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Technical Obscure tool collecting

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by The Chevy Pope, Oct 1, 2023.

  1. ahshoe
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    Flat one is from the factory for assembly use…not many got out of the factory….special numbering on it
     
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  2. saltflats
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  3. A 2 B
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    I have never gone out of my way to collect old tools of any kind but have accumulated a few, scattered on the walls of my garage. As far as automotive related tools, a few babbit bearing tools. spark plug socket, 4 open end Ford wrenches, a Ford adjustable wrench, engine crankers, tire irons, antique flashlights, a few "Pliewrench" sets, coolant thermometer, tire gauges, and jacks, that I can think of offhand. Never use any of it, mostly handed down for generations and I just like looking at it.

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  4. lostn51
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  5. Not really very obscure, but certainly pretty much a single use tool. An early GM distributor (not dizzy) tool. :) It has an 11/32 nut driver on one end and a slotted socket on the other to loosen and tighten the terminal on the side of the distributor body for the contact point connection. I've also seen one that my former boss had that had a slide on it that pushed out the correct size feeler gauge for setting the point gap.

    I should maybe mention the fact that I've actually used this tool in the last couple of months.
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  6. saltflats
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    I have one of those also, can't remember where I picked it up but have used it many times.
     
  7. I saw the one Chevy Pope put up, and thought it looked familiar, so here is the page from mine- 20231202_153554.jpg
    Some tools which I have had for many years, some from my Dad and Grandpa's workshop-
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    The last one is around 80 years old, and I have used it for about 40 years to smooth plaster details, sculpt bondo, fibreglass, etc. I don't know what it's original use was, but I am lost without it.
     
  8. jazz1
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    The dog bone wrench was handy on older vehicles,,,carried it for years,,,unique that made in West Germany image.jpg
     
  9. Doublepumper
    Joined: Jun 26, 2016
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    Believe it's a goop spoon. Used for spreading and smoothing calking, sealer material...goop. I have a couple different styles in my stash of goodies.
     
  10. tguptill
    Joined: Aug 12, 2012
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    from Maine

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    How about a tire bead breaker and armature growler
     
  11. 270ci
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    Maybe not that obscure, but a handy tool none the less if you have a stovebolt with solid lifters.

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  12. X-cpe
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    1920's Hammett Motor Tester (Engine/motor debate isn't new.) given to me 40 something years ago. It's missing the gauge (0-80 psi) that screws into the top of the handle.
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    Patent dates. Saw ads on the internet from the mid to late 1920's.
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    Instructions
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    Note the word 'metric' in the 3rd line.
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  13. X-cpe
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    No idea how I wound up with these. My dad's Craftsman ratchet and a 3/4" Proto socket from the late 40's.. He gave all his mechanics tools to my brother, the roofer, and all his and what was left of my grandfathers carpenter tools to me. (I still have the 16 oz. claw hammer my grandfather gave me 70 years ago.
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  14. X-cpe
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    97 year old valve spring compressor, probably for in line flatheads. The blue piece of tape marks the slide lock that keeps the the spring compressed so you can remove/install the keepers.
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    Sunnen has come a long way from their beginnings.
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  15. Fordors
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    Nail puller, patented in 1881.

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  16. '29 Gizmo
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    Flea market find... now prized possession! 20231206_085016.jpg
     
  17. I have the exact same tool. I still use it several times a month at work setting valve lash on International diesels.
     
  18. lostn51
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    I have a couple that were my granddaddy's and they are a must have when fitting kingpins
     
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  19. lostn51
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    image.jpg image.jpg Heres a few of the neat things that I’ve found or was passed down to me through the years…. image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg
    And a couple of Snap On ratchets 1/4” 3/8” and I have the 1/2” one here somewhere
     
  20. lostn51
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    I have one similar that I was trying to figure out what it was for…. image.jpg
     
  21. 51504bat
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    Used to install the valve keepers in a Ford flathead V8
     
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  22. For some of these more obscure tools, it might be helpful to make a short video to post online showing these tools in use. I see similar items occasionally for sale, but more often than not the user manuals are missing.

    Not that that's enough to keep somebody from buying them anyways. But I think sometimes folks pass them up without realizing that they might still be useful for some of their projects. ;)
     
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  23. lostn51
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    Yep that would be my Granddaddy’s he used to race flatheads on the dirt track in the late 40’s and early 50’s. Thanks for the info
     
  24. Paul
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  25. Doublepumper
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    I've had this Bowden cable coiling tool for years, but don't know how to use it properly. Never seen any instructions, video, or anybody that could explain the process. Found patent info...that's it.
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  26. Fordors
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    If your K-D tool had numbers on the jaws they would be numbers 17 and 21, and the handles for them are 13 and 14. Squeezing 13 and 14 holds the straight end of the cable allowing item 27, the winder (for want of a better term) to coil the wire allowing its function as a control cable.
    At least I think I’m right; maybe take a straight piece of stiff wire and give it a try.
     
  27. Paul
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    I have one of those..

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  28. I have one of these that I use fairly often. It makes a very nice coil and will repair an old cable, or very helpful in making up new cables.
     
  29. lostn51
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    I’m going to be on the lookout for one of those now that I see what it is for and it does. You guys have been showing things that I am trying to figure out how the hell I made it this far without one.
     

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