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Offline Al9000

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tool question
« on: 27.03. 2015 07:56 »
Now that I have taken on my late fathers A7 I have realised that a garage full of metric tools I have for my modern stuff is next to useless! Sorry if this is a dumb question but do I need a  set of AF sockets and spanners and a separate set of Whitworth sockets and spanners? Or are they one and the same? 
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Re: tool question
« Reply #1 on: 27.03. 2015 08:14 »
Hi Al, Welcome!
You need a good set of Whitworth spanners (open end and ring) and sockets. There are only a couple of odd sized nuts and bolts but, on the whole, all you need is Whitworth. AF is not the same. Good luck, have fun! Let us know how you're getting on and anybody here will be really helpful.
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Re: tool question
« Reply #2 on: 27.03. 2015 08:17 »
Thanks for the quick reply, I will start shopping  *smile*

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Re: tool question
« Reply #3 on: 27.03. 2015 08:28 »

 Hiya Al, I don't mind you ask 'dumb' Questions, because I'm the King of dumb answers....but- (a bit more)well no so seriously, you don't need that many, as Beezermacc said....... but you'll work it out as you go along.

  Given that it's friday arvo, and i've done a few sherbets,most useful are 3/8,1/4, and 5/16 BSW which have a different size in BS.... *eek*- did I eek?..

 eeeer...some are close in metric, but don't let it go to your head...like I said we'll work it out..!
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Re: tool question
« Reply #4 on: 27.03. 2015 08:35 »
Ha ha, well I've got to wait 3 1/2 hours till it's afternoon here and I can start on the sherberts  *smile*

Thanks for the info

Al

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Re: tool question
« Reply #5 on: 27.03. 2015 09:19 »
this is were i found most of my BSF. try car boot sales, another place to try is a trawler fishing port or a boat yard (if you are near one ) they still use them  i spent some time in Peterhead Scotland came back with a good set. 
 
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Re: tool question
« Reply #6 on: 27.03. 2015 09:29 »
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a garage full of metric tools I have for my modern stuff is next to useless!
Made the exact same discovery. Then bought lots of inch tools, to discover most of those didn't fit either. Then was introduced to the "World of Withworth"  *smile*

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Re: tool question
« Reply #7 on: 27.03. 2015 09:30 »
 what're you sayin' townsie...sounds like a boat anchor shop....? BSA's don't use BSF anyway-much

 
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a trawler fishing port or a boat yard (if you are near one ) they still use them  i spent some time in Peterhead Scotland came back with a good set. 

 Al, I work on the theory that if it's daylight it's good enough, and if it's not daylight, I close my eyes and that's daylight enough- in a blind-dog kinda way...????.... comes (a bit) from workin' weird hours *eek*
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Re: tool question
« Reply #8 on: 27.03. 2015 09:38 »


 Actually that reminded me of a totally "off topic" thing- the other day I pulled the seat out from the "farm truck" -I don't have a farm, but that's what I call it, a '84 Hilux 4x4 not worth selling but worth its weight.....
 plan was to just desurface-rust the floor pan.  To cut every thing short, it turns out the only bolt on it that's not metric is the seatbelt bolt- 7/16"UNF DAMHIK......
The guy at Repco tuned on that!!!! worth keeping in mind
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Re: tool question
« Reply #9 on: 27.03. 2015 19:16 »
car boots no one wants them britools they go for nothing and a top brand in its day

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Re: tool question
« Reply #10 on: 27.03. 2015 20:04 »
G'day Al.
Buy the best quality tools you can afford. I have full sets of cheap and expensive ring/ring, ring/openend, sockets. Then there's the cheap ones modified for particular jobs eg cylinder base nuts. front rockerbox nuts. A set of small "ignition" spanners won't go astray.
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Re: tool question
« Reply #11 on: 27.03. 2015 22:21 »
Treat yourself to a set of King Dick ww spanners. They're a real pleasure to work with.
I have a set open end 1/8 x 3/16, 1/4 x 5/16, 3/8 x 7/16 and 1/2 x 9/16 and a set of the same sizes sockets.
Haven't yet came across a nut or bolt I couldn't undo with one of these.
For the big ones like wheel shaft nuts etc. often a metric size will fit.
When I had to undo the rear wheel nut from the SA the first time I went to a tool shop nearby asking for a 28mm socket. The guy ducked under his counter, came back up with one and asked whether I was working on something British... ;)
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