Machining power hammer dies

  • Monarch 10EE precision lathe 
  • Bridgeport Series 1, 2hp milling machine
  • Pullmax P7 metal working machine
  • ​Miller Dynasty 350 TIG welder 
  • DoAll 36 inch vertical band saw
  • ​Clausing horizontal band saw
  • Dual head Powell Hammer 
  • Milwaukee planishing hammer
  • Watervalet planishing hammer
  • PFAFF walking foot sewing machine
  • ​12 gage box and pan break
  • Marchant shrinker/stretcher
  • ​ERCO HD Flanger
  • DECKEL G21 pantograph
  • ​Boyar-Schultz 6-18 surface grinder
  • ​Stephen Bader belt grinder
  • PEXTO 52" power shear
  • ​HAAS Mini Mill CNC milling machine

Rubber Face Upper Hammer Die and highlight line tool

About Ancient Grease Garage

Rebuilding a Kurt 675 AngLock Vise

Mustang:  Early (April 1964 manufactured) 1965 Mustang convertible. Southern car with very little rust other than the typical Mustang problem areas. Non-original Ford 302 engine, transmission and differential.  Will add modern steering and brake upgrades in addition to total restoration.

The Pullmax Metal Working Machine

Building a Planishing Hammer Frame for the Milwaukee hammer


Building a shop for metal shaping, antique and collector car restoration, and development of craftsmanship skills for interested young grease monkeys at  the Ancient Grease Garage in the Belleville, IL area.

Ancient Grease Monkey:

​Jack Pledger



Studied under expert metal shaper 


A new web site is under construction.  I will keep this site current until it is replaced.


  • AACA
  • ​CCCA
  • SAE
  • ​EAA
  • ​American Welding Society
  • Kaiser-Fraizer Owner's Club
  • Pierce-Arrow Society
  • ​ACD Club
  • HVA
  • ​Model T Ford Club of America
  • Order of Daedalians
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum

Steve Powell built a custom Powell Hammer for the shop

Learning to TIG weld aluminum

Kaiser Darrin:    Number 420 of 435 built.  One of 4 early supercharged cars (number 2 supercharged by Kaiser).  One of 10 yellow cars with white upholstery and convertible top.  Driver's side factory installed lap belt and factory passenger side belt block-off inserts.  

Will post in-progress photos and lessons learned as these restoration projects move forward.

current projects

First restoration project at age 6...1916 Model T Ford.  Dad helped.