I thought that I would take a turn presenting a tool which a few of you may not have seen before.
Fanciest ring compressor I've ever seen. Can you bring it to the meeting next month?
Sorry Dave, it is not a ring compressor.
It holds the piston when tightening the con rod bolt.
Sorry Steve, but that is not what it is for either.
This is what the original patent shows . . .
Albert D. Alexander
Vise for Holding Pistons and Caps
Patent number: 1372665
Filing date: Aug 5, 1919
Issue date: Mar 29, 1921
Well Art, I've learned something. I did not know that it would hold the piston; I have only used it to hold the caps: main bearing and con rod.
An apology to Steve, you get partial credit.
Looks like it's for spreading a small differential housing to get the ring gear out. OR, a real fancy elastrator to place the rubber band on the young bulls to make them steers!