View Full Version : Van Norman head cleanup and repair

03-17-2010, 08:31 PM
In a previous post I had talked a bit about reworking a Van norman head. VN Head rework (http://bbs.homeshopmachinist.net/showthread.php?t=40313)

I made a bit more progress and thought that I would share a before and (almost finished) after photo of the work.

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Not moving and rusted together in places.
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y128/katiecat222/van%20norman/th_vnhead.jpg (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y128/katiecat222/van%20norman/vnhead.jpg)

And today

http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y128/katiecat222/van%20norman/th_IMG_8612.jpg (http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y128/katiecat222/van%20norman/IMG_8612.jpg)

Short of needing a seal that is on the outside and easy to replace later, I hope to have it finished tomorrow and running.


03-17-2010, 08:35 PM
Wow! what a difference. Nice job

Michael Hall
03-17-2010, 09:50 PM

Have you taken that high speed head apart? I wouldn't mine seeing photos of the internals when you get to it.


Don Young
03-17-2010, 10:22 PM
I enjoy seeing that kind of "rescue" work. I get a real sense of accomplishment when my soaking, heating, and banging finally gets a little motion out of something that hasn't moved in many years. Most of my stuff was acquired in that condition and though most of it now moves, I still have a long way to go!

03-18-2010, 10:16 AM
Michael, Its not apart yet. It is (as of lastnight) soaking so that things will come apart a bit easier. As for the internals, I have seen a photo somewhere of this in parts. I'm not to worried since I know it is a bit more complicated than the shaper attachment or the head that I am finishing I will take better notes and photos as I go.

As for the satisfaction of saving an old piece of tooling, yes it is a high. The only low is when a part gets trashed that was perfectly good. The hand wheel to move the quill had a polished handle on it. I was pressing it back in and something went goofy. The round of the handle was hollow and I crushed it in. So I do have to make that part again. Again, I missed something and now a good part is goofed up, but I'll get it fixed. It will all be good in the end.