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Old 12-23-2009, 08:06 PM   #1
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Default My tool box re-do

I decided that i needed to freshen up my tool box that will house my growing vintage snap-on tool collection. The box is not as old as i would like but it is a good size for my needs and the older ones that i have found are just too small. It was not in bad shape but did have a fair number of bruises on it. I also found that snap-on boxes of this vintage have many waves in the metal from the spot welds. I am used to building street rods and other show cars, so this box had to be straight. I am not done yet but i will post pics as i progress.

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Old 12-23-2009, 08:15 PM   #2
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Wow, you really went to town! I redid a top box like that, but didn't take the top panel off. How did you get it off?
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:21 PM   #3
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That is a serious toolbox rehabilitation. Hats off to you...great facility you have to work in, too
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:22 PM   #4
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Wow, you really went to town! I redid a top box like that, but didn't take the top panel off. How did you get it off?
I just drilled it off. It took me 4 hours just to disassembe those boxes.
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:37 PM   #5
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I've taken off lids by removing the long hinge pins, sometimes easy, sometimes a big pain in the butt. I've got a box now that I want to make a new top lid for but the existing top part of the lid hinge seems to be a part of the box not a spot welded on hinge, not sure what I'm going to do.
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:38 PM   #6
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Great job on the box refinishing.
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Old 12-23-2009, 08:56 PM   #7
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what model of box is that ive seen a couple and i really like the drop front and the row of little drawers.
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Old 12-23-2009, 09:00 PM   #8
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what model of box is that ive seen a couple and i really like the drop front and the row of little drawers.
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Old 12-23-2009, 09:42 PM   #9
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Nice booths!!
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Old 12-23-2009, 10:00 PM   #10
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Wow that's some serious work.
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Old 12-24-2009, 12:29 AM   #11
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mine next! i just picked up the same combo last weekend. I'm planning on redoing the top, but this is going to be tough to follow.
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Old 12-24-2009, 12:46 PM   #12
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I've taken off lids by removing the long hinge pins, sometimes easy, sometimes a big pain in the butt. I've got a box now that I want to make a new top lid for but the existing top part of the lid hinge seems to be a part of the box not a spot welded on hinge, not sure what I'm going to do.

I have had to do the same thing with the rod in the piano hinge on 20's and 30's car hoods. You are right, big pain, especially right after you have painted the hood. Could you just cut the section of the old top that you are talking about and spot weld it to the new one that you make?
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Old 12-24-2009, 06:39 PM   #13
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Nice Job. I just completed a rehab on a Snapon KR557C. Istill have to do the top box. How much primer and paint did you use?

I used DuPont Centari.
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Old 12-25-2009, 11:52 PM   #14
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Nice Job. I just completed a rehab on a Snapon KR557C. Istill have to do the top box. How much primer and paint did you use?

I used DuPont Centari.

This box is like painting a motorcycle. It looks small but there is a lot of surface area that is eating up a lot of materials. I used 3 pints of etch primer, a gallon and a half of primer surfacer, 3 quarts of sealer, a gallon of viper red base coat, a gallon of clear with Alsa red metalflake, and another gallon of clear over that. I am wet sanding everything right now so that I can reclear it. That will give me a nice finish so that I can sand and polish everything to a true show car finish. The picture that I attached is what some of the parts are looking like so far. I will post more pics as I progress.
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Old 12-25-2009, 11:56 PM   #15
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Wow, nice setup .. you must have a huge garage ..
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Old 01-01-2010, 06:07 PM   #16
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Well, it is finally done. I just finished polishing it an put the last couple of pieces on. The only things left are to cut new drawer liners and figure out what I want to do with the black masonite piece that went on the top of the chest. I have a total of 5 gallons of material on this including all primers, sealers, waterborne basecoat and clear coat. I have about 100 hours into it. If I can find a side cabinet or middle box locally, I will buy it and paint it to match. Now the fun part, FILLING IT.

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Old 01-01-2010, 06:09 PM   #17
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Some more pics.

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If I had the middle cabinet or the side cabinet to that set, I would GIVE it to you just to be able to see the end result. I never thought a paint job on a tool box could look sexy but I was wrong...

That is a gorgeous looking box and sexy looking to boot even if it isn't female.
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Old 01-01-2010, 06:30 PM   #19
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I think you should contact Snapon public relations with your restoration project!
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Absolutely beautiful job!
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