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Old 01-29-17, 09:27 AM
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Let's Play "guess my tool"

I have this tool, I bought back in the 80's . It's been kicking around in my bike tool bag for decades. Neither one of the 2 LBS can identify it. They seem to think it may be used for cables, but don't know how.

On the back, is the following info "Made in USA" Pat # 3.828.880 and these characters are hard to read "AN**** 0 7997"

I have searched the US Patent website, but nothing. If you can ID it, want it, PM me. Thanks a million. [ATTACH][ATTACH][ATTACH]P1290772.jpg[/ATTACH][/ATTACH][/ATTACH]
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Old 01-29-17, 10:07 AM
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It would have been helpful if you had a coin or ruler in one of the photos for scale.

That patent number is a disclosure of a "A power system for propelling a vehicle" United States Patent: 3828880
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The patent number is awful hard to read, and (per dsbrant's post) I don't think that the number given is accurate . Unless someone writes in and says "hey, that's the defurbulator we used to use in quinking the boyzos, back in the 60s", I think getting a better read on that patent number is your best bet. Do you have a loupe?

To me, it looks like a drill stop or a travel stop for a rod or cable. The rubber insert tells me its probably not for a machine tool for metal (though it might work for wood - say a drill press quill stop?).
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I verified that pat # with a loupe, but I'll get a stronger one to double check. P1290773.jpg
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Old 01-29-17, 10:22 AM
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Originally Posted by dsbrantjr View Post
It would have been helpful if you had a coin or ruler in one of the photos for scale.

That patent number is a disclosure of a "A power system for propelling a vehicle" United States Patent: 3828880
Added image with ruler. I got same results as you . KB
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Old 01-29-17, 10:25 AM
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Originally Posted by WizardOfBoz View Post
The patent number is awful hard to read, and (per dsbrant's post) I don't think that the number given is accurate . Unless someone writes in and says "hey, that's the defurbulator we used to use in quinking the boyzos, back in the 60s", I think getting a better read on that patent number is your best bet. Do you have a loupe?

To me, it looks like a drill stop or a travel stop for a rod or cable. The rubber insert tells me its probably not for a machine tool for metal (though it might work for wood - say a drill press quill stop?).
Best I can remember, I bought it for use on my bikes, I think it was some sort of bike tool. It's always been in my bike tool bag. When I was shipped to Europe, I took all the possible bike tools I would need lots of Park tools, so I would have to deal with the language barrier. I was there 9 years, and ended up speaking German.
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It's a cable lube injector. I have one buried in a tool box somewhere too (mine is for motorcycles cables, yours looks to be as well).

You put it over the cable, big opening over the ferrule and small opening over the extending inner cable, and clamp it down, then stick the WD-40 straw into the small hole off the center axis and inject the lube into the cable housing.
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Now it looks like Pat # 3, 828, 890, but there are number and letters below, that I just can't make out, other than "AN **** 0 7997 .

That's with a 15X loupe.
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google "freedom cable luber"
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nycphotography, thanks - I hadn't noticed that the big hole on one side (for the housing) had a small hole (for the cable) on the other. After looking for cable lubers on the interweb, one sees a lot of these. Nailed it!
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Originally Posted by kcblair View Post
Now it looks like Pat # 3, 828, 890, but there are number and letters below, that I just can't make out, other than "AN **** 0 7997 .

That's with a 15X loupe.
That's it!

https://www.google.com/patents/US3828890
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It's for lubing cables without removing them from the housing. You clamp to the end of the housing with the cable running through it, put the aerosol can straw into the hole in the side and it pumps lube through the housing. Was common for motorcycles - we used chain lube spray cans. Got one kicking around too.

https://www.motionpro.com/product/08-0182
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Originally Posted by nycphotography View Post
It's a cable lube injector. I have one buried in a tool box somewhere too (mine is for motorcycles cables, yours looks to be as well).

You put it over the cable, big opening over the ferrule and small opening over the extending inner cable, and clamp it down, then stick the WD-40 straw into the small hole off the center axis and inject the lube into the cable housing.
I'll be damn. That explains it. Back in the day, we didn't have Teflon coated housing cables . Now days, I always put a little silicon lube on the interior cable when replacing, so I guess this tool is obsolete.

Your great nyc, thank you all for looking . KB
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Originally Posted by Slash5 View Post
It's for lubing cables without removing them from the housing. You clamp to the end of the housing with the cable running through it, put the aerosol can straw into the hole in the side and it pumps lube through the housing. Was common for motorcycles - we used chain lube spray cans. Got one kicking around too.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRZiDcj8GNk
https://www.motionpro.com/product/08-0182
Thanks, looks like a more modern version. Guess there is no use on a bike cable any longer, now that we have Teflon coated cables. KB
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Thanks, looks like a more modern version. Guess there is no use on a bike cable any longer, now that we have Teflon coated cables. KB
Unless you work on old C & V bikes which may have proprietary cables (double ended Raleigh brake & shifter) or flip older stuff and use cheaper galvanized cables.
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I have one on my work and my home shop peg boards. I keep a Tri Flow tube and nozzle installed in them so all I have to do is pull off the can's nozzle and install the luber's one. I came across mine back in the mid 1970s and when I discovered United Bicycle tools sold them I got a bunch. never saw the twin thumb screw version. I bet it would reduce the "flash back", I wrap a rag around the luber and cable end when I use mine. Andy.
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we used to spray liquid grease into ours. Worked pretty well.
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Originally Posted by Andrew R Stewart View Post
I have one on my work and my home shop peg boards. I keep a Tri Flow tube and nozzle installed in them so all I have to do is pull off the can's nozzle and install the luber's one. I came across mine back in the mid 1970s and when I discovered United Bicycle tools sold them I got a bunch. never saw the twin thumb screw version. I bet it would reduce the "flash back", I wrap a rag around the luber and cable end when I use mine. Andy.
Thanks for the tip, Andy. I'm going to try this tool on my wife's and daughters bikes. I'm sure their cables could use a little lube. KB
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