I'm restoring this K. R. Wilson Hand Crank Coil Tester and would like to paint it the original color, which is difficult to determine.
There is very little rust on the frame, but some places look almost black and may have been dark gray, while other places look like the color was gray with a green tint.
Does anyone have an original unit that has not been painted again and can tell me the real color?
This is what my unit looks like now.
Wow! Great looking HCCT. I think that was the best Model made. Good luck with it.
K R Wilson coil testers were sent from the factory with Jewell Meters on them, someone replaced your's with a Weston Meter. (Color) All K R Wilson tools in the teen's and twenty's were painted a No.118 Machinery Blue. That same paint was also sold in the K R WILSON Tool Catalog's.
Hi Don, a great observation!
I have the repro 1926 K. R. Wilson catalog that clearly shows a Jewell meter.
I have not found the paint listed in this catalog, I'll look again.
This meter is the same size, fits the same way and is good anyway.
James, I got the paint listing out of a 1928 K.R.Wilson catalog. It is such a nice catalog that a friend and I had reprints made of it about 35 years ago. Still have a few copy's left.