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    A Red Whats It...?

    I got a big pile of tools from an auction, I really only wanted one item, but that is how it goes sometimes

    I have two tools (?) that I am not sure what they are, so they are "Whats Its"

    Here is the "Red" one....








    It is obviously some sort of a clamp or a press, but for what, I do not know

    There is no "Right" answer here, that is unless you do know for sure what it is, but all comments and guess are welcome

    One other thing, the bottom is not flat, where it would rest on a table or bench, it is flat or straight along it's length, but it rocks from side to side.

    Cheers!
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    It's a star press, used extensively in the star pressing industry back in the '30s and '40s. The advent of the jet engine and freeze dried coffee spelled the death knell to the old time star pressers. Alas, it's a lost art nowadays, practiced only by a few re-enactors in mock Quaker villages.

    I hope that helps clear things up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vaughn McMillan View Post
    I hope that helps clear things up.
    Clear as mud thanks!
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    Stu,
    See my reply in your other thread. It's a tire patching clamp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    Stu,
    See my reply in your other thread. It's a tire patching clamp.

    We have a winner!

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    Yep, Jim, you are right!

    I knew someone would know what it is!


    More info here..........

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/tom-margie/5162479225/
    Last edited by Stuart Ablett; 11-18-2010 at 01:26 PM.
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    It was used to press a patch on an innertube. The patch was lighted and it vulcanized to the tube. Most service stations had one of these in the 50'z.

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    Interesting. We always had the rubber glue type around, never knew they did them that way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John Pickett View Post
    It was used to press a patch on an innertube. The patch was lighted and it vulcanized to the tube. Most service stations had one of these in the 50'z.
    YUP we even had one when I was growing up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    Stu,
    See my reply in your other thread. It's a tire patching clamp.
    Saw my dad use one of those many times.. the old time tire patches...scratch the tube, put the patch over the hole, clamp it down, then light the punk on the patch to heat and seal the patch..
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