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Post by jeremy » Mon Oct 22, 2007 10:28 pm

How long the Clarke one will last I don't know - its actually quite heavy and has hard wheels as I found when I cut something a bit thick and chipped one very slightly.

I purchased a Clarke 1/2 inch torque wrench which isn't very expensive. It came with a 6 in extension bar - beautifully presented as highly polished chrome. As it has a straight 'square' rather than the wobble type I thought it was just the bar to use with my 18 inch breaker bar and a 37??mm socket for tightening up the driveshaft nut which was proving a bit difficult to get to align with the locking pin holes. So I fit it all up and stand on the end of the breaker bar only to descend rather more rapidly that I was expecting - as the square drive end sheared off the extension bar. It obviously wont take the abuse that other bars will but is probably adequate for the maximum calibrated loading of that torque wrench (155 lb ft)

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Post by prm » Mon Oct 22, 2007 11:01 pm

A very good data sheet on the nibbler.
http://www.frost.co.uk/item_Detail.asp?productID=8015

Sold quite a few when they first came out.
Would definitely recommend applying oil to the cut area to extend the life of the punch..

The lubrication inside some of the cutting heads can be very sparse, would suggest removing the C clip and gear cover, and repacking with any HD grease, with a mixture of EP 90 - 140.

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Post by m_2975 » Tue Oct 23, 2007 12:10 pm

jonkw wrote:For the benefit of Michael and my rusty looking gearbox end cover, the thing was wire brushed, rust treated and then painted in a rather fetching shade of dark blue! :shock:
YAY :lol: :lol: :lol:

I'm sure it's all better now.
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Post by docchevron » Tue Oct 23, 2007 2:26 pm

Yep, it'll make all the difference that will Jon, your car is now assured of being 100% reliable always!
And even if it isn't, at least it'll be pretty to look at whilst your crawling around under it in your sunday suit swearing at it! :lol:
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Post by prm » Thu Oct 25, 2007 2:41 pm

Not sure if your prone to dermatitis.

Try changing the make and type of gloves to vinyl or nitrile, also hand cleaner.

Found certain types of gloves would soften the skin with sweat, mixed with Swafega would end up red raw.

You maybe allergic to a certain chemical. Paints, fillers, etc. Tin snips!!

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Post by Mike E (uk) » Thu Oct 25, 2007 9:07 pm

Good place to buy tyres is tyreshopper online.

tyres are deliverered to National tyres, who fit them for no extra cost.

Stangely, much cheaper than National would charge..

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Hand cleaner.

Post by Geoffrey Gould » Thu Oct 25, 2007 10:13 pm

Hi Jonck having pickled my hands in various things over the years brake fluid, thinners etc. I found that the only thing that would really upset them in a matter of minutes,red swollen and very sore, was Swarfega or anything with a parafin base, might be something like that.
All best wishes with the car it's going to be smashing when finished. Well done.
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Post by jeremy » Thu Oct 25, 2007 10:37 pm

I know the hand problem only too well - and its aggravated by cold weather.

I've found most cleaners to be useless but am impressed by the yellow (lemon) and orange ones as sole by swarfega and others. lemon essence is actually an extremely active cleaner and will clean paintbrushes and almost anything - how do I know - I was a storeman in a cake factory. Orange is similar.

I try and use latex gloves where possible but its not easy and you keep trapping and holing the things. In the cake factory we used some blue plastic ones that were rather better than the latex and not soluble in oil. We used to obtain them from Arco which is a national chain and has a website. Industrial hygiene suppliers may have them as well. (Blue is a compulsory colour for such things in the food business and no food product is that colour)

I have also found some of the industrial hand creams good for treatment as well as prevention and in fact Machine Mart's Clarke handcream (which is a lovely shade of pink) seems to work well and is a reasonable price. (£6 per litre or something)

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Post by docchevron » Sat Oct 27, 2007 3:57 am

jonkw wrote:Yes, the way forward is definately barrier cream (the pink stuff) that you apply before you start work, it protects the hands and also makes them a bit easier to wash afterwards. Will get some tomorrow.

Also picked up some powdered latex gloves, box of 100.
Is it just me that hardly ever uses gloves, never use barrier cream and just take it like a man?

And I have baby soft skin too....!

Coming along nicely Jon!
I aint even started mine yet.... :cry:
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Post by ed4ferrets » Sun Oct 28, 2007 9:11 pm

Looking good Jon, much improved from when I was last round yours 8)