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Old 12-21-2005, 02:25 PM   #1
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in regards to wrenches/sockets.

school me like im an idiot. seriously. not that i am. but i need to prove an idiot wrong.

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Old 12-21-2005, 02:50 PM   #2
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Default Re: whitworth vs. metric

Just to clarify, are you looking for like a comparison chart for the actual wrench sizes vs. metric (actual physical measurements between flats) or...???
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Old 12-21-2005, 02:52 PM   #3
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Default Re: whitworth vs. metric

not shure what you mean, but not the same. i got tired of looking though sae/metric sockets for some thing close, and got a set of whitworth "spaners" and sockets.

any one know when the change over was?

here more info than youll ever need - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/British_Standard_Whitworth

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Just to clarify, are you looking for like a comparison chart for the actual wrench sizes vs. metric (actual physical measurements between flats) or...???
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Old 12-21-2005, 04:08 PM   #5
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Default Re: whitworth vs. metric

EWWW! That's what I was afraid you were looking for. They're definitely different by comparison. But not sure of the actual measurements. Maybe someone can go home and measure both and whip up a chart with Excel or something. There just may be something out there already though. I'll take a look around and see what I can find on the web. I'll post whatever I can find, if anything.
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Old 12-21-2005, 04:11 PM   #6
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i just hate when people are useless on the internet...

i post on craigslist for tools..and get some guy who....rather than want to sell me tools.....basically tells me I'm a tool and i "need to learn what whitworths are and then when i do figure out that whitworth is just a thread and go out and get metric sockets/wrenches"....he even recommend i go to sears. what a clever fella. then i though......yeah well i guess im not that clever if i cant technically tell him the difference other than showing him a bunch of rounded off bolt heads.

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WHITWORTH IS A THREAD TYPE.....JUST AS US USES FINE(SAE) OR COURSE(USS).....WRENCHES AND SOCKETS FOR BRITISH CARS WOULD BE METRICS......AVAILABLE ANYWHERE (YA KNOW.LIKE SEARS!)
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Yatzee! Here's one showing the bolt head sizes. This should help with sizing the wrenches...
http://www.enginehistory.org/BSFaste...eference_3.pdf
I'll keep looking for related stuff like what size head is related to what size wrench.
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Okay, here's a link that says more. See the "Whitworth" section or the "Wrench" section.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/gloss_w.html

That should clarify things for that dick wrinkle, maybe...
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Old 12-21-2005, 07:10 PM   #9
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Default Re: whitworth vs. metric

That's handy. I have run across a whitworth once in a while and somehow got along without an actual wrench so I never saw what the sizes were. Didn't know they are labeled by the threaded size rather than the head size.
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WHITWORTH IS A THREAD TYPE.....JUST AS US USES FINE(SAE) OR COURSE(USS).....WRENCHES AND SOCKETS FOR BRITISH CARS WOULD BE METRICS......AVAILABLE ANYWHERE (YA KNOW.LIKE SEARS!)
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HEY!........i`VE SEEN THAT GUYS BIKE.........IT`S THE ONE WITH ALL THE ROUNDED OFF BOLT HEADS AND NUTS ALL OVER THE MOTHERFUCKER....WHAT A TOOL!
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Hey,Around 69 Triumph went to Unified threads (normal US type).I've had good luck using a 19/32 for alot of Tri. bolts.When you grab the 7/16 whitworth wrench it sure doesn't seem right,The head on that sucker is around 3/4 inch.Took me a while to figure out the whitworth system of measurement.I bought a decent set of 12 point sockets on evilbay for $30.Good luck,Frosty
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