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Thor Hammer, optimum size?

PostPost by: robertverhey » Thu May 06, 2010 12:00 pm

Hi does anyone else use a Thor hammer (copper/leather) to loosen/tighten their wheel spinners?

One like this http://cgi.ebay.com.au/ws/eBayISAPI.dll ... K:MEWAX:IT

If so can you please advise what size I should get...No 1 looks too small, number 3 looks pretty hefty....Number 2, as Goldilocks might say, could be just right.

Will need to buy from UK or USA unseen on fleabay (no longer sold in Oz) hence my question.

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PostPost by: bcmc33 » Thu May 06, 2010 12:14 pm

I have a Thor hammer exactly as that being sold on fleabay - perfect for the job.
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PostPost by: oldelanman » Thu May 06, 2010 2:25 pm

Me too. Works just fine. Only minor problem is the hide end tends to dry out over time and loosen in the head but a couple of hours in a bucket of water and it's as good as new.

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PostPost by: GrUmPyBoDgEr » Thu May 06, 2010 2:32 pm

I think I'd go for the biggest one; I could then also use it to fix all of the Electrical problems :lol:
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PostPost by: Jason1 » Thu May 06, 2010 7:38 pm

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PostPost by: CBUEB1771 » Fri May 07, 2010 12:48 pm

D.J.Pelly wrote:I think I'd go for the biggest one; I could then also use it to fix all of the Electrical problems :lol:
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Do I not recall one of your previous tag lines was that "if you can't fix it with a hammer then you must have an electrical problem"? My apologies for the diversion.
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PostPost by: GrUmPyBoDgEr » Fri May 07, 2010 1:11 pm

CBUEB1771 wrote:
D.J.Pelly wrote:I think I'd go for the biggest one; I could then also use it to fix all of the Electrical problems :lol:
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Do I not recall one of your previous tag lines was that "if you can't fix it with a hammer then you must have an electrical problem"? My apologies for the diversion.


Hit the Nail right on the Head Russ; I thought my remark had fallen on "Stony Ground" :wink:
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PostPost by: mac5777 » Fri May 07, 2010 2:00 pm

Whats a hammer?

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PostPost by: GrUmPyBoDgEr » Fri May 07, 2010 2:05 pm

mac5777 wrote:Whats a hammer?

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George W. Bush; Tony Blair, take your pick :lol:

or Hammer = "A heavy Implement for hitting the Hell out of things"; an alternative for almost every other Tool that you may have in your Toolbox :wink:

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PostPost by: Jason1 » Sat May 08, 2010 7:50 am

Whats a hammer?

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It's what poor people like me use to remove the spinner :lol: :lol: :lol:
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PostPost by: mac5777 » Sat May 08, 2010 2:44 pm

Jason, been there after spending more than I ever thought on a restore. A little hammer story---While driving my wife around, showing off my newly restored pride and joy a spinner came loose and I did not have a hammer in the car. I had to resort to a piece of wood and a rock found on the side of the road. She asked do I even have a jack? My manhood was in jeopardy. She still laughs at me in fun.
With friends and I get overly enthused about the lotus, she bring up this funny story again.
Robert, others recommend a heavy lead hammer, it has a greater impact and saves the chrome on the spinner.
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PostPost by: billwill » Sat May 08, 2010 9:04 pm

Ouch, how did you notice that before the wheel fell off?
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PostPost by: mac5777 » Sat May 08, 2010 10:00 pm

Hi Bill, I was driving about 25 mph when I felt a abnormal vibration, like a flat tire. Pulled over and the back right side spinner was finger loose just enough to cause the wheel to wobble. The spinner had loosened about 3/4 of a turn from tight. For the wheel to fall off the spinner would have had to spin off the hub, which could happen fast. The lessen is, if you feel any vibration that has just started ---Pull over. Could have been bad. Aside from beating the spinners up and chipping paint, the second reason I developed my tool was to know what torque I applied to the spinners.
To stay on subject, I have been told --- finger tight and three good blows with a lead hammer should secure your wheels.

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PostPost by: prloz » Sun May 09, 2010 8:49 am

Hi Robert,
I have an original Elan S3 hammer. It's a Thor size 2.
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PostPost by: JJDraper » Sun May 09, 2010 8:59 am

Whats a hammer?

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AKA a Birmingham screwdriver

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