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The Versatile Dial Indicator

Here Are A Few Of The Ways We’ve Put Our Indicator And Base To Use In Recent months

Photography by Matthew King

Some of the scientific measuring instruments you see in engine building articles might appear to be expensive, exotic implements far beyond the means of the average car crafter. And to the extent that you need a $1,000 Sunnen inside-bore micrometer to measure cylinder wall taper, we’d agree with you. You pay your machine shop to have equipment like that so you don’t need to. Even a complete set of micrometers might seem wildly exotic to someone whose basic tool inventory hasn’t advanced much past the Bronze Age. However, if there’s one machinists’ tool we’d argue is a must-have for every home mechanic, it’s a dial indicator and magnetic base setup. Yeah, technically that’s two tools, except you really can’t use one without the other, so we’re counting them together as one. If you don’t have a dial indicator, you’ve got no idea how much precision fun you’re missing out on. These are just a few of the ways we’ve put our indicator and base to use in recent months.

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