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Shop photos #1

March 7, 2011

A few odd wrenches, random junk and doodads that hang on the wall in the workshop:


Patented March 28 1906. 

LS Starrett Co. revolution meter.  Die #5-40  A small, odd thread.  $3 each at an antique shop in Alturas, CA last year.  The rev meter can be used as a tachometer, just hold up the pointed end against a spinning shaft.  Set a stop watch to 60 seconds, and the meter will tell the number of revs. which is equal to rpm if the time is 1 minute.  In the old days these were used to verify the speed of belt driven equipment and other mechanical contraptions.

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Planet Jr.  I think this is from a farm implement.  About 8” long and it’s another 1$ ebay purchase.  I like the built in hammer head near the open end.

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18 millimeter old plugs:  KLG, blue Wipac, Champion, KLG two piece, pink Lodge, AC3 IMG_6895 


Joe’s Wrench Co.  Worcester, Mass, USA   #7  Not dated, likely from 1890’s – 1920’s

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Senspray carb.  Patented 1911 and 1912.  Made by a subsidiary of Rudge Whitworth.  Used on Rudges from 1910 the late 1920s, and on some other marques including one type of lawnmower.

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International Harvester Corp.  IHC is the small circular logo.  More tractor junk hanging on the wall.

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7/8” Brammer Belt.  This is an old one, made of canvas with metal rivets.  On my first ride on the 1913 Premier, the massive 3hp motor made it break and it flew up hitting the back of my thigh.  The bruise was a deep purple and a good reminder to check the condition of belts often before using them.

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An old chain tool.  Bought used at a swap meet sometime in the 1980s or 90s.  It stays in my to-go toolkit which is always carried on rides.

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W&C  Not dated.  Another wall-hanger.  Who knows if those teeth will grab and hold a fastener, or just round off the corners.

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The one of the left gets regular use in the shop, for tightening exhaust clamp nuts and one of the nuts on the Excelsior gearbox.  The one on the right was a dollar on ebay and hangs on the wall, NEVERSLIP. 

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A spigot wrench maybe for a sprinkler?  P799 SPKR. WRENCH    SMALL FRAME SPKR 

I think this one was a giveaway at the local flea market.11 IMG_6903 


5₵ brush in a bucket of trailer wheel grease.  (the trailer wheel type is resilient when exposed to water and heavy loading).

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. March 7, 2011 10:21 am

    Hey buddy – Every elevator mechanic will periodically use a gauge to calculate the fall rate of hydraulic elevators by standing on the cab and pressing the gauge up against the side of the rail. It’s adjusted in feet per minute. An approx 1.5 ” rubber wheel on the end of the shaft will adjust the ratio. The gauges are delicate and need to be adjusted periodically. A high speed device could prove to be too much for the internal gearing. —Just say’in is all.

    • March 7, 2011 10:25 am

      cool. I knew those things were useful for a lot of stuff, but I never thought of elevator speeds. thanks for sharing Paul.

  2. March 7, 2011 10:26 am

    nice collection you got go’in on. 🙂

  3. Richard McKenney permalink
    March 7, 2011 4:24 pm

    Wot! no Abington King Dick!!
    I’ve a 4″ and an 8″, but don’t tell the girls.

  4. Charlie 101 permalink
    March 7, 2011 5:57 pm

    A substitute for the trusty old trailer wheel grease could be ship propeller axle grease. Incredible sticky, gooey, greasy, clingy, creamy, adhering slippery substance that transports itself to preliminary hands and clothes and everywhere it is and isn’t meant, and did I say sticky? Also rust inhibiting and resistant to heat and salt water. And soap…

  5. athar permalink
    March 8, 2011 3:31 am

    wow…… I never notice the beauty of old wrenches…
    keep on posting things like this mr young…

  6. March 8, 2011 1:57 pm

    Very cool, love the Nevrslip.

  7. March 10, 2011 7:50 pm

    Had a Gage like that in the mix for a while -thanks for the description, I had no idea, just knew it recorded revs. My machine shop teacher stated that adjustable wrenches were for rounding the corners off of fasteners – I always remember that…

  8. Lewis Meyer permalink
    January 15, 2015 6:57 pm

    Four years late, that’s not “Joe’s Wrench” it’s “Coes Patent Wrench”. They sometimes have the mark of the distributor or other company on the other side of the head or on the rectangular shaft.

    I have a rev counter that came in the box with instructions and it came with two rubber wheels, a 1″ circumference wheel and a smaller one that I think might be for things that didn’t have a center for the metal tip to fit into.

    • January 16, 2015 10:18 am

      excellent! Thanks for the update Lewis. I hadn’t looked at those old pics in a long time.

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