Great pics. What was made there?
I made a lot of Valve Bodies and End Plates, there were Valve Bodies made from "Leaded Navel Brass" used in atomic Subs, the shop made the connecting rods for the Plane that Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic in 1927, and there were a lot of AutoCar Front End Parts, Steering Knuckles, Tie Rod Ends, Spring Supports, and smaller Train Truck Wheel, maybe around 24 to 30 inched in diameter. And then there was the Up Setter, that was a bear of a machine... pulled the bars out of your hands if you weren't watching it. We would forge the center piece, I think it might be called the ram, for large house Jack, the part that moved and picked things up. We started on the 2500 lb. Hammer, rough formed it, went to the Up Setter and put the bend in to create the Lift Pad, then back to the 3500 Hammer and finished form the head and upper part of the Ram. Second Process was to straighten the bar because of length it would bend in the Up Setter, then on to another forging process to forge in the Teeth in the Ram. Not sue what the price was but it took some time to get it to a machinable piece. We made Knives for the Navy, check out my Knife that I forged in the early '70s, but had Jim Finish; and one job I remember, I was a newbie, I worked the 500 lb. hammer and made Dead Bolts for Stanley Tools, the square one that slide in place. Rough Forging... and after Jim, at "jimcustomknives", got done with it ! Also remember an order a three member team was on, making Sail Boat, Sail Rope Tie offs, can't remember the company or the name of the item, 316 S/S, I remember the ring the parts made after trimming the excess flashing away. We had three men, one Forging, one trimming the flashing, and one pulling a hot piece to forge, sort of a merry go round. The metals we used, as I remember, Brass; Stainless Steel; Cupronickel, an alloy of Copper and Nickel with some iron or magnesium; Inconel, an alloy contain Nickel Chromium and iron; Hastelloy C-22, nickel-chromium-molybdenum-tungsten alloy with outstanding resistance to pitting; Leaded Bronze and Leaded Brass, Steels of all grades. We had a diverse level of materials forged at that site. I actually loved working there but got into too much trouble with the Head Forman... my Uncle ! Left and went to school to be an Engineer ! Galt's Glutch Forge - The Tractor-Trailer was an Auto-Car, it belonged to the Shop, they used it to transfer Steel from the bulk-storage site to the shop-storage, 10 miles down the road, and would pickup new hammers when needed or just new bases if cracks occurred.
Do It Right The First Time !
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