I saw a type of ratchet socket wrench that I haven't seen before.
It's a standard socket ratchet with a direction selector plus,,, at the end
of the wrench handle is a one inch rotating bar that you can turn, which
causes the wrench socket to turn.
In other words, if the nut or bolt is loose, you can turn the socket without
moving the wrench handle.
Anybody know what this type of wrench is called?
I don't know the name of that style of wrench, but if that "one inch
bar" sticks out very far it could become an annoyance in tight quarters.
My "garage" toolbox contains a set of three different size thin black
oxide finished steel disks with knurled edges which have (in order of
size) 1/4", 3/8" and 1/2" square holes in their centers.
The idea is that you're supposed to put them on the wrench drive square
before you snap on a socket or extender bar. The disks are larger than
the wrench heads so you can "spin" the socket with your fingertips.
I think I've had them for about 30 years and I can't recall ever using
one of them.
Sears still sells them, so somebody must use them: <G>
I think it was sold under the name "sidewinder." I never tried one so I
don't know if it worked well or if it was a gimmick.
I've owned some ratchets that had that built into the back of the head.
I think they were some old S-K's that I got from my grandfather, or
maybe they were some of my yard sale finds. Certainly not any of the
new Crapsman ones :(
I like extensions that are knurled as well; once you break the nut loose
you can pop the ratchet off and use the extension like a screwdriver handle.
replace "roosters" with "cox" to reply.
I'm sure anyone who had one would also have a starndard ratchet.
HD has something like this for about 25 dollars. I don't remember a
bar at all, but maybe it was hard to twist so some added the bar.
Maybe HD too.
I have 3/8". Never used it.
But one day I might. I had a 67 Catalina with a 400 cid engine and I
couldn't get anything in to change the number 1 sparkplug, not even
the socket alone. I'm sure they made a socket for this purpose. I
just didn't have it. (I ended up removing the big cast iron AC
bracket and taking it to a shop to get a a piece cut out of it. to get
access to the plug.
I had a '69 Charger w/ "only" the 383 and #8 on it was only accessible
w/ a "shorty" plug socket w/ the hex on the rear for a tappet-wrench
thin open-end wrench to turn about 1/32 of a revolution per
try...until I learned the "trick".
Shop foreman told me -- you set a jack under the flywheelhousing and
jack a couple of strokes -- then there's sufficient clearance for a
This old guy and worked pits for "The King" in his earliest days w/
Mopar and was basically the font of all knowledge Mopar-related...
Maybe I needed a shorty socket too? At the time I knew a small
machine shop I could sort of use, even though I had no right to. I
was sort of scared everytime I went there, but this time the manager
of the shop took the part from me and cut it himself.
I only went there about once a year. I sort of wanted to do it
myself, but I was glad to get it done without being kicked out.
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