Really, really dumb socket question.

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    Colorado Active Member

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    Have 2 different socket wrench sets... And neither of them fit anything on my Dart properly... I know I must need a new socket wrench set, but I have no clue what I'm looking for. Little help? :D
     
  2. 70DartMike

    70DartMike Too many projects

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    Are you using metric? You need to use Standard (SAE).
     
  3. grumpuscreature

    grumpuscreature Resident Curmudgeon

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    Yep, there's nothing on the old Dart that's metric. Gonna need SAE tools.
     
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    Colorado Active Member

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    Okay, I have a metric set, and another set, but neither of them work, I'm guessing I need SAE... Off to tool shop! Thank you!
     
  5. jos51700

    jos51700 Green Bearing thread connoisseur

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    CST (Cheap $hit Tools) won't fit well, either. Spend the coin on something decent.
     
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    dodge71demon Well-Known Member

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    Really, really dumb socket question

    Correct
     
  7. 66Dvert

    66Dvert Working on my custom car parts again! FABO Gold Member

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    actually not really a dumb question. if he's young enough or hasn't been into old American cars and has had or been around imports all the time that all that they use and he would have no reason to get SAE sockets. oh and he asked on the best website there is too!
     
  8. Bulldozer

    Bulldozer free ice cream sandwiches

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    you'll never know if you dont ask right? we all started somewhere. keep on wrenchin'
     
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    jabdusty57 Well-Known Member

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    Hear Hear!
     
  10. Princess Valiant

    Princess Valiant Duster specialist

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    the only dumb question is the question you dont ask........i encourage the original poster to ask away .......once upon a time i didnt know anything about cars either and im sure glad i had someone to ask.

    to the original poster: you came to the right place with the right ppl ......ask away my friend and lets get some mopar restorin going :supz:
     
  11. Robbie2734

    Robbie2734 Lambcharger

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    When I was young we only had SAE, I had the same problem needing metric and not knowing!! GM cars were half metric and half SAE now that was confusing!
     
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    seabee FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    You might find better quality used tools on craigslist. Older craftsman, matco, snap on, SK, armstrong are a few to look out for. They'l last longer and work better than the all-in-one kits you get at part stores etc..
     
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    Yes and at least he knows enough to ask
     
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    Princess Valiant Duster specialist

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    yup Fords from around 87 into the ninties were all like that too ......i think the body bolts were one or the other and the drivetrain bolts opposite.

    i could be wrong but i think it was the drivetrain bolts that were metric, i could have that flipped but either way, i know exactly what your talking about
     
  15. 67Dart273

    67Dart273 FABO Gold Member FABO Gold Member

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    I wish I had kept a one-page notice I still remember

    One day I went down to our small-town Mopar dealer to pickup a friend of mine, parts man and "lackey" for the dealer. He was finishing up putting dealer bulletins into the catalog binders, and I absent-mindedly picked up a couple and read them.

    This was in the mid-late 70's, when the manufacturers were making those #%#%^$%@% mixed and matched half metric, half US cars.

    Basically after all the blater, what this CHRYSLER notification said is that on certain models, THE NUT BEHIND THE WHEEL is METRIC!!!!

    Worse yet, years later, a line GM mech was in our store, having come from down the block from "fasteners" He had a bolt which he "KNEW" was metric because it had a 10mm head, yet fasteners could not come up with a metric bolt with the right size and pitch.

    TURNED OUT to be a standard, plain old 1/4" USS thread with a 10mm head which GM had thoughtfully put on top!!!
     
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    63VALIANT*KISS Well-Known Member

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    same problem i bought new wheel cylinders and the bolts that came with them were like 11mm and the thread pitch was uss it was funny i just put my old bolts back in way more strength in those 50 year old bolts then new china crap.

    thats what my dad said they were was bolts that came from china and spun on a uss thread machine.
     
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    75Sport Grandpa

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    Welcome to the site. Lot's to be learned here just don't let some of the comments bother you at all. It's eaiser for some to be more sarcastic on the web than they would ever be in person. Tell us about your Dart please and some pics if you have them. And again remember you'll learn more here than you will any place else. Dan
     
  18. grumpuscreature

    grumpuscreature Resident Curmudgeon

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    Think that's confusing try a Jigweird or some other Brit bucket where they throw in Whitworth just for grins. SAE, metric, and Whitworth on the same vehicle makes for some long days.....
     
  19. younggun2.0

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    check out local pawn shops for good deals on tools. i got a whole 1/2" drive socket set made by cornwell tools for 25 bucks. that is what 1-2 sockets would cost and if you bust it you have a lifetime warranty. just make sure they dont have someones name etched in them.
     
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    ahhh yes, whitworth... I also have a few strange sockets like 19/32 ... never used it but, I have a few... I"m sure they are older than I am!
     
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    75Sport Grandpa

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    I think the 19/32 is for the water pump on a Ford flathead. That is old.
     
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    I had a friend years ago that opened his socket set with that molded plastic case. The case was upside down. He looked at the sockets, and says,"hey, they're all the same size
     
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    That reminds me of a joke about lock washers that were all broken.

    I think the only persons who liked the gradual change to metric was the tool truck salesmen.
     
  24. MADMarc

    MADMarc Just a d00d

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    lol besides the OP's two posts, this one keeps going. I love it! :D

    Sears is doing a sale right now on craftsman tools. No, it's not as good as their bfriday sale, but a deal is a deal :) Here's a direct link to their list. Get em while they're hot! Craftsman mechanic sets are a great starting point and will work well for the weekend warriors.

    http://www.sears.com/tools-mechanics-auto-tools-mechanics-tool-sets&Craftsman/s-1021318?filter=Brand&keywordSearch=false&previousSort=ORIGINAL_SORT_ORDER&viewItems=25
     
  25. jimjimjimmy

    jimjimjimmy lobsterman FABO Gold Member

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    cummings marine engines are bad for this to not sure about the truck engines
     
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