Technical aspects of automobiles

What's a Pinch Bar for?

Here’s a pic of a 14 inch long, half an inch in diameter, pinch bar:
http://www.stanleyproto.com/catalog_images/web_detail/CT-1606_web_det…

One end comes to a point and the other is flattened out like the end
of a un-split crow bar. The flattened-out end is bent maybe 30 degrees
from straight.

What is this tool used for? I realize you could use it as a general
pry tool but then what’s the point of the pointed end? You can’t use
it as a punch very well because the flattened end is off center and
like the blade of a large standard screwdriver – it doesn’t present a
good surface to strike.

So what’s the application where the pinch bar is the best tool to
use?  Is it used in front end (of an auto) work somehow?  And what’s
it supposed to "pinch"?


   (||)   Nehmo   (||)

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  1. admin says:

    In article <1179643647.864258.299…@l77g2000hsb.googlegroups.com>,

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     Nehmo <nehm…@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > Here’s a pic of a 14 inch long, half an inch in diameter, pinch bar:
    > http://www.stanleyproto.com/catalog_images/web_detail/CT-1606_web_det

    > One end comes to a point and the other is flattened out like the end
    > of a un-split crow bar. The flattened-out end is bent maybe 30 degrees
    > from straight.

    > What is this tool used for? I realize you could use it as a general
    > pry tool but then what’s the point of the pointed end? You can’t use
    > it as a punch very well because the flattened end is off center and
    > like the blade of a large standard screwdriver – it doesn’t present a
    > good surface to strike.

    > So what’s the application where the pinch bar is the best tool to
    > use?  Is it used in front end (of an auto) work somehow?  And what’s
    > it supposed to "pinch"?

    > —
    >    (||)   Nehmo   (||)

    It’s a specialized pry-bar.

    The pointed end is used to align two holes that a bolt or pin is going
    to be put through to hold.

    The flat end is for prying – generally to get two pieces of something
    with holes that need to line up into more-or-less close alignment. Once
    you’ve used the flat end to get things "just about there", you run the
    pointed end through the two (or more) holes, and wiggle it around to get
    the holes lined up tightly enough that you can shove a bolt or pin
    through them to secure the pieces. (and in the process, push the pinch
    bar out of the hole)

    You could say it "takes the pinch off" the bolt/pin so that it *CAN* go
    through the holes without binding up.

    It might be used in front-end work, OR just about anything else where
    the use described applies – Ferinstance, steel beams that need to be
    bolted together – Shove the pointed end through one hole in a beam. Line
    the second beam up so that you can get the bar into the second hole.
    Wiggle. Presto – holes are aligned and ready for a bolt.


    Don Bruder – dak…@sonic.net – If your "From:" address isn’t on my whitelist,
    or the subject of the message doesn’t contain the exact text "PopperAndShadow"
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  2. admin says:

    "Nehmo" <nehm…@hotmail.com> wrote in message

    news:1179643647.864258.299300@l77g2000hsb.googlegroups.com…

    > Here’s a pic of a 14 inch long, half an inch in diameter, pinch bar:
    > http://www.stanleyproto.com/catalog_images/web_detail/CT-1606_web_det

    >snip<
    > So what’s the application where the pinch bar is the best tool to
    > use?  Is it used in front end (of an auto) work somehow?  And what’s
    > it supposed to "pinch"?

    > —
    >   (||)   Nehmo   (||)

      I have a really nice one on my tool box.  I work in a steel fabrication
    shop and everyone pinches it.  I haven’t touched it in over two weeks yet it
    has been in continuous use. :’))
      Maybe that is the real reason for the name?
    Randy

  3. admin says:

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    Nehmo wrote:
    > Here’s a pic of a 14 inch long, half an inch in diameter, pinch bar:
    > http://www.stanleyproto.com/catalog_images/web_detail/CT-1606_web_det

    > One end comes to a point and the other is flattened out like the end
    > of a un-split crow bar. The flattened-out end is bent maybe 30 degrees
    > from straight.

    > What is this tool used for? I realize you could use it as a general
    > pry tool but then what’s the point of the pointed end? You can’t use
    > it as a punch very well because the flattened end is off center and
    > like the blade of a large standard screwdriver – it doesn’t present a
    > good surface to strike.

    > So what’s the application where the pinch bar is the best tool to
    > use?  Is it used in front end (of an auto) work somehow?  And what’s
    > it supposed to "pinch"?

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    >    (||)   Nehmo   (||)

    Looks like the tool that ironworkers use to line up rivet holes in
    girders. The pointed end is much like a drift punch.

    Jim

  4. admin says:

    In article <uo04i.2444$Ud7.621@trnddc08>, Jim Chandler <n4…@gte.net>
    wrote:

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    > Nehmo wrote:

    > > Here’s a pic of a 14 inch long, half an inch in diameter, pinch bar:
    > > http://www.stanleyproto.com/catalog_images/web_detail/CT-1606_web_det

    > > One end comes to a point and the other is flattened out like the end
    > > of a un-split crow bar. The flattened-out end is bent maybe 30 degrees
    > > from straight.

    > > What is this tool used for? I realize you could use it as a general
    > > pry tool but then what’s the point of the pointed end? You can’t use
    > > it as a punch very well because the flattened end is off center and
    > > like the blade of a large standard screwdriver – it doesn’t present a
    > > good surface to strike.

    > > So what’s the application where the pinch bar is the best tool to
    > > use?  Is it used in front end (of an auto) work somehow?  And what’s
    > > it supposed to "pinch"?

    > > —
    > >    (||)   Nehmo   (||)

    > Looks like the tool that ironworkers use to line up rivet holes in
    > girders. The pointed end is much like a drift punch.

    > Jim

    Probably because, give or take size variations, it *IS* the tool
    ironworkers use to line up rivet holes in girders :)


    Don Bruder – dak…@sonic.net – If your "From:" address isn’t on my whitelist,
    or the subject of the message doesn’t contain the exact text "PopperAndShadow"
    somewhere, any message sent to this address will go in the garbage without my
    ever knowing it arrived. Sorry… <http://www.sonic.net/~dakidd&gt; for more info

  5. admin says:

    In article <1179643647.864258.299…@l77g2000hsb.googlegroups.com>,

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     Nehmo <nehm…@hotmail.com> wrote:
    > Here’s a pic of a 14 inch long, half an inch in diameter, pinch bar:
    > http://www.stanleyproto.com/catalog_images/web_detail/CT-1606_web_det

    > One end comes to a point and the other is flattened out like the end
    > of a un-split crow bar. The flattened-out end is bent maybe 30 degrees
    > from straight.

    > What is this tool used for? I realize you could use it as a general
    > pry tool but then what’s the point of the pointed end? You can’t use
    > it as a punch very well because the flattened end is off center and
    > like the blade of a large standard screwdriver – it doesn’t present a
    > good surface to strike.

    > So what’s the application where the pinch bar is the best tool to
    > use?  Is it used in front end (of an auto) work somehow?  And what’s
    > it supposed to "pinch"?

    > —
    >    (||)   Nehmo   (||)

       I use mine for smashing finger tips and gashing knuckles.  
    Occasionally, I use it to line up bolt holes or mount big tires.


    B.B.           –I am not a goat!       thegoat4 at airmail dot net

  6. admin says:

    It is the tool most thieves use to pinch your prized posessions

    "Nehmo" <nehm…@hotmail.com> wrote in message

    news:1179643647.864258.299300@l77g2000hsb.googlegroups.com…

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    > Here’s a pic of a 14 inch long, half an inch in diameter, pinch bar:
    > http://www.stanleyproto.com/catalog_images/web_detail/CT-1606_web_det

    > One end comes to a point and the other is flattened out like the end
    > of a un-split crow bar. The flattened-out end is bent maybe 30 degrees
    > from straight.

    > What is this tool used for? I realize you could use it as a general
    > pry tool but then what’s the point of the pointed end? You can’t use
    > it as a punch very well because the flattened end is off center and
    > like the blade of a large standard screwdriver – it doesn’t present a
    > good surface to strike.

    > So what’s the application where the pinch bar is the best tool to
    > use?  Is it used in front end (of an auto) work somehow?  And what’s
    > it supposed to "pinch"?

    > —
    >   (||)   Nehmo   (||)

  7. admin says:

    Someone once pinched an old lawn mower and an old wicker table of mine
    right out of my carport.
    cuhulin

  8. admin says:

    Great tool for "bar up, crib down"…

    That’s what I did the move of my BP with… and did the "bar up" and "bar
    down" with, along with just "baring and twisting" to get the exact final
    position…

    I’ve also worked track crew in a tourist railroad in the "12 inch to the
    foot scale" and yep we used em to align rails and joint bars.

    I’ve heard of a shorter version with just the taperd end called a "Bridge
    Bar", same deal, used to align holes just before ya stuck the rivet in…

    Oh, and it’s NOT supposed to pinch yer hand ..LOL…

    –.- Dave

    "Nehmo" <nehm…@hotmail.com> wrote in message

    news:1179643647.864258.299300@l77g2000hsb.googlegroups.com…

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    > Here’s a pic of a 14 inch long, half an inch in diameter, pinch bar:
    > http://www.stanleyproto.com/catalog_images/web_detail/CT-1606_web_det

    > One end comes to a point and the other is flattened out like the end
    > of a un-split crow bar. The flattened-out end is bent maybe 30 degrees
    > from straight.

    > What is this tool used for? I realize you could use it as a general
    > pry tool but then what’s the point of the pointed end? You can’t use
    > it as a punch very well because the flattened end is off center and
    > like the blade of a large standard screwdriver – it doesn’t present a
    > good surface to strike.

    > So what’s the application where the pinch bar is the best tool to
    > use?  Is it used in front end (of an auto) work somehow?  And what’s
    > it supposed to "pinch"?

    > —
    >   (||)   Nehmo   (||)

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