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Old 12-21-2011, 10:04 AM   #1
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Default Vintage Floor Jacks



It seems like once a year, I get a hankering for a vintage floor jack like a Walker Shorty or one from the "Boy" series. I haven't pulled the trigger as I've yet to find o...

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Old 12-21-2011, 10:31 AM   #2
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You gotta love those Walkers.

I restored this 4T a few years back. It doesn't have quite the style of the slightly older ones you have pictured, but it's still makes for a nice piece of "usable" history in my shop. And it's been in the family for many, many years.
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:01 PM   #3
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They don't make them like they used to! Blackhawk S4.





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Old 12-21-2011, 01:05 PM   #4
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Sweet! Great.. now I want one... I really want a high lift - long handle jack like this before I start the suspension work on my Mustang
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Old 12-21-2011, 01:07 PM   #5
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Ryan,

I bought my first one, Tom Boy, about 2 years ago, and my second one on Monday, a 4 ton.

Hiball is indispensable for rebuild parts, as all on this forum are aware. Elroy inspired me to buy my first one and the extraordinary quality of these jacks convinced me to buy the second one. I am in Northern California and they seem to pop up on Craig's List a couple of times a year, generally under $100.
I paid $50 for the small one & $65 for the big one. One of these days, I will figure out how to do pictures.

I have no regrets on either purchase.

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Old 12-21-2011, 02:05 PM   #6
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I wonder what the marketing spin was by including "BOY" in the model?

I bought a new Hein Werner in the '70's and is an "OH BOY" model.
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Old 12-21-2011, 02:09 PM   #7
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WOW!
My old vintage Walker jack is one of the models pictured! I think its a 4 ton. My Dad gave it to me 20 years ago. He bought it surplus when the high school auto shop he taught at closed down. We believe it to be from the late 40s. It drips and I have to add oil every now and then. The local repair shop told Dad that the seals and parts to fix it were NLA many years ago. You guys know of a source for parts now? Love to make it right....
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Old 12-21-2011, 05:22 PM   #8
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Hiball is your man! He sold me the rebuild kit for my first Walker jack; very prompt & very good. He is on the forum.
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Old 12-21-2011, 08:03 PM   #9
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Found one for sale today. Don't really know much about them though.

http://detroit.craigslist.org/wyn/tls/2654310477.html

Was actually looking for something with a little less personality like a newer OTC, hein, or something like that...but the huge old ones are indeed mighty cool.
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:43 PM   #10
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There is a 7 ton Walker on the Detroit CL today. $150

http://detroit.craigslist.org/mcb/tls/2764320796.html
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:49 PM   #11
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I bought a 4 ton Walker last winter, have yet to restore it.
They are big, can't imagine the size of the 7 ton listed above.
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:12 PM   #12
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There was one vintage jack (Blackhawk??) that had a light on it, those old jacks did have some style compared to the ChiCom garbage of today.
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Old 12-22-2011, 02:30 AM   #13
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There was one vintage jack (Blackhawk??) that had a light on it, those old jacks did have some style compared to the ChiCom garbage of today.
Yep, they had great style. The light set-up was available on a later production version of -Brent's- S-4 jack.

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Old 12-22-2011, 04:19 AM   #14
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Mine went from this...





To This...





One of these days I'll get the raised lettering and side stripes painted up and finish it.
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Old 12-22-2011, 04:50 AM   #15
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You can have mine. Old Atlas model. forget which one. Needs a new pivet castor. Holds vehicles up and doesnt seem to leak down. Just could never trust it being so old. If you search some of my old post you can find it here.

It's just too big to keep around. Gonna sell it regardless. Shipping would be a beeotch, I'm sure.

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Old 12-22-2011, 06:25 AM   #16
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Hope I am not out of line asking, where do you guys typically find these older jacks, CL? ebay, etc? My father has a 2 ton Walker that is about 20 yrs old. He has spoken about getting a new jack as his leaks down slowly and it has seen better days. Given the lack of US made jacks, I'd maybe consider finding an older one to get redone, a 4 ton or so. Ideas on where to look would be great. TIA
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Old 12-22-2011, 07:29 AM   #17
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Sadly, I let my Tom Boy go when I sold North Rockland Amoco (It was an original occupant of Lou's Garage). I considered it too large and heavy to suit my needs at the time. That's a decision I wish I could "re-do." I always felt comfortable and safe with that jack and I've never had anything since with such a stable platform, especially to move a car in the shop.

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Old 12-22-2011, 08:45 AM   #18
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Mine is missing a few parts.... found it in the garage I bought....
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Old 12-22-2011, 09:24 AM   #19
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I have a Watco 301 HC 1-1/2 Ton. It's too ugly right now for pictures. HiBall here on the G.J. said he could get new seals, but I haven't seen him on here in a while. Anyone else have a source for seals?
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Old 12-22-2011, 10:30 AM   #20
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Been looking for one with no luck for the last couple years!@
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