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« Last post by Papaw on Today at 09:00:25 PM »
The truth is rarely pure and never simple.
Oscar Wilde
Picture Forum / Re: Tools- Proto Toolbox
« Last post by Northwoods on Today at 08:24:55 PM »
Hey, that's my box.  You been in my garage?
I like it.   Thank you.   :smiley:
It's for the interdimensional quantum nut on the 1953 Model 22/7 retroturboencabulator.  It can also be used on a Light Four.

That's it !   :grin:
More great info Jim!

Thanks Yadda,  I love the details.  Sometimes I wonder if the people reading along feel the same.  I want this Type Study to be accurate.  Even though I think it’s complete and finally reduced to writing, I still look at ratchets every day on eBay.  I doubt I’ll find another Type, but as I have just shown, there may be some variations within Types.  Identifying those variations adds accuracy.  I think it’s safe to say there were at least two variations of Type 2 ratchets.  You may recall that early Type 1, 1/2” drive ratchets were produced with 40 tooth gears.  Later Type 1, 1/2” drive ratchets were produced with 32 tooth gears.  I’ll keep looking.  If I find anything new, I’ll post it.  Thanks for following the thread.

Jim C.   
Picture Forum / Tools- Proto Toolbox
« Last post by Yadda on Today at 02:40:26 PM »
I picked this up today at an estate sale. One small dent on the side of the lid. No real rust on the hinges so it came home with me. 
More great info Jim!
It's for the interdimensional quantum nut on the 1953 Model 22/7 retroturboencabulator.  It can also be used on a Light Four.
Okay, if I'm beating a dead horse, just say so and I'll move on.  Very recently I came across a really nice example of a Type 2 Craftsman Teardrop Ratchet, 1/2" drive.  If you need a refresher on Type 2 ratchets, go back to Page 1, Reply 13, and read more than you probably wanted to know about the Type 2.  Anyway, when I added the Type 2 information to the thread, I mentioned that I've seen them with chrome finished socket posts and black oxide finished socket posts.  As I went back to see what I said, I didn't think I addressed the variation well enough.  A few pictures may have helped to provide some clarity.  Well, my recently acquired Type 2, 1/2" drive ratchet has a very nice, original, black oxide finished socket post.  It was my opinion that earlier versions of the Type 2 ratchets followed the Type 1 ratchets, that is, both having chrome finished socket posts.  At some point during Type 2 production (1960 - 1966), the chrome finished socket post was replaced by a socket post finished in black oxide, which was the standard going forward with all Type 3 through Type 14 ratchets.  (It should also be noted that on Type 1 and early Type 2 ratchets, not only are the socket posts chrome finished, but so are their main gears.)  Anyway, I thought a side-by-side comparison might be a good idea.  As I was writing this post, I also noticed a difference in the raised panels on the handles of the Type 2 ratchets.   

Take a look at the photos below.  The first one depicts an earlier version of the Type 2 (on the top) and a later version Type 2 (on the bottom).  The second photo shows a close up of the Type 2 raised panels on the handles.  See the difference?  See how the earlier Type 2 panel (top) has rounded ends (like the Type 1 ratchets), while the later Type 2 version (bottom) has squared off panels (like Type 3 through Type 14 ratchets)? Earth shaking, right?  Take a look at the third photo.  It depicts the Type 2 socket posts.  The earlier Type 2 version is on the left, and has a chromed finished socket post like the Type 1 ratchets.  The Type 2 later version is on the right, with the black oxide finished socket post, like all Type 3 through Type 14 ratchets.

The fourth and fifth photos depict four ratchets, with the Type 1 on top, followed by the early Type 2, the later Type 2 and the Type 3 on the bottom.  Again notice the raised panel progression from rounded ends to square ends.  Finally, look at the sixth photo, depicting four ratchet heads.  The Type 1 is on the far left, followed by the early Type 2, the later Type 2, and the Type 3 on the far right.  See how the socket posts change from chrome finished to black oxide, somewhere in the middle of the Type 2 production?  Again, I know, mind-blowing information!  This is exactly what happens when I get into this stuff.  I start picking fly sh*t out of pepper and looking for every variation, change, error, minor detail, etc.  It can become maddening!  In my own defense, I guess this adds a little more accuracy to the Type Study.  Specifically, when talking about Type 2 ratchets, it appears that earlier versions had a chrome finished socket post and rounded raised panels, while later version Type 2 ratchets were produced with a black oxide finished socket post and squared off raised panels.  Glad we got that figured out.

Jim C.
This wasn't an accident, they just wanted the pocket clip to look natural!
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