So, I found this auction bill for a sale in the middle of nowhere, with only one T related item on it; a KR Wilson pan jig, listed as a "cast table for bent oil pans from old ford garage. I had the auctioneer send me photos and I placed an absentee bid, expecting that as soon as I got out of the training session that I couldn't skip at work,I would have to drive up and pick up my pan jig. This auction was remote enough that I even expected to post what a bargain price I got on my new toy. But, $1,500 wasn't enough to buy it. The darned thing went for $1,900. I hope one of my friends bought it. I guess the word is out and the bargains are gone.
$1900 was cheap. All told, I have more than twice that invested in mine. I'll have to straighten a hundred pans or more before it pays for itself. You can't send out main bearing jobs with confidence unless you know they will be bolted up to straight pans. Mine was retired from the Ford dealer in Lordsburg, N.M. After that it was a welder's table for years. I mad to re mill the surface and make all the attachments. eBay purchase. You know that hurt.
Yes, this one was missing the attachments and had a leg vise bolted to it.
I have two friends that have pan jigs, but I think it would be more convenient to have my own...if the price is right.
Eric, now you have three friends with one...just kidding!
Mine came from a Auction 3 weeks ago. The Folks called it a Model T engine stand. No Fixtures.
I almost got it for $500 But had to bid 2 more times.
Eric: A fellow club member just bought one for 4000.00 and had it delivered from Calif, to Chickasha. It did have all the attachments. They are not cheap anymore....
I've heard of them before. But why so much? The fact that the original ones are rare or because it's difficult to build one?
Anyone want to post a picture of an original?
I will try and post a picture of an original one. I bid on another one about two years ago but when it got up to $100.00 I dropped out. It looks like I should have stayed in.
Build your own. Less than $650.00 invested.
I have built the part for alignment of the pan ears not shown.
Lance, you can still be my friend even if you don't have a pan jig, as long as you keep paying the monthly fee.
Mike, I've been thinking I might just do that. But, if I keep on the lookout, I might still find an original. Until then, I'll keep calling in favors from my friends when I need a pan straightened.
I had high hopes for this auction because of the remoteness and the fact that it was the only Model T item and was poorly described in the sale bill. I figured it might go for a little over scrap value. Apparently, there were two other people who knew what it was, because it sold for $400 over my proxy bid.