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  • #1972
    birdhunter
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    OK, I lost my calipers. I need to get some to adjust my tophat with. Is this the same “style” that you guys use for that? If it is I’ll just order another one. Thanks.

    #37836
    synopsys
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    I use feeler gauges for measuring the ‘gap’ in the points of those old fashioned distributors…. 😆

    Or I guess the same as for measuring the gap on a spark plug…

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feeler_gauge

    I add them together until it is snug but not tight and then add the different sizes used to get my final tophat measurement.

    #37841
    sotxguy
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    A drill bit index set can work when in a crunch – Drill #, thousands of an inch and fractions.

    #37865
    bodhisdad
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    I have feeler gauges, they are “leafs” of metal on a peg kinda like a key ring. With mm/.000″ written on them, about 30 or so leafs (26) 🙄 measureing .635mm/.025 on down to .051mm/.002 by ten thousandths of an inch. Add them together for the desired distance in any increment and hold the leafs together as a gauge. Few bucks at the hardware store.

    #38017
    phoo
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    I bought feeler gauges and a caliper. Don’t really use the calipers though. Best place to find gauges are car part shops like Autozone. Could only find the disk shaped feeler gauge at Lowes/Home Depot.

    #38022
    synopsys
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    quote Phoo:

    I bought feeler gauges and a caliper. Don’t really use the calipers though. Best place to find gauges are car part shops like Autozone. Could only find the disk shaped feeler gauge at Lowes/Home Depot.

    You could use the calipers to measure the gauges that fit under the tophat… 😀 Saves some addition time! 😆

    #38030
    chad-hauser
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    Calipers are difficult to get under the top hat. Feeler guages require maffs and maffs is hard. Using the calipers to measure the feeler petals, as suggested, is what I found easiest. Another thing you can do is measure common stuff, especially if you don’t have a feeler set. A quarter, a nickle and a dime stacked, anything common that’ll have a standardized thickness. Maybe the key to your house? Mic a playing card with the calipers, prolly about .009 or .010 or so (i’m guessing). Stack enough of them and you have a home-made feeler that’s adjustable up or down by adding or subtracting a card or two. If you know your gun shoots Exacts best at 11 playing cards thick, and kodiaks better at 8 playing cards thick, who cares how many thousandths it is?

    #38167
    synopsys
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    quote Chad Hauser:

    Calipers are difficult to get under the top hat. Feeler guages require maffs and maffs is hard. Using the calipers to measure the feeler petals, as suggested, is what I found easiest. Another thing you can do is measure common stuff, especially if you don’t have a feeler set. A quarter, a nickle and a dime stacked, anything common that’ll have a standardized thickness. Maybe the key to your house? Mic a playing card with the calipers, prolly about .009 or .010 or so (i’m guessing). Stack enough of them and you have a home-made feeler that’s adjustable up or down by adding or subtracting a card or two. If you know your gun shoots Exacts best at 11 playing cards thick, and kodiaks better at 8 playing cards thick, who cares how many thousandths it is?

    Yeah buddy, I like the way you think!!! 😉

    “maffs” took me a second but I LMAO!!!! 😀

    #38306
    savagesam
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    quote synopsys:

    quote Chad Hauser:

    Calipers are difficult to get under the top hat. Feeler guages require maffs and maffs is hard. Using the calipers to measure the feeler petals, as suggested, is what I found easiest. Another thing you can do is measure common stuff, especially if you don’t have a feeler set. A quarter, a nickle and a dime stacked, anything common that’ll have a standardized thickness. Maybe the key to your house? Mic a playing card with the calipers, prolly about .009 or .010 or so (i’m guessing). Stack enough of them and you have a home-made feeler that’s adjustable up or down by adding or subtracting a card or two. If you know your gun shoots Exacts best at 11 playing cards thick, and kodiaks better at 8 playing cards thick, who cares how many thousandths it is?

    Yeah buddy, I like the way you think!!! 😉

    “maffs” took me a second but I LMAO!!!! 😀

    +1. That’s funny right there, I don’t care who you are!

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