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From the Toolbox #6

Published in blog.hemmings.com

This time around, we’ve dug up another gem from our own Sibley shop. Powered by four D-cell batteries, this hand-held inspection tool was used by savvy garage owners to demonstrate to customers that a particular item was past its useful service life. We’ve omitted the brand and the tool’s name, but both were originally printed in white on the tool’s black top box. The tool’s name was even printed on the side, in case a customer asked, “What is that you’re holding?”

From the Toolbox 6

The black top box measures 4.75″ long at each side, curving to 4.25″ long in the center. The box measures 2″ high, and slides in or out in regards to the fixed-placement lamp. At its farthest point, the mouth of the box is 1.5″ away from the shade of the lamp, while at its closest point, it’s atop the lamp’s shade.

From the Toolbox 6

The lamp housing appears to have been chrome plated at one time, though it’s now “rich with patina,” indicating that this particular item hasn’t been used in quite a while. A D-ring is riveted to the lamp’s top, probably for convenient storage when not in use, and the lamp contains a single bulb, similar to those used in flashlights of the same vintage.

From the Toolbox 6

The red battery compartment measures 5.5″ long, 3″ wide and 1.75″ high, large enough to accommodate four D cell batteries. On the front of the battery compartment is a black plastic on-off switch, and as a further clue to the device’s operation, the white grip handle is oriented properly.

What was this device used to test, and which company supplied it to its dealer network?