Hazet 1/2 ratchets

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Hazet-1-2-new-metal-wrench-916-1-/200654038741?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item2eb7e9a6d5

Hazet 1/2 ratchet
Hazet 1/2 ratchet

Hazet – made in Germany – is one of the most famous and prestigious toolmakers in the world. The tools are manufactured with the latest technologies by skilled craftsmen in three factories located in the Rhine area in Germany.

This is the new for 2011 fine tooth metal Hazet wrench with 1/2″ drive.

72 tooth ratchet allows for working in restricted areas

inductive hardened ratchet

This item is shipped directly and immediately from Germany by airmail.

If I had the disposable income to do so I would order this just to evaluate it.

Labor day sales alert

Labor Day is great time to show some love to your favorite car or truck. Here are some great savings on car & truck parts and accessories we have gathered for you from Sears, Tom Tom, Advance Auto Parts, and Performance 4 Trucks.

Sears:

Huge Auto & Truck Parts Labor Day sale. Sales on Michelin tires, all Cobra products, batteries, even service. Plus, use promo code labordayship for free shipping

http://www.sears.com/shc/s/v_10153_12605_Automotive

Advance Auto Parts:

Get 15% off any order, plus get $50 back – use Promo Code AG50

http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/home___

Performance 4 Trucks

All truck parts on sale, including tires, shocks, exhaust systems, wheels, and more.

http://www.performance4trucks.com

Tom Tom

Exclusive Offer: Get 15% off any all GPS systems, route planners, and speed camera alert systems – use Promo Code TTFALL15

http://www.tomtom.com/

eBay Motors peoples picks contest

http://bit.ly/eBay25810

You’ve never been shy about expressing your opinions on your favorite cars, parts and accessories. So let the world know what you already know by voting for your favorites. The winning brands will be annouced at this year’s SEMA in Las Vegas.

Vote for your favorite brands and you’ll be entered to win the Grand Prize, a VIP trip to SEMA plus $10,000. And hundreds will win other awesome prizes.

Have fun voting folks!

Again on the SK 45174

As you can probably tell I am really liking this ratchet.

Early this morning a friend of mine came over and asked me if I had a short ratchet he could keep a grip on.

This gentleman has Snap on and Macs stubby ratchets so I was intrigued and went to his garage to see what he was working on. He was working on his Kenworth trying to tighten some bolts on the engine. My first comment was you should have cleaned it first.

To which he replied this is what I’m trying to stop. Major oil leak! Entire side of the engine was covered. Well we started tightening the bolts and I noticed he kept dropping his. So I tossed him my extra SK out of the car.

He fell in love with it. Not a single episode of losing control or losing the ratchet entirely.

His main problem with it was getting used to the round head selector. But after a few minutes he had it down pat.

Now the only problem is I’m going to have to find another one for the car.

SK 45174 Stubbies

At 4.75 inches long these have to be my favorite stubbie ratchets, The knurling makes it much much easier to control and hold onto the ratchet in awkward oily or grease covered areas,

SK 45174 Ratchet.

The Snap on, Macs and Gearwrenchs with the smooth handles have given me a lot of trouble before with slipping and turning while slick.

Gearwrench stubbie ratchet

At 4.25 inches in length the Gearwrench is shorter. As you can see in the picture above. With the highly polished handle it is also slicker in your hands.

If anyone is interested in trying them the SK is at Amazon for $19.99

Added. Since this was originally posted Amazon switched the link to Tooltopias point of sale. The ratchet from them is now $30.75 with $7.00 shipping.

It can however be  ordered from eBay at a buy it now of $19.95. With $2.95 expedited shipping.

 

The Gearwrench is $25.40 here

Sears continuing the slide into obscurity?

Sears is continuing in the placing of imported tools into the Craftsman lineup. The marketing of other brands instead of Craftsman continues to gain momentum.

They seem to be bent upon self destruction.

For the past few years Craftsmans major selling point has been the fact that they were USA made tools like our fathers used.

Now the tools are unmarked as to country of origin. If you want to know where they came from you have to try and read the very very small print hidden on the packaging.

Have the prices decreased to match the lesser quality and cheaper manufacturing costs?

No! They have continued to raise.

So they want us to pay Sears prices for Harbor Freight quality items?

How long will it be before the buying public wakes up and smells the roses?

Spring is almost into summer

Summers almost here and around here I haven’t been able to do anything.

The rain has been coming down almost every day and when it’s not raining the sky is so cloudy you are expecting the buckets to tip over and dump on you.

Three major projects to do sheds are full of junk and no room to work on anything out of the weather.

I did manage to dig up a couple of small areas to plant some lettuce and peppers for my daughter.

Ebay land of scams.

Recently I saw a auction for an PROTO 1429 body hammer. The seller s title was:
VINTAGE AUTO BODY PECKING HAMMER 1930’S PROTO 1429.

First problem Proto did not exist until the 1950’s. When challenged on this his answer was that everyone on ebay did this.

Then he stated it was quote: “IT IS A STYLE FROM THE 30s” So if I see this practice of an Ebay “Top-rated seller” as a normal practice.

Then I can list a 80’s Mustang as an 64 1/2 Mustang. Since it’s a type or style from that time.

Ebay has been notified multiple times of listings of this nature and yet they continue to allow them to run their courses as these are the big sellers who make lots of money for ebay.

My question is how many customers has ebay lost due to the practices?

They claim keyword spamming is not allowed but look at the listings of their power sellers and their top sellers. You’ll find a multitude of violations of this policy.

Unipower GT

Goodwood was the place where, sometime in the 1960’s, the first meeting took place between two men who were passionate about racing cars: Ernie Unger, an admirer of the cars built by Carlo Abarth, and who some years earlier had raced with a Lotus, and Val Dare-Bryan, connected with the development and production of racing cars in the workshop of the racing driver Roy Pierpoint. Sharing the same enthusiasm, the two men decided to build a small GT car which would bring together British effectiveness and Italian beauty. Another motor sport enthusiast joined the project, Tim Powell, as did his great friend Andrew Hedges, the BMC factory racing driver.

In 1966, the UNIPOWER GT was presented at the London Racing Car Show where it was received with great enthusiasm by both the public and the motor sport press. Universal Power Drives Ltd, the company run by Tim Powell, started at last to produce the beautiful and fast Unipower GT. At the end of 1968, after 60 cars had been built, Powell lost interest in the project which he always regarded as an adventure, and sold UNIPOWER to Piers Weld-Forrester. Piers Weld-Forrester, a racing driver as well as also being an adventurer, transferred UNIPOWER GT production to the new company Unger, Weld-Forrester (U.W.F.). U.W.F. was responsible for building just the last 15 UNIPOWER cars built. In spite of having a full order book, production stopped in 1970!

In the space of 3 years a total of 75 cars were built. These had a tubular chassis, glass fibre reinforced plastic (GRP) bodywork, independent suspension, based on Formula 3 cars, and some innovative solutions for its time.

The Unipower GT power unit was made by the BMC group. Most of the cars were fitted with the 998cc Cooper engine, installed in the “wrong” place, that is, at the rear and in a central / transverse position. Some of the cars were, however, fitted with the 1275cc Cooper S engine.

Thanks to its daring design and the quality of its construction, unusual for its time, the UNIPOWER GT became the most beautiful and sophisticated car based on Mini mechanics ever built.

The UNIPOWER, 95 cm high, weighing 500 kg and designed by a car racing enthusiast, was planned right from the start as a racing car. In their catalogues, UNIPOWER advertised sale by order of competition cars, the Special light-weight competition series. This group comprised 20 cars out of a total of only 75 cars ever built.

The 20 rare Special light-weight competition cars were prepared in a different way by the UNIPOWER GT people responsible for planning and building them and by the racing driver “adventurers” in several parts of the world who ordered the UNIPOWER competition prototypes.

UNIPOWER competition cars were used in speed races, mountain and slalom events, rallies and even in the World Manufacturers’ Championship.