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  • My brass wrench

    it's marked "AMPCO" W-72 and a "20" at the end of the handle on one side.

    on the other side it's marked "ALBR" 10 in. <FM> 45IT

    when i first started working for the gooberment up here, whenever we worked on the aviation fuel dispensers we were given a set of brass tools. screwdrivers, adj. wrenches, pipe wrenches (ever work with a 36" brass pipe wrench?), channel locks, and even a brass ice chisle.

    anyways, years later i'm at the local dump (the mall) and i came across this. low and behold, one of the old brass wrenches i use to use.

    i think i'll make it functional again.

    Vince
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    Re: My brass wrench

    And here is today's version.

    From their website:

    The American Metal Products Company (later called "Ampco") produced the first-ever line of aluminum bronze safety hand tools in 1922.
    "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
    John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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      Re: My brass wrench

      Originally posted by Bob D. View Post
      And here is today's version.

      From their website:

      The American Metal Products Company (later called "Ampco") produced the first-ever line of aluminum bronze safety hand tools in 1922.
      that's pretty cool.

      thanks.

      i hope i can order a couple of parts from them.

      Vince

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        Re: My brass wrench

        Originally posted by Vince the Plumber View Post
        that's pretty cool.

        thanks.

        i hope i can order a couple of parts from them.

        Vince
        Maybe they will fix it for free! If you give them a good sob story and tell
        them how you can't live w/o your AMPCO wrench and it saved your life maybe.

        If an AMPCO tool breaks or fails to perform under normal use,
        it will be repaired or replaced at no charge. Exceptions include
        misuse or abuse or normal service wear.
        "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
        John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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