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11-20-2011 09:17 AM
cullencombs
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Originally Posted by T-bucket23
Is this metric or sae
Both it says 8" and CHINA
11-03-2011 06:43 PM
MARTINSR I have two SAE sockets in my box, a 1/4" and 5/16", that is IT. Those are the only two sizes I come across some domestics having that there is no direct metric equivlent. Working on cars newer than 1977 I see no reason what so ever for me to have SAE tools in my box, no kidding, I have them all at home where I am working on old cars.

I have really tried to thin my box out of all tools I don't REALLY need and it is very nice. I have a small bottom box (small by the other guys standards) and ONLY the tools I use every day (of course I am in the office now so those are different tools. ) I see no reason to have a bunch of SAE tools, outdated clip tools that have been replaced by better ones, broken tools, etc. I have ONLY what I use every day, PERIOD.

Besides on the super rare occasion that I need something that I don't have someone else with on of those "Condominium" tool boxes big enough to live in will have one I can borrow.

Brian
11-03-2011 06:23 PM
oldred I thought you guys were talking about the Allen type so my comment about the 7 MM probably did not make much sense, my bad.


As far as interchangeable sockets/wrenches of the commonly used sizes for automobile work there are three that are so close they are directly interchangeable, 8 MM and 5/16", 11 MM and 7/16" and 19 MM and 3/4".
11-03-2011 03:42 PM
ogre
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Originally Posted by poncho62
lol...didnt see that China on there.......Its the right tool if you have a 55 Chevy...They used to say all you needed for them was a Hammer and an adjustable......
i though an adjustable was the hammer...

my truck has 5 metric bolts the rest sae, but it's a 58
11-03-2011 03:16 PM
matt167 What I learned is 1/2" will fit a metric 13mm head tight, but a 13mm wrench will not work on a 1/2".. Also keep a few el-cheepo tools around. some of them are odd sizes, if the head is spun out or rusted smaller, many of these odd size sockets and wrenches will work better..

I have 2 sets of SAE wrenches in my toolbox and 1 set of metric wrenches, and a large mix of sockets
11-03-2011 02:58 PM
T-bucket23
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Originally Posted by poncho62
Just get one of these.......lol

Is this metric or sae
11-03-2011 01:41 PM
poncho62
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Originally Posted by DanielC
Wrong tool. WRONG COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURER!
lol...didnt see that China on there.......Its the right tool if you have a 55 Chevy...They used to say all you needed for them was a Hammer and an adjustable......
11-03-2011 01:35 PM
DanielC Wrong tool. WRONG COUNTRY OF MANUFACTURER!
11-03-2011 01:21 PM
poncho62 Just get one of these.......lol

11-03-2011 12:05 PM
cobalt327
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Originally Posted by T-bucket23
Some sizes cross over fairly close...
I think the first one that is "learned" is 1/2" is a tight fit on a 13mm, and vice versa. But they are not the SAME size, use metric on SAE or SAE on metric only if it's a necessity, obviously.
11-03-2011 07:36 AM
T-bucket23
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Originally Posted by tech69
I would say for cars 2000 and up. Any ideas?
Metric only for the most part.
Some sizes cross over fairly close like 9/16 and 14MM 16MM and 5/8. If you had to buy 1 set I would buy a 3/8 drive metric set with 6 point sockets, short and deep.
10-30-2011 08:45 PM
tech69 thanks guys.
10-30-2011 12:14 PM
willowbilly3 You just need both.
10-30-2011 12:00 PM
DanielC You need what you need.
I have a few Datsun 521 trucks as a project. The engine is metric. The body is SAE. The pipe fittings on the engine are BSP (British Standard Pipe) Brake line flare nuts are 3/8-24, and there brake line is 3/16.

With most cars, you need both. With more modern cars, you will also need TORX or other odd type sockets/ or drivers. And then when you get the TORX drivers, you will find you need the security TORX drivers.
10-30-2011 11:27 AM
oldred Something of a pet gripe of mine is a 7 MM hex drive fastener is fairly common on cars/trucks, brake calipers on many models for example use them, but for some reason most sets skip the 7 MM size and jump from 6 MM to 8 MM sizes! I had three sets, a folding set, a "T" handle set and a socket set and none of them had a 7 MM.
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