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    Another "Weird Found Shit" thread. Basement Edition

    So I bought my house in '95 from a weird family. The dad had been a Boeing electrical engineer and had handed off the to their kids who trashed it. I bought it at something of a discount because there was a lot of stuff left behind, there was no kitchen. There were a half-dozen file cabinets full of Boeing files (anyone remember the hydrofoil?) in the basement.

    Among other crap, there was some interesting stuff in the shop. I tossed tons (literally,3) of stuff early in the game, but some things I kept because they were just interesting or unknown, or I just couldn't figure out what to do with them. I'm going through it all again to get ready to toss. I thought some of you might find it entertaining. If you're local and want anything LMK.

    There's more than I posted of course.

    The little boxes in the last two pics are some kind of magnetic electrical shim. Each box weighs like 4 pounds. WTF?

    If you know what the red knob is you're geezer like me. Used to have one on my '63 Chevy Stepside.

    The big round gauge thingy is a mystery. It's some kind of time graphing instrument with a paper template inside and little arms that must have once marker the paper. WTF?
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    Quote Originally Posted by oftpiste View Post
    So I bought my house in '95 from a weird family. The dad had been a Boeing electrical engineer and had handed off the to their kids who trashed it. I bought it at something of a discount because there was a lot of stuff left behind, there was no kitchen. There were a half-dozen file cabinets full of Boeing files (anyone remember the hydrofoil?) in the basement.

    Among other crap, there was some interesting stuff in the shop. I tossed tons (literally,3) of stuff early in the game, but some things I kept because they were just interesting or unknown, or I just couldn't figure out what to do with them. I'm going through it all again to get ready to toss. I thought some of you might find it entertaining. If you're local and want anything LMK.

    There's more than I posted of course.

    The little boxes in the last two pics are some kind of magnetic electrical shim. Each box weighs like 4 pounds. WTF?

    If you know what the red knob is you're geezer like me. Used to have one on my '63 Chevy Stepside.

    The big round gauge thingy is a mystery. It's some kind of time graphing instrument with a paper template inside and little arms that must have once marker the paper. WTF?
    Skunkworks wants their shit back.

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    The 0-360 range made me think it was some angular measurement over time like for tracking satellites or whatever. Looks like it's a pressure gauge based on a little Google action.

    https://www.abebooks.com/Brown-Recor.../9131122700/bd

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    Quote Originally Posted by abraham View Post
    The 0-360 range made me think it was some angular measurement over time like for tracking satellites or whatever. Looks like it's a pressure gauge based on a little Google action.

    https://www.abebooks.com/Brown-Recor.../9131122700/bd

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    Yeah, it looks like the graph in the autoclaves we used 30 years ago


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    Pressure, temperature, relative humidity, whatever you needed to keep an eye on over time. It has hours marked on the outer edge, and the paper would rotate slowly while the needle would record the data.

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    I'd take the graph disk if it's available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Buster Highmen View Post
    I'd take the graph disk if it's available.
    Coasters?


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    Buster it's all yours of course. What will you do with it?

    And the graph in Abe's pic looks just like the one in the instrument. 30+ year mystery solved! Couldn't even figure out how to google the fucking thing.
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    That'd be a big ass coaster.

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    Coasters?
    Quote Originally Posted by Foggy_Goggles View Post
    If I lived in WA, Oft would be my realtor. Seriously.

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    As a descendant of hoarders of weird shit, I'll bet the old man would be stoked that his treasures are being disseminated to random enthusiasts. Nice.

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    Be careful with that microfilm. Itís probably some Cold War NOC list and now that they know you have it youíll be hunted down and killed for it.

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    I don't think the old man is alive anymore, but considering he left it all in the basement I doubt he would have much of an opinion.

    I can't get the tops off the microfilm and don't want to destroy the containers. I'm certain those labels are som code for nuclear secrets.

    Shotgun's loaded and ready.
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    This thread makes me miss going to the Boeing surplus store as a kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by oftpiste View Post
    Buster it's all yours of course. What will you do with it? .
    Mount it in a high mountain town far away. I think it would make a cool wall piece.
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    Quote Originally Posted by abraham View Post
    This thread makes me miss going to the Boeing surplus store as a kid.
    FKNA right? Once when I was there I was told my dad was going to owe someone a lot of money if I didn't carry my huge lengths of tube more carefully. Pretty sure I was 19 at the time, but it seemed to give the old guy some joy and Iwas buzzing on Surplus Glee, so I just walked on to the polycarbonate sheets. I still have a couple of those tubes.

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    I'll take the suicide knob if it still spins and you are willing to flat rate box it. Of course I'll pay shipping.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MakersTeleMark View Post
    I'll take the suicide knob if it still spins and you are willing to flat rate box it. Of course I'll pay shipping.
    You know you can get those at any tractor dealership, right?

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    Quote Originally Posted by NW_SKIER View Post
    You know you can get those at any tractor dealership, right?
    The patina matches my old truck.
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    there were two large grow rooms that had been excavated in the crawl space of my ranch house I had no idea were there. enlarged the trap door and put in a stringer of stairs and have a couple hundred square feet of storage down there

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    Quote Originally Posted by whipski View Post
    there were two large grow rooms that had been excavated in the crawl space of my ranch house I had no idea were there. enlarged the trap door and put in a stringer of stairs and have a couple hundred square feet of storage down there
    Funny you should mention that. These wackos did the same thing, but it was a gross mess. Dead rats, broken grow lights, discarded plant material and dirt. There were also some panties stuffed up in the floor joists.

    When I tore out the main floor bathroom wall during the early remodel, I found - INSIDE the wall, as in, sealed up - a bunch of early eighties porn mags and vids. I seriously could go on and on about the weirdness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by oftpiste View Post
    I seriously could go on and on about the weirdness.
    What else is this place for? Please do. I'm waiting.
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    It does kinda say "weird found shit" right in the title.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leroy jenkins View Post
    What else is this place for? Please do. I'm waiting.
    I don't understand the question. More weird shit I found in/around my house?
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    I've been in your house and I'm pretty weird. Does that work for you, Leroy?

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