I bought a complete socket set from Harbor Freight Tools (mail order).
It comes witha 3/4" drive ratchet, breaker bar, extension, and sockets
from 1" to 2" or something like that. The sockets are 6 point and work
for crank nut and rear axle nuts just fine.
It's on sale right now for $37.
Make sure you order it at a time when they have free shipping.
On Tue, 22 Dec 1998, Scott & Glenda Meyers wrote:
> OK, we have the front pulley nailed down, now the rear axle nut.
> I know it is 1 7/8".
> Why oh why did the British, in their infinite wisdom, make that
> nut with the corners cut off? It seems to me that I need to use a
> (shallow) SIX POINT socket, because I fear that the typical (and
> very available) 12 POINT SOCKET will not have enought "meat" to
> do an adequate job of torquing it down.
> Are my fears unfounded? Is it OK to use a 12 point socket on
> NOTE: I have been many places in search of a source for a six
> point socket here in Phoenix Arizona USA. The truck places say
> they have nothing that small (!!!), and everyone else has only
> the 12 point in that size. The tool trucks that service our
> service stations and garages do not even list a 1 7/8" socket.
> I know they are made somewhere, a friend of mine has one
> (recently borrowed for the task).
> Can someone enlighten me as to a source for these?
> I can use either a 1/2" drive or 3/4" drive. A 1" drive socket
> would require too many adaptors.
> Thanks for the information.
> Scott Meyers
> 60 Bugeye 1275
> Currently rewiring to more modern standards.....