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    What the hell is this?

    I'm a pretty good mechanic.. but this has me stumpered.

    It looks like a tool to plug ratchet end into a ratchet end. God only knows.. I can't think of a use for it.

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    Both ends are a receiver for a male 3/8" drive. I can think of zero practical use for this tool... Except maybe playing ratchet wars. Plug your ratchets into each other and apply force till one brakes, then continue with another ratchet. The last man standing is the strongest ratchet and then you know..m

    Anyone?
    Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

    #2
    Its just a gripper attachment to insert on your extension to spin with your finger in places where you don't get a good throw with the socket wrench. Get it down by "finger" then use your limited swing to apply the torque at the end.
    "I couldn't afford NOT to buy it!"

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      #3
      Some extensions have them, but the larger diameter of that adapter could be nice.

      "I couldn't afford NOT to buy it!"

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        #4
        Originally Posted by Captain 80s View Post
        Its just a gripper attachment to insert on your extension to spin with your finger in places where you don't get a good throw with the socket wrench. Get it down by "finger" then use your limited swing to apply the torque at the end.
        It's not. It can't hold a socket. It's only female. If you stick it on the end of the extension you are just left with a female.
        Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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          #5
          Oh yeah... duh. I suppose it could hold one of those extensions that has a socket built in to the end?

          Edit: no it can't dipshit. I got nuthin.

          Wow... must be Friday afternoon before a holiday weekend. I'm not firing on all cylinders.
          "I couldn't afford NOT to buy it!"

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            #6
            There must be specialty tool that has a male socket plug and that's out of a kit?

            Or like you said, it's socket wrench Thunder Dome!!! 2 wrenches enter...
            "I couldn't afford NOT to buy it!"

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              #7
              An adaptor to use a 3/8” drive tool to turn a square headed bolt of that size? I think some old machine tools, perhaps lathes have such fittings? (See https://www.myford.co.uk/acatalog/K3...HES--2267.html)

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                #8
                It's for a GM distributor wrench
                wmr-w1189c_xl.jpg

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                  #9
                  Originally Posted by bitzz View Post
                  It's for a GM distributor wrench
                  wmr-w1189c_xl.jpg
                  do new cars still have distributors ?
                  "It's only getting worse."


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                    #10
                    Originally Posted by bitzz View Post
                    It's for a GM distributor wrench
                    wmr-w1189c_xl.jpg
                    YESSSS!!!
                    and now we know.

                    The mystery is solved. Wish i had the wrench. i made one.
                    Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                      #11
                      I remember drain plugs used to have a square nut sticking out maybe they figured a socket for them.
                      Bill,
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                        #12
                        I guess I'm old.
                        My car has a distributor, that you would use that wrench on...but I don't (the smart guy replaced the hold down bolt with a header bolt a LONG time ago)... and it has square head drain plugs with NPT thread.
                        1984 Olds Cutlass G body assembled in St. Terese PQ, so the body has metric fasteners and the motor and trans has UNC fasteners.
                        Not as bad as working on a Norton Commando. Every wrench I own on the floor here and still taking crap off with vise grips.

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                          #13
                          Oddly enough I was just digging through a tool box my dad was gifted and it had one of those distributor wrenches in it. He gave it to me because it would have been a spare for him. It's a great tool to have in the toolbox for older vehicles that still have a distributor. I was happy to get it, then immediately forgot it and a whole box of other tools when I left... DOH. Oh well, just more to grab next time I am there.
                          88 Blue Hawk GT - Under construction but rideable (guest approved)
                          89 BlackHawk 2.0 - On the lift and being assembled
                          90 Hawk GT (color as to yet be determined) - Still on the shelf in crates

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                            #14
                            Originally Posted by bitzz View Post
                            I guess I'm old.
                            My car has a distributor, that you would use that wrench on...but I don't (the smart guy replaced the hold down bolt with a header bolt a LONG time ago)... and it has square head drain plugs with NPT thread.
                            1984 Olds Cutlass G body assembled in St. Terese PQ, so the body has metric fasteners and the motor and trans has UNC fasteners.
                            Not as bad as working on a Norton Commando. Every wrench I own on the floor here and still taking crap off with vise grips.
                            Last time I needed a distributor wrench I took a wrench, cut it in half, welded it back together at an angle and thay was that. It's in the box somewhere.
                            Don't spend money and buy, spend time and learn.

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                              #15
                              be great for comparing torque wrenches to each other if you have a known tested one and want to check another.

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