I got this oil can from my Dad when he gave me his old drill press.
It reminded me of so many things I’ve seen on American Pickers. I started cleaning it up and then was able to read the top. It’s an old Eagle 66 oil can and pretty collectible. They sell for anywhere from $25 to $50 or more on eBay.
As I was taking it apart, small parts were falling out. Uh oh! Thankfully I found a photo showing how everything goes together (source). After cleaning all of the parts, I grabbed a Scotch-Brite pad to give it a little more scrubbing. Bad idea on brass! It would have looked really stupid to stop since I had rubbed a pretty good area, so I ran with it and used the pad all over. There is still some patina left, but it would have looked much better without the mistake. I finished the main body, cap, and spout arm with 2 coats of Rust-Oleum Rust Inhibitor and filled it with cutting fluid to be used when drilling into metal.
I love this piece. Bringing something back from the grave is rewarding and fun.
3 thoughts on “Eagle No. 66 Oil Can”
[…] and ended up finding some more at estate sales. My first find was a can almost identical to the No. 66 my Dad gave me. I was going to clean it up for my brother, but I haven’t been able to unstick the trigger to […]
Hey, I think it looks great.
If you’re going to keep it, who cares about devaluing it by removing some of the old tarnish? Antique collectors can be kind of crazy that way.
I just picked one this morning at an estate sale paid $1.50. L