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Old 07-16-2004, 08:40 PM
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spark plug socket

Maybe this isn't new, but I cut 1" off my plug socket, and it sure makes it easier to get a wrench on the socket with headers. It works for me, and thought others maybe can benefit from this also.

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Old 07-16-2004, 10:14 PM
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I do that as well. We run a real long plug in my dirt car and the wrench speeds thing up a lot.
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Old 07-16-2004, 10:42 PM
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im confused?? how does cutting an inch off make it easier to take in and out plugs. Arnt the sockets like just big enough to get over the plugs?? unless you have header plugs, but still doest the actual like sized part only go so far then the rubber starts? or am i making this way to complicated??
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One spark plug socket I have, the spark plug has about an inch left to go down in socket before it bottoms out in socket, which allows socket to move closer to block, which gives me more clearance between end of socket and header tube. I'm not using short plugs. On my engine, I can only turn socket with a wrench. Noy enough room for ratchet or extension.
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Old 07-17-2004, 08:16 AM
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OK, I'll bite. How did you cut it? That's some pretty hard stuff. Hacksaw? Air tool?
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Old 07-17-2004, 09:57 AM
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Put the socket in a vise and use a 3" cutoff wheel and then a grinder to square it up. I did the same thing a few years ago.
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I have made several tools since I have been turning wrenches most of my life and here is one of my favorites...
I took an old Craftsman 13/16 wrench and cut it in half and then I grabbed an old 12 point 13/16 socket and cut about an inch off of the open end and welded it to the open end of the wrench. Now I have a deep 13/16 wrench. My next idea is to turn that into the new ratcheting design. I was going to patent that idea but I've heard that it is already available...I can't seem to find one but it seems that everybody else can. Funny thought - I've never seen it in anybody elses tool box. Oh well.
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socket

Thats the idea. Vise it, cutoff wheel. My socket has a hex on it for a wrench already, but the extendasocket idea is cool.
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