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Re: What was the last tool that you MADE?
52Carl #1397753 Thu Feb 18 2021 01:30 AM
Joined: Mar 2010
Posts: 9,810
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I know a guy, a genius in his own right, a bit of an oddball as well, who made a test light out of an old screwdriver. It had a transparent orange handle which made a beautiful glow.
He, of course, ground the bit end to a skinny sharp point. He then cut the end of the handle off, drilled the interior of the handle, and somehow created very neat threads on the inside. He then cut the end off of another similar screwdriver handle and threaded it to fit. He soldered a wire to the shaft inside of the handle to add the light bulb and a wire with an alligator clip on it which passed through the cap.
My words do not do justice to the quality of work that went into the creation of this tool. I did not know Paul all that well. He was very secretive of his past. I suspect that he did some time in The Big House, and may very well have broken out of it.
I informed him that I was very interested in buying it from him. He informed me that there was no amount of money that he would take for it. He probably used it to crack the electric lock on his prison cell or something like that.

Re: What was the last tool that you MADE?
DavidBraley #1397816 Thu Feb 18 2021 06:59 PM
Joined: Oct 2005
Posts: 3,326
"Hey! I sound like Darth Vader!!
Originally Posted by DavidBraley
Fox, I love that flywheel holder. I'm going to copy that. Handy for torquing the flywheel bolts too!

Reminds me of my Volkswagen days. One side 6v, the other 12v.

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Re: What was the last tool that you MADE?
52Carl #1426683 Tue Oct 12 2021 10:12 PM
Joined: Feb 2016
Posts: 118
Well, it isn't the last tool I've built. I built this stand 8-ish years ago? I pulled it out of storage yesterday to help with the 292 I'm starting to tear apart for a full rebuild. I see I need to make a longer drip pan...

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1953 2-Ton GMC
Re: What was the last tool that you MADE?
Phak1 #1426704 Wed Oct 13 2021 12:20 AM
Joined: May 2015
Posts: 4,297
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Originally Posted by Phak1
I’m in the process of assembling my newly rebuild engine, and I'm installing the timing cover. The Shop Manual calls for special tool “Timing Gear Cover Centering Gauge“, J-966 to be installed over the crankshaft to center the cover. Well I don’t own such a tool and I not sure I could even buy one. Once again my lathe to the rescue. I didn’t have any stock large enough so I used a piece of hardwood and turned a sleeve to fit over the crankshaft with the OD the same as the harmonic balancer. Before I put a micrometer on the OD, I cut it a bit too small so I added a few wraps of the painters tape. Now its a perfect fit. Ready to install the timing cover!

I had the same problem, not having the "Timing Gear Centering Gauge" so was casting around the hardware looking for something that could be used. I came up with a 1-1/4" PVC plug that glues into a socket fitting. Had nearly the exact ID of the crank snout and 8 flats on the outer edge, so I drilled out the end and filed a taper the high points of the octagon. Worked nicely, and cheap too. thumbs_up

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First car '29 Ford Special Coupe
#2 - '29 Ford pickup restored from the ground up.
Newest Project - 51 Chevy 3100 work truck. Photos []
Busting rust since the mid-60's
Re: What was the last tool that you MADE?
52Carl #1426902 Fri Oct 15 2021 02:13 AM
Joined: Jul 2019
Posts: 538
I just recently made my dad a centering tool or drill bit guide so he could drill and tap the end of the crank on a old tecumseh engine. The one he swapped out was already drilled to hold the primary clutch sheave on. I spun it up quick on the old 30’s south bend 9” lathe. It worked out perfect he said.

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