Old rusted contraption

Old rusted contraption

PostBy: brckwlt On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:46 pm

This old rusted pile of junk sits in the parking lot where i work. I have no idea what it is and was wondering if anyone knows what it is or has an idea of what it might be. If my pictures suck, that is because they are taken with my cell phone. i could possibly get more pictures if someone asks ...
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brckwlt
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Axeman-Anderson
Stove/Furnace Model: Rebuilt 1953 AA-130

Re: Old rusted contraption

PostBy: Devil505 On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:50 pm

Yes......I believe that was called a "Thing-A-Ma-Jig"...very popular at the turn of the century!
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Re: Old rusted contraption

PostBy: mikeandgerry On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:51 pm

It has pistons that pipe to a tank...looks like a big air compressor to me. but then again, the other side looks like a lathe. Perhaps its an air driven lathe?

Got me.
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Re: Old rusted contraption

PostBy: brckwlt On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:52 pm

Devil505 wrote:Yes......I believe that was called a "Thing-A-Ma-Jig"...very popular at the turn of the century!



Oh right a thing-a-ma-jig ... those are very popular ... should i ask if i can buy it and then sell it to you
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Stove/Furnace Make: Axeman-Anderson
Stove/Furnace Model: Rebuilt 1953 AA-130

Re: Old rusted contraption

PostBy: 009to090 On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:52 pm

My vote is a air compressor
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Re: Old rusted contraption

PostBy: brckwlt On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:53 pm

mikeandgerry wrote:It has pistons that pipe to a tank...looks like a big air compressor to me.



yeah, since you pointed that out, it does sort of look like an air compressor. very ugly air compressor
brckwlt
 
Stove/Furnace Make: Axeman-Anderson
Stove/Furnace Model: Rebuilt 1953 AA-130

Re: Old rusted contraption

PostBy: 009to090 On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:54 pm

My vote is a air compressor
Ooops! I see a Lath in there too!
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Re: Old rusted contraption

PostBy: brckwlt On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:55 pm

DVC500_at_last wrote:My vote is a air compressor
Ooops! I see a Lath in there too!



is the lathe in the first picture?
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Stove/Furnace Make: Axeman-Anderson
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Re: Old rusted contraption

PostBy: tsb On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:59 pm

Air compressor, belt driven drill press and a belt driven lathe.
About $3.50 a hundred at the scrap yard.
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Re: Old rusted contraption

PostBy: 009to090 On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 9:59 pm

brckwlt wrote:is the lathe in the first picture?

Second and third pic
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Re: Old rusted contraption

PostBy: 009to090 On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:01 pm

Devil505 wrote:Yes......I believe that was called a "Thing-A-Ma-Jig"...very popular at the turn of the century!



Yes, "thing-a-ma-jig". But I think this version is a "Do-hicky".
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Re: Old rusted contraption

PostBy: jpete On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:07 pm

The thing in the fore ground of the first picture is an air compressor. The thing lying against the wall is a drill press. In the fore ground of the second picture is a lathe.

The large stepped wheels would have connected to a motor with a flat belt. Previous to electric motors, they would have connected to an overhead pulley system run by either a stationary steam engine or a water wheel.

Image
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Re: Old rusted contraption

PostBy: Poconoeagle On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:24 pm

the name plate on the compressor body looks like a "Dresser" brand compressor. great unit. one ran my five bay texaco 5 air opersted lifts... it was 50 years old when i bought it and is still running. the drill press laying on its side is an old belt drive unit as jpete describes and the variable belt spindle/speed lathe is cool yet dock anchor material. if the compressor pulley turns it is worth looking into. the 2 different diameter cylinders indicate a two stage unit prolly capable of 160 psi...
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Re: Old rusted contraption

PostBy: SMITTY On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 10:29 pm

We still have a few old mills around here with the mile long driveshafts & pulleys on the ceiling for those. VERY cool to see!

Wonder how all those old timers made a living without giant yellow warning signs, gigantic mesh guards from floor to ceiling, lawyers, & safety personnel "protecting" them from getting tangled up in those belts? :|
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Re: Old rusted contraption

PostBy: e.alleg On: Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:04 pm

The drill press is probably worth saving, soak it with PB blaster once a week and it will probably work.
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