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Imperial/ Inch Tool Sets, Spanners, Wrenches,...

VincAustria

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British Vincent guys,

I am from Austria. We have only metric tools in Austria. For my future Vincent Comet I need a set of FIRST QUALITY tools / spanners, wrenches only in imperial/ inch system.

Does somebody know a good supplier in GB, Europe ?

What is your experience ?

Is a high quality set available on the market that covers almost all nuts and bolts and screws and sizes of the Comet ? Only highest quality - because I don't want to damage the nuts and bolts....of my future Comet.

Please advise (advice) - Thanks.

:)-- Helmut
 

Tnecniv Edipar

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My advice would be to look on ebay for old stock or little used old British brands like Britool , Gordon , Williams etc. Also , there were some German brands that had Imperial sizes in their range. I have found entire new old stock imperial socket sets on ebay at bargain prices.
 

BlackLightning998

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Try Snap-on tools too - second hand on ebay best.

Hi Helmut,

Snap-on tools will last you a life time, and with your exchange rate currently are outstanding value when you buy second hand off ebay from the USA even when you have paid shipping and tax if you get caught out.

I got a set of "crows foot" spanners which are helpful for torquing down the head(s) in situ using an offset torque wrench - the catalogue price was c€150 and I paid €50 all in (shipping inc).

I have a "Kamasa" socket set I have had for 20 years and have found it outstanding quality too - never damaged anything and never broken a piece of the set, I have one or two of their other tools too and have generally been very happy.

Stuart
 

rapcom

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Crow's Feet ?

I have never found any Crowsfoot spanners in BSW or BSF.
Please tell us the make and source !
 

Tnecniv Edipar

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Was just about to say the same thing !! I never knew Snap On made imperial sizes recently , in the past they have but I've never managed to find any.
 

bmetcalf

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Since the head nuts are the same dimension AF as a spark plug, the Yank 13/16" crows foot will do the job.
 

rapcom

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Purely in the interest of accuracy, I believe that the nominal AF of the headnuts is 0.820", whereas 13/16" is 0.812. A 13/16" AF spanner will probably work, given the sloppy fit of most spanners, and the fact that most headnuts have lost a few thou due to polishing.
I just tried a 13/16" AF spanner on some (unpolished, original) headnuts, and the spanner fitted some pairs of flats and not others. Manufacturing tolerances will also play a part, of course.
Definitely worth trying.
 

stumpy lord

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Will you be at the austrian rally if so I can supply you with a set of 1/2 inch drive sockets, not pretty pretty but good solid king dick and never used.
failing that have allok at www.whitworthspanners.com
stumpy.
 

macvette

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Hi Try this site. I got imperial and BA spanners and the same in sockets. They are good quality.
Regards Mac
www.baconsdozen.co.uk
 

van drenth

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VOC Member
British Vincent guys,

I am from Austria. We have only metric tools in Austria. For my future Vincent Comet I need a set of FIRST QUALITY tools / spanners, wrenches only in imperial/ inch system.

Does somebody know a good supplier in GB, Europe ?

What is your experience ?

Is a high quality set available on the market that covers almost all nuts and bolts and screws and sizes of the Comet ? Only highest quality - because I don't want to damage the nuts and bolts....of my future Comet.

Please advise (advice) - Thanks.

:)-- Helmut
You can find all you need in the Gedore tool cataloque, resonable priced and good quality. In holland we get up to45% discount on the price.
van drenth JC
 

overthehill

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Lots to choose from but its worth spending that little more on good 6 point sockets - 12 point (bi-hex) sockets on old worn nuts just make your knuckles bleed ! :)

Snap-on are expensive but lovely to work with and guaranteed for life - i have returned 20 year old tools to snap-on and they replace them without question.
 
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greg burt

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sockets

Check out the Koken 3/8 Drive sockets on the (Web site Macvette) offers.
I've been using the short wall sockets for years - Made in Japan and will fit in your tool tray on the rail - Add a small 3/8 Drive ratchet and Extension Bar and a plug Socket. These Sockets are very Good quality.
Greg:)
 

BlackLightning998

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VOC Member
Hi - it is 13/16ths Snap On - I got it off ebay.com from the States

Hi,

Bruce is right - I can't recall where I got the advice, but I tracked down a 13/16th crows foot from Snap On via ebay.com in the USA and bought it and had it shipped - great value for money.

It worked perfectly on the new stainless steel headnuts to torque down without removing the tank.

If you ever need to borrow it - no problem, just let me know.

Regards

Stuart Metcalfe

Purely in the interest of accuracy, I believe that the nominal AF of the headnuts is 0.820", whereas 13/16" is 0.812. A 13/16" AF spanner will probably work, given the sloppy fit of most spanners, and the fact that most headnuts have lost a few thou due to polishing.
I just tried a 13/16" AF spanner on some (unpolished, original) headnuts, and the spanner fitted some pairs of flats and not others. Manufacturing tolerances will also play a part, of course.
Definitely worth trying.
 

greg burt

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Non-VOC Member
sockets

Bruce
Macvette has the thread at the start of page two.
He is showing a Web site. www.baconsdozen.co.uk.
You will find Koken sockets - the days of handling 1/2 inch Drive gear are over, Except of course on Heavy Equipment.
Greg:)
 

macvette

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Non-VOC Member
Hi,
Macvette is a combination of part of my surname and my Corvette (see avatar). I'm just a member of the VOC not a tool dealer:). Other than buying tools from the site I posted, I have no connection with them. I found them very helpful.

Mac
 

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