Going through an old storage chest I found the 7” Klines that my Dad gave me in 1948, when I was an apprentice. I recall him telling me that 7” Klines are for inside journeymen, 8” are for linemen. There is also a Wiggy that he gave me at about the same time. It also still works properly. I also have a Triplett 310 that I received from a Triplett Rep in about 1962. The instruction book says “The Mighty Mite VOM”. It has a Model 10 AC clamp-on amp adapter and a Model 101 line separation adapter all in a leather case #379. I still use this meter from time to time. They just don’t makem like they used to. I have always found the older tools interesting. Rowdy
'48.....'48....1948....Rowdy, I didn't think you were a day over 29. I can dig it though. I have an old Klein pouch that my Dad used in the 70's. It's battle worn, but still running. You'll have to excuse me. I was born in '66. So a tool pouch used and still running from the 70's is....ahh...kind of old to me.
most of my tools are fom the '70's, and, i recently found a pair of klein angle-head side cutters from the '60's, that had a nick in the jaws. i took them back to my local klein dealer, and they gave me a new pair!!!...you cant beat that guarantee!..
Touring the country in '75, we stopped at my traveling partners grandfolks in Michigan. Priding ourselves as motorheads capable of propelling a <ahem> vehicle across the US, the old gent invited us to a game in his shop. He claimed that if we could identify the tool, we could have it! I only hope to be able to pass on the exhilaration should there be such an opportunity down the road....
I have plenty of old hand tools that I inherited from my father, from screwdrivers to pliers/cutters, to wood planes and hand drills. Much of this stuff dates back to the 1950s.
As for old test equipment, I have to control myself when let loose on eBay! I have an Avo 8 meter of late 1960s vintage, and a 1949 BPL meter, also from my late father. (BPL=British Physical Laboratories.)
Plenty of other test equipment of 1950s/1960s vintage, including scope, signal generators, VTVM etc.
None of this old equipment/tools goes out on jobs. I keep it all strictly for home work in order to preserve it for even longer!
P.S. Hey Doc, you're the same "vintage" as me! Been meaning to ask sparky66wv if the 66 part of his handle refers to his year of birth. Virgil?
[This message has been edited by pauluk (edited 03-09-2003).]