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Was over visiting my grandmother this evening. A couple years back, my grandfather passed away, and my family helps take care of my grandmother.

 

I went into his shop for nostalgic reasons (spent a lot of time with him out there when I was a thigh-high). A lot of the stuff was cleaned out by family, but there still is a good amount in there, which my grandmother is always telling us to take what we want.

 

When I was in there, I spotted this vintage oiler on the bench. I've been considering picking one up lately, so it almost felt like it was meant to be, how it was sitting perfectly in the middle of the bench when I went in.

 

I know its probably not anything special or expensive, but the sentimental value is priceless.

 

Not sure what this "Rainbow" brand is, but I love the patina and the color. Will clean it up and put it to use in my garage.

 

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SylvanLakeWH
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NICE!!!

 

Just did the same thing last month cleaning out my 94 year old Dad's house...!

 

Mine's all silver but same concept! Works better than all my other ones...

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71_Bronco

On a side note, what should I fill it with? Should I put a heavy gear oil in it? Or a light, very viscous oil?

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lynnmor
1 hour ago, 71_Bronco said:

On a side note, what should I fill it with? Should I put a heavy gear oil in it? Or a light, very viscous oil?

 

Depends what you will be oiling.  I use 10W-40 in mine for general oiling of moving parts on the tractors.

 

Keep you eyes open for oil cans like that with tractor names embossed on them, John Deere for example.  They bring good money from collectors.

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ebinmaine

AWESOME stuff. 

 

I have a few oil cans from folks who have passed as well. 

Just something special about them. 

 

Mine are all filled with regular old engine oil 10w30. 

 

 

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Jeff-C175

Here's the ones that I use regularly.  These date back to the late 40s when my FIL had a service station in Long Branch, NJ:

 

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I sure wish I could find the screw on tip for the one on the left!  

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lynnmor
5 hours ago, Jeff-C175 said:

Here's the ones that I use regularly.  These date back to the late 40s when my FIL had a service station in Long Branch, NJ:

 

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I sure wish I could find the screw on tip for the one on the left!  

 

You might need to make a tip, do you know the thread size?  I'll take a look at mine to see what I might be able to figure out.

 

With the trigger and nozzle on one side, that type is always tipping over so I added stick-on wheel weights on the opposite side.

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Jeff-C175
5 hours ago, lynnmor said:

thread size?

 

I'll check later, thanks!  I don't know why it didn't occur to me to make one!  Well, DUHHH!

 

Yes, tip over is an issue.  Helps to keep it full!  But now I'm gonna cast a lead weight to stick on the bottom.  Thanks again!

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Jeff-C175
On 10/4/2021 at 3:50 AM, lynnmor said:

You might need to make a tip

 

:thanks: Lynnmor!  Your inspiration was priceless!

I went to the junkbox to look for material to make a tip and couldn't have gotten luckier!  :techie-eureka:  :banana-wrench:

The thread is 1/4-28.

 

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The very first thing that caught my eye was an old Chevy 396 pushrod.  The hole in the end looked just right.  Ground the ball end to a pointy shape.

 

Had to kill the temper, there was no way I was gonna cut that with a hacksaw!  Gotter red hot, cut the end off.  Lo and behold, the INSIDE oil passage was already the CORRECT TAP SIZE!

 

So I tapped it, and screwed it on.  Looks like it was made for it!  And in a way, it WAS!  ;)  Took me all of 15 minutes!  

 

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Next going to cast a magnet into a lead weight and make it tip-proof...

 

 

 

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Digger 66
On 10/3/2021 at 6:48 PM, 71_Bronco said:

Will clean it up and put it to use in my garage.

 

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Just wipe it with a rag that has clean oil on it .

Patina like that can never be replicated .

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71_Bronco
3 hours ago, Digger 66 said:

 

Just wipe it with a rag that has clean oil on it .

Patina like that can never be replicated .

 

Yes, I was just going to wipe the old gunk / dust off, not going to do anything too extreme.

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71_Bronco
5 hours ago, Jeff-C175 said:

 

:thanks: Lynnmor!  Your inspiration was priceless!

I went to the junkbox to look for material to make a tip and couldn't have gotten luckier!  :techie-eureka:  :banana-wrench:

The thread is 1/4-28.

 

image.png.761ba16fb5caf107243e9aea837ad7a5.png

 

The very first thing that caught my eye was an old Chevy 396 pushrod.  The hole in the end looked just right.  Ground the ball end to a pointy shape.

 

Had to kill the temper, there was no way I was gonna cut that with a hacksaw!  Gotter red hot, cut the end off.  Lo and behold, the INSIDE oil passage was already the CORRECT TAP SIZE!

 

So I tapped it, and screwed it on.  Looks like it was made for it!  And in a way, it WAS!  ;)  Took me all of 15 minutes!  

 

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Next going to cast a magnet into a lead weight and make it tip-proof...

 

 

 

 

Looks good, glad you got it figured out. I kinda like it with the blued tip, little color contrast.

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lynnmor

I had stick-on wheel weights that I applied to the side opposite the spout down low to prevent tip over.

 

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Jeff-C175
On 10/10/2021 at 7:21 AM, lynnmor said:

stick-on wheel weights

 

I like that idea but it means I would have to buy them.  Did I mention that I'm cheap, AND a 'hoarder'?

 

I have plenty of lead, and a crucible (and fishing weight and bullet molds).  Also have a bunch of magnets from old hard drives.  All I need to find is a suitable mold.  I'm sure there is something out there!

 

:text-offtopic:

 

By the way, those hand held propane torches also tip easily.  I found that the correct size plastic wire spool cut in half fits the propane tank snugly.  

 

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Only problem is that unless you have access to the spools say from your job like I did, I'm not sure where you would get one of these.

 

[edit: I never thought to look, but stabilizers can be purchased for under ten bucks.]

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formariz

I use quite a few old oiling cans myself. They are filled with different oils for different purposes. Some  I use kerosene with a little oil to lubricate the honing stones. 

On 10/4/2021 at 2:21 AM, ebinmaine said:

Just something special about them.

You are right. There is something special about them. It’s sort of a “nostalgic” feeling when using them. They also immediately catch everyone’s eye in the shop.

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