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  1. Have you tried putting the freshly ground/ welded piece back on the fire to re establish the scale in those areas, and even it out? Steve
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    Post vice I.D.

    Your best bet would be to clean the surface off with a wire wheel and see if you can find any markings. If you find nothing, that is generally the rule rather than the exception. Lots of mfgs made them- in the day they were a commodity, and most went unmarked. That said, it looks pretty good- as long as the screw is in good shape. The spring and mounting bracket are all there, you just might need to make up the wedges to hold it all together. That is a good size to take whatever you can throw at it- plenty of beef there. Show us the screw, and we can give our final answer. Steve
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    Friction caliper fail

    Once the frozen joint was loosened up from working hot, I would have let the whole thing cool completely before fine tuning the rivet. You tighten the rivet hot, what happens when it cools? That's right- it shrinks and tightens up. All my friction calipers just need a little cold tappy-tap on the rivet when they loosen up. That should do it for you. Steve
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    Fisher Anvil info

    So, following up on what Thomas and Frosty said, your anvil seems to have been made in 1923, didn't sell that year, so they chiseled off the 3 and stamped in a 4 when it was sold in 1924. Not uncommon for them to do. I had a 270# made in 1924, with the 4 chiseled off and a 5 stamped in. The 20 on the foot indicated the (target- not actual) weight. You got an extra 8 lbs out of the deal. Because of the casting process there was some variation. They made the mold with a standard size form and stamped the inside so when done the numbers would be proud of the surface. That is an excellent anvil- my main anvil is a 250 Fisher, weight stamp 25. Br careful on the edges- the steel top plate is pretty hard and can be brittle. Being cast iron base, it 'thuds' more than it rings. Wear hearing protection anyway. Steve
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    Snowplow blades

    I got a plow edge from my mechanic's scrap pile a few years back- about 8 1/2- 9 ' long by 4-6" wide (uneven wear) by 1/2 " thick. It cut easily with my band saw and I made guillotine dies with it. I suspect it might have been a sacrificial replacement blade made of A36 or not much more of a fancy alloy. Maybe less costly to switch out every year or as needed. YMMV Steve
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    Ornate picture frame

    Very nice, Building up some serious brownie points. I really like the roses. Steve
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    Peter Wright Rebound

    I've been doing rebound tests with golf balls. I can get them easier than ball bearings, and I get better results. Steve
  8. Come on, Josh Show us the bigguns! Steve
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    two leg vise ?

    Nice job there, Bart. Steve
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    Merry Christmas 2018

    Merry Christmas back atcha, Thomas. Steve
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    Post Vise

    Without any kind of name stamped on it, it will be made by one of the hundreds of manufacturers in the biz at the time in England. It has some characteristics of my marked Peter Wright, and some of my unmarked one. Probably mid to late 1800's, with wiggle room either way. That is a good size to use. My main is 6" and aux is 4 1/2" and I use both on a regular basis. Steve
  12. I dunno, but my initial thought is that they can be used for drilling and reaming. If you can't use them for the purpose for which they were intended, you might be able to sell them to someone who can, take the cash and buy steel that fits your needs. If they truly are 'bin bait' beyond any other use, just start experimenting with them. You might be able to find info directly from the mfg, or an industrial distributor. Steve
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    Anvil stand question?

    I bought an anvil once that was welded to a steel milk can. Didn't seem to do either one any good. Steve
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    New to this forum

    So, do you have a Unimog? Or just memories of repairing them? Steve
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    Fisher #9 1887

    Well, Fisher is a cast iron anvil, with a tool steel top, so it will 'thud' rather than ring. Made in 1887 per the marks under the tail- Fisher warranted their anvils for a year. The '9' indicates it's starting weight, more or less, 90 lbs. The other numbers are pretty much unknown- maybe inspectors stamp or iron batch, or????? Other than the pritchell end whammy and the truncated horn it looks to be in good shape. The edges are nicely rounded, not chipped. Fishers are known for chipping due to the hardness of the tool steel plates. The mounting holes in the feet are probably not factory issue, but no concern there. The welded tail should not cause problems, I would just leave it as- is, and make a bolster type pritchel hole for punching. As for the horn, you could make, improvise or buy a bick to fit the hardie hole if you need a smaller point. As it is, you won't get stabbed in the leg- bonus! Other than that, NO GRINDING ON THE FACE! Just polish it with hot steel. Have fun, and be safe. Steve