Cool old school port power

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    ckessel Well-Known Member

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    We needed to borrow a port power from another shop, don't have one, to push around the rh door opening of a 39 Ford truck I'm working on. The owner of the toll requested we guard it with our life. Once it showed up, I understood why. He found it at a garage sale years ago, paid $500 for it. If the tool companies did something similar they would sell these things like hotcakes just because of the cool factor. Enjoy!

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      That is so beautiful! I love the styling of some of the old stuff. That’s why wife and I collect art deco era furniture and tube radios.
       
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      Never saw one before and been around dealerships all my life. Learn something new every day. Very neat!
       
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      Wonder what the reason was for that shape? Left over blimp toys? Something military? A normal rectangle shape box would have been easier and maybe cheaper.

      Still cool :thumbsup:
       
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      I remember seeing vacuum cleaners that looked nearly identical to that back in the day, perhaps they used the tooling for other products.
       
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        It was from the space age time.
         
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          Buck Rogers!
           
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          The unit was made by Blackhawk. The container is made from some pretty stout stuff. Its cool that a company took the time and effort to make their's stand out from the crowd. There is a hook in the front that slips into a slot on the other half and its held together by that tail cap which is threaded. When a tool company, better quality one that is, is charging some bank for a unit I think the sale would be a little more tolerable if they put it in a cool container like that. Kind of like the custom Snap On, Matco etc tool boxes.
           
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            Even their floor jacks had some neat styling...a future project for me to re-do...

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              I told this story before as part of a different thread so I apologize if you’ve already heard this...
              Years ago my dad was a school custodian in British Columbia. Like every building with a dumpster people would clandestinely dump their trash in the bin, everything from grow op debris to household garbage. One night he opens the bin to find that someone had thrown in a one hundred pound blacksmith anvil, and coolest of all, a power hacksaw. This thing was designed and built in a time when quality of design and construction was paramount. All cast iron, it resembles the drive mechanism of a steam engine. You plug it in, turn it on, and it goes chugga chugga chugga and the arm saws through whatever you have. Painted with ancient black enamel with hand applied gold pinstriping it is fascinating to look at.
              Much like that port a power it is from a time when quality mattered. I can’t believe someone threw it away but I’m glad they did.
               
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