Antique Spoking Machine?

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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
17,952
Evans, GA
A friend owns this. He was told its a spoking machine but I'm not so sure. The early factory pics I've seen show them doing this without a machine. I could find no markings at all on it. Thoughts? V/r Shawn

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100bikes

Finally riding a big boys bike
Mar 8, 2013
230
Minneapolis, United States
Never seen one before.
Could it be for installing semi pneumatic tires?
 
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gkeep

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 11, 2014
641
Alameda, CA
Very cool tool mystery!
Looking at the way the lever expands the brackets(?) out it looks like it would be for mounting solid tires. If you move the bracket arms out to the widest position and work the lever how large a diameter do you get? 28"??


Another thought, a jig for holding wooden buggy wheels in place while mounting the steel tires?
 
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Farmboy1895

Look Ma, No Hands!
Dec 19, 2017
64
63
Lumberton, NJ, United States
Not sure what year it sold. It may have been an uncataloged item that would not have been listed through the online catalog.
 
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Freqman1

Riding a '37 Dayton Super Streamline
Jul 14, 2009
17,952
Evans, GA
I looked through the last three years and didn’t find it. I’ve also had zero luck online finding anything like it. I’m really try to determine what a fair price is. Thanks for any help. Shawn
 

Rambler

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Nov 1, 2011
837
Auburn Hills, United States
One sold Copake Auction, a few years ago.
I did a quick search of their site but coming up empty. Do you have a link or remember what year it was? V/r Shawn
A couple wood rim drilling machines (somewhat similar in appearance) sold in the swap meet day prior to Copake auction. One was purchased by Bicycle Museum of America but those rim drilling machines are different than the above machine. I never saw a machine same as the one above sell at Copake auction or swap meet in the last several years.

Rim Drilling machine same as sold at Copake swap meet.
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juvela

I live for the CABE
Aug 2, 2014
1,211
Playa del Rey, United States
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IIRC the forum has an ongoing thread with a header such as "show your old tools" or "can you identify this tool?"

another reader is sure to recall the correct title ;)

it would be a good idea to list this item there as well

have you found any writing on the item such as a maker's name or patent date/number?

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Archie Sturmer

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 13, 2018
969
Los Angeles, CA, USA
Some have hinted at wooden wheels; maybe for spoking wagon wheels?
Might look good over an outdoor fire pit.
 
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detroitbike

I live for the CABE
Sep 26, 2011
1,042
Detroit , Michigan
Haven't seen one in a long time. It was a wheel building jig if I remember correctly.
1920-30's era.
 

FSH

Finally riding a big boys bike
Aug 27, 2018
262
Corona
A friend owns this. He was told its a spoking machine but I'm not so sure. The early factory pics I've seen show them doing this without a machine. I could find no markings at all on it. Thoughts? V/r Shawn

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Definitely looks like a drill fixture. The expanding v-groovs look like the right size for a bicycle rim, though I don't see any method for indexing.
 
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Saving Tempest

Riding a '38 Autocycle Deluxe
Feb 6, 2012
4,737
53
Earth (Middle)
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IIRC the forum has an ongoing thread with a header such as "show your old tools" or "can you identify this tool?"

another reader is sure to recall the correct title ;)

it would be a good idea to list this item there as well

have you found any writing on the item such as a maker's name or patent date/number?

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Please don't so a straight double post though, reference this thread via a link to it.
 
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