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the name of a tool?
#1437746 Tue Jan 18 2022 04:23 PM
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Surely someone will know what I'm looking for, the proper name of this tool. It is a socket that looks like a screw driver ( flat blade), used to take apart tie rod ends. I need to purchase one but don't know what it's called.

Thanks.


Tommy
59 apache 1/2t
261 short stepside
Re: the name of a tool?
Tommy #1437751 Tue Jan 18 2022 04:39 PM
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Crusty Old Sarge
I have always referred to them as a spade bit, that may not be correct but here is a link.

https://www.googleadservices.com/pa...1AhUEheAKHWdZDsoQ9aACegQIARBd&adurl=


Craig

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Re: the name of a tool?
Tommy #1437752 Tue Jan 18 2022 04:43 PM
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They're called drag link sockets. There's usually a bunch of them on Ebay for reasonable prices. Get one that fits the slot exactly, or grind a bigger one for a close fit.

Edit: I just found at least 50 of them in about 5 minutes.
Jerry


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Re: the name of a tool?
Tommy #1437761 Tue Jan 18 2022 06:25 PM
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Thanks Guys.


Tommy
59 apache 1/2t
261 short stepside
Re: the name of a tool?
Tommy #1437830 Wed Jan 19 2022 03:04 AM
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Tommy, I'm in the middle of a kingpin/tierod end project. To remove the threaded ends of the tie rod/drag link I didn't invent a tool but found something that worked great.

Laying on the workbench next to the vice, a few scrap pieces of 1/8th flat stock was just waiting for a job. After cleaning the tie rod end slots one of the small pieces of scrap was an exact fit, it fit the full length and depth of the screwdriver slot. Add a 10" crescent to the mix and it was an easy job to remove the ends.

RonR

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Re: the name of a tool?
Tommy #1437831 Wed Jan 19 2022 03:08 AM
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I tried that, but the plug was so tight it twisted the flat stock. Ordered a drag link socket to complete the job. I suppose I could have cut the tie-rod ends off, as I replaced balls and tie rod ends with the modern type.


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Re: the name of a tool?
Tommy #1437863 Wed Jan 19 2022 01:02 PM
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RonR,
Back years ago when I did my 59 Apache, I did exactly like you said, It worked great. Now I'm working on a 1936 Chevy ( 5 window coupe) I know it's not a truck, But it's not working. I figured I better get the right tool before I get to involved.


Tommy
59 apache 1/2t
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Re: the name of a tool?
Tommy #1438101 Fri Jan 21 2022 02:42 AM
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Weld a very short piece of flat stock to a big nut and put a socket on the nut...

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