Hazard A Guess: Week of Oct. 1, 2009

Hello from Hazard!

Our readers never disappoint us! We showed the photo of the Ford wrench (some call them a “monkey wrench”), but owner Jim Hudkins wanted to know specifically what the little square projection on the end of the handle was used for. Silence for one week — because, you told us, everyone thought we’d be flooded with responses.

So, when we had to run the photograph a second week, we finally started to receive the answer Jim was seeking.

The square protrusion is used to remove the early Ford (Model T and A) drain plug for the differential lubricant. The plugs had a square recess, and the wrench projection fit into the recess to easily remove, replace and tighten the plug. Simple as that.

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Item No. 872

Our sincere thanks to the following readers: Bob Lincoln, Newark, Ohio (who was the first to respond); Charles Fair, Jeromesville, Ohio; R.B. Bozay, Caldwell, Ohio; Christine Castle; Mike Solmen, Leetonia, Ohio; Andrew Tumicki; Art Bilek of Norton, Ohio; Ed Wanchock of Sewickley, Pa.; Paul McNutt, Sherrodsville, Ohio; Neal Kuhn, Lowell, Ohio; and Monroe Harbage of Plain City, Ohio (a Hazard-ous friend we met several years ago at the Farm Science Review and whom we were tickled to see once again at the Review last week).

Hazard readers rock!

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And since you were all so helpful in answering one mystery, let’s try another.

Steve Zerefos of Howland, Ohio, shares these photos of a #16 sledge. His mystery question is why there’s a hole cast in the back that’s about 5/8-inch in diameter and 1 1/4-inch deep. What was it used for?

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Item No. 873

and a closeup of Item No. 873
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Someone must know. Send your answers to: Hazard a Guess, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460; or via e-mail to: editorial@farmanddairy.com.

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