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Strap-Style Oil Filter Wrench
John Sparrow, Barrie, Ontario: John made a tool for repairing and cleaning threads on bolts in small, hard-to-get-at places such as manifolds. It consists of a 3-in. length of 1 in. dia. pipe with a 3/4-in. hex nut or shaft welded to one end and a small thread die fitted into the other. A 1/4-in. dia. set screw holds the die in place in the pipe. To use, he simply turns the die on the bolt with a socket or straight wrench. Works great on any size bolt from 3/8 up to 1/2 in., he says.
He also made a strap-style oil filter wrench out of a 24 in. length of 2 in. wide car seat belt webbing. A home-made 4 in. long shaft with 1/2 in. cut out of one side serves as a pin to join the two ends of the strap. It was sewn into the strap by a shoemaker. To use, he simply tightens the strap loop around the filter with a wrench, and keeps tightening until the filter works loose. Works great and never stretches out the way some commercial strap-type wrenches do.

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1998 - Volume #22, Issue #5