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Old 06-23-2009, 10:08 AM   #1
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I know... I've been stuck on vintage stuff lately here at the Garage Journal. I'll move on soon, promise. That said, I've always wanted one of these super heavy old mechani...
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:07 AM   #2
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Looks like a match to our old Alemite grease and lube roll-arounds we still have here at work. Also similar to my old art-deco cabinet here.

Don't you dare get un-stuck on the vintage stuff! I know you better than that!
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:11 AM   #3
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Saw this at the 57 Heaven Museum in Branson Mo. Everything from 57. Don't know if this was manufactured then, or just still used. I do have a friend with one, like to have one myself. Joe
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Old 06-23-2009, 11:13 AM   #4
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The below link is a panorama of the 57 Heaven Museum. Slowpoke has a better pic than in the panorama, but you can see the breadth of the museum. Just don't get upset by the newer SO box on the right of the oldie. In the Texaco station you can just barely see one of the complete workstation in the left bay in front of the 1957 Chrysler. 57 Heaven

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Old 06-23-2009, 02:45 PM   #5
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I wonder who made them? I've got to have one damnit...
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Old 06-23-2009, 03:53 PM   #6
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These work stations / tool cribs are so AWESOME!

I have read that many were made by Alemite, so it is no surprise it matches the grease and lube roll-arounds 1950chevysurburban has at work. The old Alemite magazine adds depict these work stations in them as well, and are the closest thing I have to a 'guiding vision' for the lay out of my shop cabinets. Unfortunately, I have never managed to find an original one.

These guys re-popped some replicas of them, but they are too spendy for me:

http://www.toppsrestoration.com/gastanks.html

Also: Someone on the board has one made by Lincoln, but I didn't jot down the name of who has it. I suspect there were many companies that sold these work stations 'back in the day'.

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Old 06-23-2009, 04:05 PM   #7
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Check it out. 1951 Alemite add:

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Old 06-23-2009, 04:13 PM   #8
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Check this one out:

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Old 06-23-2009, 04:14 PM   #9
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Or this one:

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Old 06-23-2009, 04:15 PM   #10
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One more:

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Old 06-23-2009, 05:06 PM   #11
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Old 06-23-2009, 05:10 PM   #12
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.......... yeah, you and me both. Mine are state property ( U of A) and can't be just thrown out or sold.

Wonder how hard it would be to have some made up........?
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Old 06-23-2009, 05:23 PM   #13
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Ok Ryan... You have poured gasoline back on this Alemite work station desire of mine re-igniting my quest.... so I called Jeff at Topps Restoration, just to price one of these out again. Yup... Too expensive for me ($3000 un-restored), but WOW he does good work. The ones I posted above are all restored originals, or re-pops made by him and his team.

It seems Jeff travels to all the big swap meets in the states surrounding Oklahoma buying 'vintage cool'. He now has a large storage building and yard full of original, Vintage, garage equipment like this original work station:





Or this original Lube Center:



Jeff is a great guy to talk with on the phone, so if you really, really want on... Give him a call.

But over here in my backyard garage I guess I'll just keep looking.

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Old 06-23-2009, 05:35 PM   #14
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Awesome... Does he have a website?
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I'm in Oklahoma City, where is Jeff? (Must beat Ryan, heh-heh, or Ryan will be coming up for the Okie Twist Off.....)
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On my radar too. Already scored a couple Alemite/Stewart Warner air hose reels.
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Old 06-23-2009, 07:01 PM   #17
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Awesome... Does he have a website?
Yup:

http://www.toppsrestoration.com/

It's got some great pictures, but he isn't much of a computer guy so you would need to call him to discuss things. (Indeed, he told me he hasn't even looked at his own website for several years and was glad it was still looking good.)


You can reach him here:
Jeff (405) 823-7974


If you're in his area I'm sure you would be given the full tour of his collection of 'cool'.

Let us know if you get anything,
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I'm in Oklahoma City, where is Jeff? (Must beat Ryan, heh-heh, or Ryan will be coming up for the Okie Twist Off.....)
He said he lived and had a shop in a different place than his storage building was in. I'm pretty sure the storage building is in Guthrie OK, but I don't recall where he heralds from.

One quick call and....
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Littleman has a neat 50's ? GM dealer set up, well he had back in 2003 or 4 behind the Divco. Wish I had taken pics.... tt
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Old 06-24-2009, 01:52 AM   #20
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Here's another vintage add showing the Alemite work station and Lube equipment:

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