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Old 11-16-2018, 03:27 PM   #1
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Picked up an old Wilton Bullet vise on eBay and going through cleaning it up and restoring it. Date code says manufactured in 1945 in Chicago. Love the looks of these things. It was covered in paint but in good working order so will just need a cleanup and paint and a few missing/damaged parts.

Got it all pulled apart and starting to clean it up now.









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Old 11-16-2018, 04:07 PM   #2
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Awesome tools! Yours looks a lot like the one I use/abuse everyday at my job.
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Old 11-16-2018, 04:13 PM   #3
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You should put this in the DIY forum
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Old 11-16-2018, 04:38 PM   #4
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I rebuilt a 1948 model a few years ago. I ended up making a 250 dollar profit on it. The fella that purchased it was happy to have a solid American made vise.




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Old 11-17-2018, 12:16 AM   #5
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Good point. Anyway the mods can move it?
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Old 11-17-2018, 12:16 AM   #6
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Looks great! Think Iím gonna keep this one. But Iíll be on the lookout for these things for sale for a long time!
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Old 11-17-2018, 12:25 AM   #7
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Very nice! I really enjoy putting some love and attention into something that can tell a story. How much was shipping for the vice???
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Old 11-17-2018, 12:32 AM   #8
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Hunting this weekend but got most of the paint stripped. May work on it some more after the cowboy game Sunday.
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Old 11-17-2018, 08:02 PM   #9
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What color did you use


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Old 11-17-2018, 08:27 PM   #10
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I canít remember the name. I was in the Permian basin at the time. I stopped into the Sherman Williams in Carlsbad and was asking for a good industrial type paint. Well the kid was filling aresol cans with what a large company in the basin uses to paint pumps with. They had two color options. That green color and a tan color. I want to say it is what Apache or Concho uses.
It is a solid paint and I only paid 4 bucks a can.

You can spend 500 bucks today on a brand new vise and it still would not be as nice as that 1948 Wilton is.

The OP will have a fantastic piece once he completes his refurbishment. He


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Old 11-17-2018, 08:30 PM   #11
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Yep,rebuilding a 746 mechanics vise and looking for that green looks a lot like the original color


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Old 11-17-2018, 08:38 PM   #12
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Great job. I love my old Wiltons
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Old 11-18-2018, 01:04 AM   #13
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somewhere around 50 bucks.
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Old 11-18-2018, 09:10 AM   #14
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Rust-oleum makes a Hammered Verde Green that is very close to the original wilton green.
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Rust-oleum makes a Hammered Verde Green that is very close to the original wilton green.


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Old 11-18-2018, 09:22 AM   #16
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Man.. that's really cool! I like resto projects like this one! I was looking for a great USA made vice about a year ago for my dad.. haven't found one yet.. we're sharing my sub-decent craftsman 4.5"... i need it at home for my gunsmith stuff but our jeep project is at his place.

Good find man.. I'll definitely follow your progress!

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Old 11-25-2018, 11:09 PM   #17
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Slow going with Thanksgiving and hunting, but I should have it cleaned up completely tomorrow.

Question I have for the experts; How bad would it be to weld on the anvil portion of the vise? It has some pretty good gouges that I would weld to fill and grind down, but not sure if that would hurt anything. Will probably never use the anvil part much.

Also, I'm thinking of a blue (sort of a miller blue) as the color. Any other ideas?

Will be using a threaded rod as the tensioner on one side until I can find a replacement.
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Old 11-26-2018, 12:19 AM   #18
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If you decide to weld up the gouges, use a 110m rod. It has 1% moly in it and will with stand hammering as it work toughens but doesn't get harder and chip.
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