first two recently found objects, are in restoration mode,
headed for service in one venue or another around town.
grey Ridge vise (below) is an older model, found missing the
main screw and retractor assembly, but otherwise in remarkably
perfect condition. Presently in discussion with Ridge Tool
to try and talk them into providing parts for the cause.
green Wilton vise (below) was found buried in the mud, frozen
solid with rust, missing main jaws and pipe jaws, with the
jaw screws broken off inside. Sledge hammer work was needed
to free up the slide. This was a serious job- the 60,000 PSI
casting strength that Wilton likes to brag about was put to
the supreme test- I broke the handle on a 10 lb. sledge making
this thing move- a 32nd inch at a time. It's got like a 6
inch slide on it, fought it every step of the way.
included driving out the two drift pins that hold in the main
vise nut - which is actually a sleeve. It was an instructive
exercise. After all the hammering was over, I found the web
site for the Kroil.
jaws and pipe jaw inserts were purchased from Northern Tool
and Wilton, for a lot less than you'd expect. Swivel assembly
was also frozen- used 18 in. pipe wrench to free up the lock
nuts. It was astounding how someone could let this vise go
into such a state of disrepair. It lists on most tool geek
sites for around $300.
slide bar is also missing, but that's not a big deal - the
drift pin in the picture makes a very handy tightening method
- since working on the tailgate does not leave a lot of swing
Jack Green this unit was actually one of the rare purchased
items from the collection. It was found in an antique store
in Front Royal VA with a tag on it saying Old Car Jack.
I dont think it was an automotive fixture. This is an
acme thread screw jack also called a Bottle Jack
made by Vulcan, typically used for lifting extremely heavy
weights a small distance. This unit has a screw that will
safely extend six inches. These were very common around the
turn of the century up through the age of hydraulics.