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  1. XXL__
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    I just spent the past hour combing through the Williams catalog. Looks like that's the ONLY step up they don't list.
     
  2. RichFox
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    It looks like verde742 has the answer. Otherwise, if you wanted to drop over here with a 3/8 to 1/2 and an old 1/4 drive socket. A little time with Mr. lathe and the torch will get you going pretty quick. That one looks damned expensive. Ships from Korea. We could machine a 1/4 drive socket and a 3/8 to 1/2 adapter to put the 1/4 hole in the 1/2 adapter and weld or braze it lots cheaper and faster.
     
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  3. junkyardjeff
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    You will have to buy another for it to show up,thats the way it works in my garage.
     
  4. RichFox
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    I once lost a 11/16 (I think ) socket that I used on the motor mounts on my 270 GMC powered 32 Ford. Looked for it for months. Only one I had. Finally getting ready to pull the engine and get ready for the next years SpeedWeek.Bought a new socket. Laid under the car and found my old socket hanging upside down, on the nut. Where it had been for a year. Road to Bonneville and back plus made several passes on the salt hanging upside down. Amazing.
     
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  5. Nope, he's a Catholic saint that helps you find lost things. He's helped me a lot.
     
  6. XXL__
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    Who's the patron saint of sarcasm?
     
  7. I don't know you that well!
     
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  8. Don Rickels
     
  9. tb33anda3rd
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    i lost an adapter [1/4" to 3/8"] i found it stuck in a socket in the drawer. looked at it a hundred times and never saw it till i needed the socket and tried to put it onto a 3/8 ratchet. look closely at every socket.
     
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  10. Hnstray
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    Yep, we all think it can’t happen to us...until it does...:oops:

    Ray
     
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  11. Blue One
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    You too :confused:
    I just bought a replacement so that I could use my 1/4”drive inch pound torque wrench and a 12 point 3/8” drive socket to set the input shaft bearing preload of my steering box to 20 inch pounds.

    I still haven’t found it yet but I expect I’ll have 2 before long :D
     
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  12. RidgeRunner
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    Another testimonial for the strength of Bonneville Loctite..........

    Ed
     
  13. Blue One
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    AKA rust ;) :D
     
  14. fortynut
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    Dean Lowe, you made my day. Don Rickels was the best of the best. And, as to being the Saint of Sarcasm, I agree.
     
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  15. gimpyshotrods
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    I got it from my Grandfather in the 70's. It was likely from the early to mid 60's, or earlier.
     
  16. gimpyshotrods
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    I have a 3/8" drive Snap On torque-o-meter too.

    I don't like to use it for setting up pinion drag, since its scale is 0-150in-lbs.

    My 1/4" torque-o-meter has a range of 0-30in-lbs. and has a finer scale.

    I have both regularly calibrated by our tool room at work. The 1/4" one never needs adjustment.
     
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  17. squirrel
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    you'd cringe if you knew how sloppy I am when setting up pinion bearing preload....yet they seem to work ok :) Hope you find the tool, it's a bitch when they disappear. I still look for that flex 9/16 socket that I lost around 1994.

    [​IMG]
     
  18. '51 Norm
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    I've found several nice tools laying around in the junkyard. Not what I needed and not as many as I have lost there.
     
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  19. shivasdad
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    I've never needed that combo, but I feel your pain over losing tools that have been handed down. Hope it shows up even if you find a newer version.
     
  20. No. You're thinking of St. Ides. Though drinking a couple of those tall-boys should make it easier for you to crawl around on the floor looking for your adapter socket. :p
     
  21. Gman0046
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    I used to be an A&P mechanic for a major airline. Can't tell you how many tools I've found that were flying around on aircraft.

    Gary
     
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  24. fortynut
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    If you know a machinist, with access to the tools and heat treatment, have him whittle one out of tool steel. Leave off the spring and ball for strength, have it heat treated and case hardened with bone for color.
    Make sure the tolerances are dead on and keep it lubed to a slip fit. Have a walnut case made, brass hinges, locking mechanism, felt or satin interior. Bet you won't lose it, lend it, or forget to put it up.
     
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  25. junkyardjeff
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    It seems I always come home from the junkyard with more tools then I brought there.
     
  26. Hnstray
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    I bought one minutes ago, from the eBay ad, and it is USD$22.60....all in

    Apparently I am very ‘suggestible’. Before reading this thread I didn’t know I needed one! o_O :D

    Ray
     
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  27. RichFox
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    It would be easy to bore out a 3/8 female to 1/2 make adapter and push in the square end of some 1/4 drive socket you don't need. Then braze or weld it. i offered. No taker.
     
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  28. gimpyshotrods
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    I bought one too! Some UK vendors are going to be confused!
     
  29. XXL__
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    You're welcome.
     
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