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post #1 of 21 (permalink) Old 04-23-2018, 05:48 PM Thread Starter
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Default Record 52 1/2P Vice Restoration

Bought this Record 52 1/2P vice quite a few years ago for $30 used and it sat around in my garage and in my basement ever since - collecting rust.
For the record (pun intended) the "P" signifies a "plain" screw, that is, no quick release. The jaws are 9" wide with a depth of 13". Oh, it weighs a ton.

Anyway, I've done electrolysis rust removal before on some smaller items, a couple of old Stanley planes and irons, but never on something this big.
I won't go into the details of the process setup as I'm sure you've all heard of it or tried it. The vice was frozen and nothing moved on it so I started off by spraying some 3 in 1 on the threads and let that soak for a while, then slowly turning the handle a bit at a time until it finally started to move. Eventually I got the vice apart into it's various parts.

I left the vice in a large rubbermaid tub filled with water and some washing soda, connected to an old battery charger and let it sit "cooking" for about 30 hours. Finally removed the vice from the solution, washed it down with some warm water and detergent, dried it off and sprayed some more 3 in 1 for temporary lube and to prevent further rusting. Now I've got to build another work bench around this. I've currently got a cheap 7" vice in my smallish workbench that I've been using for a while, but this Record is going to require something more substantial. Did I say it was heavy???

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thanks for the great job you did on my new vise...
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If only new layers hadn't been added....

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Wow, nice job


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You shouldn't try to overdue it! That think is way too heavy. A guy in your position...you know I'm available to help you out. Just let me know what the shipping is & I'll handle the rest!

Great job on the restore by the way!
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Great job Vince . If I didn’t know any better, I would have thought the first pic was a write off.
It turned out looking fantastic after the Vince touch though

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You shouldn't try to overdue it! That think is way too heavy. A guy in your position...you know I'm available to help you out. Just let me know what the shipping is & I'll handle the rest!

Great job on the restore by the way!
Thanks - I think this weights 35- 40 pounds. Shipping charges would be pretty high, so don't expect it any time soon
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Wow, Vince, that looked like a boat anchor in the first picture. Hard to believe it is the same vice. Good job,it looks heavy too look at the size of that handle hub. You can do some serious clamping with that. Look forward to seeing the new workbench.

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Excellent job Vince, wouldn’t know it’s the same vice.
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Amazing now, Vince, looks great. Originally it didn't look like $30... now it's obvious that you stole it!
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I'm the guy my friends come to for advice on this sort of thing . . . and I didn't know about rust removal by electrolysis. Thanks for the education, and GREAT JOB!
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