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HAMB "Vintage" Tool Box Club

Discussion in 'The Antiquated' started by daveydeuce, Dec 3, 2006.

  1. LiveWire64
    Joined: Dec 10, 2006
    Posts: 108

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    [​IMG]Just picked this one up a while back. Even came with keys! Bottom seems to be 1972 vintage. Can't seem to locate an numbers stamped on the top box. Going to restore it like I did on my other same era Craftsman roll-a-way.
     
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  2. GraplingWookie
    Joined: May 2, 2014
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    from Oregon

    I have Montgomery Ward Powr Kraft two piece rolling chest toolbox (at least 60 yrs old).

    Installing new casters on the bottom (rolling) piece, I turned the chest upside down. Now the drawers are all locked and I can't figure out how to unlock them.

    Any help would be appreciated.
     
  3. Thumper
    Joined: Mar 7, 2005
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    LOL...nice avatar
     
  4. GraplingWookie
    Joined: May 2, 2014
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    from Oregon

    I figured it out, finally.

    On my box, the guide that the bottom 'garage door' rides in MOVES a little to engage & disengage the bars. Didn't notice it before. My bars are on a spring set to ENGAGE the bar locks when the door is pulled out and dropped.

    What happened was, after doing the casters, I removed the door, ('cause I never use it and it was bent and rusted). I left the door out to work on it later.

    My first thought was that it should be a related to the door, but I couldn't see any mechanism to do that. The springs made it a default lock up, even with the door completely out. Being upside down had nothing to do with it.

    Feelin' a little stoopid now.

    PS Glad the avatar amuses ... now if only I hadn't misspelled 'grappling'.
     
  5. Archangels
    Joined: Oct 16, 2010
    Posts: 5

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    I finished mine up last summer!
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  6. I picked up this huot 3 drawer today for $5. The front & drawers are factory red but t he rest is rattle canned neon pink & green[​IMG]
     
  7. I picked up this top box today but I'm not sure what it is
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  8. Looks a bit like a Kennedy machinist's top chest. I'm guessing there's a brown wrinkle finish under the red?
     
  9. I think I have photos of mine buried in here somewhere!

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  10. Here is a really nice old Plumb tool chest that was at the LARS swap meet. It sold.

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  11. [​IMG] Looks like a pair to me & the red on the top box looks factory. No wrinkle paint under the red. But the drawers are Kennedy like
     
  12. found it...

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  13. cory27t
    Joined: Apr 5, 2011
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    Here's my pinstriping box I got from Alan Smith from AlanSigns in Salinas, CA. He's the one that first taught me how to stripe. This was the box he used when he first started striping about 40 yrs ago, so the box is at least that old. Pretty cool.


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  14. drtybiker
    Joined: Mar 11, 2014
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    from florida

    That did not workout correctly at all

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  15. Aviationmech
    Joined: Nov 4, 2014
    Posts: 1

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    Nice Mac box. I've got a friend with the same one and was wondering if you had any information on it? Like a part number
     
  16. thematcoman
    Joined: Nov 23, 2014
    Posts: 1

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    Hi. New here. Just picked up this box Thursday. What do you think it is? 20141123_185433.jpg 20141123_185529.jpg
     
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  17. enloe
    Joined: May 10, 2006
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    man I love this thread
     
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  18. oldpl8s
    Joined: Apr 11, 2007
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    I picked this old Kennedy set up at Pomona this month for $65. Why do many machinist tool boxes have mirrors on the lids? Do they like to look at themselves or is it to see if they get something in their eye? Kennedy-tool-boxes-65bux.jpg
     
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  19. I figured it was maybe to keep an eye on machinery running behind them. Or maybe to see if a foreman was approaching. Or to keep a prankster coworker from sneaking up from behind. :eek:

    I'd like to find a two drawer unit like that to put under my Kennedy top chest. ;)
     
  20. 34andy
    Joined: Mar 21, 2007
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    from WA

    I picked up 2 boxes this weekend.
    First one is a Snapon K60. Pretty clean and straight...but it is a repaint.

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  21. 34andy
    Joined: Mar 21, 2007
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    from WA

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    Second one is a Craftsman box from the "Mac" McTaggart estate.
    He was a local PNW racer with good taste in tools, striping & decals.
    Enjoy!
    -Andy
     
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  22. If you got both of those pieces for $65 you got a DEAL! You almost never see the bottom section.The last one I saw like that sold for over $200.
    As for the mirror in the lid: As the story goes the person who owned the box would always put a $20 bill behind the mirror and in the event that he passed away it would cover his burial expenses.Obviously that was a long time ago when most of the boxes were of wood and the mirror was held on with screws.
    A better idea was likely that in the event a machinist got something in his eye(a metal chip or the like)he had a place to observe it and possibly get it out without having to search around for one.
    Speaking of wooden tool boxes;here is my latest one.I don't think it is a Gerstner but the markings(numbered drawers written in pencil on the back)and a stamped model number(B-20_on the bottom are very similar. This one had replacement drawer liners that were less than good so I pulled them out and cut and fit new liners of the proper green felt.Isn't too hard once you've done a couple(I have five of them).This one cost $60 which isn't a bad price considering a new one from Gerstner(the USA made ones)cost about $400.
     

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  23. bscc50
    Joined: Nov 17, 2013
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  24. bscc50
    Joined: Nov 17, 2013
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    i have the same bottom box. got it around 1984 and it was used then. any idea what make it is? i could never find out. thanks.
     
  25. Moriarity
    Joined: Apr 11, 2001
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    ImageUploadedByH.A.M.B.1419177554.507376.jpg sixties snap on top box I bought back in the early eighties because I couldn't afford a new one... I am glad I was broke at that time!!


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  26. Just got this great box with the embossed wings. It's gonna be my travel box and ride in the suburban
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  27. Simple Man9
    Joined: Jun 4, 2015
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    Please forgive the not so vintage Wateloo base, but it holds up the prize. I ran across this 26" X 19" X 12" Craftsman gem from the 60's a while back, but did not have a good something to put it on. I recently found the Waterloo, while not impressive, it makes a good combo until a vintage Craftsman base finds me.

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  28. jimcolwell
    Joined: Oct 4, 2009
    Posts: 474

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    from Amarillo

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    I just picked up this dirty 1940s-50s snap on box I plan on cleaning up over the next couple weeks


    Have a couple old leather handled kennedy boxes

    Also have the old dynavision analyzer. Not a toolbox, but I keep a couple tools and test equipment inside the cabinet.
     
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  30. Glad to see people posting on this thread again. Here is my latest tool box picked up at a yard sale for $8. Even had a few tools in it but was missing the front face. Did a quick cleanup of the drawers and decided to leave the original felt.
    Was going to use a piece of metal to make the front but decided to use a piece of 1/4 in plywood instead and make it look like rusted metal.
    Cut it to size and drilled a hole for access.Made two small holes in the top edge for the lock pins. Brushed on a coat of black 1-Shot with talcum powder mixed in to flatten the gloss and while still wet added a mixture of dirt and crushed leaves over the surface.When dry added another layer of dark brown 1-Shot by brush and fogged the edges with satin black rattle can. and more dirt..Let dry for a few days and then lettered everything with ivory and maroon 1-Shot. After drying sanded with a gray scuff pad and washer solvent.Not a perfect match for the box but close enough.
     

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