Friday, May 24, 2024

Stamped wrench set

 No manufacturer name, but we can be assured they are hardened steel... They remind me a bit of the Autokit wrenches...

Thursday, May 23, 2024

Indian Motorcycle parts!

 I found this classified ad in a 1987 Classic Bike, a British motorcycle magazine. What was an Indian dealer doing in an obscure part of the Canadian Maritimes thirty years after the company closed down? What happened to the stuff and where is it 40 years later? (not that I need Indian parts...)

I put the question out, did not find out his name or why the parts ended up there but apparently he sold out to Island Restoration in Long Island NY. They called it the 'mother load' of parts. Apparently it took many men several days to load 4 or 5 shipping containers. He even had complete basket case Chiefs for sale. 

However, Island Restoration is a dead end also...

Wednesday, May 22, 2024

Gertus micrometer

I keep finding new manufacturer names of older micrometers , this one at an antique store in western Ontario. 

 Gertus is a name that appears on Amazon selling taps and drills but I cannot find much info on them at all. 

Cobbler's hammer

It was labeled as a Sicilian cobbler's hammer in the store... To me its almost a cartoon rendition of a hammer.


Tuesday, May 21, 2024

The William Underwood

  I found this lovely boat in Rockport harbour in Maine. Named the William Underwood, its a 71 ft. Eldridge-McInnis converted sardine carrier, built in 1941. A little googling showed that it's been totally rebuilt and converted to a yacht. The hold, formerly filled with sardines is now luxury accommodation. And, it's for sale, scroll down for the history.

"Sardine Carriers are the queens of the Maine fishing fleet. These are good sized boats, sixty feet and up in length, and are used to move sardines, or small herring, from the point of capture to the factory where the fish are processed and placed head-to-tail into cans…Many, although by no means all, were double-enders, dictated by the need for easily-driven shapes when both light and loaded. For the same reason, the boats were long and lean, and consequently often very beautiful.” ~ Joel White, 'Wood, Water and Light'

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You heard the man, pay no more.

Sikorsky Ilya Mouromets

 The Ilya Mouromets was an early giant, with a 97 foot wingspan and 4 engines, It first flew in 1913, this early flight had a roped off area on the fuselage for people to walk about.  It was built as a luxurious airliner with space for a record 16 passengers in an insulated cabin and even had a washroom. In February of  1914 the second prototype made a long distance flight from St Petersburg to Kiev and back. Regular passenger service was being considered when WW1 broke out. The aircraft was converted to a bomber and 85 were built. It was by far the most advanced airplane in the world and during the early years of the war nothing could touch it.
After the war they continued to be built (converted back to passenger spec) but all were retired by 1922.. 

Monday, May 20, 2024

Cars in the 'hood... Porsche


Monday Mystery, forged hook.

The joys of a crate of random steel and iron bits at a rural garage sale. Not really a mystery but a kind of a "what is it?" question.   In the crate with some pintle hooks and hitch pins was this odd little T-shaped link bolted to a 5/16 chain hook, maybe it's a part of an old hook system of some sort? Thoughts?


Tabloc chain breaker

I never had much luck with these chainbreakers, they just broke!