Monday, January 22, 2018

Driving in the Sixties

You can almost smell the Brylcreem!

Build Your Own Power Lawn Mower, 1948

This couldn't possibly lead to injury!

Vanished Tool Brands: Fleet Tools, Chicago, Illinois

I only occasionally come across Fleet tools, which were also made in Canada at one point.  Ratchets and sockets are most common.

Plomb Tools of Los Angeles acquired the Penens Corporation of Chicago, Illinois in 1942.  Shortly after this acquisition, Penens produced tools under the Fleet and Challenger brands. In 1947 Penens registered a trademark for "Fleet Quality Tools" with a wing-like design and produced Fleet branded tools for a number of years. By the mid 1960s the Penens Corporation had changed its name to the Fleet Tool Company. The parent company began manufacturing its tools with the Proto name. In 1957, the company began operating as Pendleton Tool Industries. In 1964, Proto was acquired by Ingersoll Rand, and in 1984, it was acquired by Stanley and became Stanley Proto Industrial Tools, now Stanley Black & Decker.

Sunday, January 21, 2018

"Lifting a runner", 1938

The Art of the Boat, Photographs from the Rosenfeld Collection, Mystic Seaport Museum 2005
Another fantastic photo from Morris Rosenfeld

1968 Mercury 150 snowmobile

 A rare beast seen at the Owls Head Museum 2017 summer auction. More on the machine here.

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Streamlined toys

I'm not sure what company produced these, but I want them!

Sidecar Sunday

Power Hack Saws

Supplies Canada Co., (Ajax, Ontario)  Catalogue No. 23.

From a day before horizontal band saws.  The power hacksaws are great for square cuts on heavy stock, since their shorter, heavier blades don't flex.  They take longer to cut through metal than bandsaws, but if time isn't an issue they're great shop tools and fascinating to watch in operation.

We've featured a few on this blog before.  Below, photos of some others, including a Racine and a Keller:

I picked up an old Keller years ago and, after having to fabricate some missing parts to get it working properly, have found it indispensable on numerous occasions when faced with the need to cut heavy stock.  Mister G was also able to find a few scarce Starrett blades for me!

It's hard to find info on how to use these obsolete machine tools. So, below, from some of my older texts:

Vanished Tool Makers: Blue Point Tool Company, Chicago

I haven't turned up many Blue Point (or "Blue Points" as in the example above) wrenches or tools in my travels.  The images here represent the lot.

Most of mine are marked "Supreme", a name that was introduced in 1935.  They featured a high-carbon alloy steel that permitted a thinner design without the sacrifice of strength.  By 1937, the wrenches had a raised rib in the centre.

Below, Whitworth box end wrenches are rare enough, but made by Blue Point?  Score!

Below, a pair of pliers made by the firm.  Someone has brazed side pieces over the indentation at the front of the jaws that would have been used to grip spring-type hose clamps.

Blue Point or Blue Points was a name introduced by Snap On in the early 1920's.  As the story goes, the tools had a distinctive blued finish from which they took their name.  Sounds fishy to me.  The wrenches usually say Chicago, but there was a Blue Point Tool Company that made Boxockets and other speciality tools in Racine, Wisconsin.  For more confusion, go to the Tool Archives.

Friday, January 19, 2018