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Offline bonneyman

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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #45 on: December 09, 2014, 07:13:16 PM »
Very nice family portrait.  Thanks for sharing.  Any additional background on Blue Bird tools you might share?  Their scope limited to battery tools?  Ditto the "great job".

According to a catalog Papaw has, they did slip joint and adjustable pliers. Tinners snips, and adjustable wrenches too.

I seem to have more tools of theirs represented than AA shows. If the site owner ever comes back live I'll offer to send him hi-rez pics to add to his Blue Bird section.
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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #46 on: December 09, 2014, 07:54:33 PM »
Bergman made the Bluebirds and other tools and wrenches.
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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #47 on: December 10, 2014, 08:39:21 AM »
Bergman made the Bluebirds and other tools and wrenches.

Noel, I have a question on my latest plier (the #12). You have one of those, right?
According to the catalog, it is a nut wrench (for the clamp nut), a terminal lifter (for prying the clamp off) and a post nut wrench. What is that? Did old top terminal batteries have a nut holding the post in place? And you could remove it for cleaning or replacement? The catalog graphic is a bit small and I can't make out what it does.
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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #48 on: December 10, 2014, 01:19:56 PM »
Some tractor batteries have top posts that are screws. I am guessing from memory that they are 3/8" coarse thread, so the nuts would be 9/16" across the flats.
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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #49 on: December 10, 2014, 06:16:30 PM »
It is for the normal nuts on the regular battery connections, I think.
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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #50 on: December 10, 2014, 06:53:59 PM »
I believe Papaw is correct, the nuts on the connection attached to the cable, yes, the
 ones we used to butcher with water pump pliers.

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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #51 on: December 10, 2014, 07:24:05 PM »
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I needed to disconnect my truck battery to do some relay repair, and used the different pliers to see how they worked and how they felt in the hand. The #12 plier really worked nice! Provided plenty of torque to undo the nuts, and the fulcrum shape of the head made prying the clamp off quick and easy. In fact, most of the pliers worked very well and were comfortable to get around the engine compartment.
Wonder why all these designs were dropped and all we have is the "standard" battery plier (#14) design left?
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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #52 on: December 10, 2014, 07:39:24 PM »
"FORGED IN THE USA" myself.  Be good to your tools!

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You might say I have a tool collecting problem....

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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #54 on: December 12, 2014, 02:00:08 PM »
$40 total, if the bid doesn't go up. Not bad.
Too bad I'm broke! :cry:
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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #55 on: September 16, 2018, 01:56:42 PM »
Just added another Blue Bird item - their battery carrier. Got it in a trade. Spiffed it up a bit and put some fuel hose on the handle to make it a little more user friendly.
Now only missing two tools of theirs.
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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #56 on: September 16, 2018, 07:59:14 PM »
which two are you missing?

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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #57 on: September 16, 2018, 09:32:46 PM »
which two are you missing?

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The spring-steel cleaner/reshaping tool (#22) and their version of the two-brush post/clamp cleaner that just about everyone makes today (their #55 IIRC).
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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #58 on: May 23, 2019, 03:13:32 PM »
fatfillup has a Blue Bird battery carrier if any body is interested.
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