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    Posted: 23 July 2009 at 11:00am
Not really a "Willys" accessory, but kinda cool, and period correct.  Just like in the Auto-Lite manual!

1949 Auto-lite ST-232-B bench test Volt/Amp meter.  She was kinda beat & abused physically, and needed some electrical fixing, but now works again!

     

The meters are beautiful old-school quality & craftsmanship.  High accuracy & precision, jeweled movements:


The calibration resistors were hand-wound to tolerance on wooden bobbins w/ .005-.006" dia cloth covered wire! (this one was burnt):

     

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote bkreutz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 July 2009 at 5:13pm
Old tools are almost as neat as old Jeeps. Nice restoration. So are you building up a period WO service center?Thumbs Up
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote sean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 July 2009 at 5:26pm
Thanks Gale.  Not really "restored", just cleaned and repaired!

I'm not trying to build a tool collection (though I have dreamed of the Willys tool display board!), but when something like this comes up for less than $10, I can't pass it up.  Even if it didn't work, it's a neat "curio".

That is does work is a big bonus.  It's hard enough to find a 100 A ammeter at any price.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote bkreutz Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 23 July 2009 at 6:59pm
Still neat, but while the meter goes up to 100A, looking at the gauge of wire in there I think 100A would make that a real hand warmer.LOL (or it would just let the smoke out) Is there a date anywhere on it? I'm thinking late 30's or 40's by the styling. 
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Gale:

There are large shunt bars built-in for the 100 & 50 A scales.  Not obvious in the photo.

1949.  You can see the date stamp on the voltmeter: Jan 5 1949.  The ammeter is Jan 12.  This meter is still depicted in the 1953 1950 service manual.

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That new? Kind of a surprise, the stylized arrow around the center knob sure looks "art deco" to me, but then maybe the styling department was a little behind the curve.LOL Do you have a case for it? (Bakelite I would imagine) or is that made to fit into a console of some sort. I like old tools (now that sounds weirdLOL) Kind of a window into the past. 
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Gale:

It's in a steel case, just doesn't show in the photo.  The carry/hanger handle is missing, and all the rubber feet have gone brittle & broke off, but otherwise ready to use.

My manual is 1950 (not '53 as I claimed earlier).  The diagrams show the same series meter, model ST-232-A (w/out the 100A scale).  The same meter is also shown in Rocketeer's '47 Auto-Lite manual posted a while ago (can't find the post now, w/the forum limits):

     

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let me know when you find a period growler and i'll send my starter to be tested Wink
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Very nice Sean. Now that you're experienced maybe you could hone your skills on these. Big smile





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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote sean Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 25 July 2009 at 12:32pm
Pretty cool Larry!  I've been looking for a coil tester like that.
Quote Now that you're experienced maybe you could hone your skills on these.
You offering to loan them out?  You'd never get 'em back! Evil Smile Wink

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I picked them both up at a military flea market last Winter. Both are right out of the WWII manual and are dated. $10 a piece. I recently picked up these guys, also WWII military. The date on the manual for the vacuum/fuel pump tester is Jan 1945:





 $5 a piece.
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Great finds Larry!

If you ever run across an old-school carbon pile, grab 2!

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Recently picked up this one, an old-school armature tester (growler).



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Wow!  I need one on those.

Good score.  Does it work?  Looks line a wire or two might need upgrading. LOL
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I haven't got the guts to plug it in! LOL

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Sean.  The rubber feet that were there maybe they can be replaced with the rubber mounts from a ceiling fan.
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Originally posted by rocketeer rocketeer wrote:

I haven't got the guts to plug it in! LOL 
I hear that!.  Some of the wires look scary. LOL
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Originally posted by p3ferris p3ferris wrote:

Sean.  The rubber feet that were there maybe they can be replaced with the rubber mounts from a ceiling fan.
Thanks Ed.

The rubber feet are fairly standard screw-on type.  I could get replacements out of Digi-Key or Mouser, just not a priority right now.  Might even have some in my parts pile, haven't bothered to look yet! Wink

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