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Specialty Tool: Update! #1331435 Sun Oct 27 2019 09:40 PM
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Tiny Offline OP
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Is there a specialty tool for loosening/tightening the clamp screw on the distributor. I don't have a problem with the '38 but the '53 is harder for me to access. I can get a screwdriver on the screw but can't turn it due to my arthritic hands. I used a slot head screwdriver bit with my 1/4" ratchet but had a heck of a time keeping the bit in the slot of the screw. What would work perfect would be a tool that looks like a 1/4" deep socket that slips over the head of the screw, has a recessed blade to fit in the screw slot and fits on the 1/4" ratchet. Is there something like that already in existence or do I have to invent one? grin

Last edited by Tiny; Sat Nov 30 2019 04:06 PM.

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Re: Specialty Tool [Re: Tiny] #1331439 Sun Oct 27 2019 10:03 PM
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Available but not sure if in the right size for a dist clamp screw.


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'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
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Re: Specialty Tool [Re: Tiny] #1331456 Mon Oct 28 2019 12:05 AM
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What is it called so I know what to look for?


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Re: Specialty Tool [Re: Tiny] #1331458 Mon Oct 28 2019 12:16 AM
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Sorry Tiny, I can’t remember. If it pops back in I’ll let you know.


Martin
'62 Chevy C-10 Stepside Shortbed (Restomod in progress)
'47 Chevy 3100 5 Window (long term project)
‘65 Chevy Biscayne 4dr 230 I-6 one owner (I’m #2)
‘39 Dodge Businessmans Coupe


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Support those brave men/women who stand the "Thin Blue Line" and lock up those on the wrong side of that line.

Re: Specialty Tool [Re: Tiny] #1331462 Mon Oct 28 2019 12:37 AM
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You're probably looking for a screwdriver with a sliding screw starter that goes around the screw head. Not sure there's anything like similar that will fit on a ratchet wrench, though. You may have to adapt something to work for you since you have trouble with screwdrivers.


Kevin
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Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos
Re: Specialty Tool [Re: Tiny] #1331464 Mon Oct 28 2019 12:42 AM
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They make a extension for the bit that you are using, that has a sleeve that slides over the outside of the screw so it helps from the bit slipping off. I have a few that came in the sets when they first come out twenty or so years ago. You can then use a 1/4” drive socket ratchet like your using. If the socket falls off which is likely, tape the socket on to the extension.

Wally World sell one one on there website but not in the stores.

https://www.walmart.com/ip/Morris-P...r-
Extension-Screwdriver-Guide/20517525


Amazon also sells a Dewalt version that I’m sure you could find in your local hardware store.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0000225P8/ref=psdc_8107039011_t1_B000HNFKHS

Last edited by Phak1; Mon Oct 28 2019 12:46 AM.

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Re: Specialty Tool [Re: Tiny] #1331468 Mon Oct 28 2019 12:55 AM
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klhansen Offline
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Good catch Phil

I didn't remember I even have one of those Dewalt ones. I came with a bit set that I got with a 1/4 hex impact driver.

Should be exactly what Tiny needs. Any hex shank bit should fit in it.


Kevin
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Re: Specialty Tool [Re: Tiny] #1331532 Mon Oct 28 2019 11:52 AM
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Thanks guys. I'll see what I can find.


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Re: Specialty Tool [Re: Tiny] #1331596 Mon Oct 28 2019 06:07 PM
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Can you convert the screw to a Phillips, clutch, square, hex, Allen socket or Allen button head? Anyone of those would hold a bit driver better than a slotted version.

Re: Specialty Tool [Re: Tiny] #1331665 Tue Oct 29 2019 01:08 AM
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52Carl Offline
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I swapped in an Allen head bolt so that I can use one of those Allen wrenches with the ball end on them. Man, is that nice!

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