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Folks Of Interest Vintage tool find/family score

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by blown240, Aug 1, 2017.

  1. blown240
    Joined: Aug 2, 2005
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    For years I have known that my wife's Grandfather worked for Chevy in the late 50s early 60s. Today I found out the real story.

    I was asked to go clean out his shed. There were some tools that I could have if I wanted them, but the family considered them garage sale items. What I found, blew my mind!

    Taking to my father in law, his father (wife's Grandfather)was a sheet metal worker in the prototype department. They would make the bodies that the tooling was made from. HOW COOL IS THAT!!!

    I took all the tools that were worth keeping. Here are some pics... I will post more tomorrow....


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  2. karl share
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    They must have sold those in Australia as i have one identical.:)
     
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  3. I think Accurate Instrument Co. made lots of them over the years. I've had this Model BT-163 for decades. Still use it occasionally. 20170801_055805.jpg
     
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  4. catdad49
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    Have a similar one made by RAC , can't remember the last time I used it.
     
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  5. blown240
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    Here are some more pics. I love the home made body tools and the Chevy training literature...

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  6. blown240
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  7. stangman05gt
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    Cool stuff ! I, too, have a dwell meter like the one you found.
     
  8. alchemy
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    So we can blame Lou for those taillights on the 59 Chevys. ;)
     
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  9. blown240
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    YES!! LOL
     
  10. williebill
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    Ahhhhhhhh, Sucrets. Used those tins for many secret projects when I was a kid.
    Some of those tools are artwork, great score !
     
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  11. blown240
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    Here are a couple more pics.... The tip cleaner set has 1948 on it....

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  12. 1oldtimer
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    A great Union tool box, Starrett, Mitutoyo, machinist level.......plus that Chevrolet book.
    I also see a old C clamp too.
    Great that it will be used again and even greater that it's by family.
     
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  13. catdad49
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    This kind of stuff is priceless (at least to people like us)! Really love the body (?) tools. I inherited some tools from my Grandfather and an Uncle along with a wooden tool chest and a wooden tool carrier (both made by my Gramps). Some of the tools are used occasionally, but most are stashed for a future tool junky. Keep em coming, Carp
     
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  14. Great stuff, and from the family too! We need more pics. :)
     
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  15. blown240
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    There are tons of old clamps, files, craftsman sockets, hammers, etc. I can get more pics if anyone wants....
     
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  16. NashRodMan
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    A true craftsman.
     
  17. oj
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    Would you consider copying that manual, I, for one, would like a copy of those table etcs and the knowledge in it.
     
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  18. blown240
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    Ya, I can scan what is there.
     
  19. 1lucky1
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    Great stuff,That's why I go to Estate and garage sales,You never know what you might find
     
  20. Mr48chev
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    That is a nice batch of tools. Many of which I'd think might get passed on to your children or grandchildren.

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  21. woodbutcher
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    :D A true family treasure trove.Thanks for posting.
    Good luck.Have fun.Be safe.
    Leo
     
  22. hounddogjake
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    Love the old tools, makes me feel good when I use one of them I know my granddaddy or father used. Alway hate to see them hanging on the wall in some theme restaurant,need to be kept in a tool box and used as often as possible.


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  23. RidgeRunner
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    A big +1, my thoughts exactly.

    If anyone comes up with old tools they can't ID or have questions about, it's worthwhile to post over on the Garage Journal Forum in the vintage tool section. A lot of good information and tool history available over there.

    Ed
     
  24. Early Ironman
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    Fantastic score!


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  25. When I see a box, and tools like that, I think someone's career is represented by these things. A good man earned his lively hood with that collection. Very cool.
     
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  26. cretin
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    Those post dollys are super cool.
     
  27. Good score, I'm sure the original owner would want them to be in use, not sitting in a display case somewhere. I still use some of my granpa's tools, some are nearly 100 years old. He would be mighty upset if I didn't!
     
  28. blown240
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    Thanks for all the replies guys!
     
  29. Wait a minute,, I have some of those tools,,, so am I old??
    And I use them.
    I did get a treasure once like this, my uncle retired from the space industry and I got his home tool boxes and inside was a wiring diagram for a switch for the Apollo program and a bunch of idot lights and switches. And I got his Hughes Wind Tunnel Department shop coat
     
  30. Dang I really must be old.I still have a lot of that stuff in my tool box.LOL.Bruce.
     

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