1920 Improved Universal Reboring Tool

Hey everyone, this week we would like to give a big thank you to Armand for donating this weeks Antique Showcase item and the newest addition to the future FantomWorks Museum.  Armand was gracious enough to donate his antique reboring tool from the 1920’s and Dan was very excited to get one of these wonderful examples of mechanics’ tools.  Armand’s donation looks pretty much complete and is in such good shape that the instructions for it are still attached to the lid of the box.  This large set would have been a workout to use as well as carry around. The smaller companion box is what we believe to be the special tool designed for Ford engines.  These two items have found a home within our future museum and the aged smell of engine oil has grabbed our heartstrings with fond memories of a bygone era.  So here we will share what we have found out about our newest addition.

This is an Improved Universal Reboring Tool produced the Universal Tool company out of Detroit, MI probably in 1920.  The one we have seems to have been produced at the main production factory in Garwood, NJ.  “This improved type of reboring tool consisted of a pilot head with six cutter surfaces which are universally adjustable.  A bevel expansion ring is fitted into the cylinder which is to be rebored and the bevel pilot head acts as a centralizing device.  There is also an over-sized ring which follows in the new cut thus insuring an absolutely rigid tool and perfect centering device.  This new model will rebore practically all makes of automobile, marine or airplane cylinders of either the open or closed end types.  A special tool is designed for Ford engines.” – The Horseless Age Magazine, Vol 43 – January 1, 1918     This tool was originally hand cranked and seemed to be designed so that the engine did not need to be removed in order to rebore a cylinder.  In the early 1920’s Universal tool company came out with the Universal power drive for the reboring tool that could be operated by a 1/2 hp portable electric or air drill and by a bench drill or floor type drill press.

So thanks for Armand for sharing this wonderful example of Mechanical history and for a good reminder of how tough automobile work was before the days of power tools.  So if you are ever in Norfolk, Va on a Monday, Wednesday or Friday around 3pm, stop by for our tour and you might get to see this item on display.  If we can get it out of Dan’s office, this thing is heavy.

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  1. Love the auto industry’s contributions to our history as a society.. I was born in Detroit, my father received his 1st pay check personally from Henry Ford as a newly hired engineer..Seeing that this boring machine was made by a company in Detroit makes me wish (sometimes) that I was born earlier so that I could’ve been around at the dawn of the Industrial Age..Just think of all the inventions that came about back then..Wow!!

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