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Thread: FE Wells & Son Co. Pipe Vise Restoration.

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    FE Wells & Son Co. Pipe Vise Restoration.

    Not Jeep related but I'm having a great time doing it. I inherited a few tools from my great-grandfather after he passed 8 years or so ago. One of them was a really nice pipe vise. Made in Greenfield Massachusetts it's in excellent shape just needs cleaning up and a recoating. I'm taking it apart and restoring it best I can so I can actually use it. 20191030_181550.jpg20191030_181555.jpg20191030_181601.jpg20191030_181603.jpg20191030_181605.jpg20191030_181612.jpg20191030_181942.jpg20191030_193338.jpg20191030_193340.jpg

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    Love seeing history like that. Very cool.
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    As far as I can tell it's older than 1917. I can't find any tool catalogues that old but the company merged with Greenfield Tap and Die in 1917 and discontinued most of their tools.
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    Love seeing history like that. Very cool.
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    Wow it’s in great shape. Very cool!


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    Somehow there were zero sized bolts and no corrosion. My great grandpa had tons more but I was too young to know any better or to speak up about the tools and instead of getting what would have been a truck bed full I have only a handful. Back when we got the tools I remember my dad said he didn't need them. Now that I have my own mobile mechanic business on the side hindsight hurts.

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    Very cool project


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    That great bringing back a little piece of history!


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    Anyone have any ideas on a potential finishing product? Obviously they used some nice bake on lead based paint but I'm having a hell of a time finding something similar. I don't want to use rattle can unless I have a good bake on clear because I don't want to refinish this thing every 10 years I want it to last like the last paint did.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strodinator View Post
    Anyone have any ideas on a potential finishing product? Obviously they used some nice bake on lead based paint but I'm having a hell of a time finding something similar. I don't want to use rattle can unless I have a good bake on clear because I don't want to refinish this thing every 10 years I want it to last like the last paint did.

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    You can buy a powder coat kit on amazon for not too much. You just use your oven. I’ve seen them on YouTube and they seem to be pretty straight forward


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    Quote Originally Posted by Strodinator View Post
    Anyone have any ideas on a potential finishing product? Obviously they used some nice bake on lead based paint but I'm having a hell of a time finding something similar. I don't want to use rattle can unless I have a good bake on clear because I don't want to refinish this thing every 10 years I want it to last like the last paint did.

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    First, you should find a shop with a good bead blaster to get rid of all corrosion, then apply finish.

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