I finally got around to addressing the buggered quill power feed on my Bridgeport this weekend. I was terribly concerned that it was going to be complicated and expensive repair. It took me weeks to get a vintage owner's manual with all the appropriate diagrams and stuff before I was willing to just dive in and start taking stuff apart.
Once I did, what I found was that in a previous attempt at service, some moron had left out the spring clip that holds in the captive half of the quill feed clutch. This means that the clutch wouldn't completely dis-engage and I could partly pull the quill feed lever out the right side of my machine while trying to adjust the quill feed handle. The good news is that with a $.20 spring clip from the Do It center, my quill feed works just fine now!
Yeah, I win!
Once I fixed this problem, it allowed me to use the mill to bore out a bushing and bearing race on my mag chuck for my surface grinder, and replace the needle bearing which I found yesterday at a local bearing supply house for $6.00. I still need to turn a small bushing from brass stock i already have to finish the repair, but that should take less than an hour tomorrow and will cost me nothing.
Total cost to repair the major flaw in each machine that helped me buy them cheap: $16.20 including the 1966 vintage Bridgeport manual I bought off ebay!
Yeah, I win!
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