South Bend 13" mechanical restoration

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Painted the back side of the lower covers today. They came out really nice! Much better than I was expecting with the gun. Mirror flat finish. Tomorrow might be able to flip them over and paint the other side. In the mean time, I am almost ready to lift the bed and take the lower portion apart.
 

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Tim9

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Yep.."that’s a real nice SB 13”

the ways are totally new looking. Looks like it saw very light use. Nice score on that lathe.
 

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Wow, you are screaming through this rebuild. I just got the bed off the legs today.
 

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Wow, you are screaming through this rebuild. I just got the bed off the legs today.
Not working right now, so that definitely helps with the progress!

Got the main body of the machine apart today and cleaned up the bed.
 

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Guys any tips for removing the tensioner handle on the base? Seems there’a a pin in the handle but just want to make sure before I go gorilla on it.
 

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Technical Ted

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Clean the paint off it and I think you'll find it's a tapered pin.

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Clean the paint off it and I think you'll find it's a tapered pin.

Ted
Hmm yeah...very hard to tell which side is which. I gave a few whacks to the end I thought was right and not even a sign of budging...fun times.

Painted the other side of the panels tonight, seemed to come out nice.
 

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Hmm yeah...very hard to tell which side is which. I gave a few whacks to the end I thought was right and not even a sign of budging...fun times.

Painted the other side of the panels tonight, seemed to come out nice.

Yep, it can be hard to tell sometimes.... a lot of us have been there. You could try and clean up both ends with a file, buffer, whatever and see if that helps. Sometimes using a scale, dial calipers or some other gage to help estimate which end is which can help. When you pick out the small end, put the piece on something solid (if you can) so a sharp tap with hammer/drift can move the pin more easily.

Ted
 

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Guys any tips for removing the tensioner handle on the base? Seems there’a a pin in the handle but just want to make sure before I go gorilla on it.
Once you clean the paint off, take some calipers and measure the diameter of the ends of the pin. Should be able to tell. If you can't, take a guess and whack on it with a steel punch and a 5 pound hammer a couple times. If it doesn't budge, try the other side.

If that all fails, try some heat on the handle and repeat above. If THAT doesn't work, you can try drilling it out. I've had luck by drilling into the big end and using a screw extractor. Once the pin starts to spin, it'll usually break free.
 

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Once you clean the paint off, take some calipers and measure the diameter of the ends of the pin. Should be able to tell. If you can't, take a guess and whack on it with a steel punch and a 5 pound hammer a couple times. If it doesn't budge, try the other side.

If that all fails, try some heat on the handle and repeat above. If THAT doesn't work, you can try drilling it out. I've had luck by drilling into the big end and using a screw extractor. Once the pin starts to spin, it'll usually break free.
Yeah thanks. Still deciding what to do. I'd really like to remove it to paint but might turn into a huge hassle.

Painted more parts tonight. Came out pretty good.
 

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