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From the Toolbox #9

Posted June 30, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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As with the previous installment, this tool (or more correctly, die set) comes to us from reader Randy Rundle.

Though the scale is not provided, the largest die (on the right) probably measures about five inches in diameter, give or take an inch. The smaller die, on the left, likely measures about four inches in diameter. Each “pocket” on the pair of dies is probably 5/8″ to 11/16.” We’ve also removed a bit of text from the die on the right, since leaving it in would have diminished the challenge.

Both were used by GM dealerships in the 1940s and 1950s, and neither is a tool that the shadetree mechanic would find useful today. In fact, even modern GM dealerships would have little use for these service-minded tools, as their function has been replaced by more modern methods.

What were these dies used for?

Answer to appear on Hemmings Daily.

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06/30/2016 12:34 PM

Looks like something to set the cam or crank position....

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06/30/2016 5:40 PM

How do you eat that ravioli?

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07/01/2016 7:40 AM

Since the characters are mirror image,it must be used to stamp a code into a engine block or part,such as a camshaft or crankshaft.

The code could be date of manufacturer, engine displacement of size, production line number or shift,or operation number,etc.

I remember the 1968 Z28 engine had a numerical prefix of MO stamped into the block,followed by a series of numbers.

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07/01/2016 7:47 AM

My guess is that they relate to electrical wiring.

The one on the left seems to have different labelled gaps around the perimeter that might be used to strip insulation from wire without damaging the conductor.

Theone on the right seems to have again, labelled and graded gaps betweenthe small raised sections that could be used to gauge twisted, solder dipped ends.

Or I could be totally wrong.

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07/01/2016 9:41 AM

Dies for Battery Terminal install date code

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07/01/2016 12:23 PM

Engineer 54 wins the cupiedoll, Ding Ding Ding Ding Ding.

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