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    Why didn't somebody tell me about this before

    I've been rounding square plug and bolt heads using crescent adjustable, open end, box end wrenches and 8 and 12 point sockets for sixty years. Why didn't anybody tell me about this:

    Take 2 sockets of the same size and matching a long nut used for connecting ready rod and available at any hardware store. In my example I used two 7/16 sockets with 3/8 drive. Line the sockets nose to nose with the long nut (7/16 OD in my case) in between and use the 3/8 drive end on the square plug or bolt and the other on the ratchet. You could also use a piece of hex stock between the sockets. Live and learn.

    The tool is limited to the socket drive sizes, but 1/4, 3/8, and 1/2 take care of a very high percentage of the square headed fastenings we'll encounter with our LBCs. The masking tape holds the sockets together on the nut. Live and learn.
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    Re: Why didn't somebody tell me about this before

    Probably didn't tell you because we buy square drive sockets to do the job.
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    That one is a tad over five bucks. You buy two sockets for five bucks apiece, then weld them together, and this is cheaper...and the weld won't fail.

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    Re: Why didn't somebody tell me about this before

    Besides which, the most common square heads I deal with are not 1/4, 3/8, or 1/2. Eg, stock transmission fill plug is 7/16".
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    Re: Why didn't somebody tell me about this before

    Hey, the sockets are already in the toolbox, the nut to join them is less than a buck, there is no welding and I have a 7/16 square socket and a box end also which I use at least every other year. And I certainly didn't mean to suggest that this would change the way you do business. Actually kind of sorry I mentioned it.

    Tom
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    1959 TR3A TS58023 (in case I never finish the one above)
    1969 Triumph Herald 13/60 (a whim)
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    1992 BMW325IC (fun to drive)

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    Re: Why didn't somebody tell me about this before

    Example: My nephew complained his car squirt gasoline all over him when he changed the fuel filter. I asked him why did he not eliminate the fuel pressure by releasing the schrader valve on the fuel line. He said, " No on told me!" I said, " you did not ask!"
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    Also had , 68 Cortina 1600E, 64 Spit 4 & 80 1500, 73 GT6 3, 71 XJ6, 79 XJ6, 86 XJS V-12, 53 XK120 OTS.

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    Re: Why didn't somebody tell me about this before

    Actually a pretty clever solution to use in a pinch.
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