Old Tools

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  1. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Long timer

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    I'm currently providing a home for some old tools belonging to my grandfather, a master mechanic and machinist. I'm not a master mechanic or machinist so I've been taking photos of his tools. :D

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  2. Parcero

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    Looks like your grandfather was an A & P mechanic. Cool stuff!
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  3. HarveyMushman

    HarveyMushman Long timer

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    Indeed. In WW2 he was a hot-rodder, responsible for making the big radials stronger and more reliable. Moved on to civilian aviation industry after that.
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  4. Pokie

    Pokie Just plain Pokie.

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    I used to like Plomb tools, had a few in the past but all gone now. All my Craftsman, Gray and Snap On tools are now the ones considered antiques.
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  5. Mr Head

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    I still see Snap On trucks. Every once in a while I think about replacing some of mine that went missing.

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    A worn old tool given to me by a friend while we were in engineering school. We made some stuff with that tool. Good times.

    I have a couple of tools that were my dad's. When I use them I see his name scribed on them. When I was in second grade he taught me to sign my name with the same capital his great grandfather used.
    I learned to use a pair of calipers and a micrometer when I was in junior high school while we worked on the family VW bug.
    I taught my daughters.
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  7. HarveyMushman

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  8. Parcero

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    I bought a few things from a local Snap-On salesman, but much more on eBay, Craigslist, and even from Snap-On’s website. The tools last forever so never have to worry about buying used.

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    I need to go down to the shop and do some more shooting. Fun thread. :clap
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  10. Roland3

    Roland3 Been here awhile

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    IMG_1044.JPG IMG_1048.JPG Just re mounted my grandfathers vice
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  11. Parcero

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    Snap-On 2 3/8” 1-inch drive socket.

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  12. Parcero

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    Snap-On wrench, found in an abandoned rail yard in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania in the 70s. I’m guessing that it might be a specialty tool for rail cars or track work.

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  13. Parcero

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    Rockwell Model 15-080 15” drill press from the mid-1970s. In practically new condition.

    Also an old drill press vise.

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  14. HarveyMushman

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  15. Roland3

    Roland3 Been here awhile

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    Thanks, I started looking around online about restoring them but I really like the used look and prefer to keep the years of marks and wear on the vice where they belong. There are some pretty cool pics of restored old vice out there. I just stole one trick where they file the marking info to make it stand out
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  16. CA Stu

    CA Stu Big bike friendly, home by noon Super Moderator

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    I added to your description a bit. :D

    Interesting stuff, cool thread!
    Keep it coming:thumb.
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  17. Parcero

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    Thanks! Now I know what it’s used for.
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    Giant old multi-jaw 360-degree rotating-head bench vise with 360-degree swivel base, make unknown. This thing weighs 75 pounds. Get a load of the dimensions. Why buy a new vise when old ones are cooler, are built to last forever, and come with character already built in?

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  19. thumpism

    thumpism Between bikes

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    Vise. A vise is a tool.

    You probably have vices, too, but we don't want to know about those and you might get banned for posting pictures.
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  20. Parcero

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    This set of BluePoint Standard Duty Torque Sticks is not all that old (probably less 20 years) but it’s definitely the most colorful piece in my collection.

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