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Just thought I would share my near complete restoration of my Super 55. I might get bashed for posting this because someone may say I'm double posting from a different sub-forum, but the Wells Index forum is kind of small.
Super excited to make some chips with this machine. I scraped it(link here), had Wells Index grind the spindle to an R8, purchased a VFD, and removed a massive pile of nasty dried up grease and crud. I'm in the market for a DRO, currently. One of the first projects will be to make the bracket for the power feed that is attached to the right side of the table. It was broken into several pieces when I bought it. The gear on the sliding shaft of the power feed is also wollered out and the key is stripped on the keyway, too. Anyway, just sharing what I'm up to in my garage.
Some pics of the progress more can be seen in the above link.

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Looks great. How many hours do you have in the scrapping? Mike
 

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Haha, you know I've wondered that several times along the way. If I were to guess I would say about 50-60 hours, maybe more.:grin big: That is factoring in my learning curve when it comes to understanding alignment, moving things around in the garage, knocking together some wood cribs/cradles/etc. for the saddle, table, gibs, and knee.
 
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Wow you really went to town with that guy. Looks like new- even Wells would be impressed I think
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Beautiful job. :encourage: Uh hem.... If you ever get bored you'd be welcome to come out and fix up my WI 860. :grin: I'm almost embarrassed to look at mine now.

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These are pretty cool old machines. Here's mine.

 

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These are pretty cool old machines. Here's mine.

Nice, how are you running yours? VFD, rotary phase, or just lucky enough to have 3 phase? I ask because I swapped the table feed motor for a 110V because I didn't want to buy another vfd just for it. Of course, with the 110V I only have one feed direction.
 

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Mine came with a static phase converter. But I have a rotary phase converter and VFD in the works.
 

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Upgraded the vfd with some remote switches and added a braking resistor. I really want to have the flexibility of power tapping. The resistor has now given me the ability to slow the little beast down significantly faster.
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Nice mill, when I saw "Super 55" this came to mind. (Web photo, I did own an Oliver 660 about 10 years ago)



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Ok, the first project: Rebuilding the table power feed bracket.
The bracket was broken into several fragments and beyond repair.
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Another real issue was my extremely limited selection of material to reconstruct the thing. I had some 1/2" steel but it had some holes drilled in it for who knows what. I also had a chunk of 3/4 × 2-1/2" × 12". So, I did some head scratching and fit the three main pieces into what I had.
Piece 1 with holes drilled to match the table :
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I ended up having to mill some clearance for the lead screw. I then set to task boring the holes spaced apart according to the fragment of the original. The original design has two 10-32 screws to trap the lower bearing in a pocket.
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Piece 3 attached to piece 1: Note the clearance add to piece 1. Unfortunately those two holes in the square plate were from the original stock material I had. They serve no purpose.
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Here are all 3 attached to the mill.
Everything turns free with no binding. Next up will be to fix the stripped keyway and wollered out lower gear. I'm tempted to cut the square at the corner to look nicer, but I'll leave it for now.
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