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Standard American Equivalent.

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by droidfire, Jun 16, 2012.

  1. droidfire

    droidfire

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    Well, that's it.

    From this day forward, I am geared for the Standard American Equivalent.

    I just dumped all of the rogue belongings I had that worked on the metric system, mostly all just sockets and wrenches.

    I have expanded my redundancy on SAE sockets and wrenches, nut-drivers and so forth.

    While I do come across metric nuts and bolts every once in a while, I shouldn't, and from now on they will be destroyed by removal.

    My overall efficiency will be increased by trading the space and weight those tools took up with other things, and while I can take more then I can carry, it's less then I can drag around.

    If space wasn't a recurring issue, i'd keep them around, but the tally of what's necessary balanced against the space and weight limits imposed on me read out that metric sockets and wrenches get in the way more then they get things out of mine.

    When I do randomly come across one here and there an adjustable or pair of vise-grips should get it, but if not there is an angle grinder or drill within arms reach to murder it with.

    I'll miss them when I need them, but it's so rare I can deal.

    It does feel odd going to a job without the 'proper' tool to handle something simple like a bolt, though, and I think that is what's bugging me the most and will take the most getting used to.

    :wavey:
     
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    ateamer NRA4EVR

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  3. Rick C

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    Look on the bright side, at least righty tighty and lefty loosey hasn't changed. Yet.:whistling:
     
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    I'd dump my SAE tools before I'd dump my metric tools. Metric makes more sense, is the wave of the future, and most of the stuff I own has metric guts. My firearms don't, but those take specialized tools anyway.
     
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    Atlas transmogrifier

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    Can't see being without either for the duration of my lifetime.
     
  6. longhair

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    Actually, on some things, it has. I seem to remember some auto's of the '60's having some lug nuts that were reverse threaded. Some of my tools also have some bolts that are "backward" also.
     
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    If your any kind of hands on , you gotta have both.
     
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    Damn, I thought it was just the '60's me and VW's.:hippie:
     
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    uhlawpup Gentle Soul

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    I don't remember any autos of the 60's having reverse-threaded lug nuts, but some of the late 40's and early 50's Chrysler products used lug bolts that were reverse-threaded.
     
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    Lol. SAE....Metric.



    All I need is my trusty

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  11. droidfire

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    That may fly in your worklife, but i'd be at least 15-20 bolts down the line by the time you got one out... (or in )...if not further.

    Maybe for one once in a while, like how often I hit metric hardware, but not as a general practice.

    I also agree with the people that would rather be in the metric system then the imperial, it does make more sense, but my tools are dictated by my needs and not desires :crying:
     
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    ron59 Bustin Caps

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    You don't know anything about fastener's, do you.

    Metrics are prevalent in many (most?) cars these days.

    On top of that, your premise of "swapping out" won't work, not if it is a bolt. It's not just the head of the bolt that is a different size, but the thread pitch and stuff is different as well. You can't run an SAE bolt into a metric hole. (Unless you were to drill it out and use a heli-coil or something, but I sure wouldn't make that a habit just because you don't want metric wrenches.)

    Your plan is full of fail.
     
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    toshbar Timber Baron

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    Are you kidding? I use that thing to measure OAL on my .40 handloads. See the scale on the side?

    :rofl:


    I keed!

    I have redundant sets of SAE/Metric shallow/deep 6pt/12pt in all combinations.
     
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    Chrysler Corp. products from the 60's had LH thread wheel lug nuts on one side side and RH lug nuts on the other side. My buddies dad's mid 60's Dodge Coronet was like that
     
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    vikingsoftpaw DEPLORABLE ME!

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    Yea... Ugh....don't plan of working on cars in the near future, foreign or domestic..
     
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    I've been all metric for years... I haven't found a fastener that metric won't fit.
     
  17. goldenlight

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    This.

    Most American cars are mostly metric, now.

    You still need both, unless you do no work on your vehicle(s) aside from oil changes.... and that probably requires a metric wrench or socket.