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mike7570

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Hidden Gems
« on: May 10, 2022, 04:47:23 PM »
I found these 2 sockets in a box from my late Fathers stuff. Some of the tools came from an Uncle that passed away in the late 60's.
Has anyone heard of PLVMB, or does that stand for something else?  These should come in handy on Mustang header bolts. (tapered 3/8 & 7/16 swivel 12pt)
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Re: Hidden Gems
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2022, 05:11:37 PM »
I wasn't familiar with the company but found this article:

http://alloy-artifacts.org/plomb-tool.html

Looks like the name was Plomb.  From the article, I think your sockets were made between 1939-1945.  The article is really interesting.  You might be able to narrow down the date of the sockets even further.

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Re: Hidden Gems
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2022, 08:56:37 PM »
Cool story.

mike7570

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« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2022, 12:07:23 AM »
Great find, thanks Pat.  I think they may have come from my grandfather who worked as a boiler maker for the railroads in downtown LA. My father was born in LA in 1926. I have other tools with the Plvmb markings and quite a few PROTO‚Äôs as well.
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« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2022, 03:11:38 AM »
Never seen sockets with that joint bit built in. Much shorter than using
a socket and a joint i can think of many cases where it come in handy



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« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2022, 07:46:51 AM »
Here you go. Got this from my grandma in the early '70s. No idea where she got it. One of the best wrenches I have.
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« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2022, 08:32:59 AM »
Heo, those sockets with the U-joint built in are pretty common.  I have a set by Snap-On that dates from the 70s. I'm sure you could buy them locally.  :D
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« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2022, 10:26:50 AM »
Heo, those sockets with the U-joint built in are pretty common.  I have a set by Snap-On that dates from the 70s. I'm sure you could buy them locally.  :D

I have several sets, 1/4, 3/8 and 1/2". The 1/2" are nice for tight bellhousing bolts. Pretty handy for taking off valve covers on shock tower cars also. I use the 1/4" versions for that. With a long "locking" extension, so you don't do the inevitable drop into the Twilight Zone, it gets you outside the engine bay and away from all the heat.

Some of my best and favorite tools are from my Grandpa and Dads tool collection. If the swivel is worn, which those look to still have some resistance to the swivel (a good thing), a little electrical tape around the swivel helps them keep an angle, which makes it MUCH easier to get on hard to reach bolts.
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Re: Hidden Gems
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2022, 12:02:00 PM »
Here you go. Got this from my grandma in the early '70s. No idea where she got it. One of the best wrenches I have.
I have wrenches also, many with a curve before the box end.