Eastwood GearWrench Impact Socket Set
Toolboxes are a lot like our hot rods: they are projects and are never really truly finished. You can never have enough tools and when old tools are improved upon it’s always worth taking a look at the new-and-improved version.

This month we will take a look at the Eastwood Company impact socket set from GearWrench (PN 70119) that’s based on a 3/8-inch drive and comes with 44 pieces both standard and deep, and metric and SAE. There is little doubt all of us use a drill motor, and when it comes to the heavy-duty impact work all of us should have a set of high-quality impact-intended sockets. (How many times have you cheated "death" and used a standard socket on the end of an impact wrench? My guess is all of us have done it more than we would like to admit.)

The kit comes with eight SAE standard sockets measuring 5/16, 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 5/8, 11/16, and 3/4 inch. Next are 12 metric standard sockets ranging from 8 through 19 mm.

Next up are the eight SAE deep sockets: 5/16, 3/8, 7/16, 1/2, 9/16, 5/8, 11/16, and 3/4 inch. There are 13 metric deep sockets: 8 through 19 mm plus a 21 mm. There are also three extensions measuring 3, 6, and 10 inches.

The Eastwood GearWrench impact sockets are made from chrome-molybdenum alloy steel with a black oxide coating that enhances the socket’s strength and longevity. Each socket is also easily marked (laser-etched and hard-stamped) with its size for quick identification when working on a shop floor.

What makes these impact sockets more desirable are several design features. The angled entry design helps to guide the fastener into the socket (quick alignment). The GearWrench also features a surface drive technology that applies the driving force on the socket walls, not the points. This feature lessens the chance of fastener rounding and adds to socket durability.

Impact sockets really are different from your normal socket and each should be used for the job intended—that way both tools last as long as possible and the results are always much better.

PerTronix Quick-Change Crimping Tool
Wire crimping when working on a hot rod is about as common a task as there is. In fact, it’s something that is done continually through the life of a hot rod. Maybe it is repair work or accessories added after the fact, wiring occurs throughout the life of the project.

Knowing that you can never have enough tie-wraps, terminal ends, or wiring tools, and as such wire stripers and crimpers are two tools every electrical box should have. This month let’s take a look at the PerTronix quick-change crimping tool.

Quick-change, or quick-release, these die sets are easily removed and changed to work with one of the five common terminal wiring ends; insulated, non-insulated, D-sub, open barrel, and spark plug wire terminals. Unlike other crimpers the PerTronix die sets require no additional tools for removal or replacement.

The tool itself is made from carbon steel and finished in black oxide with a non-slip rubber grip that works well in either hand. The hardened die sets are zinc plated chromoly and the five dies and handle come neatly packaged in a molded plastic case.

Eastwood Tech Tips

  • Do the job right the first time to keep from having to go back and redo a job from poor results.
  • Before painting an item with a new color, do a test sample to make sure you are happy with the color. It’s a lot easier to trash a sample than to strip a whole part.
    PerTronix Performance Products
    440 East Arrow Highway
    San Dimas
    CA  91773
    Eastwood Company
    263 Shoemaker Road
    PA  19464