On my old Farmall tractor I have square nuts on the drawbar attachments.
The "bolts: that these are on, are not just bolts, but some special
swivel device similar to an eye bolt. These square nuts are rather large
and need a 1-1/4" open end wrench. The problem is that these nuts are
right next to the transmission and there is no room to swing an open end
wrench. The only way I can get these nuts off, is with a socket. But
even looking at antique tools at auctions, I have never seen a socket
for square nuts?
Normally, if it's just a regular bolt, I'll just use my angle grinder
and grind the nut off, but this is not an option here.
Has anyone ever seen sockets for square nuts, and know a source to buy
them? If they are available, I'm sure the socket would be cheaper than
having to replace those special bolts.
(Once I get them off, they will be replaced with hex nuts).
On Tue, 02 Aug 2016 19:21:48 -0400, email@example.com wrote:
I thought about a crow foot, but I would have to buy one. After trying
all sorts of things for the last 3 days, I got aggressive and removed
the entire drawbar from the tractor. Once it was off, I could easily
remove that nut with an open end wrench, hammer and PB blaster. All I
got to do now is buy a new hex nut, and put the whole thing back
together. Sometimes the "long way" is the only way to do a job. It
required removing 8 well rusted bolts, but I accomplished the job, and
without any large expense. Every bolt will now get a dose of anti-sieze
on the threads, so I can easily remove them in the future, and new lock
washers. This Farmall tractor is 67 years old. I was actually surprised
all 8 of those bolts came apart without a torch, (but did need a long
pipe for leverage and a big hammer).
Have you tried 12 point sockets? A lot of Liquid Wrench and a well
fitting 12 point socket may do it. At a guess try 1 5/8".
Or use a nut cracker and replace them with hex nuts.
Don't focus on the inadequacy of your tool, focus on getting the job
done. Your wife will thank you for this
I'd add another "solution" (both literal and figurative) and that's Kroil
Read about this stuff last year and bought a can. It makes regular
penetrating oil and WD-40, etc. look like maple syrup. I think you
could spray a VW Bug with this stuff and then pull it through an 18"
WD40 is good for drying out wet stuff and stopping squeaks, but doesn't
work as a penetrating oil very good. I've always had good luck with PB.
I've never tried Kroil before, but if it works as good as PB it's got to
be good stuff.
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