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AwesomeMatt
Posted: September 12, 2017 09:00 am
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Well, haven't really done much garagesaling the last year.

But... there was an estate sale on a farm I made it out to, and filled the van for $50.

Old fellow passed away, was a radio operator in WW2. Did electronics, machining, welding, fabricating, automotives, all kinds of stuff.

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Big one is a milspec power supply. It's at least a couple feet wide by a foot tall and a foot deep. Milton VA 400. Weighs 87lbs. Some kind of variac with 3 voltage selection. Hope it's not tube based. Has a giant heatsink on the right which is maybe just dumping from a linear stage?

Doesn't work.

Little one works I think.

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Couple boxes of 4mm sticks.

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Mop bucket full of pre-terminated maybe 8-10g red and black wiring. Will come in handy for battery wiring.

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Carbon Arc torch! I've been meaning to build one for like, 8 years, ever since Tekwiz first told me about them and built his own. Couldn't find any carbons but, that's a solveable problem.

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1 ton chain hoist, 3 ton comealong, retractable powercord, retractable other cord, and some kind of "balancer", which I think is to suspend tools above the workbench and is set to match their weight so they stay where you put them? That's my best guess.

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50 lbs of battery cable, with ends. Threw it in for free, they were going to throw it out.

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Pipe clamps. "Take as many as you want for $10." Then I let some fall over, and someone else decided he wanted to keep them with the ranch, but said I can keep the ones I already carried to the van. Well, still a good deal.

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Antique military green heater, world's prettiest chrome bathroom exhaust fan, pretty volt gauge and a rheostat.

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"How much for the chainsaw?", "We have chainsaws?", "3 of them in the hallway between the two shops.", "$20 for all 3.", "I definitely don't want all 3. I'll take the bigger one.", "Okay, $5."

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Not actual portholes but looks like that.

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Also got a pair of antique diner swivel barstools. Some axes. Shovel. Other stuff.

Lady started adding it up but, as happens at estates sometimes, there's squabbling over who made the sale. One guy was unhappy with the lady and slapped me on the back as she was passing $60 and said "We'll just do the whole load for $50. Have a good one."

I left fields and fields full of things I might like some day but definitely don't need now. A dozen radios from around war time, all kinds of neat stuff.
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Posted: September 12, 2017 04:09 pm
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"A dozen radios from around war time, all kinds of neat stuff."
My first transmitter was an arc 5. Took a bit of modifying, but thanks to the book "Understanding Amateur Radio" (UAR to the old timers lol) I got it running great. Wish I'd kept it!! The radio, I've since found a copy of UAR on ebay.
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Posted: September 12, 2017 07:04 pm
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Man, that's quite a haul for $50. Congrats! biggrin.gif


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