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amaes's Tool Restoration Thread

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by amaes, Jun 11, 2012.

  1. amaes

    amaes [OP] Cuz Stock Sucks

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    So I recently got into old tool restoration. Its was something to keep me busy in the evenings after work that wasn't car related and cheap. So far I have done two vises just started a third today and almost finished with my tackle box lunchbox. For the two Vises I finished already I didn't take many pictures so I have a few that I can post this one I just stated I'm documenting more. Every part comes off and gets refinished to good or better then new. I'm also going to start doing ratchets and wrenches when i can find them. Feel free to post your old tools :)


    Fuller 5" Made in Japan 1970s:

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    Starrett Athol 614 4" USA Made 1920s

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    Morgan Chicago #35 3.5" USA Made 1930s

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    Wow those look awesome!:thumbsup:
     
  3. amaes

    amaes [OP] Cuz Stock Sucks

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    Thanks! The Fuller is mine that's why the slide and handle are painted. The Starrett Athol is one I bought for my dad as a father's day gift so I matched the paint to his Matco Tool Box. He has been wanting an old vise after he saw mine refinished. The Morgan will get painted the factory blue.
     
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    sweet! those should last forever now ;)
     
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    Did you replace the vise jaws with new parts?
     
  7. amaes

    amaes [OP] Cuz Stock Sucks

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    The jaws on them have been perfect so there was no need to replace them. I did have to make a screw for one. Got a screw the was close then cut it and ground it down to the right size. To give it the look i heated it with a torch and then put it in motor oil.
     
  8. amaes

    amaes [OP] Cuz Stock Sucks

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    Cleaned up some of the smaller parts and the handle/screw on the Morgan Last night with the wire wheel. The main parts and Jaws are going to have to get media blasted. The wheels and wire cups were doing nothing but making rusty dust in the garage.


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  9. chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    Just wondering....With the Red, and Blue vice.....es....why didn you paint them all one color as they were originally? Dont get me wrong, as they look great the way you did them, but just wondering why you chose to paint them the way you did, rather than all one color as they were....
     
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    I like the contrast, adds to the look of the vices. Are you going to use them, or just have them as display pieces? Nice job either way, can't wait to see some old pipe wrenches restored.
     
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    BAMFTACO Pabst Blue Ribbon on ice

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    Cool little hobby
     
  12. chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    X2. The contrast is cool
     
  13. amaes

    amaes [OP] Cuz Stock Sucks

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    With the Red one its my personal vise that I knew I was planning on keeping for myself so I wanted to do something a little different with it to make it my own.

    With the Blue one Its a Father's Day gift for my dad. He has a Matco Tool box the same color like this one so I wanted it to match. If I was just going to sell it I would have done the factory Tanish color and and raw cast iron.

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    I plan on using them. The Morgan I'll most likely get rid of because its too small for my use. I'll either throw it on Ebay or see if one of the collectors on the tool sites will trade me for some other tools.
     
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Staff Member

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    Cool! the story behind the color choice is half the fun of these threads
     
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    amaes [OP] Cuz Stock Sucks

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    Yup. The Starrett I had to make a tool to put the handle back on. Its spring loaded and held with a pin and the only way to get it back on was to make a notched tool out of some 1" conduit to compress it and put the pin back in. It was also missing one screw on the jaws so I went to Copperstate and got something close enough and made it the same size the others. To give the old look like the others I heated it with a torch and then dunked it into some old motor oil I had around. Then mared it up with a flat head screw driver. you'd never know it was a replacement.
     
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    teamfast Get busy living, or get busy dying.

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    Cool thread, keep it going.
     
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    Forster46 Very nice how much?

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    What kind of paint do you use, and where do you get it?

    Tools look great! Lets see some more!
     
  18. amaes

    amaes [OP] Cuz Stock Sucks

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    Thanks, glad to see people are enjoying it.

    For anyone feel free to post your old tools. love seeing stuff others use.

    I use 1-3 coats of self etching primer, 2-3 coats rustolium enamel, and 1-2 coats of clear enamel after its dried for a few days. Everything can be found at lowes. Some of the tool resto guys use the enamel that comes in a can and brush it on. I like spray paint because its easier. With tools you are going to use paint is going to get messed up no matter what unless you powder coat them, so it easy to fix with the spray paint. Once I start getting into more high end stuff I'll use my mini spray gun on the compressor. The letters are painted by hand with model paint from the Hobby shop
     
  19. amaes

    amaes [OP] Cuz Stock Sucks

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    Well gave the Blue vise to my dad for fathers day and he loved it! Its a perfect match.

    He found this Rockwell Recipicating Saw at a flea marked in CO for $10. Its all metal. It will be my power tool.

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    Already bought the stuff to make a new cord for it at Ace Hardware.
     
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