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- Apr 30, 2012
your lathe is going to be "really nice" when you get it done
a real labor of love
a real labor of love
Thanks for the kind words! I'm glad you are enjoying my pics! I think that how I am refurbing this lathe is a little different than how some might do it, but it shows there are many ways to do something. I am doing this for low dollars and lots of elbow grease, it's a labor of love. No bushings or bearings needed to be replaced, no wear grooves or scoring, just a good cleaning and lubricating as it sat for years, and reassembled with the proper oil. I also removed and replaced all the oiling wicks as they where hard and packed with crud. The cool thing about doing a project like this is I will know every single piece of this lathe when it's done and that will make operating it and maintenance easier.Greg,
I think your work is fabulous. You have really cleaned every micron of that lathe and it looks better than factory. Nice accent color (Black) on handles, etc... Thanks for the show!
you mentioned how smoothly the gearbox is operating now...... did you replace any bushings, bearings?
I bought the rebuild kit and the book of ebay and I highly recommend them. The kit is high quality and includes everything you will need. The book is excellent also and explains everything as far as proper order and how to disassemble and reassemble without damaging anything. The book has step by step photo's and is well written in easy terms to understand.I'm working on my 65' heavy 10. Got the countershaft assembly finished and working on the Steel cabinet now. Next will be the gearbox - it is a double tumbler style. I can wiggle the leadscrew quite a bit and it wobbles (I think) within the gearbox bore. This has me thinking it is wallowed out.....but it is a long leadscrew that extends 36+ inches from a casting, so this type of play may me normal. I suppose I can only really tell once I get into it and clean, inspect.
What wicks / felt sizes and types are you using? Or did you go with the SB heavy 10 kit from ebay?
Thank you for posting the link to your pics, I enjoyed them. I did read your thread and all the trials and tribulations you went through, and it inspired me. Restoring one of these is a labor of love, I am enjoying the project and look forward to the day that I can use it and get it dirty. They say that their only new once, but I think the people that restore them make them new again! Great job on yours too!May I offer my congratulations, and praise, for your work on that Heavy - very, very nice! And this come from a guy that KNOWS what an undertaking a project like that can be, and yet at the same time be such a blast!
Last summer/fall I did a 1942 Heavy 10, it was in much, much worse condition than yours and I spent quite a bit more money on it than looks like what you will be in to yours. But, in a lot of ways I'm kinda glad it was so bad, I learned, and did, stuff that I never thought I would have - or could have! (I learned to cut all my gears and shafts)
Very true words Greg - nice catch!Guys when you are working on your machines to restore them take the time to fix things like this or you will never get back to it. Now is the time to do it!
Have you been posting pics of your progress? I would like to see where your at so far. These projects do take time and elbow grease but it is fun and very rewarding! I am currently stripping the paint off the saddle, buy the time I get home from my 2 jobs I only have about an hour of daylight outside to work in, I get a piece a day done and ready for paint.Very true words Greg - nice catch!
My 65' Heavy 10 has turned into the same complete rebuild. Bearings were all shot in the Countershaft and now the QCGB. No doubt I'll see some issues with the Apron, Saddle, Tailstock and Spindle.......hopefully all minor.
When a machine is over 30 yrs old it is going to need new sealed bearings.....just the way it works. Swarf, chips, caked grease gum up everything. Took me an hour to clean the oil passages in the Gearbox. We should all be thankful that these machines can take abuse, and the majority of them can be returned to factory fresh.......but it does take some time, some TLC, and a lot of patience. It is very rewarding to see a problem and fix it.
Keep at it.... I'll be a couple months behind on my restore.....but (like you) will be very pleased with the process and outcome.
I haven't shown any photos. I do have a dozen or so perhaps taken from my cell phone while dismantling the part in the garage and such. I'll get those organized and take some current pics with my digital camera. I can probably get a thread started next week. I suppose everyone enjoys photos of South Bend Lathes -- it's like we are a big family.Have you been posting pics of your progress? I would like to see where your at so far.