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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #15 on: June 27, 2014, 08:19:02 PM »
I used my BlueBird pliers today, but not for the intended pur[pose!
I was putting tubes in some dolly wheels and I needed something that would grab the tubeless valve stem and rip it out of the rim. Worked a treat they did.
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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #16 on: June 30, 2014, 05:45:52 AM »
My '58 Cub LoBoy wouldn't start Saturday - there was a bad connection at one of the terminals.  Probably because I read this post I reached for my Bluebird puller.  I could have jammed a screwdriver in there and popped it off but it's good to use the proper tools.
I had to paw through the toolbox to find 'em - gotta sort my battery tools into a tray.
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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #17 on: June 30, 2014, 02:39:15 PM »
I've got all my car battery tools stored in a metal box. Since I now have a BB logo, I'm thinking I'll repaint this box hammered blue and hand paint the BB logo on it. Make it my dedicated battery tool box.
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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #18 on: June 30, 2014, 06:12:30 PM »
I've got all my car battery tools stored in a metal box. Since I now have a BB logo, I'm thinking I'll repaint this box hammered blue and hand paint the BB logo on it. Make it my dedicated battery tool box.

 That's the ticket!
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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #19 on: June 30, 2014, 07:24:01 PM »
question for the battery tool collectors;

do you have any booklets & tools for rebuilding auto batteries ?  they made a special plier to
pull the plates out.

during WW2 that was very common. as a lad, I remember a fellow that would visit to have
my dad machine or weld someting for him and he would always ask if we had old batteries.
he mentioned that one of the dangerous parts of rebuiling batteries was pulling out the plates
with pliers. (yes, even batteries were hard to buy then.)

a long time back, I had seen a booklet on this trade and the tools needed.
 

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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #20 on: June 30, 2014, 09:03:11 PM »
This tells a lot, but not about the tools so much.
http://www.thebackshed.com/windmill/articles/RebuildingBatteries.asp
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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #21 on: July 03, 2014, 03:15:26 PM »
OK, here's my battery tool box as it was a couple years ago, and with it's new hammered blue paint. Not too much of a difference as the picture isn't really showing off the blue. But the tacky masking tape label is gone!
Just have to hand paint the logo now.
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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #22 on: July 03, 2014, 07:23:28 PM »
Battery repair circa 1918. Shows many weird tools and fixtures.
Only mentions the use of 'long thin nosed pliers' for manipulating plates.
Does show a plate press, and describes slotting tools for splitting them.
also burning equipment etc..

http://books.google.com/books?id=H8dEAAAAIAAJ&pg=PA142#v=onepage&q&f=false

(Scroll down 2 pages to see the press.
scroll up 1 page to see why you should give your battery a nice warm steam bath...)

Just a weathered light rust/WD40 mix patina.

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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #23 on: July 12, 2014, 11:00:28 AM »
Here's a vintage BB tool that cam up on ebay. A battery lifter! So cool!
Maybe I should try and make one?

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Blue-Bird-Battery-Carrier-Adjustable-8-1-2-Max-TL-/251054276768?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3a740040a0
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« Reply #24 on: July 23, 2014, 03:41:08 PM »
Rummaging thru the tool bin at one of my local pawn haunts, and I come across a virtually NOS BlueBird #11 pliers. The teeth look unused!

And she only cost me a $1. SCORE!
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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #25 on: July 23, 2014, 04:13:11 PM »
A very clean later model!
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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #26 on: July 23, 2014, 05:07:17 PM »
Nice find.  $1 is my favorite price for pliers, wrenches, etc.
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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #27 on: July 23, 2014, 05:23:28 PM »
I found some of mine, on the floor behind the shear! I didn't knock them off!
they need some time in the molasses tub!
A bunch of pics (4200+) of tools and project in our shoppe
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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #28 on: July 23, 2014, 08:50:02 PM »
Nice find.  $1 is my favorite price for pliers, wrenches, etc.
Chilly

Yep! A buck is my price!
Now, all I have to do is find 3 others, and I'll have their complete plier lineup.
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Re: My growing set of Blue Bird battery tools
« Reply #29 on: July 23, 2014, 08:51:33 PM »
I found some of mine, on the floor behind the shear! I didn't knock them off!
they need some time in the molasses tub!

Ohh, that double-post model looks so cool!
You gotta post pics of that puppy all cleaned up and painted.
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