Found it buried on a jobsite. Anyone know what it’s for?
I'd say you're correct.I have one somewhere out in the barn. I believe it says "Alligator Wrench" on the handle. Not sure but I always thought it was just an attempt at one of those "fits everything" wrenches!
I’ve heard vinegar works, but I don’t know that myself.I think you guys nailed it. The one in the picture flyweight posted shows only one side with teeth. Hard to tell with all the rust but I only saw one side with teeth.
What process does a guy use to try and “de rust” it to see if there’s any writing on it? Acid? Coca Cola? Any ideas? So far I smacked it around to knock some off but it’s going to take a soak or 3 in something
That would be a ball joint separator aka pickle fork, which is not a wrench but really just a forked wedge. I don't think that rusty tool is a ball joint separator as every one I've seen has a round handle.I think it is an automotive wrench used to separate the ball joints of tie rods from the part they are attached to. Ask an auto mechanic and he can verify. You use some kind of a hammer to hit it and the angled front part forces it joint apart. I think I have one in my old tools box that is not rusty,
I agree with the electrolysis. It won't take off any good metal like sandblasting but the rust will disappear. Easy to do when the object is small.if you're game try electrolysis to dissolve the rust but this one is to far gone in my opinion. But you never know.. be an optimist..
Mix some washing soda with water in a bucket. clean a spot on wrench and hang it into the water with some wire. Use an old battery charger or dc power supply and hook negative lead to hanging wire. Hook positive lead to some scrap metal or graphite sheet and stick in the water. turn on charger, wait 24 hrs. Search you tube for electrolysis.K...explain