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The hazards of having a few tools and a long COLD winter. I decided to upgrade to a petronix ignition with the flamethrower coil. When I got around to mounting the coil I'm sure I could have gotten a bracket for a few bucks from AutoZone. But with the cold days and a heated shop I decided to build my own bracket. This simple idea turned into a full day at the vertical mill. The end result was another day of sanity.....and a bracket.
 

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Washout, that is some neat machine work. Nothing like a day with nothing to do to turn out something nice like that. I wish I had days like that here inSANe Diego. Just for grins and giggles, check out the Buick Open golf match this weekend for how the weather is here. Just terrible:cool:

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and other tool stories...

Yea, I know what you mean. My problem these days is all the neat stuff on eBay for our cars. Did you know that Opel (or at least Kent-Moore, official supplier of speciality tools to GM) made a special tool for removing and installing the GT and Rallye oil sending unit? Me neither, until I found this on eBay and just HAD to have it:
 

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And another view, with the sending unit in place and a ratchet:
 

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Now that is sneaky Keith, I like it. A must have as you said. Over the years I've done some modification of hand tools to do a specific job, but nothing as neat as that wrench/socket or whatever you call it. :cool:

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Now ya see Keith, I'll have to make or get one of those now that I've seen it. I was looking at the sending unit the other day and wondering how they replaced them with the engine in the car. ;)
 

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Keith: Patent time. Sell that sender holder to Lisle in Clarinda IA. They make specialty auto tools. They'll pay you for it. It'll be like getting checks in the mail for free. I'm not kidding. They mass produce it and I'll be able to rent it someday. :)
 

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I did a similar thing with a bargin bin 19mm combo wrench, a short piece of threaded rod, with two matching nuts and a little heat from a torch. About 15 minutes of work and $1 later, I have a tool that does the same thing, even if the motor is in the car.
 

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Keith: Patent time. Sell that sender holder to Lisle in Clarinda IA. They make specialty auto tools. They'll pay you for it. It'll be like getting checks in the mail for free. I'm not kidding. They mass produce it and I'll be able to rent it someday. :)


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here ever heard of "Crowfoot" wrenches?? They're available in 3/8" drive metric and standard (inch) sets and look like this:
 

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Crowfoot "sockets" . . .

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NOONE here ever heard of "Crowfoot" wrenches?? They're available in 3/8" drive metric and standard (inch) sets and look like this: [/B]
A 15mm crowfoot works great on that pesky, lower right, "4-speed tranny-to-bellhousing" mounting bolt, too!!

As Mikey would say, "TRY it, you'll LIKE it!"
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NO ONE here ever heard of "Crowfoot" sockets?? They're available in 3/8" drive metric and standard (inch) sets and look like this: [/B]
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Crowfoot wrenches, Otto? How mundane, when you can use a genuine Kent-Moore tool. Even if it might only get used twice.

As for Lisles, I have bought and used many of their tools. But methinks that the market for an Opel GT/Rallye oil sending unit tool might be somewhat limited in size :)
 

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With an Oil pressure sender being so expensive, the use of a correct tool to remove and replace it might well be cheap insurance!

Opel GT Source: OEM Opel type $126.00 VDO type $99.00

One slip with the Vicegrips(TM) could be a bit expensive!

Thanks for the picture - I can now make one of those for myself.
 
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