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A Blacksmith and his custom T tools

Post by Matt in California » Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:47 am

Recently a 90 year man informed me he is clearing out his shop. I originally meet him at a garage sale. He had lots of Blacksmiths tools from his grandfather that purchased. In WWII the blacksmith worked at the Navy yards and evidently was recognized for a few (tool?) designs.

His grandfather also had a TT truck and two spare engines that he would rotate as he repaired. Always keeping one in service.

So when he contacted me this time I didn’t expect to find any I had missed in the past, but I did find this:
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Take a look and tell me what you think of these tools.

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Re: A Blacksmith and his custom T tools

Post by walber » Fri Jun 26, 2020 11:56 am

Handles for pulling a Model A head?

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Re: A Blacksmith and his custom T tools

Post by RajoRacer » Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:37 pm

Appears as though one is for a "T" (tapered thread) and the other is "A" (SAE). Nice handles for manipulating a cylinder head, for sure.

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Re: A Blacksmith and his custom T tools

Post by Susanne » Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:44 pm

Looks like they were made from old spark plugs - Brilliant! (Files idea away for a future project...)

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Re: A Blacksmith and his custom T tools

Post by RustyFords » Fri Jun 26, 2020 12:53 pm

I love stuff like that. Sooooo cool.

My grandfather was an amateur blacksmith and his dad was as well. I have some of their creations and they're among my favorite possessions.
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Re: A Blacksmith and his custom T tools

Post by Mark Nunn » Fri Jun 26, 2020 1:04 pm

I have a similar tool from my uncle's stash. It is in al "L" shape rather than "T" and was made with a sparkplug base. The L-bar is solid steel and was forged into shape rather than bent.

Here is mine.
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Re: A Blacksmith and his custom T tools

Post by 2nighthawks » Fri Jun 26, 2020 2:35 pm

Interesting that T-handles pictured both have notches in one end of the horizontal (or top cross piece) of the tools,.......???

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Re: A Blacksmith and his custom T tools

Post by Matt in California » Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:31 pm

Steve,
Good eye! I hadn’t tested/notice the difference in threads.
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Yes, only the tapered threaded one (on right) works.

The photos should answer some thoughts/questions mentioned.

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Re: A Blacksmith and his custom T tools

Post by Jim Sims » Fri Jun 26, 2020 3:43 pm

The handles are made from wristpins/

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Re: A Blacksmith and his custom T tools

Post by Fordwright » Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:00 pm

Makes you wonder how all those mechanics managed to lift the heads without those tools.

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Re: A Blacksmith and his custom T tools

Post by Matt in California » Fri Jun 26, 2020 4:11 pm

Bingo Jim!

The vertical wrist pins are even cut before welded. With wrist pins hardened, depending on tools at hand, that could be a bit of work to cut!

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