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Ford wrench i.d.

Post by John kuehn » Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:22 pm

The box end wrench is marked Fomoco in an oval. Is a car or tractor wrench. I found the box end along with the 6” Stilson wrench. It was on the bottom of a box of old files and hammers. Looks like it wasent used much considering the condition of the handle.
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Post by Charlie B in N.J. » Thu Sep 19, 2019 6:53 pm

Others will chime in I guess but I'm pretty sure the box wrench is a tractor tool.
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Post by Allan » Fri Sep 20, 2019 1:30 am

John, that box end wrench looks more like a ring spanner. I have yet to see a round box, other than a cardboard hat box.

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Re: Ford wrench i.d.

Post by DanTreace » Fri Sep 20, 2019 8:21 am

From google search on the numerals on that Ford wrench you pictured:



1940’s Ford spark plug and cylinder head nut wrench.

This wrench went through many design changes through the course of years due to the changing of spark plugs and hardware configuations.



In 1940, the wrench was redesigned again to 2 different wrenches. The first 01A-17017 (head nut end had a 12 point instead of 6 point opening), and then to the later common 01A-17017-B. This wrench as we know it has a box end on each end. The "B" suffix wrench was used until 1948 in V8's that used the 14 mm plug.


p.s. Allan in the states we call ‘em ‘box’ wrenches, agree they are ring like, but these wrenches completely box-in the hex nut, unlike open end ones :D
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Re: Ford wrench i.d.

Post by rosenkranswa » Fri Sep 20, 2019 10:13 am

Early Ford V8 head nut wrench. Have one in my '42 Sedan tool kit.


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Re: Ford wrench i.d.

Post by John kuehn » Fri Sep 20, 2019 11:09 am

I was thinking it was from the Ford V8 era. My Father had Ford tractors from the 40’s onward and I was thinking it was from one of them.


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Re: Ford wrench i.d.

Post by Allan » Fri Sep 20, 2019 6:59 pm

Dan, just pullin' your leg a bit. Calling that a box end is about as logical as pronouncing solder as sodder!

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Re: Ford wrench i.d.

Post by Dallas Landers » Fri Sep 20, 2019 7:11 pm

Allan, here is my box end wrench! :D
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Post by Allan » Sun Sep 22, 2019 6:13 am

Now that make sense Dallas. I've seen those but had no photo to post.

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Re: Ford wrench i.d.

Post by John kuehn » Sun Sep 22, 2019 11:17 am

Dallas isn’t that a cultivator wrench? We had a few of those around the farm. My grandfather moved out here and brought his mule drawn farm implements when he lost his farm in the late 40’s. He had a lot of old tools and there was a few of those among his farm stuff. The square end of this wrench would fit the iron cap on some of the old mule drawn implement wheels.


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Re: Ford wrench i.d.

Post by Allan » Mon Sep 23, 2019 5:36 am

John, using that tool to remove grease cups makes good sense. Most I have seen appear to be cast iron, and as such will not take a heavy load without breaking. I have seen square nuts holding the wheels on horse drawn buggies, and thought that may be what the wrench was for.

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