DANG! Six hours to the Ebay auction end and a square shaft screwdriver is up to $117.50! Gee, I wish I had a hundred of them. Maybe I could find enough fools to pay that much for each.
I'll sell you one of mine for $100.00.
If they were easy to find,everyone would have one.. (I found one for 50 cents at a flea market.)
I didn't know they were that rare. I have one with a wooden handle I used around here for years.
Used it many times with a crescent wrench to help loosen stubborn screws.
Maybe a gold plated handle
Looks like someone is going to get the shaft, I hope they are comfortable with a square one.
Ted, big laugh. Thank you
Make that $127.50 with less than two and three quarters of an hour to go!
Here is the link
142.50 with 15 min to go.
Fellows, that's either inflation or stupidity.
Keep in mind, they were used until 1921.
Larry, Didn't know that. I thought they were used until Model A came out.
I still use screw drivers today. (2013)
If I remember a previous thread they showed several different screw drivers that were mistaken for model T use. The correct screw driver has a long square shaft through the handle and the shorter shafts were from Fordson tractors.
I was under the impression that the correct screw drivers are hard to come by because the wood handles were broken or rotted.
I'd say the most common T tool is the #2335 spark plug/head bolt wrench. In second place would be the #1917 band adjust wrench, and third #1349 hub cap wrench. You see those three among the miscellaneous stuff at auctions all the time. The screwdriver is another story. I think I've seen one at a swap meet, and that was for a pretty hefty price. I'd agree that's probably because of the wood handle's poor survival rate.
I've seen, and purchased 1 at a local flea market from a guy that obviously didn't know what it was for $2.00. I'd put the screw driver at #1 most rare. The tire irons at #2. The pliers at #3. The hub cap wrench at #4 and the adjustable wrench at #5. Spark plug wrench and open end wrenches are the most common. Never seen a tire pump or oil can here abouts. Did, however, come across 2 coils with an asking price of $50.00 each and the seller swore he was offered that much. Good luck to him.
There's an antique store in our area that has an ordinary wood top T coil in a locked curio cabinet with a $75 price tag on it. Scary thing is, someone will eventually buy it.
Wow--I check in here and see that everybody is talking about my screwdriver! (I'm the seller--not the buyer) I've seen these runaway auctions on ebay but this is the first time it has ever happened to me. It usually goes the other way and my items go too cheap. I was surprised too when I looked at the closing price Sunday evening. I said, "Wow, that might be the world record on a used screwdriver." I had three of them at one time but I had to really look hard to find them. They are truly scarce--if not rare. I believe the problem was that most of them were used until they were worn out. There is a lot more use for a screwdriver around the house than a spark plug wrench.
I found myself using a square shank screwdriver on the ol' brass picup today, only it said "Craftsman 1/8" on the blue and clear plastic handle.
Yep, I confess I've used a crescent wrench on the square shank of my Craftsman screwdriver a few times to back out a stubborn screw. It never really worked very well....
Question: Is the screwdriver that Ford used in their tool kits marked in any way? Is the Ford logo or some other type of marking on them? The few early Ford tools that I have are marked.
Just wondering if the screwdriver was. The old square shank screwdriver I have isn't exactly the same as the high dollar one that's on ebay.
Thanks guys, my wife saw this and now we have to go through the old tools because she is sure we have one of these.
Doug, just think of all the quality time you'll have with your one and only, looking at tools and parts. If only I could get my other half interested in looking at my stuff.
Terry, she told me the other day that she is responsible for the looks of the car and I am for the running of the car. She did help me do a full grease job a few days ago in anticipation of the covered bridge tour. She has over the last 8 years taken a very large interest of it. At our local car show last week, (we run the kids games there), I was busy and she took over showing and explaining the car. I was impressed.
Here's the Ford drawing for the original 1914-1920 tool kit screwdriver:
(as posted by Jeff Perkins in this thread: http://www.mtfca.com/discus/messages/118802/145786.html?1276923207 )
John K. -- I've never seen any kind of markings on these screwdrivers.
I have one of those with a maroon handle -
Always figure that it was not worth using because I have a pile of newer ones.
I hope the new owner of that screwdriver is happy. For that kind of money, I would have preferred to get one in better condition!
Wow I didn't know a screwdriver could be worth this much. I found one of these in the toolbox that was attached to the running board on my 16 coupelet.
I almost pitched it when I was cleaning it out, glad I didn't.