The joys of being an ex-British Colony, with strong residual ties.
We have absolutely no problems getting BSF/BSW/BA spanners and taps and
dies. Any decent size swap meet will usually have one or two vendors with
a good choice of taps/dies similarly priced/available as their UNF/UNC and
Metric offerings, at prices far cheaper than you pay at a retail tool shops,
and there are any number of really cheap second-hand/used taps/dies
offerings individually or in sets if you do not need brand-new.
But when it comes for Jaguar Tool-Kit tools, rather than spanners/taps and
dies to actually use, this of course gives the local Australian/NZ
opportunists the opening to exploit the relative rarity of BSW/BSF spanners
in USA, and run-of-the-mill BSF/BSW spanners are regularly offered on Ebay
(USA) as being suitable for Jaguar/MG/Austin Healey etc, and sadly they
still get their “sucker” prices. There are about three NZ vendors (and one
Danish vendor) who really does well in this regard - plus others of course.
(Ebay really ought to do something about such long term consistent dishonest
listings, but I guess all to hard, and Ebay like their commissions/fees
I have a box of old BSF/BSW spanners picked up over the years for 20c/50c
each, and maybe $1-2 if something interesting or an as-new condition SNAIL.
Have to be 300 or so (don’t ask why - no, not to flood Ebay). Once upon a
time, amongst these 50c tools you would always find a few sizes/ brands/
styles correct for Mark 4/ 5/ XK120 tool-kits but no longer - the local
vendors now know the correct Jaguar spanners, even without the benefit of
JAGUAR marked on them.
Roger Payne - XK140MC OTS; E-Type 4.2 S.1 OTS; DSV8.
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Yea, that’s the trouble - “in the area”. I have been trying to get an
unmatched, dirty, used - whatever set of BSF taps and dies together
for years now (nearly there, though) without forking over any of the
personal or collective ‘family jewels’ in the process and that has
become a real chore. These, along with all the attendant screws,
bolts, etc. are everywhere ELSE - oceans away. Further, in the USA,
these things are deemed expensive because of the ‘not over here tax’
or maybe it’s the ‘LBC’ or ‘Jaguar’ tax. Please don’t mention that you
might just be working on a Roller or somesuch as you have just upped
the ante to nosebleed you Daddy-Bigbucks you. If one needs a screw or
a tap or die one generally needs it now. Oh, one can, and sometimes
does, use another size, usually more native, to do the task. But,
depending on how anal one is, projects languish, pictures that were
not taken of the stripdown lead to memory infarction and yet another
unfinished item lying about in need of something or other. And the
memory fades even more. Sears and other US companies (Little Giant,
etc.) used to sell Whitworth (maybe others) tools. No more AFAIK. All
are sold here now for more than they are really, or perhaps ever were,
worth. Please, no economics lessons.
Just my tuppence, Brian
I’ve got boxes of BA, Whitworth, BSF, UNF & UNC taps and dies lying
Any offers to come and sort them out? Seriously, if anyone in the
area needs to borrow any just shout.