Hazard A Guess: Week of Sept. 17, 2009

Hello from Hazard!

Hope you enjoyed your week without Hazard (the Labor Day early production deadline makes us miss a week, because we’re actually producing this section of the paper before you’ve read the past week’s issue).

Anyway, we had one more reader identify Item No. 870 as a metal strap banding tool. (Our last column plugged the first responders.)

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Item No. 870

Many thanks to Wes Carmony, of Wooster, Ohio!

And Orville Ritchie, of Columbiana, Ohio (who had initially correctly identified the tool) wrote back to add this: “There should be another tool to complete the set. It is a plier-type tool used to crimp the clips, to keep the banding tight. The bander itself was not used to crimp the clips.”

We appreciate the additional information!

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Readers Art Bilek, of Norton, Ohio, and Chester Wedge, Fostoria, Ohio, quickly identified Item No. 871 as an inner tube hot patch vulcanizing tool used on early car tires.

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Item No. 871

Bilek adds, “The patch comes mounted on a metal tray that contains a chemical that, when lit, burns to heat the patch.”

And thanks to Jason Michaels of Mercer, Pa., for sharing the photograph with Hazard.

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Item No. 872 comes from Jim Hudkins of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

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Item No. 872

Now, please don’t tell us it’s a wrench (as my kids would say, “duh!”). We know that and Jim knows that.

Here’s where it gets specific: “I enclose a picture of a wrench made by, or for, the Ford Motor Company, and is marked ‘Ford USA.’ … Not the square projection on the end of the handle. I have asked a number of mechanics and collectors, to no avail, but all agree that it must be for adjusting something — and Ford would not have taken the trouble to put it there otherwise.”

So, what Jim and Hazard want to know is: What was the specific use of this Ford wrench with the rectangular projection on the handle end?

Write to: Hazard a Guess, P.O. Box 38, Salem, OH 44460; or via e-mail to: editorial@farmanddairy.com.

4 Comments

  1. neal,kuhn says:

    the right name for this wrench is a ford moter co.monkey wrench

  2. paul mcnutt says:

    It is a monkey wrench. I have a few in my collection. none with the hex driver on the back. I went to retired gentleman in my neighborhood that has restored several mod.A Ford cars. He told me that it was used to adjust the ball socket on the tie-rod ends and drag link. It was also used with the jack. But mostly He said,”it was a knuckle buster”. If you should ever do a story on mod.A restoration His story is very fascinating. He is also passing the trade on to one of his sons. Thank You. Paul McNutt

  3. monroe Harbage says:

    Enjoyed talking to you at the fatm science review. The ford wrench has a tang on the end for the rear end oil plug on the late model t and model a autos. I own one of each car and use this wrench to check the oil level in the diferential of each.

  4. Roger Anderson says:

    Yeap the square end of the wrench is for removing the oil plug in the rear end of the ford model a. I own a 28 Ford Model A and this is what you need to remove the plug.

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