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English T Wrench? - King Dick

Post by A Whiteman » Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:35 pm

A question for any English members who can help: Is this an English T tool kit wrench - or an aftermarket item?
It would be uncommon for Ford to allow his brand on an aftermarket item though?

In New Zealand most Ts are Canadian and early ones US, so we usually have US and Canadian tools. I was intrigued by this one I found in a 'junk shop' (sorry - 'Treasure Store' :roll: ). King Dick wrenches are fairly common in various sizes, but I have not seen one with the Ford logo before. It is about the right size for a 'standard' T wrench too.

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(Yes, it looks like it was well used as it has distinct 'bends' in two dimensions)

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Re: English T Wrench? - King Dick

Post by Allan » Wed Feb 27, 2019 5:59 pm

Adrian, my experience with Ford tools leads me to think your shifter is later than the T/A era. We too have the same experience with Canadian sourced cars and the shifters all look similar to your KD, but, I have found an English made shifter which is exactly the same as the Canadian T/A items in the T toolkit. It carried the T part number and was made in Manchester. On that basis alone, it might be that the English T's had the usual T shifter, and yours is a later development for any of the English cars to follow.

Allan from down under.

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Re: English T Wrench? - King Dick

Post by Doug Keppler » Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:41 pm

Is that what KD stands for, well you learn something new everyday
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Re: English T Wrench? - King Dick

Post by A Whiteman » Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:56 pm

Quite possible Alan,

By the way, King Dick still lives! https://www.kingdicktools.co.uk/

They used to make motorcycles as well:
https://www.hemmings.com/magazine/hsx/2 ... 36871.html

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Re: English T Wrench? - King Dick

Post by FreighTer Jim » Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:18 pm

Doug Keppler wrote:
Wed Feb 27, 2019 6:41 pm
Is that what KD stands for, well you learn something new everyday
I am sooooo tempted - but nope - not gonna go there .... :?

My use of “ KD “ here on the forum is the initials of a friend.


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Re: English T Wrench? - King Dick

Post by E THOMAS » Wed Feb 27, 2019 11:48 pm

Here
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Here is an "adjustable wrench" from the tool kit of a 1950 MGTD. It is marked "made in England" but no other markings. This is what is sometimes called a "Ford Wrench" in general terms.

Earlier British tool kits that I am familiar, MGTC, or Vintage Bentley, contain a King Dick slider of the earlier pattern.

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Re: English T Wrench? - King Dick

Post by Kaiser » Thu Feb 28, 2019 5:40 am

Here's an Abingdon King Dick light motorcycle, a special feature of the AKD is that most of the frame is built up of straight tubes which are bolted together, with the bad roads of the day they made sure you kept one of their 'spanners' in your tool kit! :lol:
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Re: English T Wrench? - King Dick

Post by Ed Baudoux » Thu Feb 28, 2019 7:13 am

"Earlier British tool kits that I am familiar, MGTC, or Vintage Bentley, contain a King Dick slider of the earlier pattern."
I have a friend who has worked on more "T's and A's" than anyone else I know. I will now refer to him as King Dick Slider. :lol:
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