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#1: Cheap header bolt wrench Author: JokesterLocation: Shawnee, KS PostPosted: Fri, Mar 09 2007, 3:23 pm
Here's an easy way to tighten header bolts and minimize knuckle busting.

Buy a cheap wrench of the appropriate size.
Cut the end off.
Weld it back on the side.
Grind sorta smooth.
Tighten your header bolts.
Much easier to use than it looks.


#2:  Author: enjenjoLocation: Swanton, Ohio PostPosted: Sun, Mar 11 2007, 12:55 am
I get mine from the local pawn shop, better quality junk. Laughing I have a bunch of cut up, bent up wrenches, even some that have been ground thinner. I even have some home grown crowfoot wrenches made from the end off a wrench, and an old socket. You can also cut a slot into a thick box end wrench to make a 12 point tube nut socket

#3:  Author: 41woodieLocation: Oklahoma City "Land of the Sooners" PostPosted: Sun, Mar 11 2007, 10:40 am
Whenever I "customize" a wrench for a particular job I make one of the old fashioned plastic strip embossed labels and stick it on the handle. The label reminds me what the tool was intended for. Sounds silly but if you have several of these custom wrenches lying around it's easy to forget what they are for.(it gets easier to forget every year).

#4:  Author: CrosleyLocation: Aridzona PostPosted: Sun, Mar 11 2007, 12:02 pm
I imagine many of us have various 'new design ' of wrenches in our tool boxes.

First time a young fellow watched me cut up an end wrench and weld it back together.... he was shocked yet saw the results of me finishing the job....


#5:  Author: GPsterLocation: Marietta, Ohio PostPosted: Sun, Mar 11 2007, 7:56 pm
When my phsycholigist (never could spell it either) suggested I try something different for myself, I decided on motorcycles. My first one was a '52 BSA. British motorcycles used some English size of threads and wrench sizes. Rather then my the appropriate wrenches I enlarges a set of end wrenches to the British size with a file. I never got big about numbers or sizes. Just needed something that fit. GPster

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