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Old 12-07-2011, 10:55 PM   #1
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Default It Never Gets Old: (Another) Wilton Vise Restoration

So, saw this pop up on my local craigslist recently; took a short drive and claimed it for myself. The seller was a nice, retired machinist who didn't need it anymore (it was an extra; had had 2+):





It's seen some use:





Jaws not so bad, but screws are pretty rough:





Is this the model number?



Looks like the date reads June 30th, 1963



Cleaned it up some with some acetone to see if there was any original paint left, I think this is the only spot:



Those jaw screws gave me some trouble, but in the end I won out:



All apart:








So, a few questions to those that may know:
  • When cleaning I noticed bits of original paint on the handle and main screw. Does anyone know, was the entire vise painted green from the factory?
  • I'd like to clean up the anvil surface some (for minimal cost), is draw filing an unreliable method? I just need something relatively flat for home use.
  • What head-style of screw would be preferred for the jaws? I will not be putting phillips back in there.

Will probably attack the paint with aircraft stripper later this week, after deciding what color to paint it. The two contenders are 1) alkyd enamel color matched to the original color, or 2) the easy way: the hammertone verde green everyone seems to be so fond of. Decisions, decisions....
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Old 12-07-2011, 10:55 PM   #2
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So, got the handles cleaned up with a fine wire wheel. That gave it a pretty bright, metal finish. I was actually glad that it darkened up a bit after applying some paste wax (thanks for the recommendations!)



grabbed a few washers and grommets from Ace Hardware:



And did my best to replicate the infamous 'finger savers'





All taped up ready for paint:










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Old 12-07-2011, 10:56 PM   #3
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A little primer:



A little paint:






More to come...

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Old 12-08-2011, 01:02 AM   #4
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I think the earlier Wilton machinist's look awesome. I use a newer 400N as my daily-use vise, but love my older 9450.

This one is dated 6/70.
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Old 12-08-2011, 09:54 AM   #5
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I think the earlier Wilton machinist's look awesome. I use a newer 400N as my daily-use vise, but love my older 9450.

This one is dated 6/70.
That is a nice one! And yes, I agree, the older models are a little more attractive (although just as practical). Tell me, are the handles on that one just brushed, bare steel? Any rusting issues? In FL our humidity is killer, and I'd like to get this right the first time.
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Old 12-08-2011, 05:30 PM   #6
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The handle on mine is bare steel. It's in my unheated barn in NY and I haven't had any rusting problems. The only thing I've done to it is to give it a coating of bowling alley wax every few months...
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Old 12-08-2011, 06:09 PM   #7
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My handles are bare steel, no rust, a coat of simple Johnson paste wax. Of course Colorado doesn't have much of a humidity problem...
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Old 12-08-2011, 10:47 PM   #8
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You could use socket headed cap screws for the jaws. If you are good with a grinder you can clean up the anvil and the top and then touch it up with the file.
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Old 12-08-2011, 11:34 PM   #9
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Anyone know where to get the swivel bases for these? I have several of these vises but no swivel bases.
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Old 12-09-2011, 12:17 AM   #10
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Sho' is purdy!!

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Old 12-09-2011, 01:47 PM   #11
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Anyone know where to get the swivel bases for these? I have several of these vises but no swivel bases.
Grainger. But they aren't cheap.
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Old 12-23-2011, 07:19 AM   #13
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But keeping my progress at the top, people will only have to go through the first few posts to see all the pics. You can see it in action now, as I have finally made some time to move forward.
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I saw two like this local to me... Should I go buy one? or both?

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I saw two like this local to me... Should I go buy one? or both?
If they are Wilton bullets and cheap, get them both.
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If they are Wilton bullets and cheap, get them both.
They look just like the vice in this thread. I sent the seller a message.Hopefully he replies.

I don't want to take away from the thread since I do enjoy these vice restoration threads.

But this is the picture from the ad


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Old 12-25-2011, 11:41 AM   #17
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They look just like the vice in this thread. I sent the seller a message.Hopefully he replies.

I don't want to take away from the thread since I do enjoy these vice restoration threads.

But this is the picture from the ad

heh, no problem bud, good luck on snagging up one. Patience is key...

Over the past year+ I've seen lots of these for sale in my area, but most are asking $200-250, even in poor condition. (not a good value)

I just waited patiently, keeping an eye out for a deal, and I happened to catch mine shortly after it was listed (for $75) - I quickly snatched it up.

so, new progress is up top!

I know I already said this, but I just can't get over how pleased I am with the color of the bare steel + paste wax. After seeing some paint on the vise, it just really brings things together (for me), getting close to completion!

Merry Christmas everyone!
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Old 12-26-2011, 02:43 AM   #18
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How did you clean the anvil up on it? It looks better after than it did when you first got it.
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Old 12-26-2011, 06:22 AM   #19
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How did you clean the anvil up on it? It looks better after than it did when you first got it.
Thanks!

Cross filing + draw filing + an abundance of patience = fresh anvil surface. Better pics of that are coming soon.
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