I picked up a Southbend A (9 x 29) today with motor, countershaft. and taper attachment--- and it is caked with dirt from being stored in a basket factory. I had to bid some work from a Box and Basket factory today (I have worked for them before and it is always interesting). The lathe was bought new post WWII and taken out of service 15 years ago. They have a Bridgeport, horz mill, 20 X120 Leblonde and 10 x 36 SB as well as surface grinders and lots of other tooling. The owner/mgr says that the newest machinery used in making baskets was produced before 1920 and all parts must be produced in house.
My problem is simply lots of dirt. There is no rust and no nicks or loose fits. But upstairs in a factory with dust has it coated. What is the best solution--tear it completely down, pressure wash and oil, clean for a week.--all suggestions welcome.
I also picked up a Ammco 7" shaper in like new shape--neat find.