I spent this weekend in the NY/NJ area. It all worked out pretty well. I stayed with a childhood friend I haven't seen for a few years and then I stopped by the Sobel shop and pickup lightly used surface grinder and a few other items.
The grinder is 6x12 (I think. It has a 5x10 chuck on it, but the x/z seems to allow 6x12.) by TML, New Britain CT. It has a little flash rust to deal with and it needs a basic cleaning, but this is the first tool I've brought home that didn't need to be completely dismantled and stripped of paint, so I'm really happy about that. I ran it at the Sobel shop and everything sounded smooth. I was told it was Dave's personal machine and was only used a handful of times a year for the last 20 years he's had it.
Here's a very large photo of the grinder:
I'd also been searching for a motor to countershaft belt cover for my 10-F Atlas for a long time. I found the cover and the backing plate/locking tab in 5 minutes at Sobel's. I have the full countershaft to headstock cover and now this side cover completes the set.
Here is what it looks like installed:
As a side note. The Sobel shop is being cleaned out this summer with some of the parts and equipment being retained at the home of Peter, Dave Sobel's son. A large amount of the stuff is likely to head off to the scrap yard though.
I spent an hour of so just looking around and the place is still filled with stuff. Lots of Atlas, SB and Logan parts. At least 2 dozen small watchmaker lathes. There were 2 or 3 Atlas Millers, a bunch of collet closers and hand draw bars for 5C and smaller sizes, 2 dozen qcgb and screws for various machines. There was a rack of drawers filled with small Atlas parts (QCGB gears, small zamak parts, etc). I also saw a bunch of SouthBend taper attachments and taper attachment parts. Tons and tons of parts.
I guess I'm passing this info on to let people know that if you need something, call them while the getting's good. Peter is the guy spending the most time in the shop, Dave's heath keeps him away from the place.