Two What-izits For Some Sunday Morning Coffee Sipping And Spewing. Word Spewing Please.

All this technology, design time, months of digital quagmires, 8.0 Php, digital this and that. Web hosting, learning new platforms,  and all this, so we can all try and figure out what these two unrelated things are. A WHAT IZ IT STORY? We are back and as promised, we may have visually fixed stuff, but the content is as dumb as it ever was. AHHHHHHHHHHH, perfect. I love me some low standards. The only people disappointed live a miserable life anyway. And so I digress. Still sipping your coffee varnish – COFFEE CUPS COMING SOON PLUG! – Here we go

The first one up is from Hampster, here is his note. “I am helping Don Ayers with a wood boat project and we came across this cool brass part. The problem is neither of us know what it is and if it actually was original to the boat. So I am asking the fun question of  Whazit ?


He picked this up in a search through stuff. Thought it was cool, and like me, thought it was cool, but zero idea what it iz? And although not boat related. Is cool. Anyone?

It can expand and has a hinge on the left

The hinge

The wheels? may have been for some sort of Belt frive thing?

It iz cool!

There ya have it. Another Sunday morning sipping the Joe, Peeing, Complaining, and trying to figure out dumb stuff.

23 replies
  1. Cameron Searle
    Cameron Searle says:

    No idea of the first, but the second looks like an industrial ‘swing out’ light fitting. The light cord would run on the fixed wheels and be extended out over the desk or area where it was needed, raised or lowered ??

  2. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    First one looks like some kind of Puller.
    My guess on second is a contraption to mount over barn loft door to raise and lower stuff to second floor. Pulleys are for a rope with no mechanical advantage.
    Now can I finish my coffee?

  3. Matt
    Matt says:

    Now of course I am on a full rabbit hole on Vintage Light Pullys, and yes. For any kinda light. GOOD GOD! Depending on the light. $4K

  4. Wayne Bomb
    Wayne Bomb says:

    With your obsession for lights at the railway, I think Ham has made a sale. Pack it, ship it and bill the old man at least triple what you paid for it Ham. Great find!

  5. Matt
    Matt says:

    Dam! Can we all go back to our coffee now. And of course Hamster would find some sort of item looking for the female.

  6. River Rat
    River Rat says:

    I have those drain plugs in some of our Lymans. Mounted in the stern bilge they are a great way to drain the boat while underway which creates suction to pull the water out. Remember to close after use. The light is cool too.

  7. Greg Lewandowski
    Greg Lewandowski says:

    I guess I don’t get any wieners today. Really like the drain plug. Mine are always a pain to start threading into the bottom fitting.

  8. tparsons56
    tparsons56 says:

    Well – you certainly do learn something new every day. Both items are pretty interesting, but I really like the drain plug. Unfortunately, though, due to the vast knowledge of Woodyboater readers its only 8:13am eastern time and the mysteries have already been solved so I guess the thread is open for other items. With that in mind I offer a picture of Lake Charlevoix this morning which is only a stone’s throw from Bay Harbor, MI, the site of this year’s ACBS International Show. This area also includes Indian River, Torch Lake, Burt Lake, Little Traverse Bay, Grand Traverse Bay and Lake Michigan among many other beautiful locations.

    The lake is still solid but changes are coming. The water will return to liquid form, things will turn green again, snowbirds will soon be migrating back north and we will get the boats ready for launching!

    No salt, no sharks, no hurricanes – just clean fresh water.

    • tparsons56
      tparsons56 says:

      Darn – I wish I’d have thought of the “drain plug plug”. That’s pretty good.

      I guess while I’m at it here is a shot of Bay Harbor.

  9. Kelly Wittenauer
    Kelly Wittenauer says:

    Wow, y’all are quick today! I thought plug on the 1st one, but then saw the threads stopped & that would leave a large gap. Add a missing piece & now it makes sense. Like Greg, my 1st thought on the other was an “arm” for a hayloft.

  10. MO Whaler
    MO Whaler says:

    Yes – – Header Videos are a welcome New Addition – – Appreciated – –
    Sharing sharp photos and more age related wisdom continues as another bonus.
    Thank You –

  11. Tim Robinson
    Tim Robinson says:

    I respectfully disagree with the foregoing. The first piece is a Stratfort Armature bearing clamester. Used for removing muffler bearings.

    • briant
      briant says:

      Uh, respectfully, Syd had a story on WB back in 2020 and his Stratfort Armature bearing clamester looks a lot different than this bit today.

  12. Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P)
    Mark in Ohio (sometimes da U P) says:

    Man I sleep in on a Sunday, and you WB detectives have it all solved. My question is? There has to be another piece to that fancy bilge drain plug. I would think the threads needed something to seal to. A sleeve either pressed or screwed into the hull for the threads to screw into. The light pulley system. You need that at the Railway Matt.


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