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piston vise

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This object appears in the following sections:


Americans Adopt the Auto:
Americans Adopt the Auto — Fixing Cars

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Piston Vise
Catalog #: 336,558, Accession #: 1978.0414
Currently on display
From the Smithsonian Collection
This vise was made by Allen Equipment, in Kalamazoo, Michigan.
Physical Description
Vise opened all the way: 13 5/8" L x 5 1/2" W x 2 7/8" H; screw-operated vise with special padded jaws to hold pistons.
Details
Date Made:
about 1920
Locations:
Michigan
Credit:
Gift of William J. Masters
History

Early cars required frequent maintenance and repairs. Many machinists, blacksmiths, bicycle mechanics, and others started auto repair shops. New-car dealers and gasoline stations also offered repairs, and most cities had garages that stored, cleaned, fueled, and serviced automobiles.

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Manufacturer
Allen Equipment
Located in Kalamazoo, MIchigan

Donor
William J. Masters
Masters donated this object to the museum in 1978

Place of manufacture
Kalamazoo, Michigan


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