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Old 04-30-2013, 03:52 PM   #1
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Default Turning flathead crank...socket size

Hi Barners,

Going out to buy a socket for my 1/2" drive ratchet to turn the crank on my resting flathead with some oil in each cylinder. What size? My guess is 1 1/2".
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Old 04-30-2013, 03:57 PM   #2
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Early short crank '32-38 is about 1 3/8, long crank '39-48 1 1/8 deep and thin socket, '49 up 7/8.
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:03 PM   #3
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Thank you Bruce. I now realize I forgot to should have said the year!!! DAH
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Old 04-30-2013, 05:17 PM   #4
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Yeah, it needs to be a deep socket, dont ask me how I know. Still, a man can never have to many sockets..
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Old 04-30-2013, 08:20 PM   #5
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Mine is 1 5/16
Just bought it a few weeks ago.
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Make a tool from an old starter drive. Works better turning the fly
Wheel. There's a post on here with pics.
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:31 AM   #7
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Thanks Mark,

I looked thru 8 pages of Search Threads with no luck. Any thoughts on the Title of the post
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Old 05-01-2013, 09:49 AM   #8
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Default Re: Turning flathead crank...socket size

Bruce, I bought a cheap 3/4" drive set of sockets, ratchet and extensions from either Harbor Freight or maybe a tool supplier a flea market. It has large sockets that will cover all years of Flathead front pulley nuts mentioned, plus this set comes in handily for other things all the time. I think it was ~ $30.00.
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