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Re: The centre support bearing for a type-44 quattro found (calipers)

ikessel@worldnet.att.net wrote:
> Absolutely correct, for car repair needs the 0.1mm precision is
> adequate. I also have two vernier calipers, the 150mm and the 200mm
> ones. They are from the old world, metric-only, and have the all metal
> construction. The 0.1 and 0.05 precision respectively.
> The only drawback that they have - the don't allow you to switch between
> Metric and SAE reading.
> For a totally inch-ignorant guy like myself the digital caliper is a
> cat's meow coz I can measure in mm, hit the button and get the inch
> reading if I need to find a close hose/sheetmetal/drill bit/whatever
> American-made substitute.

Ah, but you can often find vernier calipers that have dual scales on
them, inch and metric. My $3 plastic ones do. (The inches are
fractional, unfortunately, but I bet ones are available that read in
thousandths.) If you need to go back and forth, inches and millimeters,
they're actually much more useful than dial calipers.

But yes, digital calipers make an excellent slide rule. I use them that
way too.

- Wallace
  '87 5kcstq 150k