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When Necessity becomes the mother of invention

Discussion in 'Tools & Garage' started by old-git, 3 October 2012.

  1. old-git

    old-git Moderator

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    Have you ever not had the right tool for the job but managed to cobble something together that worked?

    I have just finished extending the threads on my suspension mount studs. The front ones were easy but the back studs were a problem as the chassis was in the way of the dia holder. To solve this I bought a dia nut (this is a dia that is a hex shape rather than circular so you can use a socket, extension and T-bar instead of the strandard dia holder.

    This worked fine until the stud hit the end of the socket. To get round this I machined the inside of an old imperial socket (I had a couple of the same size) so I could pressure fit the dia holding socket inside it. An incidental bonus was that the stud just fitted inside the1/2" hole in the end of the socket and this kept the socket and dia straight.

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  2. obi_waynne

    obi_waynne Administrator Staff Member Moderator

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    Very ingenious, it's nice to crack a problem like this with some lateral thinking.
     
  3. Yugguy

    Yugguy Torque King

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    cable ties and duck tape. They can fix ANYTHING.
     
  4. old-git

    old-git Moderator

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    What's duck tape? I have heard of duct and gaffer tape. :)
     
  5. pgarner

    pgarner TC ModFather Moderator

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    a posh duct ;)
     
  6. Loz

    Loz Torque King

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    Good job OG, I think if it was me I'd probably would have tried to get a spanner on there & ruined it in the process! :lol:

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  7. davalav

    davalav Moderator

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    ^^

    LMAO!

    Having some nieghbours with the correct tools are handy! ;)
     
  8. old-git

    old-git Moderator

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  9. stamford

    stamford Pro Tuner

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    Good job. I have a few die nuts of metric and imperial sizes in the garage, always useful. I too have made up long reach tools to do similar tricks, also made up some long reach drill bits by brazing a drill bit into a length of silver steel. I did have a set made up of the tapping drill sizes for most metrics.

    When I swapped my flywheel for a lightened one I had to make up a locking tool. I cut a section off an old flywheel ring gear and clamped this to one of the gearbox bolt holes, meshed the offcut against the flywheel ring gear and voila!
     
  10. davalav

    davalav Moderator

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    Having a socket not long enough to reach the nut I am after, so instead using a large flathead driver, to undo the nut! Sounds stupid, but works rather well.
     
  11. old-git

    old-git Moderator

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    No, not quite got that. Please expand.
     
  12. TCJBOLDIE

    TCJBOLDIE Torque King

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    Sounds like he is hitting the driver with a knockometer or a FBH to loosen the nut :lol:
     
  13. old-git

    old-git Moderator

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    Thinking abut it, I reckon he is tapping the nut round with the screwdriver.
     
  14. Yugguy

    Yugguy Torque King

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    I thought it was Frank Zappa.
     
  15. old-git

    old-git Moderator

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    Nearly :) They were the Mothers of Invention.
     
  16. davalav

    davalav Moderator

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    Yeah... This is way back! Who resurrected an old thread!? What I was meant to say was, the socket wrench wasn't long enough with the socket I needed to reach a nut. So... I use a very long screw driver, insert it into the socket which is on the nut then either undo or tighten to a point where tightening with a socket wrench isn't as much of a fight. Does that make more sense?
     

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