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HAMB "Vintage" Tool Box Club

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

  1. Boondoggle
    Joined: Jul 1, 2017
    Posts: 29


    The top box is a '74, while the bottom one is from '76, but you just gotta have that matching Bicentennial sticker. I'll just have to call it a clone or a replica

  2. Here are some of the older boxes I have inadvertently collected over a lifetime. All of the boxes are strongly constructed, and I have used the green box since the day I bought my first SK wrenches in the late 50s.
    I am actually happy for this thread, because it has given me an idea regarding the storage of delicate, but seldom used tools such as my spare torches, regulators, and large taps and dies.

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  3. Mark Montgomery
    Joined: Aug 23, 2017
    Posts: 1

    Mark Montgomery

    2017-08-24 21.09.34.jpg 2017-08-24 21.11.29.jpg 2017-08-24 21.09.03.jpg 2017-08-24 21.07.08 (2).jpg This is my setup , and love it , but gotto down-size and move next summer , I know i amd keeping the tools and toolboxes even if they end up in my bedroom .
  4. ChiselV
    Joined: Mar 24, 2017
    Posts: 1


    20170917_114633_resized.jpg 20170917_114815_resized.jpg 20170917_114832_resized.jpg 20170917_114633_resized.jpg 20170917_114633_resized.jpg 20170917_114832_resized.jpg

    Just finished repaint on this old Craftsman.
    Was racked, corners were cracked.
    Sorry for the duplicate photos.
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2017
  5. Before and after


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  6. Beautiful handiwork.
  7. Stock Racer
    Joined: Feb 28, 2010
    Posts: 637

    Stock Racer

    Was looking for a roll cart for my valve grinder. Scored this vintage silver craftsman at a swap meet this past weekend for $15. Lower door still locks the drawers. The red Proto was from my required tool set for high school auto mechanics class. IMG_1684.JPG IMG_1686.JPG
  8. That's a nice base.
    Remembering the Proto brand, I am still using a 1/2 - 9/16 Proto box wrench that I acquired as a kid 50 years ago. It has seen hard use, and still looks better than some modern "quality" brands.
  9. Stock Racer
    Joined: Feb 28, 2010
    Posts: 637

    Stock Racer

    The Proto box had some Proto tools in it but the wrench set and socket sets were SK. I graduated 42 years ago and still have most of the tools from the set. Like you said, they've seen some HARD duty and they are still turnin bolts!
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  10. I bought my first set of SK lectrolite 3/8ths sockets and combination wrenches in 1958, and they were fantastic. Unfortunately, they were stolen in 1963, and I now have a Heinz 57 mixture of tools that I have collected over the years.
    Ironically, in 1967, I bought a set of ETF sockets and wrenches from a place called Acme Novelty (no kidding, I even bought my future wife's engagement ring there). I still have them, they still look good and they have never let me down. I never saw that particular brand again.
    I have a 3/4 inch drive SK set that I have named my watch repair kit.
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  11. Thanks alot.
  12. wponder
    Joined: Apr 10, 2018
    Posts: 1


    Did you ever find out any info about your 2-drawer S-K tool box? I just obtained one like it from a neighbor.
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  13. marsurfboards
    Joined: Aug 1, 2017
    Posts: 6


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  14. marsurfboards
    Joined: Aug 1, 2017
    Posts: 6


  15. SHTBOX29
    Joined: Mar 24, 2005
    Posts: 30


    Well, I am working on my projects and this thread and others about vintage tools keeps distracting me, probably because I love old tools, tool boxes and almost everything about vintage/mechanic/hotrod life. Here is a picture of a box (not to old) that I got from a fellow mechanic who got carried away with powdering his nose, and so I paid the snap-on dealer what remained on his account. It is the kind that the whole top closes up to cover all the drawers and locks. I would like to know what year it is, is there a way to tell ? I got it in the late 80's. Guess it's time to change the calender, I took the picture this morning. Thanks for listening to my story iphone 8-14-18 012.JPG
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  17. TagMan
    Joined: Dec 12, 2002
    Posts: 6,023


    MAC top chest found at a garage sale for $75.00. INCLUDING all the tools you see......
    [​IMG]mac3 by TagMan, on Flickr

    Couple of years later, returning from one of many daily radiation treatment, my wife insisted we stop at a barn sale on the way home, to cheer me up. Wound up buying this MAC 16-drawer chest stuffed with tools for $500.00 with all the drawers full of tools MAC, S&K, SNAP-ON, & other good tools), DELIVERED to my house.
    Also. if you look close, you can see pennies glued to a board on the top. As I recall, I cashed in around $30.00 or so of pennies.
    [​IMG]BigMAC by TagMan, on Flickr
  18. If you look on the back of the top and bottom boxes, where the series and numbers are, there will be a date. Month and year. Numerical like this: 8/84 or 8-84.

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  19. bobbytnm
    Joined: Dec 16, 2008
    Posts: 1,355


    I have the same box. Mine has a extra piece of trim (dark gray) over the front drop down cover and on the front of the bottom box, bottom drawer front. The top box says "Showcase" and the bottom drawer front says "Premier Edition). I bought my boxes used in the mid to late 80's.
    I'll take some pics tomorrow
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  20. bobbytnm
    Joined: Dec 16, 2008
    Posts: 1,355


    OK, here is a pic of my boxes. The top and bottom boxes are a matched set that I bought back in the mid to late 80's. I bought them used from the Snap-On dealer. My box says 65th anniversary on it so 1985 maybe. So, I'll bet Snap-On just took a production box and added the fronting pieces to the top covers and bottom drawer front which means that this style of box had probably been available for several years before 1985.
    I added the side box at a later time. My side box has full drawers not just the 3 silly drawers near the top. I have them all keyed alike.

    Snap-On box.jpg
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  21. barryvanhook
    Joined: Jun 17, 2011
    Posts: 623

    from Mesa, AZ

    I've got one of those Blackhawk "bomb-shaped" tool boxes that needs restoration. I just found a guy on eBay who has repopped the decals for it. And he seems to have other tool-related decals available (Snap-on, Craftsman, Photo, etc). His screen name is jimenginedecals on eBay.
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  22. boatart
    Joined: Aug 3, 2008
    Posts: 1


    I recently purchased these Powr Kraft boxes after they didn't sell at a yard sale. Had been looking for a 50s era Craftsman set but the price was right so I couldn't pass them up. Would like to know how old they are? They look to be from the 70s.

    Ward Powr Kraft Tool Chest.jpg
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  23. Fitnessguy
    Joined: Sep 28, 2015
    Posts: 1,362


    how bout a vintage tool roll. Heavy waxed canvas material and real leather straps. Perfect in the back of the coupe and doesn't take too much space.
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  24. woodbutcher
    Joined: Apr 25, 2012
    Posts: 3,202


    :D:rolleyes: I`ve got a vintage"tool box"coming over to visit later today.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
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  25. GrizzlyBear1775
    Joined: Oct 13, 2019
    Posts: 1


    71558061_399014244105403_4128950059637145600_n.jpg HUOT-1.jpg Old HUOT Toolbox with Indestro and Thorsen Tools.
  26. I have one like the top one from WWI. I don't use it, I just stare at it from time to time and wonder where it has been.
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  27. 34andy
    Joined: Mar 21, 2007
    Posts: 123

    from WA

    My favorite toolbox score of all time. It's an old Kennedy machinist box with a leather handle. Was full of vintage machine tools. More importantly it has a large initials "AJN" riveted to the top. Guy at the swap meet was asking $50. I couldn't get the money out fast enough... since those are my initials! -Andy J Nowka Andy-Nowka-toolbox.jpeg IMG_20130316_081403.jpeg

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  28. Country Joe
    Joined: Jan 16, 2018
    Posts: 199

    Country Joe

    This one is from the 70s I believe. Not really my go-to box of tools. Mainly, just keeps old tool overflow and misc. items.

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  29. WOW! Haven't looked on this thread in a couple years! Some nice stuff being posted. I've slowed down considerably in my vintage tool box acquisition but managed to come up with this one last summer. Small size Kennedy with a bronze logo attached to the front .Not sure of the age but if I had to guess I would say 1930's. SmallKennedyBox$35 001.jpg SmallKennedyBox$35 003.jpg SmallKennedyBox$35 004.jpg
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