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skipd1
12-21-2011, 12:18 PM
I bought this old 9" model O this spring for $300.00 with the stand and some tooling and chucks included. It was apart, at least the head stock and drive system was when I picked it up. As a totally newbee concerning metal lathes of any kind I started here and got lots of fantastic advice and recomendations.
Here are some before pictures:


http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j391/skipd1/PracMac/SB12.jpg
http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j391/skipd1/PracMac/SB14.jpg
http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j391/skipd1/PracMac/SB18.jpg
http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j391/skipd1/PracMac/SB3.jpg

In part 2 I will include some of the new pictures(sorry you can only have 4)

Skip

skipd1
12-21-2011, 12:25 PM
After a lot of cleaning and learning about how to dismantle and clean up this old lathe I decided to paint it black, as that seemed to be the South Bend color in 1930! As it turned out I love the color as it dosen't show the oil or fingerprints at all and looks great with the polished metal and brass. I had a few problems like broken gears on the bull gear and reverse gears. Luckly I got to know Mike Schetterer of FineGrain Metal works and he rebuilt all the gears and made a new bull gear as well. He also refurbished my Quick change gear box as there was a shear pin on the drive shaft. Thanks again Mike!
I know the lathe originally came with the drive on the back, however none ot the needed parts were included in the purchase and the owner had already started with the overhead mount. I just modified it and actually I really like it now. The machine is a little more compact and stands closer to the back wall, I am always using the big pulley to move the spindle when its shut off. I also rewired and included not only a reverse switch but an emergency shut off that I can hit with my thigh if my hands are unavailable. I picked up some brass Gitts Drip oilers on Ebay. I actually had to rethread and tap some brass nipples and fittings which turns out to be my first project on the lathe! I love the look of the oilers and they actually work fantastic and I don't have to worry about the spindle bearing getting enough oil. I also installed some way wipers on the tail stock and I hope to make a production cross slide when I get access to a mill.


http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j391/skipd1/PracMac/1.jpg
http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j391/skipd1/PracMac/6.jpg
http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j391/skipd1/PracMac/7.jpg
http://i1083.photobucket.com/albums/j391/skipd1/PracMac/8.jpg

I hope you all enjoy the pictures (sorry but you can only have 4 at a time) I just want to thank everyone for the gracious and unselfish help and advice I have gotten throughout this rebuild.
I still have some issues with my clutch and worm wheel, but everyting works very well, it's a very solid and accurate machine and I couldn't be more pleased with its outcome. I surely will be posting many more threads of newbee questions regarding running and care of this great machine.
I hope to post something soon, thanks again everyone!!!

Kinds Regards.

Skip

RussZHC
12-21-2011, 12:41 PM
Skip:

Looks really good!

Any chance you've got the parts number for those oilers?
...if not, are they glass or acrylic and you say "drip"...so you can adjust the rate of flow/drip, as opposed to wick feed...?

I'm just up the road in Winnipeg and similar oilers would really help on my Sheldon, similar vintage, same issues re: keeping lubed.

DFMiller
12-21-2011, 12:48 PM
Skip,
You can only have 4 pictures at a time per post. That's does not mean that you have to start a new thread every time you want to post pictures.
Just do a reply to thread.
I see George merged the two threads together. :D
Thanks George.



Nice work, keep posting pictures.

Dave

Stepside
12-21-2011, 01:14 PM
Skip

It is a beauty. I received my 9 inch SB as a box of parts as well. I needed it right away so I did not take the time to paint mine.

Do you have any more pictures of the drive unit? It looks like you gain a lot of bench or floor space.

Thanks
Pete

Bob Farr
12-21-2011, 02:37 PM
Skip,

Great job on the restoration. The early SB's looks particularly nice in black!

Bob

garagemark
12-21-2011, 02:47 PM
Simply beautiful, there is just nothing that can match the aesthetics of old iron.

Well done!

oil mac
12-21-2011, 05:18 PM
Skip,
That is a very elegant &useful machine, You have carried out a very tasteful rebuild, Please let us all know how you go with operating this fine old machine.
Dan.

Toolguy
12-21-2011, 05:31 PM
Nice job! It really looks sharp in black. I like the oilers too.:D

skipd1
12-21-2011, 05:42 PM
Skip:

Looks really good!

Any chance you've got the parts number for those oilers?
...if not, are they glass or acrylic and you say "drip"...so you can adjust the rate of flow/drip, as opposed to wick feed...?

I'm just up the road in Winnipeg and similar oilers would really help on my Sheldon, similar vintage, same issues re: keeping lubed.

I got those from an Ebay seller who bought old out of stock product directly from Gitts. I had to do a lot of modification as they were 1/4 pipe and I needed to convert them to 5/16-32. They actually are drip oilers and you can adjust them almost infinately. There great, I believe they are acrylic and brass.

Skip

sasquatch
12-21-2011, 06:00 PM
Very nice looking lathe!!