Interesting old tool. Seems I've known its use at one time
and forgotten ! Hate when that happens ! Any ideas ?
Pretty sure it is a fence stretcher.
Nope ,on second look, it works different than a stretcher.
Definitely not OSHA approved! Looks like a finger amputator!!
looks like a saw set for that crosscut above it.
If it is a saw set, it looks like it's missing something on the D-ring. Closing the handles moves the D-ring out but the travel doesn't look like it's enough to align even with the yokes. (There's only one tooth left in the gears for travel.)
I think it's some sort of crimper, like the ones I saw used years ago to crimp metal bands together when strapping something together like on a pallet.
From the action (if you study it), my best guess would be it's for straightening some sort of steel rods (not necessarily engine rods - but maybe).
It came out of wheat country and I have no knowledge of the tool being automotive related.
The old duffer I got it from cleans out farm properties for auctions and estates. I got lots of
cast iron type tools from him ... hay rakes, grinders, industrial carts, and this lawn mower and
ancient railroad jack from him. This one is neat, but I can't put my finger on its purpose.
The actions suggests a crimping tool, or something that binds a rim of something. I am
also reminded of the way linemen pull broken wire with their block sets to make a line repair.
possibly something to put pressure on an object so a lid or band could be placed on it ???
Looks to me like the two protruding hooks would "hook" over a loose wire and the "D" shaped member would push against the wire to tighten it by putting a "crimp" in the wire. So, maybe for a rancher to tighten up fence wire, or a lineman to tighten up line wire?
It looks like it works like a device we had to castrate our goats. The tool we had was a little smaller but worked the same way. You had a big very heavy rubber band that hooked onto the hooks of the tool. When you squeezed the handles together it stretched the rubber band open. It opens the rubber band enough to put it around the poor billy goats, "billy goat parts". When you release the handles it allows the rubber band to tighten around the "parts" so tight it cuts off blood circulation to the "sack parts". In a few days sometimes close to a week the "parts" fall off. Poor "Billy" is now a "wheather". Im not sure if they "band" cattle or not ... If so this may be a bigger version of the same thing. ????
It is used to pick quarters up off the ground...