I got this with a Chevy 490 I got.
I don't think it is related to the car. It is magnetic on the ends and looks like it has a 'H' stamped into it.
Oh, I should say the shinny part is the tool and it goes into the case that has screw plug.
I guess no one has any idea on this. It was with other old tools I got from a barn/farm/machine shop.
Someone may know what it is, but I sure don't.
It looks interesting though. What is the case made of?
Congratulations on the early 490, by the way!
Drive carefully, and enjoy, W2
From here, it looks like a metal toothpick. There's no scale to the picture. Could be some type of alignment tool or pry bar.
Thanks Wayne and Ken!
Case & tool is steel. It is about 1 foot long.
I don't think it was used as a punch or pry bar because it is so well protected and not much in the way of marks of such.
So at this point I will have to stick with the giant tooth pick
I don't get the magnetized part, but seeing it as being precision made and protected, my guess is a calibration needle from an old Fairbanks scale. The flat in the center was probably used to adjust the length via a thumb wheel. Is the tube felt lined?
ws from the black sheep squadron
O.K. I'm going out on a limb here.
My dad's first car was a '30 Chevy Coach (two door) so he told me many a story about that car.
One of the stories he told me was about the spare rear axle shaft and length of wire coat hanger he used to keep under the rear seat. Apparently he had a problem with snapping rear axles. So did a lot of other early Chevy owners.
So.... I'm thinking this may be a broken axle remover. With magnetized tapered ends, it may be a sophisticated tool that replaces the coat hanger wire for fishing out the inner broken chunk of axle shaft.
Mike, That may be it
Trooper, you make a good case, but I tried to look up a calibration needle to compare and didn't find anything.