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  #181  
Old 10-03-2013, 05:42 PM
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Here's the tool I made for the nuts, hurts to cut up a snap on but it was for a good cause
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:56 PM
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Hey JJ...I may have to revoke your man-card over this one buddy . Buying (or making) a tool that you only need once a year (or heck, just once) is one of the simple pleasures of this hobby. Another is when your friends ask if you have one of those rare "umptifratz" tools, and you get to say, "why yes, of course I do!"

Then again, spending the $ on avgas is pretty cool too. I guess we'll have to find a balance of simple pleasures!

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Fair enough buddy. Ha!
I think Walt gets two man cards for cutting up a perfectly fine snap on, but he is a pro, and see's more than his fair share of nuts!
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Old 10-03-2013, 11:52 PM
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Fair enough buddy. Ha!
I think Walt gets two man cards for cutting up a perfectly fine snap on, but he is a pro, and see's more than his fair share of nuts!
All man-cards safe!

Now to cut up a tool (but not a Snap-On)

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Old 10-03-2013, 11:56 PM
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Default Don't forget the other tool!

The other part of the equation is a tool for holding the body of the rod end straight, i.e. perpendicular to the hinge axis. A tube of the right diameter, with a slot of the right width, with a t-handle rod on the other end, would be great.

wouldn't it be nice if someone else did all the measuring, figured out the right size, and sold them?
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Old 10-04-2013, 01:07 AM
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The other part of the equation is a tool for holding the body of the rod end straight, i.e. perpendicular to the hinge axis. A tube of the right diameter, with a slot of the right width, with a t-handle rod on the other end, would be great.

wouldn't it be nice if someone else did all the measuring, figured out the right size, and sold them?
Easily made from PVC pipe fittings. First appeared on RV builders' sites about 16 years ago. Mine is hanging on my shop pegboard. No need to buy one.
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Old 10-04-2013, 01:33 AM
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Someone around here does sell them actually...I ended up with one when I bought all my tools from lots here on VAF.
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Old 10-04-2013, 07:53 AM
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The other part of the equation is a tool for holding the body of the rod end straight, i.e. perpendicular to the hinge axis...
In a pinch, cleco pliers work pretty well too. They grab the head of the rod end without marring the body or touching the ball.
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:05 AM
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I just use a flare nut wrench. They are similar to what you made, but beefier walls to withstand the fact that they are open. No need to damage a fine tool when you can buy just what you want.

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Old 10-04-2013, 09:06 AM
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...wouldn't it be nice if someone else did all the measuring, figured out the right size, and sold them?
Avery's has just what you described.
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Old 10-04-2013, 11:02 AM
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Other than the cool factor, why not use a plain open end wrench? Many, really many, years ago, when my tool budget was just going from zero to minimal, the first wrenches I bought were combination type, just because sometimes fuel lines and rod ends and similar stuff would not allow the box end to fit.
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