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The Wright Stuff

Post by mrbill » Thu Dec 31, 2015 1:01 pm

I decided to try and put together a GMTK appropriate 1/2" set of Wright sockets/ratchet/breaker as a long term project. Based on how seldom anything Wright shows up here it may take a while! ;) So, if you have any orphans that you'd like to part with let me know.

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Re: WTB: 1/2" Wright

Post by Gordon_M » Fri Jan 01, 2016 9:50 am

Not mine, but not expensive;

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WRIGHT-USA-1- ... Swqu9VRS5Y

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Re: WTB: 1/2" Wright

Post by mrbill » Fri Jan 01, 2016 10:07 am

Gordon_M wrote:Not mine, but not expensive;

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/WRIGHT-USA-1- ... Swqu9VRS5Y

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Thanks for the heads up!
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Re: WTB: 1/2" Wright

Post by P3-F/E » Sat Jan 02, 2016 9:28 am

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Re: WTB: 1/2" Wright

Post by pjones » Sat Jan 02, 2016 11:15 am

mrBill and Gordon,
The 1/2" Tbar was not part of he GMTK.
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Re: WTB: 1/2" Wright

Post by mrbill » Sat Jan 02, 2016 2:20 pm

pjones wrote:mrBill and Gordon,
The 1/2" Tbar was not part of he GMTK.
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Thanks Phil. I also had it in my mind that it was not. Was going to check old posts tonight but you saved me some time.

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Re: WTB: 1/2" Wright

Post by mudbox » Sun Jan 03, 2016 6:21 am

I found a nice Wright 1/2" drive ratchet at the flea market last weekend, but the vendor wanted $15 for it. I passed on it since I already have a drawer full of old ratchets. Sorry Bill. I'll pick up the next one I see!
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Re: WTB: 1/2" Wright

Post by d42jeep » Wed Jan 06, 2016 12:14 am

Hi Bill,
I found a couple more Wright items. The GMTK correct size is the 1-1/16" but I also have a 5/8" 8 point 1/2" drive socket and a 3/4" 12 point 3/8" drive socket. They are all up for grabs.
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Re: WTB: 1/2" Wright

Post by mrbill » Wed Jan 06, 2016 5:53 am

d42jeep wrote:Hi Bill,
I found a couple more Wright items. The GMTK correct size is the 1-1/16" but I also have a 5/8" 8 point 1/2" drive socket and a 3/4" 12 point 3/8" drive socket. They are all up for grabs.
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Re: WTB: 1/2" Wright

Post by d42jeep » Wed Jan 06, 2016 8:07 am

Wright 1-1/16 is going to mrbill. Thanks!
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Re: The Wright Stuff

Post by mrbill » Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:56 pm

I edited the subject so that this thread can be used to document the pieces I find and any Wright-related info that turns up.

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Re: The Wright Stuff

Post by mrbill » Thu Jan 07, 2016 7:07 pm

Picked up this U-11 41-J-380 universal. No date code but it is U.S. stamped.
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Re: The Wright Stuff

Post by mrbill » Thu Jan 07, 2016 7:16 pm

I also received this U.S.-marked-no-date-code 41-H-1500 N-17 breaker bar from P3-F/E today.
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Re: The Wright Stuff

Post by mrbill » Tue Jan 19, 2016 11:11 am

Found a few new pieces. First are the -43 dated S-159 13/16" (41-W-3021) and the 42+ dated S-160 7/8" (41-W-3023) sockets. In addition to the mystery of the -/+ prefix/suffix there is the "AC" stamping to consider now, too.
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Second, are two 41-B-307 N12A 5" extensions. Neither are date marked but both have the "U.S." stamping.
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Re: The Wright Stuff

Post by mrbill » Sat Feb 06, 2016 11:34 am

Wingnutt had a plausible theory regarding the "AC" markings on the Wright tools:
I believe it's a strong probability that the "AC" may be a reference to Air Corps. In the Civilian Production Administration (formerly War Production Board) War Supply Contracts books, "AC" is the code for "Air Corps" in the index up front. Wright Tool and Forge Company had three contracts with the Air Corps during the war:

$206,000 awarded November 1941
$1,044,000 awarded February 1942
$419,000 awarded October 1942

The last two contracts ran until late 1943 and early 1944 respectively. The date codes and the Air Corps contracts seem to align.
It makes sense to me. Now to find a good theory for the -/+ prefix/suffix!

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