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Old 05-24-2014, 11:47 AM   #1
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Default Reed 204 1/2 Restore 1910's

I picked this 100 year old Reed 204 1/2 up the other day. Planning on restoring it to its original glory. It has fixed jaws and a 3 bolt base. Weight 72 lbs.



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Old 05-24-2014, 12:26 PM   #2
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Default Re: Reed 204 1/2 Restore 1910's

I have the same vise (missing the swivel base). I'm looking forward to seeing pictures of the restoration.
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Old 05-24-2014, 12:33 PM   #3
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Default Re: Reed 204 1/2 Restore 1910's

except for a bent swivel pin it looks like it's done and ready to use. always looking forward to seeing what magic you can do to an old vise. any color picked or red white and blue lettering again which i think you might have done to one of your wiltons.
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Old 05-24-2014, 12:38 PM   #4
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Congrats, you Wilton restore was awesome. What are your plans for the handle on this one? Now you need the matching Reed 104.5.
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Old 05-24-2014, 02:38 PM   #5
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Default Re: Reed 204 1/2 Restore 1910's

Thanks Guys.
THe plan is to paint it black with white letters. Less showpiece and more vintage throwback. Could not get it apart. The end was mushroomed and the bottom screw it stuck good. Took out the file and dremel to clearance it. Took awhile but the slide is out and I'm going to hit it with the flapper wheel now that I can put a straight edge on it. There is no moving the bottom nut. Tried lube and heat. Bolted a piece of angle iron in my other vise and it just bent the hell out of it.

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Old 05-27-2014, 02:57 PM   #6
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Fixed up the end so it is perfectly flat and moves like butter.
Prepped for painting. Cleaned vise with alcohol and blasted with the air hose. Classic semigloss black.
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Old 05-27-2014, 04:17 PM   #7
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Does that vise have a stop collar for when opening? Or is it just cross drilled and pinned after those two shims?

Looking good.
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Old 05-27-2014, 04:44 PM   #8
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Only the pin. Its an older design.
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Old 05-27-2014, 04:46 PM   #9
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Only the pin. Its an older design.
Hum, interesting. Thanks for the info. I look forward to seeing it completed
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Old 06-15-2014, 08:36 PM   #10
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Final finished up the Reed. Classic black with white letters. The handle is really long, 3+ inches longer then my Wilton 400S. The pin setup was kind of a pain to get the pre-load just rite. Don't know if I'm going to keep it. Too nice to mount outside and no room in the shop.



Jaws are in good shape too.
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how did you go about straightening that lock down handle?
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Old 06-15-2014, 09:25 PM   #12
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Got it near perfect.

Here is how I did it on my Wilton. Line up the bend and use a breaker bar or box end wrench. Work it a little bit at a time until its strait.
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Ya Dun Gud, Bubba!!!
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