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Dawn's 4L vices were 4" "light" pattern vices - I'm looking at one today as a restoration candidate. Here's how it came to me:
Note the dot between the 4 and the L - not all of the 4Ls I have found have this, I suspect that it is an indicator of how old the vice is but I don't know more than that yet. Someone had given it an all-over rattlecan paintjob, sliding surfaces included:
A lot of slop in the handle - the spring was either the wrong length or had compressed a great deal over the years:
In the usual Dawn style, simply wind out the dynamic jaw and the two halves of the vice separate:
Something curious about the jaw:
Bondo in the screw hole:
The matching screw was not factory:
The 4L weighs in at 10.2kg - much lighter than the comparable non-L model. After removing the paint from the sliding areas and re-greasing:
It still required some rust removal, paint touch ups and fixing the aberrant screw but unfortunately I don't have any photos of the rest of the restoration, so that's it!
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