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  1. DanielC

    Dating a MASSEY 5

  2. I have a little over 2" of baltic birch plywood for the frame of my 4b. Fabreeka and the same plywood for the anvil.
  3. DanielC

    50lb little giant dies

    I had him make me a custom quick change for my Murray. Then once you get it, you will need to take measurements so he can make you proper keys, that you will then have to custom fit with prussian blue/magic marker/dykem. Its a little tedious but worth it in the end. I had him make me like 6 or 7 custom keys for various dies.
  4. DanielC

    50lb little giant dies

    I helped make my upper (See thread down below in this section). And then I had Roger at LG make my bottom because it wasnt worth my time making another.
  5. Testing everything out. Works better than i had hoped. Die fits tight. Keys fit rather well.
  6. The dies came annealed. After all the machine work i normalized 3x at 1650F, and then hardened at 1550F in 10 gallons of Parks 50 which was at 75F. I am not overly concerned if the main body wasnt as hard as the face of the die. Since its roughly the same diameter as many of my 4140 hand hammers thats are hardened in Parks, i knew it would take on full hardness. Now for final fitting of the key.
  7. Looks like a self contained under the tarp.
  8. Ugh, such little available on Nazel.
  9. Ahh so the tag serial doesnt reference a year at all. It did in a card catelog somewhere, forgotten in time though. I keep meaning to buy that book. Does jt contain info on self-contained hammer?
  10. I need more info on this from books. I didnt realize Murco was bought by LG. Whats yours look like?
  11. Well the machine company that had it eventually to sell to someone else has 1975 on thr date with a machine# which is i am assuming a catelog number for their records in their warehouse, and the date it was brought there? Or it was bought new and they were a distributor of the hammers and the date 1975 is the date of manufacture? Maybe the 2052 serial number on the Murco tag means it was the 20th machine made in 1952?
  12. It is amazing that i just found this thread, and i was replacing the tension spring for the first time on my 50# Murray. Like your Moloch, my Murray has some upgrades to the LG hammers you often see. Roger Rice is making up some keys and bolt down die blocks for my hammer as we speak. He said my hammer had very few hours on it, and thats after me pounding away with it for a few years. With that said, i havent forged with the new spring on, but before it was replaced, my 50# Murray has such ridiculously good control. It will forever be used as my blade hammer. Simply no replacing it.