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Here's two of mine:


 


Angled spanners.    I have Malcolm Jones's 'overhead' Pi throttle linkage, that has droplinks down to the butterfly spindles, between the throttle bodies.  They need to be adjusted for length, and have small spherical bearing at each end, with opposite threads, so the link bar can be turned to do that.  But the lock nut at the bottom is inaccessible without these 8 and 10mm spanners, whose open ends have been cut off and welded back on at an angle.


 


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Limited access puller.    The radiator is right in front of the engine on a Vitesse, no space to use a convenional tripod puller.   I made this to do the job.   It's a bar with short 'jaws' at each end, bolted on so that the distance from the jaw tip to the bar can be adjusted by spacer washers, for different thicknesses of pulley.    Place it across the pulley and undo the pulley bolt.  As the bolt comes out, the pressure on the bar pulls the pulley off.       A useful trick is to place a small bead of weld exactly where the bolt head centre presses on the bar, which stops it wandering off centre.


 


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What have you got?


John


 

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I'm surprised!   I posted this "In Another Place", that I associate with a more staid and conventional approach to Triumphs, and it had a dozen posts in no time and is now in four pages.

Surely the ingenious minds of Sideways have secrets to share?

 

Or else you all go there as well, under another name??

 

John

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What you have to remember is that a lot of members of "Another Place" have a lot of time on their hands  :yes: just try asking if its best to fill a Triumph with oil from the left or right hand side of the car and you'll rapidly get a four page link of suggestions  :P including many that will insist that if Brexit happens it will then be possible to do it via the boot as the stupid EU regulation that says you must open the bonnet first can be scrapped! 

 

Alan

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Right lines, Lambda Sensor spanner, slips over wires, lots of leverage, small rotation increments.

Hello Alan

                 The 7/8" confused me I though Lambda was metric size or is 7/8" close enough?

 

I have a draw full of special tools for motorcycles and cars (not sure what some are for now?)

 

I will lay them out and take a photo or 2 or 3?

 

Roger

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Ah 7/8 Whitworth. Almost redundant when I was a lad, but have a number of them from my father, amazingly useful at times to have something not quite the right size!

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No probs, Spit131, just saying!

 

Alan, if you have been to t'Other Place, you'll have seen some splendid ideas..  I'm just touting for more - as if I have a book contract to fulfull!

 

And Whitworth.    I have a 1/2" Whitworth spanner, that used to sit in the bottom-most drawer (NEVER throw away a tool) until I realised - it fits the crank pulley bolt, and is the right length to turn the engine for valve setting.   All my others that big are too long - men were men, with strong wrists in those days.

 

And since we're discussing spanners, here's a modified one.    The front 9/16 AF nut under the exhaust manifold is so close to the engine mount that any ordinary spanner can only make a quarter turn, and even a multipoint ring has to be turned over every stroke.    This one is cut down to 120mm and drilled, so that I can wire a length of 1/4" tubing over it, tighten the nut twice as quickly and exert the necessary 20lbs-ft of tourque with my manly Whitworth wrist, without crippling my Southern wuss jessie fingers.  Once it's nearly there, a length of steel rod slips inside the tube to press the final fractional turn.

 

John

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No probs, Spit131, just saying!

 

Alan, if you have ben to t'Other Place, you'll have seen some splendid ideas..  I'm just touting for more - I have a book contract to fulfull!

 

And Whitworth.    I have a 1/2" Whitworth spanner, that used to sit in the bottom most draer (NEVER throw away a tool) until I realised - it fits the crank pulley bolt, and is the right length to turn the engine for valve setting.   All my others that big are too long - men were men, with strong wrists in those days.

 

And since we're discussing spanners, eher's a modified one.    The 9/16 AF nut under the front exhaust manifold is so close to the engine mount that any oardinary spanner can only make a quarter turn, and even a multipomnt ring has to be turned over every stroke.    This one is cut down and drilled, so that I can wire a length of 1/4" tubing over it, tighten the nut twice as quickly and exrt the necessary 20lbs-ft of tourque with my manly Whitworth wrist, without crippling my Southern wuss jessie fingers.

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Hello John

                 Does this count? cobbled together a power drive for my small milling machine(Heath Robinson would be proud of it?)

 

I am using the switch off the old drill for testing but have ordered one of these now it appears to work

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Reversible-DC-Speed-Controller-12V-24V-36V-48V-60V-Motor-PWM-Controling-Switch/263138897666?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

 

 

Roger

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Heath Robinson would be jealous!

 

I bought one of these NVR (No Voltage Release) switches for my pillar drill.    Couldn't get one the same as fitted, that had failed, so I was bit chuffed to be able to fit this by reshaping the bracket on the drill and making up adaptor connections, tah involved filing down some spade connectors!  Can't show a pic as its all reassembled neatly and invisibly now!   I presume yours has a speed control?

 

But this thread is really about hand tools, not "how I cobbled together a synchrotron, from a few TV magnets"

KISS!!

 

John

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John, That is a flux capacitor, I would be wary of going 88MPH, you'll  never know when you'll end up.

 

 

A bearing puller I made to remove the bearings from GT6 transmissions

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Not a tool especially but using tools in a way they were not meant to be used. A lathe steady mounted on a milling machine bed, holding the ram of a 7" X 6 foot long hydraulic cylinder, the eye end in a rotary table chuck, milling a bevel all around the welded cap to separate it from the cylinder, by hand feed with a wrench on the jaws of the chuck. It was slow but successful, saved my customer $8,500 for a new one.

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Cheers Tim

 

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Nice one, Tim!  Not so much, "using tools in a way they were not meant to be used" as using them imaginatively!

 

Which is what this thread is about.

 

John

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Hello John

                 Does this count? cobbled together a power drive for my small milling machine(Heath Robinson would be proud of it?)

 

I am using the switch off the old drill for testing but have ordered one of these now it appears to work

 

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Reversible-DC-Speed-Controller-12V-24V-36V-48V-60V-Motor-PWM-Controling-Switch/263138897666?ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT&_trksid=p2060353.m2749.l2649

 

 

Roger

Hello All

             My speed controller arrived and I have fitted it into an old box I have.

 

It seems to work ok but there is a lot of humming? I may look at gearing it down a bit more so the motor runs a bit faster.

 

Would have been hard pressed to buy the components for £8.59 as one offs?

 

Roger

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Now roger, there is being proud of your inginuity and bloody showing off!

Very nice.

Heath Robonson must be like a lathe in his grave.

JOhn

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