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Old 09-29-2013, 11:11 PM   #471 (permalink)
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Well, it took nearly 12 hours start to finish, but it's in my garage and all borrowed/rented gear is returned. I'm beat.

I learned today that this lathe was bought new by the group that I bought it from today. It was used by 3 people since 1967, and has sat idle for the last 7 years. Run nicely and everything is in good shape, just really dirty. Very excited to get it cleaned up and cutting metal.

Collet setup is complete (minus the collets) and the turret has 4 chucks on them. 2 are keyless, 2 use the typical key.



It's a Rockwell 11 x 36 BTW. I have the original sales receipt that needs to be laminated as it is flaking apart. Aside from a few grease smudges, the manual is mint. The B&W pictures in it show how nice it will look when it's all cleaned up.
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:17 AM   #472 (permalink)
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Cool, what is the permanent-looking handle on the back for?
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:28 AM   #473 (permalink)
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The upside down hook thing? They had it hooked up to a coolant system. I think I'm going to just take it off since I don't plan on running coolant.
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:09 AM   #474 (permalink)
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:24 AM   #475 (permalink)
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Sorry, I meant on the headstock/back of the spindle. Is it for changing collets or gears or something?
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It's the handle for the collet release. It was removed for the move, and I had put it back on, but hadn't put the pin in. It should be pointing away from the wall when it's hooked up, but won't be until it's clean. Looking forward to that tomorrow after work, just have to decide where to start.
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Cooool, I'm jealous. I love my ER40's but I wish I could auto-change them.
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Old 10-02-2013, 03:36 PM   #478 (permalink)
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I don't want to bombard this thread with my refurb project, but I'm enjoying cleaning this thing. I'm having a tough time getting the tool post base off, but everything else is going pretty good.

The compound slide is completely apart and most parts have been cleaned.

The cross slide is 90% apart, there is a bushing that is stuck and holding the screw hostage, but the major castings are off and in the cleaning tank.

To be able to get to that stuck bushing a little better (it's on the backside) I'm going to take the carraige off. I have the apron off and that was the last thing I did last night. It took a lot of effort because of all of the gunk on the feed rod. It's a combined rod so the threading and the feeds are run off the same rod, and the feed unit on the apron was being a reverse squeegee it was being pulled on.

Some of the first parts I started on are cleaned and dry, others needed another day to soak. The stuff I took off last night is in two containers, one ~2 gallons, the other ~4. The water started off yellow last night from the citrus cleaner. This morning, without any scrubbing last night, it was a murky green. That was good to see as it means that my mild cleaner is doing a good enough job. Don't really want to use heavier stuff if I don't have to. Might remember to take a picture today before I get the gloves on.
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