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Forum topic by Arookar posted 07-11-2013 07:45 PM 1581 views 0 times favorited 15 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Arookar

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07-11-2013 07:45 PM

Have had this tool around my shop for years and still can’t figure out what it is. Any ideas? The “head” swivels around in a complete 180. As you can see from the metal ruler it is just under 12” total length.

Apologize for the pics being off center- they weren’t when I loaded them into photobucket…and I’m not sure how to fix them. :/

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#1 posted 07-11-2013 08:00 PM

I am not sure, but I see some clues. The screw driver end is important, I think. It’s meant to be an all in one tool to accomplish it’s job. The way the handle swivels and the machined surfaces make it clear it’s meant for rubbing or scraping with that side down. I think it’s interesting that the entire bottom surface is not machined flat, just those two points. Hmmmmm….

I think there is a missing part that snaps over the head and is supported against those two machined spots.

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Arookar

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#2 posted 07-11-2013 08:09 PM

I suspect you may be correct. My woodworking teacher also pointed out that the “screw-driver” end is tapered, and he thought that may be significant.

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#3 posted 07-11-2013 09:04 PM

There’s something written in the rough casting. Wire brush it and tell us what it is.

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#4 posted 07-11-2013 09:07 PM

There’s something written in the rough casting. Wire brush it and tell us what it is.

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#5 posted 07-11-2013 09:08 PM

Why? Why? !!!!

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Arookar

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#6 posted 07-11-2013 09:10 PM

I can only make out what looks like “L” “O” and possibly “8” ... unfortunately the casting is so rough that wire brushing it does not really expose anything.

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#7 posted 07-11-2013 09:35 PM

I would darken it with something, sharpie will do, and wire brush it again.

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#8 posted 07-11-2013 09:58 PM

WAAAY back, the guys that did automotive body work would actually use lead as a body filler on dents and cracks in repairing auto bodies. They’d melt the lead and while pouring it into the spot to be repaired, they would work it (spreading and smoothing) with heated irons of various shapes. This looks like it MIGHT have been something similar to a smoothing tool.

The screwdriver end may have been used to poke the molten lead into cracks and such.

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#9 posted 07-11-2013 10:05 PM

looks like a heating/branding iron

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#10 posted 07-12-2013 05:02 AM

Toby: It looks like “10 78” maybe a “Z” and some mark at the bottom that looks like a “C” that fell over

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#11 posted 07-12-2013 10:45 AM

It is a broken lever from a voting machine. These have been responsible for the gradual decline of western civilization going back the last hundred years.

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#12 posted 07-12-2013 12:46 PM

^^^This!

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#13 posted 07-12-2013 01:59 PM

yes, you can see the hanging chad.

Really, I have no clue.

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#14 posted 07-12-2013 03:00 PM

Soldering tool for flashing. The angular recesses on the back would be heated with a blowtorch. I’m guessing???

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#15 posted 07-12-2013 03:20 PM

Is there a site somewhere for folks doing auto body work using only old hand tools? If joein10asee is right, they could probably tell you. ;) Really I have no idea, but his suggestion sounds good.

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