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    Currently retired,
    I reside in the U.S. with my lovely wife. beautiful daughter,
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    A few of my current interests include Carbon nanofiber technology, Metamaterials engineering, Plasma physics,
    and long walks on the beach.

    I look forward to many exciting discussions about these and other technologies becoming ever more present in our environment.

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    Hello Richard, and welcome to the forum. I observe that you joined on Oct. 1st and postponed your first post until today. As regards your interests, I believe that Carbon fiber is used in the making of top quality equestrian riding helmets, among other things.

    Speaking of some of the more frivolous uses for this material, perhaps you will get a chuckle from the following article and pictures...

    Carbon fiber is one of mankind's greatest engineered materials. And because it's lighter and stronger than most metals, it has revolutionized everything from the aerospace industry, to auto racing, to artificial limbs. And while its distinctive woven appearance makes it even more appealing, that doesn't make it ok to use everywhere.
    18 Stupid Uses of Carbon Fiber


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    Thanks to both of yoy.
    I literally laughed out loud when I followed your link to:18 Stupid Uses of Carbon Fiber - (Post would not allow the link address)
    Funny stuff!
    To the delay;
    Just waiting for the weekend. (I'm only a "shade-tree" mechanic!) lol
    Anyway, Leno's about to start.
    TTYL Have a good night.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phdintheory View Post
    Just waiting for the weekend. (I'm only a "shade-tree" mechanic!) lol
    Know what Zenel is made of?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phdintheory View Post
    Currently retired,
    I reside in the U.S. with my lovely wife. beautiful daughter,
    and two very devoted four legged companions.

    A few of my current interests include Carbon nanofiber technology, Metamaterials engineering, Plasma physics,
    and long walks on the beach.

    I look forward to many exciting discussions about these and other technologies becoming ever more present in our environment.

    Sincerely,

    Richard
    Aloha Richard!! Welcome.......I am a theatre arts person....but I listen, tease a little, learn a lot. I am not a scientist!
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    Hello there and welcome to the zoo! I'm a little more than a shade tree mechanic for I have built a car and 4 motorcycles including this one:

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    Hello and welcome to the Science Forum!
    Considering the fact that physics is not my specialty, I am looking forward to your threads in order to learn about it.
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    Again, thank you for the very warm welcome.
    As for the question; "Know what Zenel is made of?"
    I'm going to assume you are referring to the low-alloy steel sold under the Market brand from Bonney Forge and Tool back in the 1930's?
    Unfortunately, aside from having one of the wrenches analyzed, I don't think you're going to be able to get a hold of the specific formula for the grade as these "custom grades" were highly proprietary and therefore very secret. If I had to guess though, I'd figure it was most likely a "chromium-molybdenum" alloy created primarily for use in the aircraft industry.
    Okay, back to the "honey-do" list for me!

    (Oh, by the way. Although I do love working on classic cars..., Wrong kind of mechanic!)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Neverfly View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Phdintheory View Post
    Just waiting for the weekend. (I'm only a "shade-tree" mechanic!) lol
    Know what Zenel is made of?
    Rather like how they get the caramel center in the Caramilk bar, nobody's saying....





    You do pose some interesting questions, Neverfly.

    Lots of details and photos at this link for those who are interested.

    http://home.comcast.net/~alloy-artif...e-tool-p4.html
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    Now this is one very interesting looking tool, in my opinion.

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    Yes, it is. What's it for???
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    Quote Originally Posted by Phdintheory View Post
    Yes, it is. What's it for???
    Alligator wrench.

    A formerly common type of wrench that was popular with mechanics, factory workers, and farmers for maintenance, repair and operations tasks in the days when fasteners often had square rather than hex heads. The wrench's shape suggests the open mouth of an alligator.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Phdintheory View Post
    Yes, it is. What's it for???
    According to the description, it is a Baby Vixen Gator Alligator Bolt Threader Wrench Tool. Hawkeye Wrench Co. made a similar tool for use on the Model T Ford automobile.
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    Double ended alligator wrench. It was used for square head nuts and bolts. It's been obsolete for an indeterminate time. I don't know what the center holes are for.
    There's really not much info on it. It was somewhat challenging to research the info I found. The first place I looked was farriers tools.

    And welcome to Phdintheory.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GiantEvil View Post
    Double ended alligator wrench. It was used for square head nuts and bolts. It's been obsolete for an indeterminate time. I don't know what the center holes are for.
    There's really not much info on it. It was somewhat challenging to research the info I found. The first place I looked was farriers tools.

    And welcome to Phdintheory.
    I believe the center holes are for checking the size and thread on the bolts. It was a common tool at the time of the Model T Ford and given the number of those still on the road, probably a number of them to be found in the tool kits of restored autos. Interesting that you found it through a search of farriers tools although I suppose farriers were the tool smiths prior to the internal combustion engine.
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