     
  4. 37 caddy
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    Take as many as you can fit in a 5 gallon bucket,and take lots of 4 letter words,your gonna need them.
     

  5. 19Fordy
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    Take a jack and jack stands also.
     
  6. bonzo-1
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    Driveshaft = easy

    Control arms with hand tools are going to be work.
     
  7. Ga66mopar
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    I guess I need to narrow my question down. Does anyone know the size of control arm bolts on a 60 pontiac. I have to walk about a mile up a hill on a wooded trail to get to the car. I took out a couple of 12 bolts out of chevelle last year and it seems like the control bolts were 11/16. I carry a large tool bag and alum jack. This old junkyard has 6 old pontiacs I am getting the rear ends out for my 55 chevy.
     
  8. Ga66mopar
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    That's real helpful. Thanks
     
  9. visor
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    So you are going to put a '60 Pontiac rear as is under a '55 chevy?
    Why too wide!
    But good luck getting it out.
     
  10. Take one of these ..fits both metric & standard.. H/F 29.99 plus battery...Bada Boom...
     

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  11. squirrel
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    I've used this size wrench for stuff like that

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  12. Just take a assortment of deep sockets,Having to walk up hill on a wood trail with a few tools is no big deal..how do you plan on getting a heavy Pontiac rear end back down the hill? HRP
     
  13. nwbhotrod
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    The best Wrench you have in junk yard. The old Hot Wrench
     
  14. 34toddster
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    1/2 9/16 5/8 11/16 3/4 13/16 7/8 15/16 21/32 electric impact 4 ft cheater bar, band aids
    Remember how much fun it is to work on old cars.
    Nuts off also.
     
  15. Ga66mopar
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    I am going to have it narrowed.
     
  16. Ga66mopar
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    I will be using a wagon.
     
  17. Ga66mopar
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    It's really straight up a side of a ridge. I have done it plenty of times but it's not easy.
     
  18. Ga66mopar
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    Very nice
     
  19. Hot Rods Ta Hell
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    Put your toolbox (full of socket and wrench sets) in the wagon and roll it up there. PB blaster, propane torch.
    I'd take my CO2 bottle and air impacts...
     
  20. NorCArl
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    Just my .02 but if i were you I'd try to take as many things as possible that have multiple uses and can fit on my person, like a boy scout. That means the aforementioned adjustable wrenches, the sawzall, some liquid wrench, a prybar with a flathead end, bfh, combination boxed end wrenches (ratcheting if possible) and a small torch. With this setup you could put it all in a backpack to keep your hands free while navigating back down the hill and trying to balance the extra weight in your wagon (although I would use a sled instead). Keep the wagon empty on the way up the hill to save your back and knees. Not sure (others will chime in), but i would think you're going to run into 1/2, 5/8, 9/16/ 11/32, 3/4 and maybe 7/8 or 15/16 on a project like you are describing.
     
  21. No way I'd go without a full kit. And if it was an extra long walk I'd make sure I had everything . Before I walked up I'd have it figured out how to get the rear end down. And I'd probably use that to tote the tools up there.
     
  22. slowmotion
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    Just to add, the MAPP gas torch works way better than the propane for heating metal. You can actually get it cherry red if need be.
     
  23. Hnstray
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    I think you might want to consider either looking for another Pontiac rear end...or...pay Bubba to take it out and bring it down from the mountain.
     
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  24. NorCArl
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    Wheres your sense of adventure?

    Posted using the Full Custom H.A.M.B. App!
     
  25. MAD 034
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    Employ the Coast Guard to air lift it out. Explain to them this will be a valuable training tool for future rescues.
     
  26. Or he could take a mexican adjustable 5/8 socket set !
     
  27. fsae0607
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    Cordless impact gun. You'll thank me later :D
     
  28. gravity :D


    Honestly, take an assortment like was said before, and you may want a pry bar or two.

    Yards here in GA are a lot like they were in PA... just more snakes. I've learned the value of a good 5 gallon bucket, but have recently picked up an army "ALICE" pack to put tools in- it's ALOT easier to sling a backpack over the hills :)
     
  29. Ga66mopar
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    The back pack in an excellent idea. I'm thinking maybe 10 bolts and it's out. I like to wire brush the threads and spray with a little wb-40.
     
  30. fsae0607
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    Maybe also consider getting a can of PB Blaster. It works lots better than WD-40 and you can get PB almost anywhere.
     

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