Sunday, April 30, 2023
Saturday, April 29, 2023
Along with Riverside and Lakeside, Powr-Kraft was a name Montgomery Ward chose for a line of tools to compete with other department store tools like Sears Craftsman etc. According to Alloy Artifacts, these mechanic's tools were supplied by several different manufacturers including Barcalo and Vlchek. Not sure who would have made this metric wrench forged in the USA.
A replacement for the A40, the A50 Cambridge featured new unibody construction and a 50 hp engine giving it a top speed of 73 mph. 115,000 were made by the time the model was discontinued in 1957, including 20,000 by Nissan under license in Japan. To my eye, a rather stodgy car, I don't expect many were sold in North America.
Friday, April 28, 2023
Thursday, April 27, 2023
Wednesday, April 26, 2023
An ad for beam type torque wrenches from the early 60s, At first I thought it was one of those clearance house specials, no manufacturer's name is actually mentioned in the ad, but they are still around today, selling all sorts of torque measuring equipment.
Tuesday, April 25, 2023
Monday, April 24, 2023
Wow, an unprecedented third mystery. This is interesting, a very early engine of some description, OHC, with three valves. The middle one seems to have its own combustion chamber (maybe). Initially we thought a primitive diesel with the center valve being some sort of injector-substitute? Or is that an injector on the right side? I'll throw it out there, guesses, theories, anyone?
These items were found in the basement of an old Eastern Ontario house, jammed into a ceiling beam near an old fireplace. Despite their differences they both have a pivoting spike and look like they might have a similar use. I have a sense they may be some sort of old window hardware, though I can't imagine how they would be used. Thoughts?
Here's a unusual set of small pliers, the jaws with wire cutting notch are ordinary, the bend of the handles are further out than normal, L Hugoniot-Tissot is known for their jewelry and watchmaking tools, maybe a specific job requires this specific handle shape?
Sunday, April 23, 2023
Saturday, April 22, 2023
Friday, April 21, 2023
Thursday, April 20, 2023
Franklin cars were air-cooled, a characteristic shared with many aircraft of the time and a distinct advantage before antifreeze became available. The manufacturer was known for speed, reliability and innovation and were proud of the 69 hour cross country record set by Cannonball Baker earlier in 1928. With the Airman name, Franklin was capitalizing on the fame of Charles Lindbergh's Transatlantic flight the previous year. As a thank you a car was donated to him- which he later gave to the Henry Ford Museum. The cars were expensive to build and the company got out of the business during the Depression.
Wednesday, April 19, 2023
This hand cranked bellow from the 19th century was owned by a man in Europe, he sent me a picture of the label on the bottom, which turns out was from a long-closed antique and curiosity shop here in Toronto, according to a long time resident of the area. Funny how things travel around.