Originally posted by moonbus
Oh don't get me started on British bikes! Whitworth threads--aaarrrggggghhhh!
Yep, whitworthless you mean... I had a job once at a scientific instrument refurbish house in New Jersey and had to put together this tiny gold sputtering device, about the size of a toaster.
You put stuff inside and you have a small vacuum pump to pump out most of the air, then put in argon or nitrogen and hit it with a few hundred volts and a little gold bar starts emitting gold atoms which coats whatever you put inside.
There were screws holding it together and I tried my best to match, American, Metric, NONE of those sizes close to those screws made a tight connection. Then I realized the dam thing was made in the UK and the whole thing was put together with Whitworth threads, I had never heard of them till I ran into having to fix that machine. I just said screw it, so to speak🙂 and drilled them out to metric and that ended THAT problem.