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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2006 9:32 pm    Post subject: spark plug header sockets Reply with quote

until today i didnt realize we had a tool section. guess i should pay more attention. anyway, i picked up some badass spark plug sockets from Cornwell. Cornwell doesnt make them so they should be available through other distributors. heres some pics...
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2006 11:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are very nice sockets. Who/What is Cornwell? I have never heard of them.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2006 6:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wink Nice! How much?
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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2006 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Art, Cornwell is a tool distributor like Snap-On and Matco. they just have a little cheaper stuff.
Paul, these sockets cost me about $45. well worth it when you need them.

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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 2006 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No doubt that is worth it for sure. Thanks thumbsup
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 09, 2006 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cornwell is decent. When I worked on motorcycles, there was a Cornwell dealer that stopped by, and he was easier to deal with than the others. Maybe he knew he needed to treat customers with respect.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 1:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If you have ever tried to do plugs on a third gen f-body with headers you know that you can't basically. SLP sells a shorty socket for like $26 which I thought was crazy. I bought a Craftsman 5/8 socket and cut it down with a tubing cutter(Rigid brand, you can't use a cheap one to cut a socket down) then I drilled out the square drive so the plug tip would come through. You use a box end wrench to turn the hex drive on the outside..works great! $2.99 and satisfied my daily need to fabricate something.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll bet the sales clerk will raise an eyebrow when you return the "defective" socket for a new one, once the socket opens up enough not to grip the plug. That could be a "Funniest Home Video" moment.


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 8:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Those are some nice sockets.
While on the topic I will add another idea.
I had a gift certificate for Sears and was walking through trying to find something to spend it on the Gearwrench ratchet passthrough set was about the same total as the gift cards. I thought it sort of cheesy at the time but now that I have it I like it a lot. I can use the 5/8 standard depth socket on sparkplugs and the rathchet endsup MUCH closer to the block than the end of the plug. The sockets only fit the gear Ratchet though. I got a glimps of another brand that would be better it was the same idea but the sockets had hexes rather than the pattern specific to the GearRatchet which gave you the option of using a wrench with every socket.
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 4:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Big Dave wrote:
I'll bet the sales clerk will raise an eyebrow when you return the "defective" socket for a new one, once the socket opens up enough not to grip the plug. That could be a "Funniest Home Video" moment.


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thats the "loophole" in their warranty. only BROKEN tools are warrantied. if its worn out youre SOL. most all of the tool trucks are that way. however, when you spend over $30k in ten years with one tool vendor, he WILL warranty a $45 set of sockets.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aerosmith wrote:
I bought a Craftsman 5/8 socket and cut it down with a tubing cutter

I did the same thing, but used a cut-off wheel. Works great. Especially if you grind flats on the rest of the body for grip.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 11, 2006 7:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

cobblemaster wrote:
Aerosmith wrote:
I bought a Craftsman 5/8 socket and cut it down with a tubing cutter

I did the same thing, but used a cut-off wheel. Works great. Especially if you grind flats on the rest of the body for grip.


i worked on a 79 Corvette with 2in headers the other day that these sockets were the ONLY ones that would work. i had to use the short one. my "modified" Craftsman socket wouldnt even go on the plug.

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