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Old 04-07-2007, 00:51   #1
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Anyone Identify??

These things have been listed before and have had no bites. I was curiuose the first time and seeing as they are listed again, I thought I would see if anyone knows what they actually are.
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Old 04-07-2007, 01:29   #2
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Twin Wired Dodackies?

No idea and never seen anything like that on boats. I'm thinking farm equipment.
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Old 04-07-2007, 01:36   #3
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They are thottle controls for wingbangs on a whatcha ma jigger
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Old 04-07-2007, 02:57   #4
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I think Delmarrey is not too far off. Some type of hand rotary control.
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Old 04-07-2007, 02:58   #5
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Buy them and then find a use for them. Done that before.LOL
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Old 04-07-2007, 04:30   #6
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Look like the internals of a Mr Whippy Icecream machine.
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Old 04-07-2007, 05:31   #7
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Some kind of gear system for a pushbike? Looks like twist grips for handlebars at one end......but the other???
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Old 04-07-2007, 07:51   #8
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Hand powered single serving drink mixer?
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Old 04-07-2007, 08:16   #9
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Hand crank windshield wiper actuators for a '43 Willys Jeep.

Either that or something from Madam Pains house of bondage and discipline.
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Old 04-07-2007, 12:20   #10
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Too much plastic for a 43 Willys. Obviously a remote actuated whatzit is missing.
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Old 04-07-2007, 12:34   #11
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I believe (really!) they are steering gears. Steering wheels attach to the splined shafts and rotate the the inner shaft on the "round parts" What they could be from I haven't a clue...
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Interesting

Well, what do we actually have here?
  1. Unsupported hand grips
  2. Thumb-knobs that move:
  3. Dual sheathed cables
  4. Some kind of rotating accuators housed in a bolt-on housing.
At the head of each handgrip is a thumb-knob with a lobe opposite the cables. The grip is not twisted, but held in the hand: the knob at the head of the grip is positioned with the thumb, which pushes/pulls the twin cables and will affect a change in the accuator body: a rotation of some kind inside that housing.

The relatively low pressure a thumb would be able to exert suggests that the accuators simply position something without the need to overcome much resistance. The cables may be spring-loaded to return to a default position (like an outboard throttle), or not, which suggests that whatever is to be adjusted with one's thumbs would be either left in the chosen position or constantly adjusted (which is suggested by the design: one has to hold the grips in one's hands, which indicates the operator is "hands-on" all the time, rather than occasionally twisting knobs on a console. When one is using this control, it demands your attention, like the operator of a radio-controlled toy airplane constantly adjusting elevator & aileron controls).

And there's one for each hand.

As to what it is actually designed to do is anyone's guess. The seller seems to think they have something to do with boats.

Great Ketch has a good hunch. I'm agreeing with him: though I don't actually see any splines, it's obvious that the end result is rotation in the center of those housings.

There is a "Ask the Seller a Question" link at the bottom of the page. Anyone brave enough?
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Old 04-07-2007, 13:50   #13
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The seller does not know. He presumes they are some sort of winch gearing. I have not seen anything like them either (but that doesn't say a lot) but they do look like they could go under a winch. SO I wondered if they were a gear selector for an electric sheet winch????
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I believe that this is some form of alien technology left here to confuse us lowly ignorent earthlings. This thread is probably being monitored by supreme beings to evaluate the mental capacity of their intended victims. The future of the world depends on us. I guess we failed. Oh well time for another beer anyhow.
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Old 04-07-2007, 22:06   #15
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I saw them as well, and have seen them before but my mind slipped before I could remember where.

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