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Old 05-12-2007, 09:00   #1
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What is this used for?

This came with my Morgan 36T and I am not sure what it was used for.



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Old 05-12-2007, 09:28   #2
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It looks like a Fuel, Water, and/or Waste deck-plate cap wrench.
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Old 05-12-2007, 09:40   #3
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It looks like part of a highfield lever to me. Quite often used to tension removable stays.

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It's apparently some sort of self-locking lever arm used for tensioning wire perhaps? I tend to agree with John in the last post.

Could be the hood ornament of a '38 Packard?
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I thought it was some sort of wrench at first, but then I noticed the offset on one of the arms. That offset seems to rule out a highfield lever as well. Are the two holes on the same plane? They don't appear to be from the picture. How much clearance is there between the two arms? If the answer is none, it may be used for pushing things apart vs. pulling them together. Perhaps it is used for tensioning a belt. Are there any bolts on your engine that it lines up with? I too am stumped on what it is, but I think I know what it isn't.

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To me....

It looks like a babystay or running backstay tensioner....................._/)
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It doesn't look like part of a baby stay quick release lever system or highfield lever unless there is a lot more to it. Gord might be right but it seems quite large for that use.
Paul, does the toggle that is pointing down and to the right straddle the lever or is just on one side?
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Looks like some sort of burglar-stopper or intruder defense system to me.
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Old 05-12-2007, 12:47   #9
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It's a Hyfield Lever most likely for a removable inner forestay. Do you have a fitting mid way back on your foredeck and a fitting or mast hound ~1/3 down from your masthead?
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OK, for you guys that are picky, it's probably not precisely a highfield lever because I don't think that it goes beyond center and locks itself, but it performs the same function and requires a ring to hold the lever locked.

Took me awhile but here's a picture

7/16 or 1/2 Forestay Release Lever - Forestay Levers - SailorSams.com

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Old 05-12-2007, 17:47   #11
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Might it be - a bicycle kickstand?
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Aloha Cal40John,
Before I posted above I looked at the catalog too and it just doesn't look like it would work the same. Maybe but I'm not convince unless I know the toggle is split at the bottom.
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Its a quick releaser or a modified version of a pelican hook, we used them on fishing boats to quickly remove a stay. There is a ring that slides over the arm when it is folded over.
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Isn't that for setting the preload on muffler bearings? OK, maybe not...
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Aloha Cal40John,
Before I posted above I looked at the catalog too and it just doesn't look like it would work the same. Maybe but I'm not convince unless I know the toggle is split at the bottom.
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We need another picture from a different angle. Due to the lack of shading to indicate a fork at the part you're refering to, I'm changing my answer to a broken forestay release lever.



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