How are you guys protecting the finish of your tool boxes from being scratched by the lock as it swings? I have a nice period correct lock and don't want to cover it up with an inner tube. ???
I have a piece of flat leather about an 1-1/2" wide and 2 inches long that is slit to slide over the loop that the hasp goes over. When the hasp is over the loop the leather is held in place and the lock rests on the leather when it is passed through the loop. I can't show a picture as the car is in my storage space right now but I can take a shot of it tomorrow if you want. Thirty five years ago and old timer told me that is how they used to do it and it certainly works well and looks correct for the era.
Allen, on mine the hasp is bent outwards at the bottom so there is something to grip to lift it. This bent out tab keeps my padlock away from the box.
My padlock is a brass one, stamped 'C of A electoral'.It was most likely used to lock a voting box on polling day. It is rare to find a period lock with a key.
Allan from down under.
Search sites for small self ashesive raised poly dots called Braille Dots. They are used by the blind or visually imparred to put on items like telephone keypads, oven and microwave number, etc. to help feel the surface area. They come in various sizes as small as 1/9". Put a dot or two on the backside of the lock where it would rub and the small rubber will act as a buffer pad. Almost impossible to see. And if you don't like it, you just peel them off.
Allen here is a picture of what I did with a scrap of leather
This is my tool/battery box lock.
From the side you can see how the hasp keeps the lock off the side of the box
Aĺlan from down under.