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How To Chose The Tools You Need In 1957

This article was featured in the July, 1957 issue of Rod Builder & Customizer Magazine. I thought you guys would find it as fun to read as I did, so here it is…

Enjoy:

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PB Swiss Rainbows in SAE

I’ve long admired the PB Swiss rainbow hex wrenches purely from an aesthetic standpoint, but as far as I knew they only came in metric sizes. I don’t do a lot of work in metric (I’m ‘murican), so I never gave them much thought. But last night I found that they are indeed making these in SAE now. This might be old news, but it was news to me!

Anyone have any experience with PB Swiss?

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The HEXtension

So I got an email from the guy behind the extension you see above…The “hexed” one, not the typical looking chrome job on the bottom. And while I’ve never used or even touched one, I do like the idea. Surely someone has done this before… And if they haven’t, why the hell not?

In any case, more info here.

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The Orbiter

 

I had this hole that I needed drilled in a spot that I simply couldn’t reach with my drill. The answer was to either completely disassemble some framing or look for one of those gadgets that gets you where you need to be. I decided to give this Orbiter gizmo a try… and it worked. I wouldn’t say it’s built all that well, but I will say that it gets you and your drill bit into some extreme angles with relative ease. And it’s only $28… Case is still out if it’s a good value (long term) or not and I’m not at all a “gizmo” guy, but figured I would feature it anyhow.

Buy at your own risk.

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English Made Level

A bubble level isn’t something I’ve ever given much thought to… until I saw this piece made by J. Rabone & Sons in England. Not sure of the date, but it seems early. And man-oh-man, is it ever gorgeous. More shots:

  

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