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    I have a similar one. They make good improvised hammers

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    Mine can be switched to turn either clockwise or counter-clockwise. Must be a newer model....
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    back then the wrench was primarily used on the old square type nuts. it was called a MONKEY WRENCH.

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    I have one centered on a length of chain used as a decorative Gate Weight.
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    Today... Large vice grip for nuts. Ball peen for "those other nuts".
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    If you had a left handed one, you might have a matching pair.
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    My neighbor had one made of brass, destroyed it using it for a hammer.

    When the furniture plant I worked at was shutting down the foreman in the finishing room gave me a new 12 in. adjustable wrench made of brass. It makes a wonderful tool for installing breach plugs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deltaenterprizes View Post
    I have a couple of them.
    I recall them being called a “Ford” wrench!
    Somewhere in my stuff I have one about 9" that is marked FORD in script. It came in a tool set for a model T. I also have a 16" combination wrench that has flat jaws and pipe jaws. They were standard issue on steam locomotives. Heating and subsequent cooling and the constant pounding/vibration by the reciprocating parts can cause water and steam leaks. Mine is marked GNR for Great Northern Railroad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bull View Post
    I hate metric lol

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    My grandfather's workbench / garage had 4 monkey wrenches ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by deltaenterprizes View Post
    I have a couple of them.
    I recall them being called a “Ford” wrench!
    I guess you might need one if you have a vehicle that needs to be "Fixed Or Repaired Daily"

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    Quote Originally Posted by farmbif View Post
    I guess you might need one if you have a vehicle that needs to be "Fixed Or Repaired Daily"
    Do you know what the initials FIAT stands for? FIX IT AGAIN TONY!
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    I have one I use to remove and replace the bushing atop my RCBS press. It’s the only one of convenient size that opens up far enough. It came down from my grandfather who worked at Ford for a time.

    I’ve seen them with “Fordson” on them. Maybe part of the tractor tool kit. One of my elderly neighbors said they used to call them “knuckle smashers.”

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    some Ford ones

    Quote Originally Posted by deltaenterprizes View Post
    I have a couple of them.
    I recall them being called a “Ford” wrench!
    the actual Ford ones are very different + clearly marked { Ford }
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    I use mine to grab the receiver on lever action rifles to remove the barrel. Has much wider jaws than any Crescent wrench. Put leather on the jaws, of course, to not mar the finish on the rifle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by schutzen-jager View Post
    the actual Ford ones are very different + clearly marked { Ford }
    True.

    All the real ford ones looked more like a variation of the smaller more common Crescent wrenches rather than a Stillson.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Winger Ed. View Post
    True.

    All the real ford ones looked more like a variation of the smaller more common Crescent wrenches rather than a Stillson.
    i have all the model T + A wrenches + never saw any that looked like a crescent wrench, they are all in an all steel monkey wrench pattern -
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    Quote Originally Posted by schutzen-jager View Post
    i have all the model T + A wrenches + never saw any that looked like a crescent wrench, they are all in an all steel monkey wrench pattern -
    Right. I was referring to the way the adjustment/worm screw worked, not the angle of the jaws to the handle.
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    Beemer: I bet that one of yours, being the size you indicated,was forged for the Louisville & Nashville Rail Road. My Great Grand Dad cut ties for them when they were running track in Arkansas before the Civil War.
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    So where did the term "Monkey Wrench" come from????
    The World English Dictionary gives a nautical definition for monkey, as a modifier "denoting a small light structure or piece of equipment contrived to suit an immediate purpose: a monkey foresail ; a monkey bridge."
    So an adjustable wrench, "contrived to suit an immediate purpose", in place of standard open end wench.
    There are many other myths about it name.
    Invented by a guy named Charles Monk that was supposed to have invented it.
    He didn't.
    Another is that boxer Jack Johnson invented the wrench while in prison.
    Racial slur.
    He had nothing to do with it.
    First came on in the 18th century for the nuts on wagon wheels.
    Nuts, bolts were hand made back then, and not always the exact same size.
    A Monkey wrench has no teeth on the jaws.
    A Pipe wench has teeth. It made to turn pipes.
    Tools are so interesting.

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