1471 is a leather working tool that is used to cut pieces off to shape
what ever is being made.
1474 is a boot jack. You place one toe of the handle and the heal of the
other book in the U shaped opening. Lift on the heal and slip you foot
out of the boot. Reverse for the other boot.
Nice set. Can't even guess at a couple, but that won't stop me from
1471: It seems that something can fit inside the grooved ends, with
the steel 'spring' locking it in place. At first, before I saw that it
was one-sided, I thought maybe it held a pool cue or something, but
now I think it might be made to be hung on the handle of a pail to
make it easier to carry. The two-sided grooves means it can be
attached by twisting it on, and the springs keeps the wooden piece
from slipping down the handle, or falling off.
1472: Drive motor for an electric garage door opener. The slots are so
that the slave gear can disconnect in case the door jams.
1473: Why do I instinctively think of a big bass drum in a marching
band...? Or, if this is an electrician's truck, the ring around a gas
station sign like this:
1474: A novelty boot jack: http://tinyurl.com/6m97fx
1475: A hay bale lifter like on the front of this tractor, but
midified to use in a barn:
1476: A diamond cutting machine.
Yes, kinda sorta, not sure why it would have handles around the outside
though. Here is a larger photo of the truck with its contents, you can
click on it to make it bigger:
Looking at the stuff in the back of the truck, it looks like this is a
service vehicle for diesel tractor-trailers. Maybe this is some sort
of fan shroud for a big diesel engine? And the things that look like
handles are just framing to guide hoses, etc?
This is a tough one. Can anyone analyze all the other stuff in the
back of the service vehicle for clues?
Hmm ... no click to make it bigger, but I saved it and cropped
in as much as I can given the jpeg artifacts. (Not sure how much better
the raw image from the camera would have been -- this one has been
processed by a Microsoft program based on the exif data.
anyway -- it looks to me as though at least some of the holes
around the ring have studs in them facing in towards the center, which
makes it's use as a tire bead setter less likely.
I see two oxygen tanks lying down, instead of locked upright as
they should be. A tank of some fuel gas (I don't think that it is
acetylene, so perhaps propane or natural gas) at the right front
corner. Acetylene would have to be strapped upright to make it usable
without a few hours of upright resting after being turned upright from
The rods with the hooks on the ends lok as though they might be
used to hook the blow-molded plastic sign covers in place if it is truly
a ring for a sign.
Of course -- it could be totally unrelated to anything else in
the truck -- having simply been scavenged from somewhere as a source of
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Take a good look next time you see a parked semi-truck . Namy are using
tubeless tires and solid rims now , just like their smaller cousins . I
believe radial tires are what makes this possible , because of the more
flexible sidewalls .
They got away from the split rims for safety purposes too. Many people
injured/killed when servicing the split rims, becdause the ring would
come loose under pressure. Most either used a safety cage when
inflating them or put the ring side down.
Those big tires are called "super singles", and are OK for some
things, but they're terrible in snow country or even in fresh rain
with a light load. Some outfits use them on the drive axles of the
tractors, and they'll spin loose real easy.
About 20-30 years ago or so... :)
Still have one old ('58) truck w/ 'em -- it's an experience when it's
worked on these days as none of the tire shop working kids have ever
seen one, what more worked on one.
Also a pita as it's got 8.25x20 and hardly anything is that small any
more so have to pay full list to get something ordered for it.
Quite a tricky set this time, at least for me. Wild guesses follow.
1471 - Seems to be some manner of marker that clips onto a cable or
rope. Being made out of wood, it's unlikely to be used as a weight, and
it doesn't look too safe to use as an electrical insulator. Maybe it's
placed where two ropes cross to avoid chafing against each other?
(Maybe it's a demonstration model illustrating a form of the Chinese
1472 - A smallish electric motor with a short doubly-keyed lead screw
attached. Possibly this formed a part of a benedix drive to engage the
load only when the motor was energized, as for a starter motor for an
1473 - My initial thought was that this was part of a spinning rack such
as is sometimes used to keep track of order slips in diners. That
doesn't seem to go with the other tools and materials in the truck,
though. Maybe it's a part of a light fixture or other item these
tradesmen happen to be working on? Maybe it's a collar to go around an
open manhole to hang stuff down and give some visual warning that
there's an open manhole?
1474 - Portable gun rest for target shooting?
1475 - The claws appear to clamp onto something to hold and move it,
engaged or released by the lever with the worn-off orange paint.
Probably, it's used to move bales of something; I'd suspect not hay, as
hay bales lack the structure to be grabbed this way, but perhaps
newspapers for recycling or something similar.
1476 - Possibly these turn (or, perhaps more correctly, spin) brass
Now to see what others have to say.
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