View Full Version : Finished My KO Lee BA-960 Finally....

01-07-2010, 09:33 AM
Hi Guys..... Happy New Year.
After almost 3 years I have finally finished the restoration of my BA-960 T & C grinder. With the exception of some finishing touches.
I'm still looking for some of the accessories and parts for the accessories.
If anyone has anything laying around that is no longer needed I would appreciate it if you PM me.


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01-07-2010, 09:36 AM
Beautiful job Joe! What paint did you use? Is that silver Hammerite?

It looks like you found a motor for the B943?

01-07-2010, 09:41 AM
The paint I used is is Limco acrylic enamel.
I hade to make a new mount plate for the workhead motor, the original factory one was made in reverse, someone countersunk the holes on the wrong side.


01-07-2010, 10:10 AM
Very nice job.
I hope you use it not just keep it pretty.

daryl bane
01-07-2010, 10:11 AM
Looks wonderful! Unfortunately, grinding is a very dirty business and with coolant...sigh.

01-07-2010, 10:20 AM
that looks fantastic! way to go

01-07-2010, 11:00 AM
Nice job Joe.

Do you have before pics?


01-07-2010, 11:13 AM

What a great looking job.


01-07-2010, 01:08 PM
Nice work and a fantastic job.

Reminds me that I have to get my Cinci #1 running. As for parts, if you find a stash then share the info. There for a while I was seeing all sorts of parts for tool grinders. Now, they have all moved underground.

I think that I have seen a few posts by you and I may have to go back and read over them again. Can you note quickly the big problems or adjustments that you had to make?


01-07-2010, 04:14 PM
I think I do have some before pics, if I find them I'll post them.


01-11-2010, 09:46 AM
Beautiful work and an amazing paint job. Did you have to rescrape this machine and if so can you comment on that process??

01-11-2010, 09:59 AM
Joe asked me by PM for help on the image links, here are the full-sized pictures:


01-11-2010, 10:10 AM
I'd say it didn't look that nice when it was new. Nice job!

01-11-2010, 10:19 AM
I'd say it didn't look that nice when it was new. Nice job!

I have a friend in San Antonio that has a new one. They don't look that nice new :)

01-11-2010, 11:10 AM
Beautiful job and accessories to die for.


01-11-2010, 03:46 PM
Hi Guys,

Thanks for all the nice comments. That makes it all seem worth the time I have put into this machine. Also Lazlo thanks for the help on the pictures, my first posts were small and I was going to try to repost this but you beat me to it. I guess the paint is the best feature, everyone seams to comment on that shine, and no they didn't look that good from the factory. 20 years as a custom car painter and body and fender man leaves me with no other way to do it, just like it was a car. I stripped everything with a good grade of stripper to start, doctored up the rough castings, edges high spots etc. untill I was satisfied with the surface. Then I went to fiberglass work, a couple coats of bodyfiller to fill in the pitting and low spots and to shape the lines. Two coats of epoxy primer and then I went to the polyester spray fill to really straighten out the lines and get it really flat and smoothe. After that I laid the paint on. Two to three coats of acrlic enamel, with hardner, I used RM Diamont paint. I always had good luck with thier enamel especially on machines, holds up real well to oil. The accessories (small parts, odd shapes etc) were more work than the base. I also reblued all the hardware. Of coarse I also went through all the bearings and stuff as well.
The biggest problem I ran into upon assy. was the top table. When I tightened down the two set screws fron and back of the top table it would pull the table down about .002 in the front. I ended up making two half moon shims to go under the graduated disk and I stoned a tape to them. Bolted the graduated disc bac down on the sub table and inked and stoned the highs until the table was solid. Now I have about .0005 all the way across. Someone asked about that from one of my previous posts. I'm tired of typing>>>>>
Here are a couple pictures of the accessories and also my S-718HG surface grinder that I restored about 10 years ago.


Gary Gill
01-11-2010, 05:20 PM
Truly a craftsman with above average talent. Be sure to teach someone your skills.

01-11-2010, 07:40 PM
I have to tell you the bigger the picture the better the machines look. !!!!!!!!!

If you were closer I would "LET" you paint my lathe. :)


doctor demo
01-11-2010, 08:07 PM

Joe, after looking at the firs pics I thought You did a fantastic job!
But now that I see a close up of the inside I realize You are just a slacker:eek: Just look at all those rough casting lines, I don't know how You sleep at night:D JUST KIDDING!

That has got to win an award, and the surface grinder too.


01-11-2010, 08:25 PM
Hmmmm....I only see one problem.....it's too pretty to use!:cool:

01-11-2010, 08:57 PM
Your right, they are too pretty to use, however I do use them, just clean them up when I'm done. I'll have to post some pics of my Clausing Lathe.
My father says they should be in a museum.


01-11-2010, 09:18 PM
Here is a picture of the motor for the B-943 motorized workhead. The reason it wasn't on the machine in my pictures is because other than having to make a mounting plate for it I also noticed when I had it sitting on the spindle housing that something didn't look quite right.
I took it off and put it on the surface plate and as I thought the output shaft is not paralell with the base or table top. As you can see in the picture. I wish I had noticed it before I painted it but I didn't.
I don't know what the machining or assy. procedure was at the factory but by the shape of this motor housing I assume it was the eyeball method and someone didn't have a very good eye. Either the field windings were pressed in slightly off or the mounting rails were machined a bit off. Either way the end result is what you see, slightly off square. It really won't hurt anything since it's belt driven to the spindle but it irks me. All I can do if I want to take the curse out of it is set the shaft on a pair of matched v-blocks and mill the mounting rails. About .050 will square it up. ........... I know what you guys are going to say.... LEAVE IT ALONE.