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img-20121204-00011 I came across this beast of a drill at the flea market and the store owner gave me a price that was reasonable.  I spent some time dismantling and scraping the grease out of the bearings and case.

After using too many paper towels and spending too much time, I finally put the main motor over a bucket and used my MAPP torch to heat the case and interior.  After a few seconds, the 100 year old grease poured out like hot wax.

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Once the surface grime was gone, the stamping in the case was readable.  After doing some research, here are the stats;

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# Four cylinders (2 on each side)

# Corliss valves

# circa 1905

In order to stand the drill upright, I chose a piece of Lockport Dolostone from my collection that came from the canal building in Lockport.  Now it is considered “ART” so do I hear $1000 starting bid????

 

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