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From the Toolbox #8

Posted June 15, 2016 9:00 AM by dstrohl
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This week’s mystery tool selection comes to us from reader Randy Rundle, who sent in a trio of vintage tool photos that we’ll be featuring in the coming weeks.

First up is this strange-looking set of pliers, which seem to measure just over 15-inches in length. Judging by the tape measure, the pliers U-shaped jaw measures over one-inch on the inside diameter, with the outside measuring slightly less than two-inches at its widest point. The bar jaw likely measures around ½-inch in diameter and just over one-inch in length, and the entire tool appears to be crafted of steel. The handles appear to have been painted black at one point in time, though we’d now call them “rich with patina” instead.

This particular tool was likely used by commercial operations, and not by hobbyist mechanics (unless, of course, a used example was found for the right price at a flea market). While helpful, we’d stop short of calling these essential for all but the busiest of garages. What were these called, and how were they used?

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Re: From the Toolbox #8

06/15/2016 10:40 AM

Drat! Where is PlbMak when there's one of these going on?

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06/15/2016 11:00 AM

Looks like a "valve spring compression" tool to me.

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06/15/2016 11:18 AM

Those look like battery terminal lifter pliers for separating the connections at the battery terminals.....

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06/15/2016 2:21 PM

Ball joint removal tool?

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06/16/2016 2:09 AM

Universal joint press?

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06/16/2016 5:36 AM

Might it be something to do with "riveting"?

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06/16/2016 7:31 AM

Looks like a primitive emergency brake to me.

When properly applied to the right anatomical position,it will stop a horse immediately.

Later improved models incorporated a remote control ( sash cords) to allow operation from the wagon seat.

The deluxe model had an optional attachment to the spokes of a wagon to be used as a parking brake.

This eliminated the need to find a hitching post outside of a busy general store or saloon.

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06/16/2016 8:22 AM

Looks almost like what I used to use for adding and removing the weights for balancing tires.

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06/16/2016 9:02 AM

How many Days do I have to visit Hemmings until they give the answer?

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06/16/2016 9:17 AM

They already posted the answer, just scroll down a little.

BTW: SE got it.

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06/16/2016 3:14 PM

Reminds me of a tool that is used to locally expand a shoe to acomodate a bunion. Also used to provide expansion in ski boots.

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