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Hang onto your Whitworth wrenches, Boys #467024
12/10/12 2:44 am
12/10/12 2:44 am
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Illinois, USA
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I was at an auction this weekend, mostly Japanese bikes and parts. They had one box of wrenches marked, "British wentright tools." In the box were about a dozen old open-end wrenches of various sizes, with splayed jaws, and several odd sockets. Some were stamped, "Made in Germany." Most were not a wrench that you would want to use on a nice, original bit of hardware.

I noticed some small Whitworth sizes that I don't have. I decided I would bid as high as $10 US for the boxful, but certainly no more. The box sold for $295 US.



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Re: Hang onto your Whitworth wrenches, Boys [Re: TR6Ray] #467044
12/10/12 9:15 am
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What sizes don't you have? I've got some duplications that I could donate to a good home. I think they're still reasonably easy to find over here in the UK.

Beezageezauk.

Re: Hang onto your Whitworth wrenches, Boys [Re: TR6Ray] #467045
12/10/12 9:23 am
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Koken have some very good whitworth sockets which can even get into the Norton head "tunnels."


http://www.koken.co/new-catalogue

Re: Hang onto your Whitworth wrenches, Boys [Re: johnm] #467061
12/10/12 1:08 pm
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Thanks, guys, but I'm getting along okay with the wrenches and sockets I have. It just blew me away that somebody would pay that much for what appeared to be close to junk. That whole auction went that way. Good for the nice older gent who was selling his collection, but the crowd was full of crazy buyers.


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Re: Hang onto your Whitworth wrenches, Boys [Re: TR6Ray] #467071
12/10/12 2:51 pm
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As mentioned, MUCH easier to find the in the UK. Went to a swap meet on one trip over there, and filled out my collection with nice offset box and open-end wrenches, and various sockets for less than 1 each .....

Auction fever affects people in strange ways, it seems ...

Lannis


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Re: Hang onto your Whitworth wrenches, Boys [Re: TR6Ray] #467075
12/10/12 4:22 pm
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I buy my Whitworth tools on eBay UK. despite the exchange rate and high shipping, they are cheaper than buying used from eBay USA.


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Re: Hang onto your Whitworth wrenches, Boys [Re: Swan] #467078
12/10/12 4:37 pm
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"Hello Sears? Yes, I just snapped a 1968 Craftsman 1/4 Whitworth spanner, and would like to replace it as per your original warrenty."


Like THIS would ever work out...........

Re: Hang onto your Whitworth wrenches, Boys [Re: TR6Ray] #467082
12/10/12 5:17 pm
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Most hardware shop guys over here have no clue when you ask them for Withworth tools.
Fortunately there is a shop not far from the place where I live that sells surplus tools( Withworth, A/F,and metric) from the armed forces, reasonably priced, many of the tools look hardly used, and top quality brands.


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Re: Hang onto your Whitworth wrenches, Boys [Re: Deadstiffcatt] #467092
12/10/12 6:40 pm
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Originally Posted by Deadstiffcatt
"Hello Sears? Yes, I just snapped a 1968 Craftsman 1/4 Whitworth spanner, and would like to replace it as per your original warrenty."


Like THIS would ever work out...........

Probably not well, but you may be surprised. I had a Craftsman inside caliper that I bought circa 1974 when I was a machinist apprentice. Cost about $5. Many years later I loaned it to somebody and they dropped it and broke the spring. I took it to Sears to see what would happen. They no longer sell those in the store, but it was in their catalog. Turned out that L.S. Starrett was their current supplier (listed for about $49), and they had one sent UPS to my door for free. Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug. Turned out to be the windshield that day.

At that same auction there was a rolling road for starting race bikes. I would have been interested if it was electric powered. Of course electric would not help at the track, but would be good in my garage. This was powered by a chinese horizontal shaft engine with a pull-rope starter. I thought, heck if I can pull that rope, I can kick the bike. That home-made rig went for right at $600.


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Re: Hang onto your Whitworth wrenches, Boys [Re: Lannis] #467169
12/11/12 4:29 am
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No problem here in Aus. either, pick them up at swap meets, markets etc. nice and cheap too, small sizes about a buck and a bit more for the big ones.
Sockets seem to be a bit harder to find though.
It probably depends on the area too, rural areas seem to have more.
I assume that it had to do with all the old British trucks and ag. machinery from the '30s onwards.
The annoying thing was that in the early '70s I sold all my near new Whitworth stuff for next to nothing as I was moving from Adelaide and was not doing any britbikes in those days.
Homer Simpson knows what to say there! D'oh!

Re: Hang onto your Whitworth wrenches, Boys [Re: ] #467205
12/11/12 10:07 am
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Allan, I'll contact you by email and we could maybe work out a deal for one of your A10 wiring harnesses.

Beezageezauk.

Re: Hang onto your Whitworth wrenches, Boys [Re: TR6Ray] #467230
12/11/12 4:16 pm
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Originally Posted by TR6Ray
Thanks, guys, but I'm getting along okay with the wrenches and sockets I have. It just blew me away that somebody would pay that much for what appeared to be close to junk. That whole auction went that way. Good for the nice older gent who was selling his collection, but the crowd was full of crazy buyers.


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Around here we have Amish, and boy sometimes those guys will bid up too high on stuff. Often, you can buy brand new for less than they spend at auction (mostly construction tools & the like).


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