Special Wrenches

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John Vardanian
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Special Wrenches

Post by John Vardanian » Mon Feb 26, 2018 10:12 pm

Tom and all, as you know, each distributor is held to the cylinder head with six bolts/nuts. Two of the six are a royal PITA to deal with. I have bought so many tools that looked like they might work and I have destroyed so many perfectly good tools, just to have something that will let me take off these two nuts/bolts easily. This here is the only half way decent solution I've been able to find and the only reason why it works is because of the tapered socket.

I am curious, what do you use? Thanks in advance.

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Re: Special Wrenches

Post by tyang » Tue Feb 27, 2018 5:36 pm

HI John,

Are you talking about the nuts at the bottom of the angle drives? If you think you have problems with these nuts on your 250 engine, you should try the later 365s! The 250s are a joy comparatively! A cut wrench similar to yours works, or if they're really hard to reach, I use a 1/4 u-joint socket from under the car with a long extension. These nuts should be a little thicker than normal to help access with a wrench.

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Re: Special Wrenches

Post by Jimmyr » Tue Feb 27, 2018 6:13 pm

The lower nuts, the hardest to reach ones, should be the long type which makes them a little easier to work with. Most of the older cars have had them lost/replace with the normal shallow ones. Parker Hall has them in his catalog. BTW, the bent slimmer wrench mod is what we use for both the tall and regular 6mm nuts. Funny, Chevy holds their distributors on with one bolt! Jim

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Re: Special Wrenches

Post by John Vardanian » Wed Feb 28, 2018 1:59 am

Yes, it's only two on each distributor that are a pain to deal with, the rest come right off with a extension ratchet. I'll make some deeper nuts as suggested. Thanks.

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Re: Special Wrenches

Post by tim » Wed Feb 28, 2018 9:39 pm

Greetings... John, I'm in shock. You didn't already have the longer nuts? I have some 6mm coupler nuts that I am going to cut down.

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Re: Special Wrenches

Post by tyang » Wed Feb 28, 2018 11:10 pm

If you're going through the trouble of getting all the details right, they get a wave washer under all these nuts and bolts. All black oxide!

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Re: Special Wrenches

Post by John Vardanian » Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:46 am

Gents, I didn't know that there were supposed to be "tall" nuts back there, since the studs are just long enough for a standard nuts. The bolts are special, yes, they have a round skirt under the heads.

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Re: Special Wrenches

Post by DWR46 » Thu Mar 01, 2018 1:11 pm

OH JOHN!!! We are all so disappointed in you. You have failed Ferrari Mechanics 101. There is no hope for you now.

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Re: Special Wrenches

Post by John Vardanian » Thu Mar 01, 2018 3:50 pm

Was there ever?
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