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Old 02-16-2014, 11:58 PM   #1
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Smile Wilton 400S Restore

Wilton 400S Restore 1977
I picked this one up off of craigslist for $80. Was advertized as a bench with an old vise for $120. It had a crappy picture that showed it might be a Wilton. Called him up to find out about the vise and he wanted the whole table gone. He said it was a 4 inch bullet style so I knew it had to be a 400S. Half an hour latter it was sitting in the back of my car.




Itís rust free with no cracks or missing parts. The smooth jaws are custom made. The guy was selling off his retired dadís machine shop.

One of the handles was bent, but the breaker bar fixed that.

One pin needs push in a little.

Stripped and ready for cleaning.


Going to paint it Rust-Oleum Hammered Metal Finish Spray, Verde Green, so it matches my 300s.

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Old 02-18-2014, 09:29 AM   #2
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Moved everything outside to start cleaning. I wanted to see if I could save the paint, but 35 years of grim had taken their toll.

Anyone know what this was? The more time I worked on it, the more of it came off.

So out came the wire wheel on a grinder and man it was easer then using a drill. Stripped and cleaned everything in about 3 hours. I was still using the drill and dermal for the hard to reach spots.


Prepped and ready for primer and paint.


I moved it inside and had to keep telling myself don’t touch, don’t touch it!
Wilton 300S for size reference.

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Old 02-18-2014, 09:42 AM   #3
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very nice.

Has anyone painted their Wilton Bullet in neon color liek their high visibility vises?

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Old 02-18-2014, 09:53 AM   #4
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Very nice! I'm sure you feel proud to have that in your shop.
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Old 02-19-2014, 09:57 AM   #5
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Worked most of the night finishing up the vise. Chased all the treads and ran all the bolts through dies. Hit the handles and end cap with the deburing wheel. I used anti-seize on the main screw and swivel handles. All other bolts got greased. Waxed all exposed metal and greased the inside of the vise.
Then the hard part, painting. I used a small hobby brush and took my time. Right when I started the second side the brush stuck to the cup with the paint and I poured is all over the place including the vise. Uuhhgg. A quit clean up with water, shit that didnít work, grabbed the WD40 and that took it off. Anyway Iím super happy with the outcome.
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Old 02-19-2014, 10:15 AM   #6
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WOW beautiful job.
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Old 02-19-2014, 10:32 AM   #7
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Old 02-19-2014, 11:03 AM   #8
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A very nice restoration. It looked darn nice as is but did a great job. Congrats
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Old 02-19-2014, 11:06 AM   #9
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Great resto work.
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Old 02-19-2014, 12:05 PM   #10
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Alex: Can you provide me the diameter (where the two surface meets), as precise as possible, of the base of your vises?

I have a C1 swivel base I bought from a fellow GJ that I want to use in the future on a Wilton.
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Old 02-19-2014, 12:23 PM   #11
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Thanks Guys.
Trey, I will measure when I get home.
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Old 02-19-2014, 04:15 PM   #12
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Very nice work.
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Old 02-19-2014, 08:17 PM   #13
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holy shit! Nice resto!
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Old 02-19-2014, 08:21 PM   #14
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nice job. Are you going to use those or are they just for looking pretty?
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Old 02-20-2014, 09:53 AM   #15
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The top of the base is 17 cm or 6 11/16 inches diameter.
Hell yes I'm going to use them! I'm building a Jack Olsen Bench that they are going to mounted on. As soon as I can get another tool box there are big changes coming to my garage.
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Old 07-19-2014, 06:31 PM   #16
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real nice. I am not going to restore mine, I like it as is. its ROUGH...LIKE ME...lol...but you did a great job showing the guts of the Wilton.

what did you use to lube the inside? grease or anti seize?
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Sweet!
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Old 07-19-2014, 09:44 PM   #18
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Ya Dun Gud, Bubba!!!
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real nice. I am not going to restore mine, I like it as is. its ROUGH...LIKE ME...lol...but you did a great job showing the guts of the Wilton.

what did you use to lube the inside? grease or anti seize?
I used a lite coat of super lube grease on the slide.. antiseize on all the non exposed rotating parts. That stuff sticks to everything and does not want to come off hands/cloths.
Almost ready to mount it.
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Old 07-20-2014, 11:31 AM   #20
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Seen this a few times and never commented. Fantastic job on both.
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