Hello from Hazard!
Hope you enjoyed your week without Hazard (the Labor Day early production deadline makes us miss a week, because we’re actually producing this section of the paper before you’ve read the past week’s issue).
Anyway, we had one more reader identify Item No. 870 as a metal strap banding tool. (Our last column plugged the first responders.)
Item No. 870
Many thanks to Wes Carmony, of Wooster, Ohio!
And Orville Ritchie, of Columbiana, Ohio (who had initially correctly identified the tool) wrote back to add this: “There should be another tool to complete the set. It is a plier-type tool used to crimp the clips, to keep the banding tight. The bander itself was not used to crimp the clips.”
We appreciate the additional information!
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Readers Art Bilek, of Norton, Ohio, and Chester Wedge, Fostoria, Ohio, quickly identified Item No. 871 as an inner tube hot patch vulcanizing tool used on early car tires.
Item No. 871
Bilek adds, “The patch comes mounted on a metal tray that contains a chemical that, when lit, burns to heat the patch.”
And thanks to Jason Michaels of Mercer, Pa., for sharing the photograph with Hazard.
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Item No. 872 comes from Jim Hudkins of Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
Item No. 872
Now, please don’t tell us it’s a wrench (as my kids would say, “duh!”). We know that and Jim knows that.
Here’s where it gets specific: “I enclose a picture of a wrench made by, or for, the Ford Motor Company, and is marked ‘Ford USA.’ … Not the square projection on the end of the handle. I have asked a number of mechanics and collectors, to no avail, but all agree that it must be for adjusting something — and Ford would not have taken the trouble to put it there otherwise.”
So, what Jim and Hazard want to know is: What was the specific use of this Ford wrench with the rectangular projection on the handle end?
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