Ronald Horton's 20TL jack


While planning a visit to the Saumur Musée des Blindés in October 2007, I was contacted by Ronald Horton to collect a 20TL jack he bought near Villers Bocage.

Ron's problem was that he could not find anyone there willing to ship it to the States and I soon found out why: Packing a 70Kg jack is not easy and finding a company to ship it was even more difficult.
We finally got it to Ron and in the process, I had the time to study it.
Ron allowed me to make this page about his jack.

I hope to be able to present dimensions of the jack in future, but at the moment there is a serious lack of time preventing this.
So, for the moment just a photo page will have to do!

At first glimpse the jack looks to be in good shape with traces of original paint on it.
A closer inspection reveals a damaged cam wheel. How it was damaged this way will probably remain a mystery.
Obviously, someone has tried to fix or replace this and found that the nut securing all parts on that axle is also damaged, preventing disassembly.
Another problem is the handle bar, which should be foldable, but is fixed now.
Although repair is possible, the jack would then no longer be original. So, why not leave it in this state? A probably unique collector's item!

 

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08 - Note the damaged cam wheel!

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14 - While this side has sharp corners and a groove, note the next photo shows the other side having rounded corners!

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18 - A large crate was needed for shipping as the handle could not be taken off or folded.