|John A DiFlauro (Dragonjohn)
Post Number: 1
|Posted on Saturday, July 17, 2010 - 6:31 am: |
I had found Yaílls site while researching 2 Anvils that I recently acquired; A Peter Wright 202 lb and a Mouse Hole Forge 109 lb. The information on this site is outstanding!! I was able to quickly Identify/ date these Anvils.
Iím not a blacksmith, actually, I recreate historical armor such as helms and various body parts (no weapons,, yet) and have a strong liking to restore/ repair things. Itís more of a hobby, but leads me to some interesting finds.
This leads me to asking for help, I also acquired 2 leg vices and 2 forges. The smaller of the 2 is in really bad shape as it is cracked all the way across the firepit and the ash/ air tube is badly rusted.
But the large one is a Buffalo Forge ďelectricĒ. this one was outside in a combine trailer upside down, and almost didnít take it.
I donít want to hop on or hijack anotherís thread as I hope to have a lot of questions as I restorate this forge.
I started with the motor and blower, though badly rusted and dirty, Iíve managed to get it cleaned up, repainted and running (runs like its brand new), only thing I have to replace is the cord.
The plate has a patent date of 13 Feb 1912! The blower blades and body are rusted and pitted but solid enough for more years of use, I couldnít save the gasket or bolts though.
So If I could draw on your knowledge and assistance, it would be of great appreciation! ( and you might create another Blacksmith!) here we go:
1) does anyone have pictures of this model or type of forge? I have searched for images but feel my lack of knowledge is not getting me to the right sites.
2) the motor states it is to be used with a rheostat. I would be interested in seeing/ finding one to restore or replace it.(this came with an old foot switch, looks to be 1960 or 70's)
3) what would be the best way to protect the cast iron pan without painting it? I plan to paint all the steel, but the pan and motor support are cast.