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Old 10-25-2010, 01:54 PM
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Very cool home made (?) Bullseye metal working tool.

I have to assume this is homemade. I have a real Bullseye and it sure as heck looks the same as the one I used in a shop back in the seventies and it was old then! So I have seen old Bullseyes, this looks home made but looks VERY NICELY home made. Check out the spring, it sure looks like a window regulator spring doesn't it?

It belongs to a co-worker of mine.

I dig it.

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Yep look's like a one off "Personal Adaptive Manufactured" piece to me (I don't like the term "Home Made"). That was back when metal was metal and men were men. You had to pick, file and hammer dolly a dent to keep from using to much lead.

Brian, I'm sure you you have seen a dolly on a stick or stick dolly before. I have one some where. Funny looking thing by todays standards. I also have a dent hammer with a curved spike about ten inches long and the normal flat head on the other end. It originally had a handle on it that was about three feet long.
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I'll have to post a few photos of the odd ones I have picked up over the years.

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The long hammer is still available but the shorter one with the rounded head was an old bodymans named "Joe" or so the stamp says on the head. I like the cuts made in the handle for grip, hand done and like that when I got it. The strange looking dolly with the knotch in it came from eBay and is a treasure for sure. It is an old fender lip dolly, I find it is VERY useful.

Is the long handled dolly what you were talking about? They are still available from Martin I believe.

The big block monster was made by my brother back in high school around 1970. It is a VERY useful dolly with it's sharp straight edges and large surface.

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Yep I got a fender lip dolly some where and I see that you have a stick dolly too. Cool! Its a dying art brother and it will probably end with us.
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I don't know Chris, with the resurgence of panel beating I think it will be around for years to come. When I think of finding my phumatic planishing hammer and what a treasure it was where you can walk into HF and buy a Chinese made one now, it blows me away.

Back 20 years ago it was a dying art, now, I believe it is only getting more popular every day!

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I don't know Chris, with the resurgence of panel beating I think it will be around for years to come. When I think of finding my phumatic planishing hammer and what a treasure it was where you can walk into HF and buy a Chinese made one now, it blows me away.

Back 20 years ago it was a dying art, now, I believe it is only getting more popular every day!

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I know it will always be around in the custom world but what about the mainstream auto-body shops, such as the ones that are in the fastrack programs? And with more and more plastic being used its bound to disappear.
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In that regard you are very right. In your average bodyshop, repairing stuff IS becoming a lost art.

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