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From the Toolbox – Episode Four

Posted May 05, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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Here's another from the back of my special tool drawer. It's one I used to use occasionally, although I don't have a need for it at the moment. That's not because I sold the car, by the way, but because I changed a component.

At the heart of the tool is a 1/8-inch hex key, which is free to turn inside a thick-walled tube that has a knurled ring at one end. The key is 6 inches long, and the tube is about 2 1/2 inches.

At the other end, notice the little pin at the step where the diameter of the tube changes - it's very important.

You could use a simple hex key to do the job this tool does, but you would likely damage the component. So, can you tell us what this tool is, and how it is used? We'll be back tomorrow with the answer.

See more pics and get the answer on Hemmings Daily (no cheating!).

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05/05/2016 4:07 PM

Looks like the tool I have gathering dust in my toolbox, used for adjusting SU carburettors.

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05/06/2016 10:30 AM

I used to adjust and repair both SUs and Strombergs, with immense success if I may (boastfully) add, with just normal tools.

Its a long time ago though, maybe I have simply forgotten.....

Even twin carb setups.......the most "complicated" tool was the piece of plastic tubing to get the "hiss" just right and equal on twin setups....

There are very few people who can adjust them here I found, I even met a guy who went on holiday to the UK with his car, to get them setup properly!

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05/06/2016 10:40 AM

I was OK at tuning & balancing, I have a balancing gauge somewhere which is a disc with a poppet type indicator that you move from carb to carb trying to get the same reading.

Now, if you could jut give this a quick balance for me......

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05/06/2016 1:19 PM

That is not a bunch of SUs, more likely downdraft Webers at a guess.....I have never worked on them myself.

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05/06/2016 5:20 AM

Its a tool for adjusting the mixture on SU carbs. The knurled knob holds the slide to stop it twisting and the allen key locates in the main jet and screws acw or cw to change the mixture.

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