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Old 09-20-10, 04:43 PM
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why do carmakers require metric and S.A.E wrenches to work on areas of cars that are 18 inches apart? It would be nice if they stuck to one or the other for the whole car.
 
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Cars components are made in different parts of the world. Thus metric versus SAE. I had a Nissan Hardbody PU back in 1986. Not a metric part on it. Everything on it said Made in USA. Contrast that to opening the hood of a newer Chevy. Radiator, made in Korea. Ignition made in wherever. You'll find more "foreign" components in an "American icon" car than in others dedicated to Made in USA.
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so that you
1. buy more tools
2. bring it to dealership
 
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Vehicles that share both metric and SAE engineering are more likely to be products developed from an auto maker's 'global parts box' rather than from any impact of only 'part global sourcing'. I would be surprised if new models are still following this same confusing design path. Other than England, the U.S. is pretty much the only country not using metric in daily life, and the former English auto manufacturing industry is no longer alive.

With Chrysler now an Italian company, and GM more a less becoming a Chinese company, that leaves Ford who are starting to reinvent Europe into the U.S.

Pass me that 1/2 socket will ya? Them days are pretty much gone.
 
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The hinge bolts for my 95 Crown Vic door were 13 mm. the driver's seat had 2 1/2 inch bolt heads in front and a 1/2 and 3/4 nuts in the back.
 
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When my Dad worked for Frigidaire...at a new product rollout...(being an old service tech kinda guy)...he asked why it took 3 different drivers to take the back panel off an appliance. Lot's of looks around and complete silence. No..they didn't change it.
 
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Gentlemen,

Look at it this way.
Which would you rather have?
A liter of “Samuel Adams” or a quart?

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1.8 oz difference, big, fat, hairy deal.
 
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Gentlemen,

Look at it this way.
Which would you rather have?
A liter of “Samuel Adams” or a quart?

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I'll take a Canadian quart !! ...Beer 4U2
 
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Old 09-21-10, 04:12 PM
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so that you
1. buy more tools
2. bring it to dealership
3. Use ViseGrips on everything.
 
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according to my uncle's theory,
"if you can't fix it with a hammer,
you have an electrical problem!"
 
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Originally Posted by NEsportsfan View Post
why do carmakers require metric and S.A.E wrenches to work on areas of cars that are 18 inches apart? It would be nice if they stuck to one or the other for the whole car.
I have a lightly used set of BSW spanners from my '65 BSA Lightning Rocket days for sale...
 
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Old 09-22-10, 01:17 PM
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3. Use ViseGrips on everything.

That's what I'm talking about.
 
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