Vintage STRANGE MACHINED STEEL BLOCK 2-1/2 x 2-1/4x1-9/16 flared groove hardened For Sale

Vintage STRANGE MACHINED STEEL BLOCK 2-1/2 x 2-1/4x1-9/16 flared groove hardened

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Vintage STRANGE MACHINED STEEL BLOCK 2-1/2 x 2-1/4x1-9/16 flared groove hardened:

MACHINED STEEL BLOCK! w/ a 1/2 Round, Flared Trough!



I grew up with my grandparents. Next to the house was my grandfather's auto body shop. He died, back in 1982. I still live in the house and use the shop building as my garage.

I was recently going through an old tool cabinet, of my grandfathers', and came across this unusual, machined steel block. I have no idea what it is or why he would have had it in his shop. It may have been re-purposed as an improvised Auto Body Dolly.

It measures about 2-1/2" by 2-1/4" by 1-9/16" and weighs about 2 lbs - 7 oz. What makes it unusual are the markings stamped into one end. The upper left corner reads "X3-44", upper right reads "52X" and lower right "58B". The center has what appears to be the fraction 5 over 32 (5 thirty-seconds) followed by the letter "C". What makes it even more unusual is the 1/2 round trough, running longways, cut into the bottom that flares slightly at the numbered end. The trough measures about 1/4" wide and flares to about 5/16". It looks, feels and behaves like hardened steel but don't hold me to it! It had some surface rust that I removed with a wire wheel. Some staining remains as shown in the photos.

If you have a use for a machined, block of hardened steel of if you collect unusual or peculiar objects, this is just what the doctor ordered!


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