Mystery Solved: March 2017 Mystery Tool Answers


March 2017 Mystery Tool A

March 2017 Mystery Tool A

Medicine bit used to medicate horses and other animals. Identified by John Kelso, Prescott, Ontario, Canada; Larry Harpster, Pennsylvania Furnace, Pa.; Bill Bracy, Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and Gary Studebaker, Larwill, Ind. “The apparatus is put on a horse in the same fashion as a bit and bridle with the ‘bit’ or tube going into the horse’s mouth,” Larry says. “This tube has holes in it. As liquid is poured into the funnel attachment, the horse swallows it, or at least that is the plan.” See patent no. 1,150,848 for a similar piece. Photo submitted by Steve Sylvester.

March 2017 Mystery Tool A patent

Patent no. 1,150,848: Veterinary apparatus. Patent granted to Joseph J. Biasiolli, San Antonio, Texas, Aug. 24, 1915.

March 2017 Mystery Tool B

March 2017 Mystery Tool B

Piston ring expander. Identified by Keith Wick, Winfred, S.D.; David Dietrich, St. Charles, Mich.; and Jake Ferrari, Newry, Pa. Used to expand piston rings to install or remove rings on pistons. “When overhauling a 6-cylinder gas engine, you would rebuild the connecting rods,” Jake says. “That included replacing the brass bushing on the top end. You would insert a new wrist pin in this vise to hold it as you continued to hone the six new brass bushings in the connecting rod to fit the new pin.” See patent no. 2,452,857 for a similar piece. Photo submitted by Don Freitag, Minier, Ill.


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