We have acquired a collection, spanning a few years, of Chilton's Motor Age magazines and these are the Merchandiser related ads or images found within. These are mostly from 1949-1950.
In this Lincoln Engineering bulletin sent to us by Mike Kalstad; you can get a glimpse of one of their more rare configurations.
You could order any combination you desired of these shorter work station setups.
We have yet to see one with its side cabinets intact. Perhaps many were ordered as a stand-alone bench, or they were repurposed over the years.
We had never seen one of these unique cabinets in person before, so we decided to bring it on back with us.
The Diagnosis Cabinet was built around 1948-1951 and allowed the mechanic to tuck away their Sun Test equipment. It came with a writing desk in the center and a top illuminated glass display. We love the curved cast metal end caps. Below is the original catalog ad from 1950.
This is not a small unit. Measuring in at 13 feet wide, 17 inches deep, and 7 and a half feet tall. Here is cabinet as found in its original mechanics garage.
For many years we have longed to receive any conformation that Kent-Moore actually produced this Work Station with round sliding side-cabinets.
Only possessing literature, and small hints at the bottom of Motor Age ads, we began to accept that we may never see one in the wild...
...until a new acquaintance was made, with stories to tell and images to share.
With a huge thank you to Greg Dravis,
We present you with the Kent-Moore "Dual-Turret" Merchandiser
In the same week that we finally had photo proof of this model; this single Turret image showed up in Texas.
I found this merchandiser years ago and purchased it. The fact that there was not much information on these workbenches online, is the reason we started collecting vintage literature and photos. This began our quest to uncover the full history of these different models.
There had been stories of a Workbench built by Balcrank, but not till this week did we have an image or any more information.
We found this ad in a 1935 "Shields Harper" Service Equipment Catalog. Look at all the details and specs!
We recently sold off this complete Merchandiser.
It is still the only Graco we have seen with the original, beveled, dealer glass intact. If you have one, we would love to hear about it.
A complete Lube gun set went along with it.