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History welding equipment from the past

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by johnsont963, May 29, 2012.

  1. nice ! it even mobile!
  2. Stroker McGurk
    Joined: Feb 17, 2012
    Posts: 291

    Stroker McGurk
    from Canada

    No pics, but I bought an old stick welder at a garage sale for $75 about 25 years ago......Came out of the Winchester Gun factory, has a tag on it....still use it to this day

  3. Cool!
  4. Atwater Mike
    Joined: May 31, 2002
    Posts: 10,467

    Atwater Mike

    I bought a "Cobra-Matic" 200 amp mig welder from a customer in 1978. Cobra-Matic was known for their 'outrigger' spools for wire welders, but they had Airco make them some welders to diversify their biz.

    Great machine, I have a Tweco setup on it.
  5. 1/2done
    Joined: Oct 29, 2006
    Posts: 619

    from Ohio

    My Airco 300 Heli-Arc. Probably 70-71. I think the copper coil weighs more than my coupe body.
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  6. very nice!!!!!
  7. oj
    Joined: Jul 27, 2008
    Posts: 6,257


    You'd best grab that thing, arguable that is the best tig machine ever made, it is the one that set the standards for which all the other machines are compared against.
    I'd be tempted to buy it in case i ever need spare parts.
  8. Marty Strode
    Joined: Apr 28, 2011
    Posts: 5,590

    Marty Strode

    This is my Dynamic "Super Charged" Welder, I bought it as a novelty for 20 bucks. It is 110 volt and still works! I would guess it is from the 30's. In the center shot you can see my Miller Gold Star in the background, OJ is right it is one hell of a welder. I also use a Lincoln Tig 300/300 as well, I bought it before the "Disco Era".

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  9. CFM
    Joined: Apr 28, 2009
    Posts: 17

    from Santa Rosa

    saved this one from the scrap. I havent tried to use it yet.

  10. Here is my old dad bought it new right after WW2. Thing weighs about 300lbs and still works great. I need to restore it one of these days.....

  11. Sweats
    Joined: Oct 15, 2004
    Posts: 599


    Heres a cool one over at a buddys place.

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  12. MeanGene427
    Joined: Dec 15, 2010
    Posts: 1,620

    from Napa

    Is that a Marquette? I assume that's a battery charger sitting on top? My gramps' old Forney, like the one Poltax pictured, had a battery charger attachment like that, just plugged into the welder. I learned on that old Forney when I was 10, he said anything on the scrap pile was fair game- got in trouble when I made a stick woman with a couple big old REO truck belt pulleys for boobs, and my gramma saw it :mad:
    Hey, I was trying to copy the parts-store calendar on the wall :p
  13. silversink
    Joined: May 3, 2008
    Posts: 917


    I tried to give this one away for 4 years, the other day I put a price tag on it(200.00) and the first guy bought it. He has an old gas station for a shop and he is going to use it for station display.
  14. I built my '51 using my Grandfather's old Forney plug-In Arc Welder that was very similar to this one. It worked quite well. I even used the old carbon electrode torch for brazing. Crude as hell, but effective.

  15. DamnYankeesKustoms
    Joined: Jan 14, 2010
    Posts: 297


    Here's my lincoln IdealArc 250.... used with a TIG setup mostly :D

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  16. Sweats
    Joined: Oct 15, 2004
    Posts: 599


    Yes its way bitchin, and with the electrodes on the front in the shape of an M makes it that much cooler. Just a very small peek and the really neat stuff over there.
  17. mickeyc
    Joined: Jul 8, 2008
    Posts: 1,170


    I have an old Montgomery Ward ac welder that an uncle gave me 30 years
    ago. It still welds good. He had it a very long time also.
  18. tommy
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 14,757

    Member Emeritus

    What no hip roof Lincolns?

    I think that every hotrodder had one of these in the late 60s. They were 99.95 back then. The old ones have a stamped steel dial for selecting the amps. The new ones have a nylon selector. I wish I had a picture of the welder that I used in the 70s a huge commercial power supply with a remote pull around wire feeder. This was when it was unusual to have a mig welder in a home shop. Trouble is it used .045 wire...way too heavy for sheet metal but worked well for frames.

    I helped a buddy install an exhaust system using an old 1940s? welder expecting a real PITA using a stick machine. What a pleasant surprise. It worked like a charm.
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  19. DamnYankeesKustoms
    Joined: Jan 14, 2010
    Posts: 297

    Member has a pretty cool thread on vintage/antique welders, I don't know how to do the link thing but hopefully somebody else can post it...
  20. used to have a hip-roof lincoln!
  21. spooler41
    Joined: Feb 25, 2007
    Posts: 1,099


    I've got 2 old DanMig 200 welders, I think they are 70's models. They came from a Ford
    dealer after a body shop remodel. They bought all new equipment, and dumped all the old stuff. I've been using one for more than 6 years and it still will do all I ask of it. the other one ,some one cut the power cord off of it,its a spare for parts. I've also got my 20 year old Hobart 120,that I use for the light stuff, it still works like new too.

  22. Dan Timberlake
    Joined: Apr 28, 2010
    Posts: 1,303

    Dan Timberlake

    Those are some nice pictures of great looking machines, but that picture of the Marquette with the wooden prop and grill leaning near by is especially interesting. Move the late model steering wheel aside, keep the soft focus, and it would be kind of a motor head still life. The unicycle can stay
  23. amitygravel
    Joined: Dec 26, 2009
    Posts: 19


    Here's a Mid States I picked up from a Craigs list ad.
    Thing is heavy as all hell. Just about gutted myself getting it in the truck.
    Must weigh twice as much as the Forney I have.

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  24. playin' hookie
    Joined: Mar 27, 2004
    Posts: 188

    playin' hookie

    I have this old girl, Marquette Mustang works really smooth and has a nice little roller cart under it that helps! Not sure what it's worth out there but may part with this one as I don't use it enough and it's a shame she just sits there looking at me.


  25. daliant
    Joined: Nov 25, 2009
    Posts: 684


    Here's my Trindl stick welder, probably from the 50's
  26. great welders keep em coming!!!
  27. Here's my P&H 180 amp, probably from the 50's.
    It's pretty small but weighs about 175 lbs and has a lifting eye on top.

    Old guy I know was tossing it. I had to replace the cooling fan motor.
    Handwritten instructions say "Caution do not turn dial lower than 20"

    Previous owner said he never went below 20 and I haven't either.
    Works awesome.


    Pretty cool decal on it from when it was new.
    Phone# EAST-1751
  28. Heres 2 more for the RED TEAM, TR

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  29. Imagine if this baby could talk....................

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  30. thats sweet thanks for posting!!!

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