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Absentee bids are welcomed. See the catalog introduction for more information.
SEE YOU IN YORK - - - DRIVE CAREFULLY THE WRENCH YOU SAVE MAY BE YOUR OWN
Welcome to The Wrenching News
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sharing of information on all types of collectible wrenches
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LATE BREAKING WRENCHING NEWS
Upcoming Wrenching Events Calendar
April 29 & 30, 2016
Spring Missouri Valley Wrench Club Wrench Club Meet & the Wrenching News Antique Wrench Auction at the City Auditorium, York, Neb.
The Spring Wrenching News Antique Wrench Auction will be held after the Missouri Valley Wrench Club Spring Meet in York, Nebraska. Majority of the auction consists of the wrenches and other tools from the collections of Gil Irps of Kankakee, Illinois and Glenn Ficken of Milford, Nebraska. Consignments from a few other Missouri Valley Wrench Club members are also included.
Gil Irps was instrumental in the popularity of collecting International Harvester wrenches and tools with his compilation of IHC Parts Lists showing the tools and his annual International Tool List. P. T. Rathbone's inscription in Gil's copy of his book was "To Gil, Mr. IHC" which pretty well sums it up.
Glenn Ficken was usually in attendance at the York Wrench Meets and Auctions. He collected a wide variety of farm and adjustable wrenches especially combination and odd ball examples. He also had an extensive collection of Winchester and Keen Kutter wrenches and tools.
Auction Includes the International Harvester Wrenches, Tools and Literature from the Gil Irps Collection
Rare Cutout Wrenches - IHC Cutout - Casaday Cutout - Zenith Cutout - Bradley's Wonder Cutout - Numerous Other Cutouts - Rare Adjustables - Rare Buggy and Wagon Wrenches - Large Collection of Winchester and Keen Kutter Items - Rare First and Second Model Vise-Grips - Many Combination Tools and a Few Fencing Tools - Odd Balls - Large Selection of Non-Sparking Wrenches and other Tools - IHC and Other Farm Equipment and Tractor Manuals, Parts Books, Etc. - Books on Wrench Collecting (Schulz's and others) - IHC and other Farm Related Advertising Items and Much More.
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*Absentee bids are welcomed. See the catalog introduction for more information.
Schedule of Events
Friday 7:00 A.M. (York City Auditorium, 6th & Nebraska Avenue - York, Nebraska) - Doors open for the MVWC Spring Meeting - Show and Swap Meet.
Friday 10:30 A.M. (York City Auditorium) - Missouri Valley Wrench Club Business Meeting.
Friday 12:30 P.M. (York City Auditorium) - The Wrenching News Spring 2015 Antique Wrench Auction begins. Auction is open to the public.
Friday 7:00 P.M. (The Tommy-Suz Garden Room at the Chances "R" Restaurant, 5th and Platte Ave. - York, NE) - Banquet for members and guests.
Saturday 8:30 A.M. (York City Auditorium) - Wrench Auction Resumes (sale will start with Lot No. 1).
October 28 & 29, 2016 - - Fall Missouri Valley Wrench Club Wrench and the Wrenching News Antique Wrench Auction at the Butler County Community Building - 200 N Griffith, El Dorado, Kansas
- Note: As we have had the Fall Meeting in El Dorado for the last two years this is a tentative date and location. If someone else would want to host the 2016 Fall Meet I can cancel
the building reservation in El Dorado up to a month before the meet date. Final decision will be made at the Spring Meet at York.
Herb Page the author and publisher of "The Brothers Coes and Their Legacy of Wrenches" has given The Wrenching News the opportunity to add his excellent book to our inventory of books for wrench collectors. For a review and ordering information Visit the Wrenching News Book Store.
If you have any interest in Deere Company wrenches, oil cans, seats, or tool boxes you should have the current edition of Wayne Dill's "John Deere and Merged Companies Wrenches, Tools, Oil Cans, Cast Iron Seats, and Implement Tool Boxes" - The current Edition 10 list contains 631 wrenches, 22 oil cans, 41 cast iron seats and 71 tool boxes. The list is updated whenever they are enough new entries to warrant a new edition. The current edition is No. 10, price is $20.00 postpaid. Contact: D. Wayne Dill - 584 Courtland Dill Road - Harrington DE - 19952-5666 - 302-284-4004 - email:firstname.lastname@example.org
If International Harvester wrenches (or tool boxes, seats, oil cans, etc.) are your thing then you need a copy of "IHC Tools and Equipment That They Were Issued With" and "IHC Tool List" which is updated every year. These lists were originated by Gill Irps and are now updated by Glenn Lofdahl: 2313 V Road - Strong City, Kansas - Phone: 620-340-3896. email:
Guide for Identifying Markings Found on Collectible Wrenches - One of the most frequent requests for information I receive is asking help in identifying the logos, initials, etc. seen on old wrenches. This is an attempt to identify these markings. A work in progress, keep checking for new additions. Any comments or new information will be appreciated. Click Here
A list of Steam Engine and Separator Wrenches of The Advance Thresher Machine Co. Battle Creek, Michigan compiled from old parts books. Click Here
An article on wrenches furnished with Hercules and Economy Gas and Kerosene Engines.Click Here
Links to Past Wrench Auctions Catalogs We have prices realized and printed catalogs for most of these auctions
See the Wrenching News Book Store for prices and ordering information or email or call for details.
Note: Stan has had problems with his server and has moved several of his pages to this site while working on
updating the Wrench Club site. The old home page with all the old links can be found
A Missouri Valley Wrench Club membership form can be found
Carl Bolt's Antique Tool Museum
Lots of pictures of Carl's Tool Museum including tractors, gas station equipment, old wrenches, more tool links and an informative page on wrench standard markings found on old wrenches.
Pa Paws Wrench
First-rate site for wrench and other antique tool collectors with a friendly and helpful discussion forum.
Great Planes Trading Company
New site from Mike Urness who manages several tool auctions a year. Mostly wood working tools but most auctions do have a few good wrenches.
Hans Brunner Tools
Australia's premier antique tool site. Tools for sale, auctions and more.
A Millers Falls Home Page
Randy Roeder's excellent site on Miller Falls products. One of the best laid out and informative sites on old tools I have seen.
The Winchester Store
Tim Melcher's Winchester Site focuses primary on Winchester Store collectibles. Contains an excellent section on Winchester "Fakes" including wrenches.
Dean's Antique Safe and Padlock Page
Sure padlocks are tools and most tool collectors have a few (I have several hundred down from over a thousand). Excellent pictures of locks, safes, and advertising items from Dean's collection plus "caveat emptor" Let The Buyer Beware", an excellent section on reproductions.
My Old Tools
A mostly woodworking tool site from the Lone Star State - Tools, Books, and Manuals for sale with a discussion board and an excellent list of links.